piercing care

New and Different Aftercare Product: Formula 1138

formula 1138 Aftercare Spray

A while back, I received some correspondence and samples of a new aftercare spray, "Formula 1138" from the company's founder, Dan Terry. He provided me with some very interesting technical and scientific information about the liquid, and it clarified that this is something different from any other aftercare product I've seen or used. He says Formula 1138 is all-natural, safe, and non-toxic. One of the active ingredients, HOCL, is a biocide that does not break down cellular tissue and only works to eradicate pathogens.  

I have put it on cuts and scrapes to excellent effect, though haven't had any healing piercings to try it on personally. Dan has done a successful year-long study on its use in piercing aftercare with 250 clients. I have been intrigued by Dan's product and asked him to talk about it in his own words....

Dan Terry, Briotech's founder says:

Ear Piercing Problem

I received a message from a gal who was having problems with an ear piercing:


I can't get a good picture of the piercing so I'll try my best to describe the situation. I got my 4th piercing on my earlobe around the end of May 2012, and I think I may have created another hole next to the actual piercing. The piercing is probably around 90% healed; the front hole is healed and never bleeds, but the back hole (where the earring comes out of) is still healing and sometimes will bleed a tiny bit. I've been cleaning my piercing with salt water and anti bacterial soap, I have not used any creams or lotions on it, it does not hurt or ache and there is no pus. However, I think I may have poked another hole at the back of my ear when I pushed the earring back through the hole after I took it out to clean it. So now, I think I have one front hole, and two holes in the back. The earring can go through the front and out the back in two separate holes, and the two back holes are not connected. Something might have ripped on the inside of the piercing. I'm trying to close one of the holes, and the skin on the new one has already formed over but the area around it looks a bit red. Should I continue to clean it as I have been doing? Or should I get it checked out?

Any information would be helpful, thanks!

Hi there,

Your description is good, but I'm still not going to be able to offer thorough advice without seeing you, or at least a clear, close up photo or two.

Are you wearing body jewelry or a traditional earring? When you wear body jewelry there is NO REASON to take the jewelry out to clean it!

Eyebrow Piercing Rejection Risks

I received an email from a woman who is concerned about her eyebrow piercing:

Hi Elayne,
I got my eyebrow pierced today. After reading online about migration and rejection, I'm very worried that my piercing is certainly doomed to reject at some point. My piercer used a press-fit titanium curved barbell. He described the tissue as "moderately taught", though I can easily pinch it between my fingers (on the opposite eyebrow of course!) My question is - are most eyebrow piercings likely to reject eventually? Is there anything in addition to sea salt soaks that I can do to prevent this from happening? I've already grown so attached to my new piercing that I'm very afraid of losing it.

Thank you so much, M.

Labret (Lip) Piercing Problem--Excess Scar Tissue Formation

I got this message from a piercee who is having trouble with  a labret (lip) piercing:

I got my labret pierced on the 3rd of december, and in the last couple days the skin on the inside of my piercing has grown (like a white flap on the bottom of the disc about 1mm tall) that rests next to the disc. i don't know whether it would be growing over it, i have a 10mm long stem which i thought is long enough, but i would still like your opinion

I told her that if she thinks the tissue is growing over the jewelry, she should should see her piercer IMMEDIATELY for a jewelry change! I also explained that I couldn't really evaluate a piercing without seeing it--or at least a photo or two. I requested that she send some clear, close up images, and I received these (below). They do show that the post is long enough so she is not in danger of the jewelry becoming embedded (which is a risk when a piercing is healing if the jewelry is too short).

Labret piercing with sufficient extra length for safetyLabret piercing: scar tissue on interior 

Emu Oil for Healing (and Stretching) Nipple and Genital Piercings

I recently received a great message from a gentleman who got his first piercings at age 50. He wrote to say how much he likes emu oil, and how well it worked on his piercings and stretches:

The Effects of Stress and Health Habits on Piercings

Hi Elayne,

This is the second time I've noticed this.  I've had a few piercings since I was young.  I got a batch of piercings a while ago and the old, established piercings started to ache and ooze along with the new piercings.  All seemed to be better and I got a few more piercings recently.  Now all of my piercings, including the last batch are sore and crusting.  Can my new piercings cause my older piercings to be irritated? Thanks, S.


Bleeding Prince Albert Piercing (After Stretching)

I got a message from a gentleman with a healed Prince Albert piercing. He was alarmed at seeing some blood after masturbating:

Hello, this is a bit scary. I got a PA a while back. About 5 years back to be exact. All went well, I've since managed to stretch to an 8G. Two days ago, I switched to a captive bead ring. This took a little work, as the bead did not want to pop into the jewelry.

Weird thing is, I um. Well I pleasured myself today, and to my horror was a bunch of blood mixed with semen.

1) It doesn't look swollen, infected, etc
2) There was absolutely no pain before during or after this happened, nor while urinating, rinsing, anything.
3) It sometimes feels a tiny bit sensitive, but nothing I haven't felt before when adjusting to new jewelry.

It definitely freaked me out as the only other time it ever bled was 5 years ago when I first got the piercing.

My reply:

Septum Piercing Questions

I received a question about a tender septum piercing:

Hi Elayne,
I have had my septum pierced for three months. i am having issues with it. There is no discharge from it or crusties on the jewelry but it is very tender to the touch and very difficult when cleaning to start rotating the jewelry.

Thanks! T.

Hi T.,

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