My aftercare suggestions are incredibly simple and effective:
Gently shake the bottle, apply 1-2 squirts of the mist, and air dry or pat dry with clean, disposable paper products (no rinsing).
Briotech's active ingredient is a mild solution of saline with hypochlorous acid (HOCl), a broad-spectrum antimicrobial that is actually produced by the body as part of the normal response to injury. It works by replicating and supporting this natural immune function. HOCl kills bacteria (including antibiotic resistant "superbug" strains like MRSA and VRE), viruses, and fungi, without harming delicate healing tissue. See the Kill Times chart. It even deactivates Bacillus spores in just 30 seconds! (We use these spores to test autoclave sterilizers because they're so hardy!)
The ingredients are simply Electrolyzed Water (H2O), Sodium Chloride (NaCl), Pure Hypochlorous (BrioHOCl®, 0.014%) making it environmentally friendly, biodegradable, vegan, natural, hypoallergenic, and free of alcohol, dyes, fragrances, oils, parabens, sulfates, parabens, and other irritants.
A remarkable advantage of hypochlorous acid (at this proper concentration and pH) is that it is totally benign, non-irritating, non-sensitizing, and non-cytotoxic (doesn’t kill cells), unlike many other cleaning products. It is so biocompatible you can spray it in your eyes (it is commonly used for eye care!).
Briotech is also great for healing tattoos, cuts, scrapes, burns, stings, skin irritation, etc. See my own near-miraculous healing experience here.
More information about Hypochlrous Acid (HOCl), the active ingredient in Briotech is available for nerds and autodidacts (like me!), geeks, the curious—including links to the scientific research studies.
• To soothe, facilitate healing, and help with inflammation or swelling do compresses.
• When showering, do not apply soap directly to the piercing, and make sure to rinse thoroughly but gently when done bathing.
• Pat dry with clean, disposable products such as toilet paper, tissues, or paper towels.
• DO spray with Briotech afterward, and let air dry.
• Avoid swimming or submerging your piercing in bodies of water including pools, lakes, jacuzzis, the ocean, etc. throughout the entire healing period. It might be possible to protect some areas such as nipples using a waterproof wound-sealant bandage, but only if a total seal can be achieved and maintained.
• The support of a snug cotton shirt or smooth-cup bra or sports bra may provide protection and feel comfortable, especially for sleeping.
• Wash your hands before touching on or near (approximately a 6" radius around) a healing piercing.
• In most cases you can engage in sexual activity as soon as you feel ready, but maintaining hygiene and avoiding trauma are vital; all sexual activities must be gentle throughout the healing period.
• Use clean, disposable barriers on sex toys.
• Use a new container of water-based lubricant; never use saliva while healing.
• After sex, use Briotech spray and/or do a clean water rinse.
Each body is unique and healing times vary considerably. If you have any questions, contact your piercer.
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There is no set period for abstinence from sexual activities while genital piercings are healing. There are, however, two nonnegotiable rules:
1. Be gentle. Pay attention to your body. If your piercing feels sore, you must stop what you’re doing, or at least ease up. As you begin to heal and the piercing feels less tender, you must still be vigilant to avoid injuring the fragile new cells.
2. Be clean and hygienic. Protective barriers must be used to prevent the sharing of bodily fluids. For oral sexual contact, use a dental dam (sheet of latex) to shield female genitalia and a flavored or unlubricated condom during fellatio. Thoroughly wash hands and sex toys before contact near a healing piercing, and use condoms for all intercourse and on insertables like dildos and bullet-type vibrators. If other barriers aren’t suitable, apply a waterproof wound-sealant bandage such as Tegaderm before sexual activities to keep your partner’s body fluids from getting on your piercing. All of these precautions are mandatory to prevent infection during the entire initial healing period, even if you and your partner are monogamous and healthy.
Appropriate body jewelry is smooth, so high-quality condoms that fit properly should perform well. Water-based lubricant helps reduce excess friction to protect the integrity of the latex. The sensitivity of your healing piercing can make up for the addition of an unfamiliar barrier. Pleasure Plus condoms are made with extra room that is suited to frenum and Prince Albert jewelry. Avoid condoms and lubricants with the spermicide nonoxynol-9 (N-9), as this harsh chemical may burn or sting and can harm the delicate cells of a fresh piercing (as well as vaginal or rectal tissue).
If you're feel you should be healing faster, or if you're having issues, perform some mild, warm compresses to stimulate circulation and accelerate healing.
• Unless there is a problem with the fit, style, or material of your initial jewelry, leave it in place for the entire healing period. See a qualified piercer to perform any jewelry change that becomes necessary during healing.
• Contact your piercer if your jewelry must be removed (such as for a medical procedure). There are non-metallic jewelry alternatives (retainers) available.
• Leave jewelry in at all times. Even years-old, well-healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes! Once removed, re-insertion can be difficult or impossible.
• With clean hands or paper product, be sure to regularly check threaded ends on your jewelry for tightness. (“Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey.”)
• Should you decide you no longer want a piercing, simply clean the area, remove the jewelry (or have a professional piercer remove it), and continue caring for the piercing until the channel closes or seals. In most cases only a small mark will remain.
• In the event an infection is suspected, quality jewelry or an inert alternative should be left in place to allow for drainage. If the hole is left empty, the surface cells can close up, which can seal the infection inside the piercing channel resulting in an abscess. Do not remove jewelry unless instructed to by a medical professional.