We will show you how to clean a ring around the belly button and how often. You’ll be guided through the steps to ensure that your piercing is germ-free.
Keep your belly button healthy by reading this article!
How often to clean your belly button piercing
While your belly button is healing, it’s important to keep the piercing clean. This means cleaning the piercing one to two time a day, for four to six week.
After sweating, you should clean the piercing. Sweat can cause irritation and wash in dirt. Clean it immediately.
It’s important to clean your piercing regularly, but it’s equally important not over-clean it. If you wash it more than twice daily, your skin may lose its natural oils. This can lead to dry skin, flaky patches and an irritated belly button.
1. Cleaning Belly Button Pierced With Soap and Water
No expensive chemicals are needed. You can get the same results with water and mild soap. Avoid soaps with strong fragrances and look for mild soaps.
Showering is the easiest way to clean your piercing. Start by ensuring that your belly button, and any skin surrounding it, is completely wet. Cup your hand under your piercing so that water can collect there and fill up your bellybutton.
Next, lather up the soap with your other hand. Then apply it around your navel. Then rinse off the soap.
2. Cleaning Belly Button Pierced With Saline Solution
You can also use saline to clean the piercing. This can be purchased at a local pharmacy or made by you.
It is easy to make it yourself. Add a teaspoon or two of sea or table salt to a half-cup of boiling water. Use only table or sea salt. Let the water cool, and then add it. Transfer the water to a clean, paper cup or medicine container when it is tepid.
Lay flat on your back with your belly button facing up. Place the cup’s lower rim under your belly button, and quickly flip it upside-down. The cup should be upside down, over your bellybutton so that water soaks your skin.
Keep the cup in place to stop the water leaking out. If you want to avoid spills on your body, it is best to lay down on a towel.
Keep your belly button there between 10 and 15 minutes. After the specified time, thoroughly rinse your bellybutton with clean, fresh, lukewarm water. Finally, use a paper towel or tissue to dry the belly button. Fabric towels may contain germs.
3. Use Lavender Oil to Clean Your Belly Button Pierced
It’s not a replacement for soap and water, but you can use it alongside them. It is particularly effective at reducing swelling and accelerating the healing process.
Buy lavender oil of a medicinal grade. Avoid any impurities which could cause irritation.
After washing your belly button, apply it. Add a few drops of oil onto a cotton bud after washing your hands. Use the cotton bud to gently rub around your piercing. Wipe off any excess with a tissue.
It’s not necessary to apply lavender oil every time you wash your hands, but it is soothing when used occasionally.
4. Cleaning any crusted secretions
It may not be pleasant to see them, but they are a normal part of the healing process. When they appear, simply wipe them off your skin gently.
You’ll need warm tap water and a cotton ball to do this. Then, gently soak the crust with the cotton bud. Use the cotton bud and wipe off your skin. do not pick the crust, no matter how tempting it may be! This is a surefire way to get infected.
Be sure to remove any encrustation as soon as possible. It can cause your ring or earring to stick to your skin if you let it build up. When your ring moves it will pull on the piercing, slowing down the healing process.
5. What not to Use
It is important to know what to avoid when cleaning your piercing. The same washes and creams that are effective for other wounds will not work for a piercing.
For example, rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide will cause your skin to dry out and cause irritation. These products will also stop healthy skin cells from growing in the piercing. This will make your belly button take longer to heal.
Avoid antibacterial lotions. Hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol and other products that dry your skin can actually cause the opposite effect – an overly moist wound. Moisture creates a barrier which prevents oxygen from reaching the skin. Your piercing may also take longer to heal.
If you want to make your own saline solutions, use only sea salt or table-salt. Epsom salts are a no-no. Kosher salt and iodized iodized is also a no-no. These products will cause irritation and slow down the healing process.
6. Another Way to Avoid Infection
Cleaning is an important part of the aftercare process for a piercing but it’s not all you should do. It is important that you keep your belly ring as still as possible while the healing process takes place. Two main methods are available to accomplish this.
Wear loose clothing. Avoid wearing anything that has a seam on your belly button. Spend as much as you can in loosely-tied bathrobes, loose-fitting lounge wear and floaty dress! When will you ever have another excuse to wear loose-fitting loungewear, floaty dresses and bathrobes? !
Avoid pantyhose, Lycra or anything containing elastane. These fabrics will hug you, preventing the air from reaching your wound. They also increase your chances of your piercing becoming tangled. The pain of a belly button ring getting caught in clothing is excruciating. It will also slow healing.
Avoid touching the belly button ring in the first 3 to 4 weeks following piercing. Keep your hands away from the piercing, except to clean it. This will reduce the chance of you spreading dirt or bacteria.
Check with your piercer if your belly button ring can be removed. This will not usually be the case until at least six week. You can avoid infection or the possibility of your piercing closuring before you have changed your jewelry by checking first.
7. What to Do If Your Piercing Gets Infected
You’re unlikely to get an infection if you follow these simple tips. In the unlikely event this happens, you can follow these steps to treat it.
Do not wait to see your doctor if you have chills or fever. You can treat yourself if you experience other symptoms. You should be on the lookout for excessive swelling, redness and bloody pus.
Start by trying to remove the infection from the area. Soak a clean, fresh cotton washcloth in warm water. Hold it up against the piercing and wring out any excess water. Hold it for three minutes and then thoroughly rinse with clean water.
Apply a thin layer antibacterial cream after thoroughly drying the area with a tissue. Repeat this three to four times per day. Consult your doctor if things don’t improve after 24 hours.
Do not remove your belly button ring. It may seem counter-intuitive but having the ring on will make it easier for you to treat the infection.
Even if you remove the skin and close up the hole, an infection could still exist. This can be more difficult to fix.
Keep your belly button clean to ensure that your piercing heals quickly and safely. Use a mild soap or a saline water solution to keep it simple. It is best to clean your belly button at least twice daily in order to keep it hygienic and avoid drying your skin.
Avoid other chemicals, unless an infection occurs. Lavender oil can be used occasionally to wash your piercing. This will soothe and reduce the inflammation.
To ensure that your piercing heals quickly, avoid wearing tight clothing.
Take immediate action if you discover that your belly button is infected despite all your efforts. Consult your doctor if you experience chills or fever. You can do something yourself if your belly button is swollen or red, has green or bloody pus or becomes painful.
Apply antibacterial lotion after drying the area with a warm compress. Do this three to four time a day and reassess after 24 hours.
You should see a doctor if you don’t feel better. The doctor will be able offer a more effective treatment, but you should still keep your belly button ring. This will make their work much easier.