By Saterica, from Alabama.
I first got my Navel pierced in November 2010 and I didn’t feel it at all, it was almost as if someone had pinched my belly button and lightly twisted it quickly. The shop I went to had a bad reputation for Tattoos, but I found this out after I went, make sure you look up reviews online about the shop before you go.
Although I didn’t have a bad experience there I had a bad experience with my after care. I thought I did all the research that I needed to know, but it turned out I was very wrong.
I read somewhere on the internet to use sea salt soaks and Bactine twice a day. DO NOT! I repeat DO NOT use Bactine, it dries out the piercing and traps the bacteria. I also used Alcohol on it cause a friend told me that’s what she did and apparently that dries out the piercing even more and is worse. It didn’t really occur to me that my skin was slowly flaking inbetween my piercing until I woke up one morning and the skin was completely translucent.
I went to my piercer that day and she tld me hat I unfortunately had to take it out and let it heal, I was so bummed!
Now I just got my navel re-pierced 3 days ago, I wasn’t expecting it to hurt at all considering the first time I barely felt it, but this time it actually hurt alot and it bled quite a bit after it was done. My new piercer told me it was normal when going through some scar tissue for it to bleed. ( she did pierce behind my scar though.)
When I was leaving she explained the sea salt soaks again but this time gave me a free bottle of Provon Antimicrobial Lotion Soap to use as well. (Dial Antibacterial soap works just as well.) I also went out after and bought myself some H2Ocean from another piercing salon because they did not sell it where I went.
My new piercing seems to be doing great lately though, I’ve been cleaning it twice a day and making sure I move the bar up and down when cleaning. Please make sure you do A LOT of research before you get it done, I made the mistake of not reading enough.