The main reason smell piercing is an accumulation of dead skin cells around the piercing and jewelry. The dead skin cells are mixed with the body's oil and form a semi-solid drain. This occurs either with ripe or healed piercings and is usually not a sign of infection. Counters and other large pieces of jewelery can contribute to the problem because there are more surfaces for oil and skin cells. It is important to be able to tell the difference between this rejection and signs of a bigger problem.
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Treat piercing younger than one year as a new piercing.
Handle the jab gently, especially when changing jewelry.
Clean the puncture daily.
Do not remove your jewelry, especially the first four to eight weeks after the punch. Use an antibacterial soap without additional fragrances or dyes and rinse well. If possible, remove jewelry from your jabs every time you take a shower. This allows you to clean your jaws properly. Wash it off with a clear glycerin soap after washing the rest of your body. Clean your piercings regularly to avoid deposits. It is not always possible to remove jewelry from jabs. Instead, use a saline solution to soak the area for 5 to 10 minutes before cleaning with mild glycerin soap.
Also clean your jewelry.
For metallic jewelry, clear saponified glycerin and hot water are sufficient. Avoid immersing natural or wooden jewelry in water. In fact, you should never get wet wood jewelry. Instead, use a cotton swab or wipe the damp cloth and gently wipe. After cleaning, apply a drop of jojoba oil.
Cartilage piercings, such as labrets, can be cleaned using the same method as ear piercings.