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#1 Old 06-06-2011, 05:07 PM
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I'm getting a piercing for my birthday, my first one as a vegan (and as an adult! My ears were done at six months). Is there any part of the process that contains animal products?

That may sound like a silly question, but any generally recommended aftercare products to watch out for or anything? People sneak animal products into the darndest places.

Edit: Naval piercing, if that's relevant, at a place that doubles as a tattoo parlour (dunno if that makes any difference).

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#2 Old 06-06-2011, 06:05 PM
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I'm not sure about animal products in aftercare, but I am wary of getting a piercing at a tattoo parlour. Do they have a good reputation?
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Yes. What's wrong with tattoo parlours? It's not where I had mine done, but a friend of mine was tattooed there and another was pierced, and they both recommend it.

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I've never seen a piercing place that didnt also do tattoos. Most places will use vasaline for a piercing but other than that its a vegan process I'm pretty sure.

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Sorry, I didn't mean anything by it. All my piercing that have been totally trouble free have been done in a place that specialized in piercings. They sold clothing and jewellery and did piercings and that was it. The few times I have got a piercing in a tattoo joint, they were a bugger to heal and one had to be taken out as they used those plastic labret plates and cut it too short and didn't allow for swelling.

What are the normal aftercare products recommended?
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What are the normal aftercare products recommended?

I have no idea, s'why I asked.;p

Is vaseline not vegan, vegansarawr?

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I've only ever used soap and water and perhaps mouthwash for an oral piercing. Never heard of vaseline being used.
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I'm not sure about animal products in aftercare, but I am wary of getting a piercing at a tattoo parlour. Do they have a good reputation?

I don't know about the UK or Australia (where I notice each of you live), but in the US, tattoo parlors are actually the best place to get pierced. They are well-regulated by the state, and the people there are professionals, unlike those who do it in the kiosks in malls and such.

In regards to the OP, if you don't trust any aftercare soap that the piercing place gives you, you could always try to find a vegan variety of anti-microbial soap. And sea-salt solution is vegan automatically. I can't remember if they use alcohol wipes or iodine before the actual piercing (I think alcohol), but that should be vegan. I really can't imagine anything besides that aftercare soap that might be not vegan.
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Dormouse, I would never get a piercing in a kiosk or a mall. The piercer I use is also skilled in scarification, branding and implants.
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http://www.punkmedics.com/store/pier...care-c-70.html
this is wear i get my ear stretching balm from. might be of some help. all of their stuff is vegan.
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What are the normal aftercare products recommended?

Sea salt and warm water soaks twice a day.

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Is vaseline not vegan, vegansarawr?

I'm pretty sure its tested on animals

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^ I'm pretty sure so too, but if you want vaseline like the lip stuff (they also do handcreams and things), superdrug in the UK do a vegan version.

You can just use salt-water, sometimes they give you (or reccomend you buy) saline solution. Tattoo places are generally good places to go to get peirced (much better than a clothes shop or something!) and it's usually worth paying extra for (I got an ear peircing in blue bannana - the shame! - because it was cheap and it never healed properly, and it was wonkey, and just not done how it should be at all... it was really silly).

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I didn't mean I got a piercing in a clothing store.

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^I'm not sure if you're talking to me, but I wasn't suggesting you did. I understood what you said. I was just discussing the sort of places you can get piercings in the UK.
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I had my navel pierced years ago, but I wasn't vegan then... however, I may still be able to help.

In the uk, they'll normally recommend savlon for aftercare (or something similar). This is what I was using:

http://www.savlon.co.uk/products/ant...woundwash.html

I have no idea if it's vegan or not, and I don't have my bottle to check - but as it's an antiseptic wound wash, I'm sure a little research will lead you to a vegan version, and you can just double-check with your piercer that it's fit for purpose. Other than that part of the process, I can't think of much that wouldn't be vegan... they clean the area beforehand, which may or may not be done with a vegan product, then it's clamp, needle, jewellery, and off you go. Clean twice a day.


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^ I'm pretty sure so too, but if you want vaseline like the lip stuff (they also do handcreams and things), superdrug in the UK do a vegan version.

I've still got a few little tubs. I haven't bought vaseline in years, and it keeps forever.

(I can't afford to replace all my stuff, so I use my non-veg*n stuff till it's gone, then replace it with a vegan version).

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I've still got a few little tubs. I haven't bought vaseline in years, and it keeps forever.

(I can't afford to replace all my stuff, so I use my non-veg*n stuff till it's gone, then replace it with a vegan version).

Fair enough, just thought I'd let you know, for when/if you need some more. (I swear lip balmy stuff is addictive though, I'm like permenantly attatched to mine, the more I use it the quicker my lips dry!) I still have pre-vegan stuff too, I didn't have a burning urge to get rid of them or anything! I too just use it up and replace it with a vegan version.
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The only aftercare you should need is unscented soap and water... maybe sea salt, if you're having crusty issues.

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^^

Yep, I just used Normal Saline. All that other stuff like Savlon and Vaseline are old-school remedies that can be damaging to wounds.

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I've only ever used saline, because soap can dry the piercing out... but it seems like a lot of piercers do recommend soap. Whatevs.

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Or tea tree oil, thats what I use for after care.

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I only use tea tree oil when its getting infected or looking really swollen. Its harsher oil.
I used 1 drop of pure tea tree oil in the sea salt water solution.
Also I didn't mean use vasaline as after care I meant the piercer will put vasaline on the needle to do the piercing.
And both the soaps recommended for after care (olay and dove) are not vegan, but i used nature's gate hemp body wash and it worked quite well.

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