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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?<br><br>
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.<br><br>
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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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.<br><br>
What are the normal aftercare products recommended?
 

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I have no idea, s'why I asked.;p<br><br>
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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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Misty</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2909054"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
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?</div>
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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.<br><br>
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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<a href="http://www.punkmedics.com/store/piercing-tattoo-care-c-70.html" target="_blank">http://www.punkmedics.com/store/pier...care-c-70.html</a><br>
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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Sea salt and warm water soaks twice a day.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Is vaseline not vegan, vegansarawr?</div>
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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.<br><br>
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).<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Goodluck!
 

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I didn't mean I got a piercing in a clothing store.<br><br><a href="http://www.puncture.com.au/about.html" target="_blank">http://www.puncture.com.au/about.html</a>
 

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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.<br><br>
In the uk, they'll normally recommend savlon for aftercare (or something similar). This is what I was using:<br><br><a href="http://www.savlon.co.uk/products/antiseptic_woundwash.html" target="_blank">http://www.savlon.co.uk/products/ant...woundwash.html</a><br><br>
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.</div>
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I've still got a few little tubs. I haven't bought vaseline in years, and it keeps forever.<br><br>
(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.<br><br>
(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).</div>
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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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^^<br><br>
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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