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2 and a half week old navel piercing...

Discussion in 'Navel Piercings' started by ascott1124, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. ascott1124

    ascott1124 New Member

    Hello I had my navel pierced about 2 and a half weeks ago. I have had a few hiccups along the way, the piercer had put too small (length) of a barbell in my piercing so I experienced a great deal of irritation due to the small size and not enough room for swelling. I had the bar changed to a longer one and that seems to be helping. Now I have an indent along the top ball where it is sinking into my skin. The piercer has instructed me to simply "keep pushing it upwards out of my skin". I do understand I am again in need of a longer barbell to assist with this issue. Recently (past 3 days or so) I have noticed along the top of my piercing the skin is red and flakey. I clean it 3 times a day with a sea salt solution (1/4 tsp ss to 1 gallon of distilled water per my after care sheet). Before anybody mentions rejecting, please allow me to note that this (the flakey skin) has just started, my jewelry is not hanging any different way, my skin is not getting thinner nor can I see the barbell under my skin also there is no pain whatsoever. I do understand rejection is a possibility. I am just curious to know if this is simply because it is drying out because of my sss or of a different reason. Thank you
  2. dnd4evr

    dnd4evr Super Moderator Staff Member

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    From what you have written, your barbell is not long enough. FYI the proper ratio form SSS is 1/4 tsp to 1 cup water (sorry haven't worked the numbers for a gallon). Drying is a potential problem. You can add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to your soak to help with this. Also as your skin heals it will flake so that is also a possibility.
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