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Belly - Navel Piercing

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The navel/belly piercing is one of the most common piercings there is. It is stylish and there are lots of stylish jewelry you can have. With this in mind, most people are surprised when they find out that this is one of the piercings that takes the longest time to heal. Unfortunately, the healing time can be from 3 months up to a year and infections and scar tissue from improper care are common. This does not in any way mean that you will have problems. Most problems with navel piercings have one of two causes: a navel that is not suitable for piercing; and improper care.

Keep in mind: Not all navels are suitable for piercings. To be a candidate for navel piercing, your navel needs to have a protruding skin edge at the top (or bottom) of your navel, with enough space behind the edge for the jewelry to sit comfortably.
If your navel has a more rounded slope that bends underneath, your piercing may change direction and grow over time and you should not have it done. If there is not enough space behind the edge for the jewelry to hang properly, it can result in scar tissue. Furthermore, if your navel collapses when you sit down (like an eye being closed), the chances that you can heal it without scar tissue and difficulty are very small. You should not get it done.

Very many get red or purple skin bumps around the upper or lower end around the hole. This is a type of scar tissue caused by the jewelry that cuts into the surrounding tissue as it moves in the hole. The body then adds extra skin cells to try to protect itself from the irritation, much like a mussel forms a bead of mucus around a grain of sand.
Such scar tissue is usually the result of playing / peeling / doing your piercing, wearing heavy clothing, hanging or lying on it. Leave your piercing alone!

Once healed, your jewelry needs to protrude from the body at all times. It must not be pressed in, pressed or held against either side.
You should also avoid sleeping on your stomach and try to sit straight enough so that the piercing is not compressed. Having the waistband above the piercing is not always a good alternative, as it can still create a print on the jewelry.

Another major problem people have with navel piercings is keeping them clean and most important of all: Keep your hands away from it! It's not a toy! We know you want to touch it and play with it, but leave it at that. Even if you just washed your hands in a public restroom and then grabbed the door handle, can you be absolutely sure that everyone else before you also washed your hands before they grabbed the handle? Multiply that by everything else you take in in one day (phones, money, etc.).

The two most common ways to take care of a new navel piercing are:

Saline solution as recommended, you can mix it yourself and soak the piercing, you can also buy a ready-made solution in spray form: H2Ocean piercing aftercare spray which speeds up the healing with the help of natural sea salt and minerals. The spray should carefully remove each and every scab. It is packed sterile in a separate pressure vessel, thanks to this, cross-contamination is almost impossible. The spray is antibacterial and disinfectant. We also have a similar product: Recovery Aftercare Spray which is completely vegan.

Alternatively, you can wash with Barbarella Bodysoap. Take a few drops in your hand when you shower, lather up and soap the piercing. Let it work for 30 seconds. Rinse thoroughly with water afterwards.
For the first 12 weeks, it is recommended that you wash once a day in the shower.


It is extremely important that you leave the jewelry in during the entire healing period. If you are unsure if / when you can change jewelry, contact our piercing studio and they will help you.

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