Which Saline Solution Should I Choose? A Quick Guide to Aftercare Products April 26, 2019 – Posted in: Informative – Tags: , ,

As body piercings have entered mainstream fashion, the aftercare market has exploded. No longer are pierced people limited to specific brands and products; now you have a choice when it comes to aftercare.

However, choice can come at a price. You want the best for your new piercing, but with so many products out there, how do you know you’re choosing the right one?

Your piercer will likely have their recommendation, but it’s important to do your own due diligence and find the brand that’s best for you. Here are some things that you need to consider when choosing your piercing aftercare saline solution.


Saline solutions are pretty simple, and they should be. Healing skin is easily irritated, and the fewer additives, the better. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to saline solution.

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Saline solutions should consist of only two ingredients: sterile water and all-natural salt.

Quality saline solutions should contain only two ingredients: sterile water and sodium chloride. Anything beyond that can cause irritation to the skin, leading to infection or scarring, which is the opposite effect that you want your aftercare products to have.

Saline is, without a doubt, the best solution to keep a wound clean. In fact, medical professionals use only saline as a disinfectant during their surgeries, since it’s the safest thing to use. Why wouldn’t you give your new piercing the same treatment?

When choosing your piercing aftercare saline solutions, stay away from anything with a long ingredients list.


You might ask, “If piercing aftercare saline solution is just water and salt, why can’t I just mix it at home by myself?” The answer is simple: storage of a homemade saltwater solution can be difficult. You need to make sure that the packaging of your saline solution is sterile.

Opt for a brand that uses bag-on-valve technology to keep the solution clean. BOV technology provides a few benefits. The product sits in a bag within a pressurized can. When you press on the nozzle, the product is forced out due to the pressure. This negates any need for a propellant—which could contaminate the contents of the can—while allowing the spray to work even at odd angles. Additionally, BOV technology empties about 99% of the product from the can, helping to reduce waste.

Saline solution won’t do what it needs to do if it is compromised by foreign substances. Make sure that your aftercare solution is properly packaged to keep everything safe and clean.


Application might not be the first thing on your mind when considering aftercare products, but it’s a very important piece. During healing, you need to make sure that you touch your new jewelry as little as possible to avoid trauma to the area. Therefore, if your aftercare products require you to fiddle with your jewelry in order to clean the piercing site, it could contribute to complications rather than fulfilling its purpose for easy healing.

For many piercings, a fine mist spray nozzle provides the ideal answer to this issue. Simply spray the saline solution directly on your new piercing, and let it soak in. This method allows you to properly clean your piercing without ever touching your jewelry.

Some piercing types, like septum and nostril piercings, require saline baths. In this case, a full stream spray is ideal. The full stream spray allows you to dispense a larger amount of the solution into a cup so that you can dip your piercing into the disinfectant and let it sit. For spot-cleaning in between soaks, you can also use the full stream spray to soak a cotton swab and gently clean around the jewelry.

Whether you opt for a fine mist nozzle or the full stream version, make sure that the nozzle design keeps the solution sterile. The nozzle should fully close after expulsion of the product so that saline solution that has been exposed to the air doesn’t leak back into the container.

All About NeilCleanse

We want you to be fully informed when you choose your aftercare products so that you can feel secure in your choice. We’re also pretty confident that you’ll find NeilMed NeilCleanse Piercing Aftercare to be the best choice.

NeilCleanse consists of pharmaceutical-grade water and sodium chloride. That’s it. We don’t include any additives or preservatives, so you know exactly what you’re putting on your piercing. Additionally, all of our packaging includes bag-on-valve technology for sterile storage.

We also provide tons of options so that you can choose the type and packaging that fits your lifestyle. NeilCleanse originally came into being in order to address a lack of fine mist sprays in the piercing aftercare world. Since then, we’ve worked to produce products that fulfill industry needs. Beyond the fine mist spray, we have a full stream option as well as full-size and travel-size packaging. We’re always looking for ways to better serve the market, and we’re far from done with our NeilCleanse innovations.

Don’t just take our word for it; we’ve cultivated a network of piercing professionals who love NeilCleanse. Gamma Piercing says, “I don’t want anyone to ‘improve saline.’ I want exactly what NeilMed delivers: safe, simple, reliable saline.”

When it comes to piercing aftercare, it’s important to make responsible choices. Do your research to find the best aftercare products for you. And be sure to try NeilCleanse; we love being the brand of choice for the informed consumer.

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