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I'm Jazzie, I'm 18, and this is my piercing blog (: I blog anything piercing related and give advice :)
I love piercings and one day I hope to be a piercing apprentice...
I have ten piercings ♥
I'd like someone else to run this blog with ... if you're interested and knowledgeable in piercings, drop a message in my ask box ♥
My personal blog
♥ What is bad about self-piercing?
Using dirty needles/clamps/jewellery, piercing in a dirty environment, and not wearing gloves increases your risk of getting a nasty and often very dangerous infection. Some infections, if spread to the brain, can kill you in weeks. You can also get incurable diseases such as HIV if the pathogens are on a needle. You never know what nasty germs are carried on unsterile instruments.
Simply wiping the surfaces and instruments does not sterilise them. Neither does running a flame over the needle. The only way to sterilise equipment is by using an autoclave.
The other major risk about self piercing is the risk of hitting a major artery and causing serious damage. Some arteries, such arteries in the tongue, if hit, will bleed out in seconds and you will almost certainly die. You can also risk rejection, which can leave nasty looking scars, and scar tissue, which, over time, can become permanent and leave you with a deformed body part.
♥ What is bad about piercing guns?
Piercing guns cannot be autoclaved, which means every time they are used, the bacteria, blood and other bodily fluids from the person before are left on the gun and therefore infected into the next person. This means there is a high risk of infection and catching nasty diseases.
Piercing guns pierce by firing the ear stud through the flesh. This is also known as blunt force trauma. It rips the skin rather than piercing it as a needle would. This can leave nasty scar tissue and bumps, especially on cartilage areas.
The studs used to pierce the skin with are made from cheap metal which is not certified as safe for internal implant. The best material for body jewellery is titanium.
Professional piercers never use guns. Not even on ear lobes. If a piercer ever wants to use a gun on any part of your body, walk out of there.
Read the APP's position on piercing guns: http://www.safepiercing.org/piercing/faq/#guns