Belly Button Piercing

This Friday, June 28, 2019, is International Body Piercing Day. Like tattoos, body piercings are a way for people to express themselves allowing them to set themselves apart. Although it seems that body piercings have only gained popularity in the last few decades, they have been around since ancient times. They have been practiced in many cultures around the world. Body piercings have almost become commonplace, but you should always follow the advice of your healthcare professional and take the necessary precautions.

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All body piercings require a certain amount of time to heal and should not be exposed to direct sunlight or tanning beds. Exposing the piercing too soon may result in burning, scarring, over-drying of the skin, or infection. The healing times for piercings depends upon where the piercing is. According to the Center for Young Women’s Health, some body parts are more likely to be infected or have problems. The healing times below are a general timeline, and if your piercing is still showing signs that it is not completely healed, you should contact a healthcare professional.

Pierced Body Part

Healing Time

Ear lobe

6-8 weeks

Ear cartilage

4 months to 1 year


6-8 weeks


2-4 months


2-3 months


9 months-1 year

Source:  Center for Young Women’s Health

Anytime you tan with a body piercing, you should: Inspect, Clean, Avoid and Cover

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  • Inspect the piercing before tanning. Signs to watch for are redness, soreness or a bump. If you notice any of these, you should contact your healthcare professional immediately as you may have developed an infection.

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  • Gently clean the area around your piercing to help prevent irritation before and after tanning. Only use the cleaning solution recommended by your piercing professional.

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  • Avoid getting tanning lotions underneath the piercing, because it can become trapped in or under the piercing leading to infection.

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  • For added protection, cover the body piercing with a bandage. Be sure the adhesive is not touching the piercing or jewelry.

If you are ever in doubt about your piercing, it is advisable to talk to a body piercing or healthcare professional.

Tattoos are another question often received by the Tan Unique staff, check out the past blog about tattoos and tanning. For all your tanning needs, stop by Tan Unique. Their friendly and professional staff will be happy to help you choose the perfect lotion and the perfect tanning option from a spray tan to the best tanning bed for you.

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