Tattoo peeled but shiny wrinkled skin underneath?

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:59 AM

Filed under: Uncategorized

This is not my first tattoo, I have quite a few but I’ve never had any that have done this. I’ve gone to the same artist for most of my tattoos , I follow the after care procedures, but none of my other tattoos have had this happen, So it’s 7 days old and it has peeled for the most part but underneath the layer that has peeled it is a very shiny and wrinkly skin. It looks as if it’s possibly going to peel a second time. Like I’ve said before that’s never happened before. Is it silver skin/ milk skin? Will it go away? The tattoo is on my inner bicep, does that make a difference in how it heals?

As a tattoo scab naturally falls off, it leaves behind a thin film of white
’second skin’. This will soften up and go back to normal as you continue to
use the aftercare cream. The white layer can last up to another two weeks
after fully healing and its advised not to get any touch-ups until this is
fully settled.

The inner-bicep skin is nutritiously fragile and can be easily over-worked,
which can result in a small amount of drop out and should be checked by
your tattoo artist once fully healed (give it a good month).

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numbing agents for nipple piercings

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:54 AM

Filed under: Nipple


I would be interested to get your opinion on numbing creams being used for (female) nipple piercings? I had my left nipple pierced about 10 years ago and it was VERY painful (I made a noise like a yodelling cat haha!). It took ages to heal and was quite painful (I am large breasted which I don’t think helps), so I took it out. I am now thinking about getting both of them done (older, wiser, more aware of correct follow-up care etc), and would welcome your advice. Thanks!

Hey there, I don’t normally recommend my clients to use numbing creams on nipple. I find it can change the skin by over saturating it and making the tissue rubbery.  Depending on your structure maybe it would be OK, but pop in to your piercer for a consult before you apply the cream to get it done.

I find that free handing nipples seems to be very comfortable if done by a piercer who has a lot of experience in this technique, just takes the clamping pain out of the equation (which I found was a bit bitey)

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Tongue (Venom)

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:53 AM

Filed under: Tongue

I was wondering, are these bumps normal? i got them on my last piercing but i thought maybe it was because i was pregnant and i healed slowly because of that but i would like to know what are these exactly, why are they here, and what would be the best way to encourage them to leave :] thank you

What you are reffering to is hypertropic scar tissue and is quite common with tongue piercings (especially venoms), when they are played with or if they have incorrectly sized jewellery.

My suggestion would be to try and reduce/clear the scar tissue by reducing any aggrivation, either from playing with it or from eating and biting on it. If it doesn’t go down, go back to your piercer to see if you can get a shorter bar in - which will stop you from accidentally annoying it.

You can also purchase Asprin tablets (Aspro-Clear) and put 1/4 of a tablet on the offending tissue twice a day for a couple weeks, it will ‘bubble’ and fizz away the scar tissue and leave your healthy normal tongue tissue just fine. I usually only suggest this for FULLY HEALED piercings and if it makes your tongue swell at all, stop imediately.

If it continues to grow or doesn’t go away after that, go into a professional piercing studio and ask them about removing it. Some piercers will and have great results (myself included), some think it is dangerous and will not offer it as a service.

Personally I pierce venoms further apart (on the top) as to stop them from knocking against eachother, I have a feeling this could also be causing the scar tissue. Trying different tops could be a good idea, if all else fails. 4mm balls can often be worn on tongues without issue, however you have to be careful that they don’t dig in.

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Tongue piercing questions

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 7:51 AM

Filed under: Tongue

Hey. I tried to submit a question earlier, but I have no clue if it was really submitted or not. But either way, I got my tongue pierced 4 days ago and I am very concerned with it getting infected, namely thrush because of the fact that I accidentally ate some food that has food in it that is made from dairy. Well for the past few days I’ve noticed that the back of my tongue from just behind the piercing on back is a yellowish color and I was wondering if this was normal? I have also noticed for the past couple of days that I have a sort of metallic taste in my mouth I was also wondering if this was normal? Then lastly, I was wondering if, instead of using the mouthwash that i’m currently using to rinse my mouth after every time I eat, is it okay to use the sea salt mixture in it’s place? Would using the sea salt mixture cut down on the possibility of getting an infection, like thrush, better than mouthwash? Sorry for all of the questions, i’m really anal about knowing everything that I can about what’s best for my piercings when they are healing.

Thanks for all your help.


Hello and first of all, relaaaaxxxxx. Our bodies are made to heal – its
what they do best. Sometimes over caring for an acute wound can actually
make it worse.

Eating dairy products, although is not necessarily recommended during the
initial healing phase, is okay – if you correctly rinse your mouth out
afterwards with saline solution or even in a pinch, normal water.

The discoloration that you are talking about is common with a fresh tongue
piercing. Sometimes bacteria (which are present in everyone’s mouth) can
build up and cause discoloration and smelly breath. Simply brush your
tongue, VERY gently, with your toothbrush and it will go away. Make sure
you don’t irritate the piercing while you do this.

The metallic taste you refer to is most likely the iron in your blood and
is 100% normal while it’s healing.

I suggest to use a non-alcohol based mouth rinse NO MORE than twice a day
(I do mine after breakfast and dinner). If you want to do more than that,
its fine, just use normal saline solution (eye-contact lens cleaner). This
will ensure a normal balance of good bacteria in your mouth, while
promoting quick healing.

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Tattoo of original artwork

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 4:39 AM

Filed under: Tattoos

Hi BME peeps.

My husband and I have a question about the etiquette of tattooing someone else’s original artwork - case in point, Out of Order by Max Grundy ( He want a few minor changes made to the image, he’s not sure at this stage. Should we ask the artist, purchase the print, have the tattoo artist make changes, or commission the original artist to make them? We want to make sure that the artist gets their fair share for their artwork. Also, what is the etiquette with bringing a piece of artwork like this to a tattoo artist?

With many thanks,


Most artists will not have a problem replicating an original artwork, however blantely coping someone else’s tattoo is a big no-no.

I would suggest to support the artist and buy the print, give it to the tattoo artist that you have selected to modify the design and perhaps make it ‘more tattooable’. Often designs have to be simplified in order for it to work out the best and only the tattooist will know the limitations of the skin.

You could even give the artist the print framed afterwards as a nice gift!

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Small bump behind me ear near peircing.

Tuesday May 1st, 2012 @ 7:45 PM

Filed under: Ear

Hi guys,

I had both of my ears pierced at 14g in August. They healed up with no problems or infections, and near the end of October, I stretched them to a 12g (my piercer did it for me, and they bled a little bit when he stretched them). Now around a little over a month ago, one of my tunnels was pulled out while I was sleeping, causing it to bleed a bit, but I cleaned it thoroughly then put it back in. After a few days or so, a small bump appeared on the back of my left ear near the piercing (not directly on the piercing, but its very close). At first I assumed it was a pimple because it was small and soft to touch. But after a week or so, it only shrunk a tiny bit. I had my piercer check it out, and he said that it was a “keloid”, and I simply had to rub it/massage it daily with soap on my fingers to help break down the “bacteria/gunk” inside so it could properly heal. Since I started doing that (around 3 or so weeks ago), it has gone down a bit, but is still there. I have also been using saline wound wash, as recommended by another piercer I know.

Now while I’m sure it’s just something I need to be patient with, I decided to ask on here because you guys are the professionals! I apologize if this can’t be analyzed properly without a picture, but I was just hoping you might have some advice towards a more effective solution for my situation.

Thanks much!

I don’t believe you have a keloid, It sounds more like
a hypertrophic scar. Hypertrophic scars are a cutaneous condition
characterized by deposits of excessive amounts of collagen which gives
rise to a raised scar, but not to the degree observed with keloids.
Like keloids, they form most often at the sites of pimples, body
piercings, cuts and burns. They often contain nerves and blood
vessels. They generally develop after thermal or traumatic injury that
involves the deep layers of the dermis. I would recommend you continue
to do your massages and everything should get back to normal soon.

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Piercings and Pregnancy

Tuesday May 1st, 2012 @ 7:43 PM

Filed under: Male Genital

I got an apadravya and frenum long time ago, but recently found out me and my wife are to be expecting a little one. We were just wanting to double check if sex with the apadravya will be ok and not cause any problems with the pregnancy? We’ve tried searching but really couldn’t find a definite answer about this particular circumstance with apadravya + pregnancy. Thank you for any help.

I can not see any problem with a healed piercing interfering with
pregnancy. The only possible problem would be comfort. As long as the
piercings are comfortable for your wife then you have nothing to worry

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A Very Old Piercing With Problems

Tuesday May 1st, 2012 @ 7:42 PM

Filed under: Navel

I got my navel piercing when I was 15 years old, and I am now almost 25. It has never once been infected, but every once in a while over the years, it gets sore/red/painful for a week or so. In the past couple years I’ve put on about 20 pounds, and the irritation comes more frequently. SO frequently, that I took it out, and let it “heal” a couple months ago.

A few days ago it started the sore/red/painful thing again without even having a ring in it. I figured it was best to put the jewelry back in rather than have it seal in the infection, if that’s what it is. I have sensitive skin, so I only buy surgical steel rings, so that’s definitely not it. I even bought an actual circular ring instead of a barbel so it wouldn’t be too tight.

ANYWAY, I just don’t really know what is wrong.. is it my weight gain? Could it be something else? I just don’t know why it would be doing this after months of not having a ring in. HELP?!

Its very hard to diagnose a problem like this without seeing your
piercing. Even healed piercings can get “grumpy” as i like to say. it
doesn’t take much to damage a healed piercing, catching it, sleeping
on it, getting some irritating chemical on it. But since you mention
that you have sensitive skin your best option might be to switch the
Titanium jewelry. My advice is find a local shop that carries titanium
jewelry and when you go in to purchase a new piece talk to the piercer
and show him the piercing. Seeing it in person might give him more
insight in the your trouble. I do not think you have an infection, but
again without seeing it I can not be certain. My best guess is that
there is some foreign object in the piercing, this can be anything
from a few specks of dust to something more substantial like a small
piece of metal flake from a previous piece of jewelry. Weight gain can
irrate a piercing but 20 lbs does not sound like enough to make a
difference. Salt soaks might help remove anything stuck inside.

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monroe redness

Tuesday May 1st, 2012 @ 7:40 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

Okay so I got my monroe pierced 5 days ago. It’s looking pretty good except that it’s still red around it. I do not think it’s infected because there is no puss coming out of it or anything and the inside looks totally fine. I emailed my piercer and he said this is totally normal. But, I’m getting paranoid! Almost every person I see says “That’s infected!” I’m really getting tired of hearing it. I know that they pierce with a long piece of jewelry and I do get it caught on my gums sometimes. Will the redness go away once I can switch to a shorter post and don’t get it caught on my gums anymore? I’m doing my SSS 2 times a day. Help please!

Everything you have told me sounds perfectly normal. Your piercer
was correct. Redness is nothing more than a sign that something is
healing. 5 days is still very early in the healing process. Keep doing
your SSS and make sure to follow all the aftercare instructions your
piercer gave you. I would expect the redness to disappear long before
you change to a shorter post but downsizing will definantly prevent it
from getting caught on your gums as much.

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dead stretching may have messed up progress

Tuesday May 1st, 2012 @ 7:38 PM

Filed under: Ear

I have had my ear lobes stretched to 1/2 inch for about two year now. I recently got the urge to step up. In the past I have used silicone plugs to dead stretch my ears. I know the whole taper and non-porous jewelry way is preferred, but I was trying to go cheap and it works. I bought some 5/8″ plugs because I was trying to go too big too quick, completely kipping 9/16″. My ears got swollen and were very sensitive. After a few days, I decided to take them out and give my ears a rest. The swelling has almost completely gone down, except for in the fistula. It has been 3 days with no jewelry what so ever and my ears feel about 75% back to normal. I tried sticking a half inch taper through while in the shower but it makes around half way before pain. I am worried that irritating my piercings, coupled with the lack of jewelry, has reduced their size drastically. It is still a little swollen so I don’t know the full severity yet, but right now it look like 2g would be the biggest jewelry I could fit. Is it possible to get back to at least the 1/2″ inch I was at without having to work my way up? They were like that for 2 years, could 2 days have set me back that far?

This is a prime example of why I do NOT recommend stretching with
silicone. With the amount of damage that you have done to your
earlobes I think they deserve a break. You say that you think they are
75% back to normal, you should wait until they are 100%. When you
stretch with silicone the tackiness of the jewelry actually grabs your
skin and slowly rips little sections all around the hole. with this
amount of damage any further pressure or irritation can only make the
situation worse. I would suggest waiting until all sensitivity is gone
and starting slowly. Once your ears have been to a certain size it is
much easier to get back. I don’t think you will be starting at 1/2 but
if you can comfortable fit something smaller in then start from there.

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