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Hello there, just wanting some advice.

I had my first piercing done, o say 8 years ago. No problems for a long time and healed normally. One day on holiday abroad last year my piercing just fell out onto the floor. Looking at the piercing site the skin had snapped and I had left just two bumps of skin and the scar.

I went to see my piercer who just told me to let it heel and come back in 3 months to get it repierced.
I did this and while the site calmed down I had a scar and the two small bumps.

On the re-pierce in Aug last year, all was fine, the right size bar and metal put it. All seemed to be healing fine, had not changed it as i was told that may have been the reason for the last one going wrong.

Over the last few months it's been bleeding and Pussy. So I treated it like a new piercing, washing it with the piercing after lotion. It then went hard and scaly and almost like I could see the bar. I tried ti get back to the piercer but he's closed his shop. (this is the same guy who I went ti years ago to first have it done).

Last night I took it out as it sore. This morning I cant even see the holes. It's like they are not there and it's one red mess.


My article at describes a bit more about what could happen to cause rejection in a variety of different situations:

What if my jewelry changes position or is rejected?
First, we want to assure you that we have done our best to minimize the risk of a piercing rejecting through years of research and observation.

We have researched and developed our techniques and continue to improve upon them to rule out negative side effects clients have experienced. A mixture of simplifications, precautions, and better judgment based on proven clinical and laboratory science make the resulting piercings much more comfortable, infection free, and faster to heal.

We found that the friction, contamination, and chemical irritation greatly impede the comfort and successful healing of your piercing. Friction tends to come from jewelry that doesn't fit properly, trying to heal a piercing with a ring shape, or a piercing that gets bumped around a lot or slept on during healing. Contamination is caused by dirty fingers and dirty fluids (DON'T touch your piercing!). Harsh aftercare products (antibacterial soap, strong salt solutions) and contamination from other personal care products (moisturizing soap, hair spray, shampoo, etc) are the most common causes of chemical irritation.

This unfortunately doesn't mean that there is no risk of rejection. If you suspect that your piercing is rejecting, let us know. It may just be part of the normal healing process. It may be that we need to adjust the jewelry you are wearing. It may be that we need to help you figure out the source of a chemical irritation. Most of the time there is something we can do, even if it's just to assure you that everything is ok.

*Where are you located? I may be able to refer you to a qualified colleague of mine in your area.  

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Brian Skellie


I can answer questions in regards to and not limited to: jewelry safety, specifically material, shape, proportion, and related issues; aseptic technique and sterilization as it applies to piercing safety; ethical issues of technique and bedside manner; the aftercare and recovery process for piercings. *Available for consultation.


Body artist and founder of Piercing Experience (1992), and SciCan Authorized Dealer of STATIM Sterilizers and related infection control products

Currently serving on the APP Board of Directors as President, formerly as Global Media Director 2013-2014, International Liaison 2010-13, Treasurer 1997-99. Over fifteen years with ASTM and APP.

The Point Journal of the Association of Professional Piercers, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing

I regularly participate and teach in many APP and related body art educational programs. I keep current certifications for OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid, and CPR.

Awards and Honors
APP President's Award, Best Freehand Piercer, Best of Atlanta

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Tens of thousands of one on one client experiences as the founder of Piercing Experience in Atlanta, GA, USA *Body jewelry design and safety expert: Member ASTM committee F04( former Member AAMI ( Research advisor and educator for the APP for over a decade( teaching advanced studio setup, sterilization and equipment management, freehand piercing, aseptic/sterile technique and much more. Distributor and Body Art expert for SciCan StatIM sterilization and infection control products. and

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