The statement on this image should be taken in the context of a much longer and more involved conversation on body jewelry materials safety in which we discussed the potential advantages and disadvantages of different products. Generalization, even for the sake of summarization for a sales pitch, can be inappropriate.
http://jewelry.piercing.org/ explains how not to get taken advantage of:
- Make sure the jewelry is chemically safe.
- Some PMMA acrylic could be chemically safe, but it is virtually impossible to know if that is what you are buying without certification of tests from the manufacturer.
- Some PTFE Teflon could be chemically safe, but the same applies to know your source is refined for medical quality contact with human tissue. (ASTM F754)
- Some plastics have very unsafe endocrine disrupting properties.
- Make sure the body jewelry is smooth and properly cleaned.
- Make sure the body jewelry can be, and has been, safely sterilized.
- Steam autoclave (by the studio) or ETO gas or H2O2 gas plasma (by the manufacturer) are sterilization options; dry heat and liquid chemical baths are not effective.
- Finding sterilized acrylic jewelry is uncommon, and there is very little one could do in a home setting to get it clean enough to put in contact with stretched, damaged or healing piercings.
Don’t buy body jewelry from retailers that do not offer these qualifications.
Image created from a quote of mine in a conversation with dandypenguinbastard.tumblr.com