The statement on this image should be taken in the context of a much longer and more involved conversation on body jewelry materials safety.
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.
- Some PTFE Teflon could be chemically safe, but the same applies to know your source is refined for medical quality contact with human tissue.
- Some plastics have very unsafe endocrine disrupting properties.
- Make sure the body jewelry is polished and properly cleaned
- Make sure the body jewelry can be, and has been, safely sterilized.
- Steam autoclave (by the studio) or ETO gas (by the manufacturer) are two common sterilization options; dry heat and liquid chemical baths are not effective.
- Finding sterilized acrylic jewelry is not likely, and there is nothing you can do at home 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