Emu oil is a natural alternative aftercare for piercing and tattoos. Even though it is an oil, it has been proven that emu oil does not clog the pores, therefore allowing the skin to breathe during the healing process (unlike most commercially made aftercare products that are petroleum based). Studies have shown that emu oil penetrates through all layers of the skin and is rich in nutrients (essential fatty acids) that feed the skin to aid in new cell development that can help hasten the healing process. Emu oil is also a natural emollient keeping the skin moist and pliable.
Apply emu oil immediately after new artwork has been cleaned to relieve the discomfort and reduce the inflammation and redness. Emu oil will help set the colors (due to its deep penetrating properties) and will help reduce plasma oozing. Using emu oil 2-3 times a day during the healing process will keep the area moist, reducing or eliminating the flaking and/or scabbing that often occurs. Emu oil can prevent the need for touch-ups which saves the artist time and money, and makes for a happy customer. Note: apply emu oil only to clean skin.
Apply emu oil 2-3 times daily after the piercing has been cleaned. Gently massage a single drop of emu oil around the opening of the piercing (entrance and exit) with clean finger. Emu oil is safe to use on tongue piercings, labrets and genital piercings.
Apply emu oil daily as needed on clean surface with clean hands. Emu oil will keep the area moist and pliable. Helps prevent tears and blow-outs on ear stretching. Put a drop of emu oil on larger gauge jewelry before insertion to ease discomfort and increase slide.
NOTE: Emu oil comes from a layer of fat off the back of the bird. It is one of the by-products of the animal when it is processed. Emu oil is NOT a Vegan friendly product. Most vegetarians will use emu oil because 97% of the bird is utilized (meat, hide, carcass, organs, feathers, fat).
Also, emu oil should not be used on scarification or branding as emu oil hastens the healing process and inhibits scabbing.
Information edited (with permission) from the Desert Palms Emu Ranch website.