One of the most important steps in a body piercing or tattoo is proper preparation of the skin. Not only should the skin be cleansed, but the area should also be disinfected using an antibacterial agent such as benzalkonium chloride. Benzalkonium chloride (also known as ‘benz’) is actually superior to alcohol in that it not only disinfects better than alcohol, but it does not burn like alcohol does in an open wound. Furthermore, unlike alcohol, benz does not dry out the skin.
Make sure you are using fresh skin preparation supplies that are well before their expiration dates to insure effectiveness. You may purchase Benzalkonium Chloried towelettes from respected companies that offer body piercing supplies online. Or, you can usually find them at your local drug store or pharmacy.