|If you are under 18, there is no sure way to convince your parents to let you. Nor are they required to see it your way. If this happens, just wait till you turn 18 and see if you still want it.
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES GET A PIERCING WHILE YOU ARE UNDERAGE FROM A PIERCING STUDIO THAT IS WILLING TO DO THE PIERCE A MINOR!!! . If they're willing to break an age law, they are more than likely willing to break hygiene laws, as well. NOT worth the risk for immediate gratification. Running off and getting a piercing from shady piercing artists and contracting a needle-borne disease is NOT going to convince your parents that you are mature enough to handle the responsibility of taking care of a piercing.
On Pain: Yes, of course it hurts. The amount of pain that you experience will be contingent on two things: 1. the skill of the piercer. 2. how relaxed you are.
If you are tense, or if you jerk or move while the needle or jewelry are being inserted, it's going to hurt a lot more. Trust the piercer. Take deep breaths. The piercer will tell you to take a big breath in through your nose and then to let it out quickly through your mouth. When you lift weights, you exhale for the greatest exertion. By a similar token, exhaling on the insertion of the needle will make you more relaxed and less likely to move or jerk. You will be more concentrated on your breath than on the needle. Keep your eyes closed, even if you aren't squeamish about needles.
By the time you feel the needle, it's already through your skin. If you concentrate on the pressure of the clamp, you barely feel the needle in comparison. A brief sting after the needle is in place is common. It's certainly not unbearable. Eyebrow piercing hurts much less than nostril, cartilage or tongue piercing.
Pain, Inflammation, Redness, Swelling, Bleeding, Infection are not EVER normal parts of post-pierce healing.
Crusties are normal. Clear to yellow fluid (NOT PUS) is the liquid part of your blood that separates out and then dries on the piercing. It is not indicative of infection. If you notice it, use warm saline solution (1/4 table spoon epsom or sea salt to 1/2 cup water or just sterile contact lens solution) to soften the crusties enough to remove them from the jewelry. If you rotate the jewelry with crusties through the piercing, the crusties will scratch the inside of the piercing, prolonging healing time.
All you need to heal any skin piercing is Dial Soap or any other antibacterial soap with Triclosan as its active ingredient and Bactine. Liquid soaps with Triclosan are gentle enough not to dry your skin out, but will provide optimum germ-killing power. Bactine is very gentle and will kill any remaining germs. Bactine also has an added topical anesthetic in it. Wash your piercing twice a day.
DO NOT TOUCH YOUR PIERCING UNLESS YOU HAVE WASHED YOUR HANDS.
Neosporin is not good for piercings. The antibacterial chemicals are too strong to promote healthy skin regrowth. Also, the petroleum base can trap any bacteria that it doesn't kill, causing an infection, or making one worse. Neosporin is appropriate only for topical use (including the first couple days of a tattoo, again, too strong for prolonged use) not for puncture wounds, such as piercings.
As for my credentials, what makes me such a know-it-all, is experience. I have 2 tattoos and 21 piercings (Ears, Cartilage, Nostril, Eyebrow, Tongue and Navel) amassed over the course of the last 12 years. I've learned by now what works and what doesn't.