Piercing Aftercare

There’s nothing worse than a beautiful piercing getting ruined by an infection. Luckily, infections or other accidents towards piercings can be avoiding by simply following proper aftercare advice. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns about your piercing please contact us.

 

What To Do:

 

Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.

 

Clean your piercing no more than 1-2 times a day. Any more may cause the piercing to dry out delaying healing. Don’t leave the cleanser on for longer than 30 seconds. It’s important to rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of soap.

 

Dry the piercing by patting it with a clean paper towel. Allow the rest to air dry. Avoiding using cloth towels as these can snag on the piercings.

 

Soak the piercings for 5-10 minutes twice a day. A spray can also be used. For certain piercing, sit may be easier to apply the saline solution with a paper towel soaking in it. Consult with your piercer on how they recommend you to clean.

 

Some initial bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising is normal for piercings. If it persists or becomes too painful contact us immediately.

 

As the piercing heals there may be discoloration, itching, secretion, or crust formation. While not appealing to look at, these are all normal. If you see pus or the irritation persists contact your piercer.

 

The tissue will tighten around the jewelry as it heals. Once it is healed the piercing may take a while to move freely. Don’t try to force it.

 

The external appearance of the piercing may look healed before it is. Often the exterior heals before the interior does. Be patient and clean throughout the entire recommended period.

 

Removing a piercing before recommended can cause the hole to close in just a few minutes. If you have to remove a piercing or change out the jewelry come back in and we will do it for you.

 

DO NOT:

 

Do not clean with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, or other harsh soaps. These can dry out the piercing causing more damage. Ask your piercer for a list of approved soaps and cleaners.

 

Do not use ointments or creams. These prevent air from getting to the piercing.

 

Do not over clean. This can delay healing and irritate the area.

 

Do not twist or spin your piercing. Many people believe twisting a piercing helps but this actually only causes more damage to the skin. Avoid touching it at all costs unless you are cleaning it.

 

Do not remove your piercing or switch it out before the recommended time. The hole can close quicker than you’d think.

 

Do not wear clothing or accessories that could potentially catch on the piercings. This will damage the area and cause you pain.

 

Do not engage in activities that could result in your piercing being hit or tugged on.

 

Do not submerge the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as pools, lakes, oceans, or hot tubs. Bacteria and other things can get into the piercing leading to infection.

 

Do not remove a piercing if you think it is infected. This can cause the infection to spread. Contact us if you have concerns and we will advise you on what to do next.