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Taking Care of Your Piercing

Cleaning Your Piercing:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly before cleaning your piercing.

  • Flush the area of the piercing two to three times a day with a fine mist additive-free sterile saline spray, letting the saline air dry.

  • Rinse the piercing in the shower before getting out, after any shampoo, conditioner and body/face wash.

  • Avoid soaps, alcohol, and peroxide. These products are too harsh for a healing piercing and can cause irritation.

  • Avoid picking at "crusties" - whitish-yellow crusty material that may build up on the piercing or jewelry.

  • Avoid using towels, cotton swabs, woven gauze and q-tips to clean/dry off your piercing.

  • For oral piercings: rinse the inside of your mouth with cold purified water. Only use mouthwash once a day, so long as it is alcohol-free.

Things to Avoid:

  • Avoid playing with, twisting/turning, and touching your jewelry. Excessive motion can damage healthy cell growth and delay healing.

  • Avoid sleeping on your piercing. Long term pressure on healing piercings can cause piercings to migrate, or heal at different angles than the initial piercing.

  • Avoid removing your jewelry. Even healed piercings can shrink or close in a matter or minutes.

  • Avoid submerging your piercing in any body of water (lakes, pools, baths, oceans, rivers, etc) for the first 6-8 weeks of healing. These can harbor bacteria or chemicals harmful to healing piercings and can lead to complications in healing.

  • Avoid letting your piercing come into contact with make up, hair spray, lotions, and other beauty products.

  • Be careful with towels, q-tips, clothing, glasses, or other items that may bump or rub against your healing piercing.

What is Normal?:

  • Initially: some bleeding, swelling, tenderness, soreness, and/or bruising.

  • During healing: some discoloration, itchiness, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. Avoid picking at this crusty material.

  • You may have "good days" and "bad days" with a healing piercing. Try to listen to your body to better care for your piercing.

  • A few months after receiving your piercing, your jewelry may have excess room/length. We pierce with slightly longer/larger jewelry initially to compensate for any swelling. Downsizing jewelry can make it more comfortable to wear, as well as discourage it from easily catching on things. Your jewelry can be downsized for the price of a new post/ring/barbell, and you can keep the original jewelry as a spare or for future projects!

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