General Aftercare Guide

Congratulations on obtaining the piercing you've always wanted! Learn here how to take proper care of your piercings as they heal. Please scroll down and select your preferred guide to view a customized aftercare guide for your piercing.

Cleaning Practice

  • Before cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason, properly wash your hands.
  • As the wound heals, SPRAY it with sterile saline wound wash. It is not required to move or rotate jewelry during washing or rinsing, and doing so could irritate the piercing.
  • Soak in saline solutions twice a day using a sterile gauze (lint free) or a fresh tissue to soften the buildup and gently remove it with the corner of the tissue or lint-free gauze.
  • Never clean your piercings with cotton buds, alcohol or peroxide. Or any other item containing lint.

Tips that comes Hands

  • Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave the piercing alone except when cleaning.
  • During healing, do not twist, spin, or rotate your jewelry.
  • Do not remove your jewelry during the healing process as it will begin to close immediately.
  • Avoid using chemicals like alcohol, Neosporin, or Bactine to clean your piercing as they may irritate it.
  • While your piercing heals, we advise not swimming in freshwater lakes or chlorinated pool water.
  • Keep your cosmetics, moisturizers, body creams, and perfumes away from the piercing.
  • The dried debris is linked to the healing tissue; do not pick or pull it.
  • Take cautious not to irritate the fresh piercing. Take care when washing and styling your hair, putting on and taking off your clothes, and avoid sleeping on a recently pierced area.
  • While you sleep, place your ear in the middle opening of a travel pillow.
  • Exercise and sweating during healing is fine. Avoid activities that could jostle or aggravate the piercing. Keep the piercing protected from bacteria present on gym equipment or exercise mats.
  • Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping.
  • Showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria. If you bathe in a tub, clean it well before each use and rinse off your piercing when you get out.
  • Unless there is a problem with the size, style, or material of the initial jewelry, leave it in place for the entire healing process. Many piercings require a downsized before the piercing is healed, Visit us for the same as soon as the phase of swelling ends.
  • Leave jewelry in at all times. Even well-healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes! If removed, reinsertion can be difficult or impossible. Contact your piercer for a non-metallic jewelry alternative if your metal jewelry must be temporarily removed (such as for a medical procedure).
  • With clean hands or paper products, be sure to regularly check threaded and threadless ends on your jewelry for tightness.
  • Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, simply remove the jewelry (or have a professional piercer remove it for you) and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole closes. Body piercings create a permanent change to the body, while most scarring is minimal, piercings will leave scars in their absence.

Healing Periods & What to expect

  • Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising.
  • During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
  • A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is actually complete. This is because this type of wound will heal from the outside to the inside. Although it may feel fine on the outside, the interior could still be fragile. Be patient, and keep the piercing clean throughout the entire healing period.
  • Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. Cleaning your piercings as part of your normal hygiene routine can help them stay clean and avoid having normal, possibly smelly, secretions accumulate.
  • TIP: Piercings, even healed ones, can shrink or close in minutes, even after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in—do not leave it empty.