We hope you love your new piercing! Here’s how to keep it looking and feeling great:
Do not touch, twist, or move your jewelry in your piercing. Doing so can introduce bacteria and cause infection, or at the very least greatly irritate your piercing and delay healing. The old myth that you need to twist the jewelry to keep your skin from sticking to it or growing into your jewelry is outdated and will not happen.
When your piercing is first healing, things may seem “tight” or “stuck”, usually from dried secretions called “crusties” or scabs. As with any cut or scrape, don’t pick these off! allow them to come off in their own time.
Rinse the piercing with warm water whenever you shower or wash your face, and be sure to thoroughly but gently dry afterward with a blowdryer on the “cool” setting, or with sterile gauze. Avoid using cotton swabs or balls as the cotton fibers can wrap around the jewelry and cause problems. If you don’t have access to clean water or your piercing is hard to reach in the shower, spray sterile saline wound wash (not contact solution) on the piercing to rinse away debris.
Don’t use any harsh chemicals or cleansers to clean the piercing, including peroxide, neosporin, rubbing alcohol, bactine, betadine, hibiclens, antibacterial soap, etc. Essentially if you wouldn’t put it in your eyeball, keep it off the piercing!
Once the initial swelling and redness have subsided, see your piercer ASAP for a complimentary downsize! This is where your piercer will install a shorter piece of jewelry in the piercing than what you were originally pierced with, so it will be less likely to snag or get caught on hair, clothes, etc. Appropriately fitted jewelry will also be more resistant to migration.
Keep the piercing out of bodies of water for at least 2 months, and maybe longer for some piercings that take longer to heal. Bodies of water are laden with chemicals and bacteria, and exposing a new piercing to this is very risky.
For oral piercings, swish with cool water anytime you eat, drink, or smoke, and avoid straws or other suction that may increase swelling. There is no need to use more mouthwash than usual as this can disrupt the natural flora of the mouth.