Piercing Aftercare

Treat your new piercing as you would any wound.  Personal hygiene is paramount for the healing process. If you are healthy and keep yourself clean, your body can heal perfectly well; overuse of cleaning agents or microbe control agents, will only irritate the healing tissue. For all oral and nipple piercings safe sex should be practised until your piercing is fully healed.

  • Only touch your piercing when you are cleaning it.
  • Only clean your piercing after you have washed your hands.
  • Do not let anyone else touch your piercing.
  • A little redness and white scab or discharge is normal.
  • Do not use alcohol, peroxide, ointments, creams, moisturisers, hand-sanitisers, perfumes, sprays, powders, oils, sunscreens, or hair products on/or near your piercing.
  • Do not submerge your piercing in water until it heals. 
  • Avoid tight clothing.  This includes hats, belts etc.
  • No tanning.

Aftercare solution can be purchased from our studio.

Alternatively you can use either one or both of the following solutions for cleaning your piercing. 

Use a mild saline solution, preferably sea salt although table salt can also be used. Dilute ½ teaspoon of sea salt in a pint of water.  Or use a mild liquid antibacterial or germicidal soap to clean your piercing.Then bathe the piercing site carefully with a cotton wool swab removing any crusting that may have occurred.  Ensure that the jewellery will turn freely.  Clean your piercing twice a day and pat the area dry.

Signs of Infection

Infection will sometimes have some of the following symptoms; however you should seek advice if you have any concerns regarding your new piercing.

  • Increased pain
  • Increased swelling
  • Redness beyond the piercing site
  • The piercing has a dark discharge
  • High body temperature
  • Tenderness to touch or a lump under the skin

What to avoid

To enable your new piercing to heal the following is advisable:

  • Avoid stress and recreational drug use including excessive caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.
  • Avoid spicy foods, citrus fruits and juices as this may burn and irritate your new tongue piercing.
  • Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.
  • Avoid over cleaning your new piercing.
  • Avoid submerging the piercing, such as lakes, pools and Jacuzzis.
  • Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions and sprays etc.

What should I expect from my piercing as it is healing?

  • Initially you could experience, some bleeding, localised swelling, tenderness or bruising.
  • During the healing process you may have, some discolouration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form a crust on the jewellery.  The tissue may tighten around the jewellery as it heals.
  • Once healed the jewellery may not more freely in the piercing. Do not force it.
  • If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.
  • A piercing may seem healed before healing is complete. This is because piercing heal from the outside in. Be patient and keep cleaning your piercing throughout the whole healing period. 

Approximate Healing Times

Healing times are different for each person; your own piercings may take less time to heal, or they may take a little longer.

  • Lobe: 4-6 weeks
  • Eyebrow: 6-8 weeks
  • Nose: (nostril): 3-4 months
  • Lip: 2-3 months
  • Industrial: 3-9 months
  • Navel: 6-9 months
  • Tongue: 4-8 weeks
  • Nipple: 3-6 months
  • Tragus: 3-9 months
  • Conch: 3-9 months
  • Rook: 3-9 months
  • Snug: 3-9 months
  • Forward Helix: 3-9 months
  • Septum: 4-8 weeks