The process of getting a new piercing isn’t over once you leave the chair. To ensure your new piercing looks at its best, it’s essential to follow a stringent aftercare process to prevent infection, promote healing and leave your piercing looking great for years to come. If you’re new to piercing, or you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to follow, then you’ve come to the right place.
Why aftercare is important
Although new piercings are awesome and exciting, taking proper care of them is vital. Following a simple aftercare routine will ensure proper healing, reduce pain and discomfort, and the chance of piercings being rejected by your body. It will also speed up the healing process so you can change into your new earrings sooner.
Healing times vary and initial piercing earrings must remain in for the below times.
Ear lobes: 6-8 weeks
Ear Cartilage: 12 weeks
Don’t touch your piercing! Do not pick, scratch or play with the area. Try to avoid knocking your piercing and take extra care when washing or brushing your hair.
KEEP THE AREA CLEAN
Clean your piercing with a saline solution twice a day for at least 4 weeks until it is fully healed. Do not clean excessively as this can lead to dryness, irritation, and issues with piercing rejection.
Avoid direct contact with chemicals such as hair spray, perfume, and lotion.
Pool days will have to wait! No swimming until piercing is fully healed as chlorine and salt water can pose a risk of infection.
AVOID SLEEPING ON YOUR PIERCING
Avoid sleeping on your piercing until completely healed as this can cause irritation and prolong healing.
TIE YOUR HAIR UP
Keep your hair away from the new piercing to prevent it from getting caught. Moreover, our hair carries natural oils and potential germs that can infect your piercing. Avoid this by tying your hair up.
ROTATE AND DOWNSIZE
After 4-6 weeks, you can gently rotate your earrings only in the shower. Change your initial piercing earrings to a shorter and snugger fitting post after swelling subsides for better comfort and healing.