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.


Step 1: Daily cleaning

Keeping your piercing clean is the most important thing you can do to ensure it heals correctly and doesn’t become infected. We recommended that you use antimicrobial soap applied gently around your piercing, without pushing or pulling on it. It is vital that you do not remove your jewellery at all during this stage, and make sure you don’t overclean; as this can lead to irritation and issues with piercing rejection. Rinse away all residue with clean water and dry thoroughly using a hairdryer.

Step 2: Saline soaks

Use a saline solution soak at least once a day to promote healing and relieve pain in the area. For the most effective results, soak a cotton pad or gauze with a saline solution and apply to both sides of the piercing for 5-10 minutes. This helps break down any scabbing and keeps the area clean and clear.

Step 3: Provide proper protection

It can be very tempting to touch a newly pierced area, but keeping your hands well away from your new piercing is a must for it to heal. Even if the area becomes itchy or inflamed, don’t be tempted to touch or pick on it. (Depending on the placement of your piercing, your piercer may suggest gently rotating the piercing to ensure full movement after a few days of healing.) We also recommend steering clear of any activities that may push or pull on the piercing, or make it wet, such as swimming.

Step 4: Live a healthy lifestyle

Our health can also play a large part in how well our body heals. Particularly for piercings around the mouth, not smoking or drinking alcohol is a good idea. For all piercings, ensuring you’re eating well and getting plenty of rest can also speed up the healing process, and help you to fight off those nasty bacteria looking to make a home in your new piercing site.


  • Beyond the steps provided to help you care for your piercing correctly, each piercer has a different opinion on the best aftercare for you – it’s worth listening to what they have to say to ensure that your piercing heals properly.
  • To ensure faster healing and less chance of infection, opting for smaller, less obtrusive jewellery with hypoallergenic metals is recommended for your initial piercing. With Bling has a wide range of barbell earrings made from solid gold, titanium and stainless steel.
  • As with any wound, washing your hands thoroughly if you do have to touch the area is a must.
  • It’s normal for piercings to look less than attractive whilst healing. Mild discomfort, swelling, redness, itching, bleeding, scabbing and even clear or white pus is common during the first week. However, if you’re experiencing any signs of infection persistently after this period, you should head to a specialist to get it checked out.


Although new piercings are awesome and exciting, taking proper care of them is vital. By getting a new piercing, you are taking on the responsibility for caring for a wound on your body. As such, proper aftercare is required to ensure proper healing, reduce pain and discomfort, and the chance of piercings being rejected by your body. Following the simple aftercare routine will speed up the healing process so you can change your jewellery or get the next part of your curated ear piercing project sooner.

If you are considering a new piercing, and you’re unsure about the proper aftercare process, then speaking to your piercer is the best place to start. Their experience will guide you on the best way to care for your piercing and will keep it looking great for years to come.