Body Piercing Aftercare
Follow your piercer’s advice, they truly do know what’s best. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to stop by or give us a call, we are always willing to help.
WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
Using a gentle soap, gently lather around the piercing and rinse as needed. Avoid using harsh soaps, or
soaps with dyes, fragrances, or triclosan.
RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the
jewelry through the piercing.
DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag
on jewelry, causing injury.
WHAT IS NORMAL?
• Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising.
• During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form
some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
• Once healed: the jewelry may not move 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
• A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the
outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout
the entire healing period.
• Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes 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.
WHAT TO AVOID
• Avoid moving jewelry in an unhealed piercing, or picking away dried discharge with your fingers.
• Avoid cleaning with Betadine®, Hibiciens®, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial® or other soaps containing
triclosan, as these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.
• Avoid Bactine®, pierced ear care solutions and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK).
These can be irritating and are not intended for long term wound care.
• Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing
• Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and
hair sprays, etc.