Piercing Aftercare Instructions

Body Piercing Aftercare

The cleaning and aftercare for your new piercing is VITAL to it's longevity and health...The better you treat your new piercing, the better it will look and longer it will last!


Wash your hands WELL with antibacterial soap. Dry with clean paper towel. (not fabric)

Rinse your new piercing with warm water to soften any dried blood or discharge.

Use any non-scented, non-colored antibacterial soap and create suds in your hands and gently wash the piercing with your clean hands or a Q-tip.

(I recommend Cetaphil or Cerave brand cleansers)

-DO NOT turn/rotate/fuss excessively with the jewelry as this can cause bacteria to enter the new wound and irritate the piercing.

-DO NOT put soap directly into the new piercing.

Rinse all soap residue off with warm water. Pat dry with a clean paper towel. (not fabric)

-Repeat this process two to three times a day for the first two months of your new piercing.

-You can also use a saline wound wash like H2Ocean Piercing Spray if more convenient for work or school.  DO NOT overuse salt/saline products as it will result in a dried out and angry piercing.

-Saline solution can also be made at home by mixing 1/4TSP sea salt (not iodized table salt) and 8oz of distilled water.

-In addition to cleaning the outside of oral piercings according to the instructions above, Listerine or a mouthwash must be used after eating/drinking/smoking for the first month.

-Mouthwash and toothpaste used for the first month of a new piercing should be without alcohol or whitening agents as these can be too harsh for a new piercing.

-Normal reactions include bleeding, bruising, swelling, tenderness, and slight discharge.

Ice and Tylenol can be used to help with any discomfort and swelling.

Do NOT touch your piercing without thoroughly washing your hands first.

Do NOT let anyone else touch your new piercing...under NO circumstances.

Do NOT rotate or play with the jewelry excessively.

Do NOT use makeup, ointment, lotion, peroxide, alcohol, perfume or band-aids on or near new piercings.

Do NOT submerge under water. NO bathtubs, jacuzzi, swimming pools, ocean for the first month.

-Regularly check your piercing to ensure that it is clean and the jewelery is secure.

Avoid sexual contact for the first two weeks to a month for applicable piercings.

-MicroDermal piercings require a band-aid to be worn for the first month at all times, and for a full two months while sleeping.

-MicroDermal piercings will NOT heal properly without the necessary band-aid aftercare.

The aftercare of your new piercing is the most important element to ensure your it heals properly and smoothly!!

Do NOT listen to your friend's advice...Everyone's body is different and reacts differently to piercings, so if you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to call the shop or stop in!

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