• Wash hands thoroughly prior to cleaning your piercing
  • Use a cotton bud soaked in saline solution to remove the white crusts that will form around the the holes of your piercing 3 times daily
  • Avoid make-up on your facial piercings as this will irritate them and prolong your healing time
  • Avoid touching and playing with your piercing

Lip and cheek Piercings

  • Wash hands thoroughly prior to cleaning your piercing
  • Use a cotton bud soaked in saline solution to remove the white crusts that will form around the the holes of your piercing 3 times daily
  • Rinse once a day with an antiseptic mouthwash
  • Avoid lipstick and make-up around the immediate area
  • Change jewellery for a shorter length after approx. 3-4 weeks
  • Avoid oral sex for the duration of the healing
  • If you go swimming or play sports that make you sweat, clean piercing immediately after you’ve finished
  • Sterile saline solution is also sold as contact lens cleaner.

Tongue piercings – non-smoker

  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash once in the morning and once at night before bed
  • Always have ice-cubes, ice lollies, ice cream etc. to hand – this will help relieve any discomfort
  • Stay away from spicy foods for the first few days
  • Change jewellery for a shorter length after approx. 3-4 weeks – keeping the longer length in can harm your teeth and gums
  • Avoid oral sex for the duration of the healing
  • Do not play with your piercing for the healing period

Tongue piercings – smoker

  • Follow care as above except use mouthwash 3-4 times daily and have a drink of something after each cigarette

Navel & Nipple Piercings

  • Wash hands prior to cleaning piercing
  • Use a cotton bud soaked in saline solution 3 times daily to remove the white crust that forms during the healing period
  • Avoid touching and playing with piercing until after it has healed, no restrictive clothing should be worn
  • Clean immediately after any swimming or sporting activity
  • Sterile saline solution is also sold as contact lens cleaner.
Troublesome Healing Piercings
If an irritation has occurred with your piercing, a good method to get back to normal is to do the following:

  • Boil some water
  • Pour into a shot glass
  • Add sea salt
  • As hot as you can, (not boiling)! immerse the body part into the shot glass for about 3 minutes.
  • Taking some of the sea salt out of the glass with a cotton bud, apply it on the piercing and irritation. Leave for a couple of minutes and rinse.

Do this twice a day for a week and you should see a huge improvement!


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