Wash your hands thoroughly with hot soapy water.
Wipe away any dry matter using clean kitchen roll or non-woven gauze and water or sterile saline. Cotton buds and tissue leave tiny fibres behind which can get stuck and irritate the area, so try to avoid these.
Dry your piercing thoroughly (entry and exit) using a separate piece of clean kitchen roll, non-woven gauze.
Warm running water is also perfectly safe, so if you’re having a shower you can rinse off any debris with the water. Remember to rinse shampoo and conditioner residue from the piercing. Dry your piercing and your hair thoroughly afterwards. DO NOT sleep with wet hair.
For lip piercings, care for the outside as explained above. For the inside of the mouth (smiley, tongue and the inside of lip piercings) maintain your usual oral hygiene routine. Brush, floss and mouthwash (non alcoholic!) twice a day. After food, rinse your mouth out with some cool water. This will get rid of any food residue left behind. Rinsing with cold water can also help with swelling!
We recommend cleaning your piercing only when it needs it, if you see crust give it a clean, no crusty, no cleany! Over-cleaning can be extremely irritating and can mean your piercing will take longer to heal.
If your piercing has an attachment, check that it is secure regularly, natural movement/cleaning/fiddling can make it loose and then fall off. It is up to you to keep on top of checking this, if you loose you attachment/cannot get it back on secure the post with tape and pop back when you can for assistance.
What’s Considered Normal?
Bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness and bruising, this is all very normal for the first few days/weeks.
During the entire healing period your piercing can remain sore, you may also get some dis-colouration, itching and secretion of a whitishyellow fluid (not pus) that will form as a crust around the jewellery.
The tissue may feel tight around the jewellery, never force it. Once healed, your piercing may accumulate smelly bodily secretions, this means your piercing needs a good clean!
Lumps and Bumps
We often refer to these as irritation bumps (NOT Keloids). These bumps will form when something is irritating the piercing, such as; knocking/pulling/twisting/playing/sleeping on it. The only way to get rid of them is to stop the irritation from happening, avoid using any chemicals/creams/picking/squeezing, this can make them worse. Always pop in if you’re ever concerned.
DO NOT touch or play with it. This means no twisting/turning and don’t pick the ‘crusties’! Clean them off as instructed above!
DO NOT sleep on it, even if it doesn't hurt!! Use a travel pillow or place a large hair clip on that side to prevent pressure on the piercing. Sleeping on it can cause extra swelling, irritation and can lead to the piercing healing at an angle.
AVOID chemicals! Savlon, TCP, Tea Tree, Surgical Spirits, Dettol, Chlorine are very harsh on fresh piercings. Also avoid all shared water sources (lakes, the sea, swimming pools) this can lead to infection.
DO NOT change your jewellery too early! Piercings heal from the outside in, so it may look and feel healed early on but it’s still likely to still be raw on the inside. Please pop in for a check up if you’re unsure.
DO NOT take out your jewellery! Removing the jewellery may cause the hole to shrink or fully close up, which ultimately means you will not be able to reinsert the jewellery and you will have to re-pierce it. Even fully healed piercings can shrink or close, if you like your piercing, keep it in! Where possible, use glass retainers to keep your piercing ‘hidden’ for long periods of time.
AVOID spicy food and foods strong in citric acid for at least 2 weeks with oral piercings. Also try and cut down on smoking and vaping as much as possible during this delicate stage of healing.
AVOID heavy drinking for at least 2 weeks with oral piercings. Alcohol is an irritant and a blood thinner, which can cause your new piercings to bleed.
DRINK plain Chamomile tea if you like it, its an excellent soothing anti-inflammatory drink for sore or swollen oral piercings. Eating ice cream/ice cubes or drinking cold water is helpful too. You can also sleep with an extra pillow to elevate your head more, this helps keep swelling to a minimum.
NO plasters or band-aids. Your piercing needs to breathe! Clothing is obviously okay, but avoid clothing that is really tight and high wasted clothing over any body piercings, as this will rub and irritate.
AVOID netted shower sponges. Tale care not to get towels and face cloths caught on the piercing, and keep make-up/creams/cleanser out of facial piercings until they are fully healed.
If at any point you have any problems/issues and you would like some advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, I am always more than happy to help!