Aftercare – Piercings


Approximate healing times:

– Earlobe: 4 to 6 weeks
– Ear Cartilage: 3 to 12 weeks
– Lip/Labret: 2 to 3 months
– Tongue: 1 to 2 months
– Nostril/Eyebrow: 2 to 6 months
– Genital Piercings: 1 to 12 months
– Other Piercings: 6 to 12 months


Supplies needed:

– Antibacterial soap
– Cotton swabs
– For oral piercings, an antiseptic mouthwash or salt solution (1/8 teaspoon sea salt with 8oz warm water) is required.


Aftercare Recommendations:

Wash hands. Using warm water and a cotton swab, remove any matter that may have dried on the jewelry and around the opening of the piercing.

Next, use antibacterial soap on the jewelry and piercing, lather it up, then gently work the jewelry back and forth at least 6 times. Leave the cleansing agent in contact with the piercing for 1 minute. Rinse cleansing agent off very thoroughly with warm water, again working the jewelry back and forth. Any cleansing agent left on the skin or in the piercing can cause problems.

For lip, labret or tongue piercings, you should rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash or salt solution for 30 to 60 seconds. Some mouthwashes may need to be diluted with distilled water. Continue the rinses 4 to 6 times a day for 6 to 8 weeks.


Additional considerations:

Piercings usually heal without difficulty, but problems arise from not following
aftercare instructions or becoming too rough too soon with the piercing. Always wash your hands before touching the new piercing. Every night, remove any crusty matter with cotton swabs and use salt solutions to soak the piercing for 10 minutes. No oral contact should be made with your piercing without an appropriate barrier for at least 3 months.