-Clean Hands. Remember to always wash your hands before touching your new piercing or the surrounding area.


-Clean 2-3 times a day. Only wash the piercing with saltwater, other clensing solutions may be too strong and kill off healthy bacterias we need for healing. Pro tip: Soak a q-tip with saltwater and remove crusts from the area carefully, clean both back and front as well as the surrouding area.

-Avoid Bathing. No swimming in swimming pools, freshwater or saltwater until the piercing is fully healed.

No Makeup/Creams. No makeup or cream should be applied to the area of your new piercing until it's fully healed.
Bed sheets. It's smart to change your bedsheets atleast once a week to help keep your piercing cleaner during yuor healing faze.


Oral Piercings:

- Mouth Wash. Wash 2-3 times a day with a mouth wash (without alcohol) and after every meal.


- Smoking/Drinking. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol until the piercing is fully healed.



Avoid clothing, bedding or fabric that can snag. Knitted fabrics are especially snag-worthy. For example, if you have a nose piercing avoid drying your face with a towel, but instead dab dry with a tissue paper.

Avoid rough contact. For example, sex, fun-play wrestling and contact sports (note: you can still be intimate, just be careful not to bump your piercing). The idea is not to accidentally hit or snag your piercing, not only will it be painful, but you can cause an irritation that could set the healing process back a few weeks.

Avoid oral contact with other people's bodily fluids. An open wound, like a piercing, is the perfect passage for bacteria, germs, infection and viruses to get into your body. So don't let anyone kiss your ear when you've got a new cartilage piercing! 

Avoid harsh cleansers like alcohol, peroxide and ointments. Never wash your new piercing with anything other than saltwater unless your piercer has adviced differently. Other ointments may be too strong and kill off healthy bacteria your piercing needs for healing.

Avoid over-cleaning. Over-cleaning can be damaging and can slow the healing process by causing irritation. So even if you have an obsession with cleanliness and/or have a fear of germs, do not obsessively wash your new navel piercing! A regular routing of 2-3 times a day should suffice for all your new piercings.

 Avoid bathing in fresh water, saltwater and pools. Showers are always best when your piercing is healing, as baths can harbor bacteria. You wouldn't want your new nipple piercing soaking in dirty water; fresh running water is definitely a better option for keeping your fresh piercings bacteria-free.

-Avoid scented or dyed products. Products like lotions, body powders, sprays, perfumes, and other cosmetic products which can cause irritation. 

- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, recreational drugs and stress. These are all stimulants which may cause inflammation which consequentially slows down healing.  

Avoid sun bathing. Some sun is good for you as it provides essential vitamin D, but too much sun exposure can cause a sun burn and weaken the immune system.  Sun exposure to wounds can also cause scarring, so you'll want to avoid sunbathing while your new piercing is healing.