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Piercing Aftercare

Congratulations on getting your new piercings! Proper aftercare is crucial for ensuring a quick and safe healing process. Follow these steps to keep your new piercings healthy:
  1. Clean the piercing daily: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your piercings. Use Bactine to clean the piercing. Bactine is a antiseptic spray with 5% Lidocaine to help fight infection and bacteria, as well as helping numbing the area. Spray directly on the area or saturate Q-tip to gentely clean around the piercing. Avoid using alcohol and hydrogen peroxide: These substances can be harsh and can irritate the piercing, delaying the healing process.

  2. Avoid touching the piercing: Touching the piercing can introduce bacteria into the wound and increase the risk of infection. Avoid rotating the jewlelry regularly. Do not pick away dried discharge with your finger.

  3. Avoid swimming in pools, hot tubs, and lakes: Chlorine and other chemicals in pools and hot tubs can irritate the piercing. Bacteria in lakes and other bodies of water can also increase the risk of infection.

  4. Avoid sleeping on the piercing: Sleeping on the piercing can cause friction and irritation. Try sleeping on your back or wearing a protective earring pad to minimize contact with the piercing.

  5. Avoid removing the jewelry: The jewelry helps to keep the piercing open and allows for proper healing. If the jewelry needs to be removed, seek assistance from a professional piercer.

  6. Avoid using makeup, hairspray, and lotions near the piercing: These products can contain chemicals that can irritate the piercing.

  7. For at least the first 6 weeks, minimum exposure to filth

  8. The client shall consult a health care practitioner at the first sign of infection or an allergic reaction, and report any diagnosed infection, allergic reaction, or adverse reaction resulting from the body piercing to the artist and to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Tattoo and Body Piercing Program, at (512) 834-6711.

By following these aftercare steps, your piercings should heal quickly and without any complications. If you experience excessive swelling, discharge, or pain, consult a professional piercer or a healthcare provider to ensure proper healing.


Remember, everyone's body is different and healing times can vary. It's important to follow your piercer's specific aftercare instructions and to seek medical attention if you notice any signs of infection.

What is Normal

Some bleeding, swelling, tenderness, itching, whitish-yellow fluid (not pus)

Healing Time


The healing time for an ear piercing can vary depending on several factors, including the placement of the piercing, individual healing times, and proper aftercare. On average, it can take anywhere from 4-12 months for an ear piercing to fully heal. However, here is a general timeline for ear piercing healing:

  1. Days 1-2: Swelling, redness, and some pain or discomfort are common during the first few days.

  2. Weeks 1-2: The piercing will begin to heal on the outside, but the inside may still be sensitive.

  3. Weeks 2-6: The piercing should be fully healed on the outside, but it may still be prone to infection.

  4. Months 6-12: The piercing should be fully healed, but it may take up to a year for the tissue to fully mature.

It is important to note that healing times can vary for each individual and can be impacted by proper aftercare and other factors, such as infection or improper jewelry. It is always best to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your piercer to ensure proper healing and reduce the risk of complications.

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