Piercing Aftercare

Your body will heal your piercing. Your job is primarily to protect your piercing from harm and gently keep it clean and not touch it otherwise. Your body will heal the piercing, no magic product can do this job. This is the hardest part of healing: leave your piercing alone except to gently rinse it in the shower once a day. Cleaning a piercing more often or more vigorously will harm it. If your piercing isn’t happy everyday please contact us. Really! Every body is different and we can help you with any problem you might encounter.

You will soon notice a honey-coloured crust on your jewelry. This is made up of spent cells that have helped heal your piercing. Like a scab, this crust helps your piercing to stay clean inside. It is not an infection, it is not pus. When you see it, know that your body is healing itself.

Simply rinse your piercing well with water at the end of your daily shower. If it gets dirty or sweaty, you can use a mild, clear (not coloured or scented) liquid soap. Dr. Bonner’s Baby Mild is a favourite. After using it to wash your hands, you can use the soap lather around the piercing, being careful not to get soap inside the piercing channel. Rinse well. Rotating or moving your jewelry to clean the inside is harmful rather than helpful.

Air dry or pat dry with tissue (do not touch your piercing with a towel). If there is any matter stuck to your jewelry or piercing after your shower, gently remove it with the point of a folded piece of gauze or paper towel.

Do not touch, turn or move your jewelry!

We do not recommend the daily use of saline soaks or compresses. Please apply saline to your piercing only on the advice of your Skin Decision piercer. While saline can be helpful for certain piercing situations, it can also be detrimental. If you are advised to do so, use only ISOTONIC sterile saline. Your piercer will give you specific information about the proper temperature, length of time, and method of application appropriate for your piercing. Always be sure to rinse with clean water after using saline.

Many piercings require downsizing jewelry in 3-6 weeks. At this point extra length of  your initial jewelry will start to move around and become harmful to your healing piercing channel. We strongly encourage you to visit us for a check up of any new piercing in 2-4 weeks.


The best way to determine if your piercing is healed is to visit us. Although piercings can seem healed in just weeks, it takes about a full year for the inside of the piercing to be as strong as your regular tissue.

Protect your piercing from trauma. Please keep fingers, pens, pets, hair, hair gunk, make-up, telephones, hats, scarves, collars, and other people from touching your piercing. Keep eyeglasses, clothes, sports equipment & bedding very clean.

If your piercing develops any kind of problem, please contact us before using any remedies! Please also contact us if you have any questions.

You may apply “Tegaderm” brand bandages in the first 4-6 weeks to seal out dirt if you will be in a potentially dirty environment. If you choose to cover your piercing to keep it clean be sure to remove the bandage ASAP.

Do not soak your piercing in a bath tub or hot tub or by swimming for at least 6 weeks.

Do not use alcohol, peroxide, polysporin (bacitracin), bactine, contact lens cleaner or solution from piercers. Some of these may be useful for very specific problems, but please contact us before using them. Polysporin DOES NOT FIX PIERCING PROBLEMS, EVER.

If you don’t think the jewelry you are pierced with fits correctly, contact us right away for a new piece at no charge.

You must check threaded ends for tightness daily, or risk the loss of your piercing.

Please contact us ASAP if your piercing is becoming more shallow or if it develops a bump, pimple or scar. Do not wait days or weeks.

If your (almost) healed piercing is red/dry/flaky use a water-based lotion like “Swiss Formula St. Ives Collagen Elastin”.

Replacement jewelry should be purchased from our studio as most jewelry on the market is not implant quality and can harm your piercing. It is not uncommon for piercings that are many years old to be destroyed by low quality jewelry.

Tongue & Other Oral Piercings:

(Please read general piercing info as well.)

Do not put pens, eyeglasses arms, other people’s eating utensils, or anything else in your mouth.

To reduce swelling, drink ice water as soon and as often as possible. The fluid intake and the cold are both important. Have cold water in the fridge for morning when swelling is the worst. In four days most people’s swelling is gone. Keep your mouth clean using regular brushing with a new soft toothbrush, rinsing with plain water, saline solution, and/or blue Crest Pro-Health alcohol-free mouthwash. Do not use mouthwash more than 3 times per day. Do not use any other type of mouthwash.

Eat whatever you want, but be careful of hot foods that may burn your piercing. Trying to eat only liquid foods may prolong the swelling, so eat. It’s easiest to eat soft foods you typically place on your molars (like french fries), rather than let your tongue move the food to your teeth (like a sandwich). If you choose to drink alcohol in the first weeks, hard liquor mixed with a lot of juice or water is preferable. Alcohol can delay healing and increase swelling.

You may notice normal secretions from your piercing gathered on your tongue. If this seems to cause a raised bump around the piercing, leave it alone -like a regular scab, it will probably bleed and regrow if you pick at it. If you have this type of scab it will go away in 1-3 weeks.

Avoid playing (sexually or otherwise) with your barbell for at least 4 weeks. Have lots of gum to chew if you think you might be grinding your teeth. The longer barbell you start with can cause dental problems. A barbell that fits you properly can be included in the price of the tongue piercing at a discounted rate. You can come in to downsize your jewelry in about 3 weeks. Everyone heals differently so please visit your piercer before attempting to change your own jewelry.

The following  links provide essential information from the Association of Professional Piercers:
Body aftercare recommendations:  http://www.safepiercing.org/publications/brochures/body-aftercare/
Oral aftercare recommendations: http://www.safepiercing.org/publications/brochures/oral-aftercare/