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Piercing Aftercare Tips

November 15, 2016

The most important thing to remember is that we are here to help you. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Our aftercare is for those who have been pierced with jewelry suitable for a fresh piercing and have been pierced where sterile technique was applied.

This is a brief explanation of our Piercing Aftercare Tips. Do not attempt to heal your piercing with this method until you have come into our studio and have had a consultation about your body piercing (all consultations are free of charge). If you have been pierced at Iris then you have been given the appropriate verbal aftercare instructions for your particular piercing and have received an aftercare pamphlet. For those who have been pierced here and still have questions about aftercare and would like some Piercing Aftercare Tips, use this as a reference.

If you have questions about Body Piercing Aftercare that are not answered within the information below, please stop by our studio or give us a call.

Piercing Aftercare tips

  • Don’t touch your new piercing! Don’t let anyone else touch your piercing either. (This includes oral contact).
  • With proper care, an average piercing will take several months to completely heal. Changing or removing jewelry should be avoided during that time.
  • Don’t let the piercing come in contact with another person’s bodily fluids.
  • Never use Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, or soap* of any kind because they may damage healthy cells and cause scar tissue. Petroleum jelly or an antibiotic ointment are also not suggested for aftercare, as they can collect and promote the growth of bacteria and prevent oxygen from getting to the piercing. *Not to be used on a healthy and clean piercing. Read “What to Do“.
  • Avoid hot tubs, swimming pools, and soaking in the bathtub during your healing. If you must swim, cover the piercing with a 3M Nexcare Tegaderm Waterproof Transparent Dressing or Active Waterproof Skin Cover.
  • Discontinue intake of alcohol, caffeine, aspirin, and ibuprofen during the initial healing period.
  • Arnica Montana in pill form may help to prevent or reduce swelling. Don’t use Arnica gel or cream.
  • Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Zinc, and a multivitamin may help throughout the healing process.
  • Avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds for a few weeks. Definitely avoid tanning oils, lotions, and sand.
  • Avoid tight fitting clothes which might irritate a new piercing. Change your bedsheets at least once a week.
  • Get good sleep and take care of your body.


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