Piercing Aftercare – Soap and Soaks.

 Taking care of a new piercing is easy! If you know how! Your piercer should have given you some information – if they didn’t, don’t ever go back! And if you’re here because you pierced yourself, please don’t do it again!

Firstly, expect tenderness, swelling and irritation for the first few hours/days. It’s nothing to worry about. If it’s been a week or more and there’s no sign of improvement, go back to the piercer and ask for advice.

This is very important: DO NOT REMOVE THE JEWELRY UNTIL YOU HAVE CONSULTED A DOCTOR/PIERCER.  If you are concerned ask for help. Removing jewelry might not be necessary, and could cause further infections.

You’re just home from the piercer’s – what should you do? The following simple instructions will ensure your wound heals quickly.


Apply salt solution on your fresh navel piercing every day. Just soak some cotton wool with saline solution and place over your navel for 5 to 10 minutes once or twice a day. If there’s some crusting on the belly ring, remove it gently.

You can make saline solution at home – dilute about 1/4  teaspoon of non iodized sea salt to 1 cup of clean, warm water and apply on your piercing twice a day. Or you can buy a saline solution at a drugstore or on the Net. See some great products below.

Don’t forget to soak your piercing with saline solution after your piercing seems to be well healed and there’s no puss coming out and crusting doesn’t form. Like taking antibiotics, you should go the full course. Soak in saline every day for 6 months minimum, or until you’re sure it’s 100% healed.


  • Do not use alcohol, bactine or hydrogen peroxide to clean the piercing under any circumstances. Stick to the following, proven, inexpensive methods and you will be fine.
  • Use a mild, antibacterial soap to clean the piercing once or twice a day, preferably in the shower. Clean your hands and the rest of your body before cleaning your piercing. This will allow any crusties or other dirt around the piercing to loosen before removal. Use cotton swabs or gauze pads to remove any stubborn matter – try to avoid using fingernails.

And that’s it! Saline soaks and soap! It couldn’t be easier!

However, I repeat, do not hesitate to get advice from a professional (piercer/doctor) if you feel your piercing is not healing correctly or if you notice anything unusual.

Read our comprehensive piercing aftercare article here.

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Cat’s Guide to piercing Aftercare!

Chrishaunda (Cat – in the pic) recently posted a comment on our Aftercare article, and we decided it was so great we would share it with everyone (with her permission of course!)
Alright guys. I see lot’s of people asking about their new piercing. Okay. 1. Don’t touch it! Unless your in the shower and do so gently with a unscented anti bacterial soap, more or less let the water hit above it and trickle down. 2. Use H2Ocean spray 5 to 8 times a day, and take your shower before bed time. Make sure the sheets are clean every week, as well as use a fresh towel to dry off every night. Use paper towels or toilet tissue to dab at the piercing. Don’t actually use your towel to dry your piercing. 3. Your body CAN reject the piercing easily if you have had it done wrong as in shallow and a shallow piercing is when the original piercing has too much of the bar sticking out, more than of which is normal; the jewelry is too light, it can be too light as well as too heavy; and if you hit it, it can reject.

I have had a navel ring reject, I had it for 7 to 8 months. It migrated to about a centimeter before I really noticed, because of the fact that I had a smaller sized banana ring in and a good half the bar was sticking out the bottom. It’s been about a day since I got it redone, because of my scar tissue, it pings every now and then, that is normal. No redness, but the first time it was pierced after a couple of days a little blood came out during cleaning and it went back and forth to phase 2 and 3 off and on and never healed on TOP, it was healed on the bottom. I had crusties for about a month and they stopped pretty much.

Your piercing CAN heal only half way, if after 6 months the bottom half if your piercing is healed, and the top has a reddish or pink, even pink-purplish halo around it, see your piercer IMMEDIATELY and ask to have it look at. The chances here of it rejecting are going to be high if it is half healed.
It basically means there is too much friction on top, and it’s bouncing back and forth between phase 2 and phase 3 of healing and may have regressed to the beginning. You cannot change it like this.

I have 11 piercings and am looking to get hired on as a piercing apprentice hopefully. I have four ear piercings on either ear, 3 lobes each side, one cartilage; a right nose stud, L shaped ring; my tongue; and my navel for the second time. I weigh about 80 pounds at 5’1″. Titanium rings can be colored and the color will not come off. It is the only metal that will have colors that will not come off inside your piercings. I used them in my tongue a lot.

My second time getting my belly pierced was done yesterday with a surgical steel banana bar, deeper and thicker than last time, with the bigger of the two banana bar sizes. I was worried the jewelry would be too heavy due to changing out my smaller ring to a same gauge bar with bigger gem ends, but it isn’t. It was before. If it is too heavy and you feel it dangling, it means you are probably rejecting or it’s too big. Smaller jewelry would be best, see your piercer if anything seems out of the ordinary or you don’t know. The best thing to do is ask. When getting a new piercing or being new to piercing in general asking any question is not a dumb thing to do so ask away. That is what your piercer is for, to help you.

Remember, do research, as much as possible before getting your piercing. I am looking into getting a lip stud, similar to your nose. Some people call them angel bites, whether they are on the top or the bottom. The inside is treated as if you would your tongue, the outside as if you would your nose or ear or belly. It will swell up for about 3-5 days on average. When I got my tongue done, it hardly swelled. It swelled for about a day and went down, more than likely this will be the case for my lip. If you have your tongue done, and it had a similar swell, it will most likely do the same for your “angel bite”. The rings used for those lip piercings are flat on the inside and have a little round ball on the outside.

I hope this information helped anyone who reads it.

Belly Button Piercing Healing – Easy When You Know How!

Belly Button Piercing HealingBelly button piercing is a surface piercing and tends to take longer to heal than other types of piercing. The approximate time can range from four to six months or even a year for some people!

The most important thing during this time is to follow the aftercare instructions strictly so that you can show off your belly button piercing with pride and enjoy it for years to come!

There is a common tendency among people to try and change the first belly button piercing jewelry too quickly, but this is not a good idea as there is the risk of interfering with the belly button piercing healing process and infecting the piercing!

Belly button piercing healing can take time, mainly due to its location. Each time you change your clothes might graze against the piercing, irritating it. How soon you heal depends on your health, body constitution, the kind of clothes you wear, the kind of work that you do, the kind of food you eat, etc. Last, but not least, it also depends on how well you take care of the piercing.

Since the navel is basically a scar that tends to collect dirt, it must be cleaned regularly. So you can well imagine how important it is to follow the cleaning instructions given by your piercer. The piercing must be kept dry and clean to prevent fungus and infection. Don’t worry if you see a little redness and some crust around the piercing. This is just dead cells. You may also see some whitish fluid discharge and this too is okay. This dries up in max six to eight weeks. But, if you do notice it becoming yellowish and painful, then contact the piercer right away!

If you really must change the belly ring, wait for at least two months before you do so. The safest materials to go in for are surgical steel, titanium or the Bioplast belly ring since these are very body-friendly. You also get them in a variety of interesting designs. Bioplast belly rings are considered as safest because they would not be rejected by the new piercing. These rings are flexible, minimize swellings and do not cause infections. Flexibility is important because it allows you more comfortable movements as compared to metal body jewelry. And these are available in a range of attractive colors and designs!

Belly Button Piercing Aftercare – What you should know

Belly Button Piercing AftercareWhen you get a belly button piercing, it is essential that you look after it properly to prevent it from becoming infected. This is especially the case just after you have had it done. Ideally the person who performed the piercing should already have advised you on how to look after your piercing now that it has been done. However, if not then here you will find out some of the best tips to help you.

The Best Belly Button Piercing Aftercare Tips

The last thing you need after you have had your belly button pierced is to develop an infection. It is extremely unpleasant and it can be really painful too. To avoid this you should follow these tips:

  •  Use mild antibacterial soap each day
  •  Use a salt solution on the piercing daily
  •   Keep the belly ring clean

If you follow the above belly button piercing aftercare tips then your piercing will heal properly and you will avoid infection.

By using a mild antibacterial soap on your piercing every day, it will gently cleanse the area and keep it protected from infections. For best results apply a little of the soap whilst you are in the shower. Leave it for a while and then wash it off. If you do this each day it will really help.

Using a salt solution may sound a little uncomfortable but it can really help you to keep the area clean. It is so simple to create your own solution by mixing a gallon of boiled water to 4 teaspoons of non iodized sea salt. Just soak a little cotton wool in the solution and then hold it over your piercing for a few minutes each day. Again this will keep it free from any infection.

Finally soaking your belly ring in a saline solution once the piercing has healed is a good way to keep the piercing clean. However you should not do this until you are sure that the piercing is actually healed as otherwise it could damage the skin.

Overall keeping your piercing clean and giving it time to heal is essential if you want to enjoy the piercing. If you were to develop an infection then you would have gone through the piercing for nothing and you would suffer quite badly from it too.