Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Health | Taking Care Of A New Piercing

Piercings have always been fashionable. Most of us have had something pierced at some point in our lives, even if it was just our earlobes when we were kids. But, a surprising few of us actually know how to take care of a new piercing. In part, this is because advice has changed massively over time. If you had a piercing 20 years ago, it might have been done with a piercing gun, and you'd probably have been told to bathe it in surgical spirit twice a day for a couple of weeks, and not to remove it for at least six. You may have had to face school with plasters over your lobes until you could take them out. Over time, this advice has changed and developed, and if you are considering your first piercing for a while, you might receive some conflicting information. Here are some tips to help you look after your new piercing, or even your own child's first one. 

Choose The Right Jewellery
Back in the day, studs  were put into guns and fired into bits of our bodies. Nowadays, it's thought that guns cause more pain than necessary and offer a much higher risk of infection and complication because they use pressure to create a hole. Instead, professional piercers  make a hole with a needle, before pushing a piece of jewellery though. Whichever method used, that first piece of jewellery is essential. Going for something flashy or fun can be tempting. But, it's best to stick to something simple, such as surgical stainless steel like some of these nipple piercing jewellery options or titanium, as these only contain trace amounts of nickel. Remember you can always swap as soon as your piercing is healed. 

Wash With Salt Water
The advice to keep the area clean and wash it twice a day is still valid, but it's now thought that you should avoid any kind of alcohol, instead washing with a simple salt water solution. Add a tsp of salt to a small cup of water and stir until dissolved. Use a cotton pad to liberally apply to the area, working as much in and around as you can. 

Turn It When Wet
You've probably also heard that you should turn the jewellery as often as you can, to stop it from drying out or getting stuck. Well, turning can cause tears and rips to the skin, making things sore. Try only to turn it when you are cleaning.

Look After Yourself
A new piercing is a bit of a challenge for your body, which is built to expel foreign objects and heal up quickly. You want to do the opposite. This can take a lot of work and put your body under strain. Give it a helping hand by looking after yourself. Make sure you are eating well, exercising and getting plenty of sleep to give your body a much-needed boost.  

Know What To Look For
Unfortunately, piercings can get infected, especially in the first few weeks. Keep an eye out for signs of infection such as hot skin, redness, weeping and a fever. Get medical help if you need it, but remember while lobes only take a few weeks to heal, it's not uncommon for cartilage and other areas to take closer to a year to heal fully.

How do you care for a new piercing?


*This is a collaborative post


  1. I am glad you posted this, these are some very helpful piercing tips! xx


  2. I've had a few new piercings recently and have found that even when cleaning with salt water, I've only needed to do it every couple of days so as not to make them sore so I can't believe we used to get told to turn them! I definitely remember doing that as a kid though!
    Amy xx

  3. Such useful, simple tips that make a HUGE difference for a new piercing!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  4. Good tips! I haven't had one in a while, but I love this.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  5. Such an interesting and a helpful post


  6. Que post lindo. Adorei


  7. Useful tips! Always good to remind how to take good care fo our piercings :)

    Kiss, Mariana Dezolt
    Messy Hair, Don’t Care

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  9. This is one useful post! I really enjoy reading your tips. Thanks for sharing!


  10. Great post!


  11. Very useful advice...especially when it's time to pierce my baby's ears for the first time! Thank you for sharing hun... Have a lovely week <3
    -PerlaGiselle | iamperlita.com

  12. Thanks a lot :D

    your tips are always useful my dear :)

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  13. So helpful post, thanks for sharing Rosanna!
    Kisses, Paola.


  14. Amazing tips, salt water is great idea to take care of new piercing, btw second earrings are terrific <3


  15. So beautiful earing

  16. Really cool tips!!!
    thanks for sharing!!!


  17. Wish I had known some of these tips when I got my ear pierced !

    Thanks for sharing!

    - Marina W


  18. Nice post.
    Great tips.


  19. This is great advice for anyone who's just had a piercing! I had four piercings done last summer and all of which needed to be taken out about 4 months later because they wouldn't stop bleeding haha, oops!!

    aglassofice.com x

  20. I know when I first got my ears pierced when I was very young, I was careful because if you are not infection can be a massive issue. This is a really useful and helpful post with great tips especially, if someone hasn't experienced this before. :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2018/09/the-stylish-way-to-avoid-clutter.html

  21. These are great tips, thanks for sharing! I got my ears pierced when I was quite old so I remember having to clean and turn it all the time - I'm not good with gross things so it was not a pleasant experience, haha! I like having my ears pierced now though, I can wear fun statement earrings!

    Hope you are having a great week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  22. I've had some bad experiences with piercings, these are great tips!

  23. Great useful tips. Super informative. Salt and water mixture really does wonders. Thanks for sharing dear!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  24. Great tips! thank you for sharing!
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