Caring For Your New Piercing

The following suggestions are intended as a guide to help you maintain your new piercing. They are based on our decades of professional piercing experience, the experience of others recognized in the industry, and advice from healthcare professionals familiar with piercing care.

Remember that every piercing is unique in body and lifestyle, and many factors contribute to healing the piercing. You can use the piercing aftercare mist to clean the piercing.

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Let's start with two very important things to remember:

1. Don't touch your piercing. The only time you touch your piercing is when you clean it and wash your hands first.

2. Do not remove jewelry. New piercings can shrink when the jewelry is removed, making it painful or impossible to return.

What is normal during the healing process:

1. Bleeding, bruising, and/or swelling are quite common with new piercings.

2. Expect some tenderness or discomfort around the new piercing in a few days or so. Discoloration (redness) and itching during the healing process are also common.

3. The piercing goes "up and down" as it heals. They can appear to heal for a while and then regress. The key is to continue your regular cleansing during the initial healing period.

4. Piercings (as well as hard piercings) that aren't cleaned every day can have an unpleasant odor. This doesn't always mean a problem.