How to Care for a Facial Piercing

Facial piercings are growing in popularity, sadly, this does not make them any easier to take care of. Here are some tips to help you correctly care for a facial piercing.


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    First, decide what piercing you want. There are many to choose from. It's up to you to decide which is best.
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    After you get your piercing, make sure to listen to your piercer's advice. Contrary to popular belief, these people know exactly how to take care of a piercing.
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    On your way home from the piercing studio, stop by a supermarket and buy some pure non-iodized sea salt. It is normally about a dollar for a container that will last you plenty long enough. Also, buy some unscented antibacterial soap.
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    When showering or washing your face, be sure not to get shampoo, facial cleanser, etc. in the piercing. This will hurt and most likely cause infection. Once done with your routine, take your thumb and index finger and rub the wet bar of antibacterial soap until both fingers are covered in soap. Then clean around the piercing and the jewelry, while cleaning Be sure to move the jewelry a bit to get the soap inside the piercing, which WILL burn, but it is a sure way to avoid infection. Rinse the piercing vigorously to ensure no soap is left in the piercing.
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    Mix 1/4 teaspoons of sea salt into 8 ounces of water, or just pour the salt in and taste the water, if it is too salty, add water. If it's not salty enough, add salt.
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    Use a Q-tip or cotton ball to clean around the piercing with the sea salt solution. Be sure to get any and all "crusties" left behind from the healing process.
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    Use a clean paper towel to dry the area.
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    Now you are clean as a whistle with no infections! Do this twice daily to ensure no infection occurs and healing time is quick and painless.


  • For nostril piercings, the best thing to get rid of a "bump" is warm sea salt soaks with a cotton ball for about 5 minutes at least twice a day.
  • For Tongue piercing/ lip piercing, in addition to cleaning the outside, you need to wash the piercing with sea salt solution, put it in your mouth and "swish" it around for a minute making sure no food is stuck in the piercing. Also, some people like to use non-alcohol mouthwash. Do not use mouthwash with alcohol in it, it will kill the good bacteria and enzymes in your mouth that assist healing.
  • For septum piercings, saline nose drops are very useful
  • For eyebrow/surface bar piercings, be very careful when drying hair, getting dressed, brushing hair, etc. The bar is easily ripped out, and this is painful and heartbreaking.


  • If you are worried it is infected, go see your piercer or your doctor. Piercings are not something to play around with.
  • Never touch the piercing unless you are cleaning it and your hands are clean.

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