Body Piercing

Wash your hands thoroughly before cleaning or touching your piercing every time!

Rinse - thoroughly rinse your piercing with clean water before getting out of the bath or shower. You don’t want to leave any products lingering that could cause chemical irritation. Standing under the shower is perfect if you have one.

Dry - never leave your piercing wet. Gently pat dry with clean kitchen roll. Don’t be tempted to rub away any scabbing.
Spray - This is the perfect time to apply your aftercare. Neilmed Piercing Aftercare is great for looking after your piercing. This can be purchased in studio or online.

Dry - gently pat the saline dry with more clean kitchen roll.

Downsize Jewellery - swelling is expected for the beginning of your piercing. How long can vary but will usually last a few days. Once the swelling has completely gone it is important to book in for an install to downsize the bar. This is extremely important

Lip piercings - combine this with oral aftercare advise 

 AVOID during healing 

  • Sleeping directly on a healing cartilage piercing can cause irritation, even causing shifts in the piercing’s angle. Placing a travel pillow, on top of your pillow, and then placing your ear in the opening can be helpful to avoid this
  • Avoid cleaning with alcohol, contact lense solution, home salt water, tcp, antiseptic, detail, hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial soaps, iodine, or any harsh products, as these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.
  • Avoid Bactine®, pierced ear care solutions, and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These can be irritating and are not intended for long-term wound care.
  • Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing. • Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.
  • Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.
  •  Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
  •  Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. Or, protect your piercing using a waterproof wound sealant bandage. These are available at most drugstores and work best for nipple, navel, and surface piercing placements.
  • Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.


Help your body heal 
  • The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • To help healing and bolster your ability to fight infection, eat a nutritious diet or consider taking nutritional supplements daily.
  • Avoid emotional stress, which can increase healing times by up to 40%