An infected piercing can be painful and unsightly. Wondering how to keep your new piercing from getting infected? Read on for some common-sense advice.

Enjoy your new piercing after it heals!
Enjoy your new piercing after it heals!
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Who doesn’t love a new piercing now and then? It seems like they never go out of style with all the different options to choose from. But though they may be fun and cute, they can often damage your skin and leave nasty infections if you don’t care for them properly.

Regardless of age, so many of us have already gotten body piercings. Unfortunately, upon receiving them, we too often neglect to treat new ones properly despite the advice of our piercers. If you recently got a new piercing and need a bit more guidance on how to keep it looking fresh, read on for some tips.

Keep Your New Piercing Clean

Saline solution or saltwater is usually the first option when it comes to cleaning a new piercing. This will remove any bacteria that may be lingering on the skin where the piercing is, as well as the piercing itself. I recommend a quality saline spray. I use Saline Wound Wash for cleaning my own piercings, as it’s incredibly hydrating. You can also create your own sea salt solution using 1/4 cup of sea salt mixed with one cup of warm water.

I suggest cleaning your piercing twice a day to support the healing process.

LaVanessa Kirkwood

I suggest cleaning your piercing twice a day to support the healing process. Also, try to avoid using harsh cleaning products such as hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol on your piercing. These can do more harm than good by increasing the risk of skin irritation.

Taking these steps can ensure that new piercings stay clean. Unfortunately, most people suffer from painful lesions or keloids during the healing process, the appearance of which can make us self-conscious.

Do Not Touch Your Piercing With Dirty Hands

Be creative with your piercings and show them off with the rest of your style.
Be creative with your piercings and show them off with the rest of your style
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Now, I know it can be extremely tempting to touch your new piercing, but you must avoid contact unless your hands are clean. Our hands and fingers already harbor so much bacteria as it is. The last thing you want to do is transfer pathogens to your piercing and risk an infection.

Of course, you need your hands to clean the piercing site. Before you clean the area, always make sure you thoroughly wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. Doing this every time is another way to ensure that your new piercing is being handled with care. While some people take the extra step of using gloves, this isn’t necessary.

Listen Carefully to Your Piercer for Any Specific Type of Piercing

Each piercing is different, as is the part of the body being pierced and the skin type in that area. What may work for someone else may not necessarily work for you. For this reason, it’s important to communicate with your piercer because they’ll know best.

… I know it can be extremely tempting to touch your new piercing, but you must avoid contact unless your hands are clean.

LaVanessa Kirkwood

Many people feel they can do their own thing in regards to new piercings, perhaps because they’ve gotten so many others before. However, as we age, our bodies change, and you can’t be completely sure how you’ll react when a foreign object is inserted. Trust your piercer.

Though you may hear helpful advice from those who have the same piercing, be cautious. You certainly don’t want others leading you down the wrong path.


Just imagine the fun you’re going to have once your piercing is fully healed. There is an unlimited array of jewelry to choose from and so many ways to style it based on your overall look and personality. Once you figure out how simple it can be to take care of them, you’ll realize just how addicting piercings can be.