It’s important that you keep your body piercing clean as it heals. The first thing you’ll want to do when cleaning your piercing is wash your hands with soap and water. Avoid touching the piercing or the jewelry with dirty hands.

Here’s a break down on how to clean your new body piercing:

Skin piercing which includes ears, eyebrows, navel and nose piercings.

For a new skin body piercing, saturate a cotton ball with warm water. Use it to remove any crusting that has formed around the skin piercing. Gently wipe the area. Do not reuse the cotton ball.

Provon Medicated Lotion Soap with Chloroxylenol

After that, use a medicated liquid cleanser, such as Provon Medicated Lotion Soap with Chloroxylenol, to wash the area. Apply it to your fingertip, which you’ll use to thoroughly to clean around the opening. Be gentle as you move the jewelry to get better access while cleaning. You can either rotate or not rotate the jewelry. Some prefer to rotate the piercing while others do not.

Do not use hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol because these liquids can dry out and irritate your skin. Also don’t use ointments because they can get pretty sticky and block oxygen.

After you’ve applied the medicated liquid cleanser, rinse the skin piercing and jewelry with warm water. Be sure to thoroughly remove all of the soap. Dry the piercing with a clean paper towel. If you have to use a cloth towel, make sure it is clean to avoid introducing bacteria to the piercing area.

Oral piercing which includes cheek, labret, lip and tongue piercings.

To clean an oral piercing rinse your mouth for 30 seconds to one minute with an antibacterial, alcohol-free mouth rinse. soft-bristled-tooth-brush-lip-tongue-piercing-mouthYou’ll want to rinse your mouth after each meal and before going to bed to keep your both clean. Do this consistently while your lip, tongue, labret or cheek piercing heals.

Brush your teeth with a brand new soft-bristled toothbrush as your oral piercing heals. By using a new toothbrush you minimize bacteria entering your mouth. The soft-bristled brush will be much gentler on your mouth than a regular one.

Genital Piercings

Whether it’s a female or male genital piercing, the best way to clean it the first couple of weeks is in the shower. Baths pose a risk of bacteria and harsh soaps and could cause infection or irritation. While in the shower let the water run over the piercing area before you wash. This will soften and remove any crusting from around the jewelry.

Wash the genital piercing area with a wet cotton ball. There is no need to use soap in the genital area because you want to keep the healthy bacteria during the healing process. Instead use a saline or sea salt solution in the area twice a day. Pat dry with a clean paper towel.