Piercing Aftercare Guide

How to Care for your Pierced or Stretched Skin

 What to Expect From a Normal Piercing

  • The site may be tender, swollen, slightly bruised and/or pink/reddish.
  • There may be some residual light bleeding.
  •  Slight swelling may cause the jewelry to NOT move freely.
  • The site may secrete a whitish-yellow fluid which will form a light crust on the jewelry, do not be alarmed this is normal.
  • Pus should NOT be oozing from the site. If so read “How Do I Know if I Have an Infection?” section below.
  • Slight itching is normal with healing skin.


General Healing Time

  • Healing time varies from person to person, listen to your body.
  • Any new piercing should be left alone with the piercing jewelry in place for a MINUMUM of 6 months. Do not change or remove jewelry during this initial time period unless issues or problem with healing occur.
  • Don’t forget that most of the healing is taking place inside. The piercing may look healed from the outside but the inside tissue is still repairing itself.
  • Larger gauge piercings, dermal punches or scalpelling will take longer to heal.


How to Care for Your Piercing.

  • First rule, keep it clean.
  • Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands before touching your skin or jewelry.
  • DO NOT over clean your piercing; it will do more harm than good.
  • Wash piercing area with a mild soap and rinse thoroughly. Gauge Gear’s all natural soaps are perfect for this.
  • Dip piercing into a saline dip or rinse piercing with a saline wash (like Gauge Gear’s The Wash). This washes away excess debris, dead skin cells and bacteria.
  • After washing, completely dry the area and apply a skin conditioner or healing balm. Gauge Gear’s stretching balm or The Blend oil works well.


What to Avoid

  • Do not touch your piercing with dirty hands or dirty jewelry.
  • Do not wear low quality jewelry. If you have sensitive skin gold or 316L stainless or organic jewelry are good options.
  • Do not move your jewelry excessively. 
  • Wear jewelry appropriate for your piercing.
  • Avoid contact with bodily fluids.


How Do I Know if I Have an Infection?

  • The skin around the site will be reddish.
  • Pain will increase at the site.
  • The site may feel warm or hot.
  • The site may swell excessively or feel hard to the touch.
  • Excessive blood or yellow to greenish pus discharging from the site.
  • There may be a foul odor coming from the site.
  • An excessive infection will be accompanied by a fever.
  • Contact a medical professional or your piercing professional if any of the above occurs.