So you’re pierced. What happens now?
What to Expect:
Before you panic, all of the following are normal post-piercing:
- Slight bleeding
- Crusties: These “crusties” around the area mean new skin cells are beginning to form
- Some discoloration, itching, or oozing of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus)
Healing is subjective and is dependent on factors such as your overall health, sleep and stress levels, and your aftercare regimen.
Typically ear lobe piercings take around 4 months, while upper or inner ear piercings take between 6-9 months to fully heal.
Healing timelines will vary based on your specific piercing and your bod, but you’ll know your ear is healed once any discharge, swelling, redness, flaking, or soreness stops. In general, your piercing should continue to feel better with time.
The initial and full healing time frames listed below are suggested by the Association of Professional Piercers (APP)
Initial Healing Time Frames:
- Earlobe: 6-8 weeks
- Helix: 2-4 months
- Forward Helix: 2-4 months
- Flat: 2-4 months
- Conch: 2-4 months
- Tragus: 2-4 months
- Daith: 2-4 months
- Rook: 2-4 months
- Industrial: 3-6 months
Full Healing Time Frames:
- Earlobe: 4-6 months
- Helix: 6-9+ months
- Forward Helix: 6-9+ months
- Flat: 6-9+ months
- Conch: 6-9+ months
- Tragus: 6-9+ months
- Daith: 6-9+ months
- Rook: 6-9+ months
- Industrial: 8 months - 1+ year
Do keep it clean:
The best way to prevent issues is to keep your piercing super clean. Clean the front and back a few times daily with saline spray.
For better circulation and soreness using a non-woven gauze soaked in warm water. Spray saline on and around the piercing and gently apply the warm compress (gauze) for 5-10 minutes, twice a day.
Keep your saline in the fridge! The cold saline feels soothing and helps relieve swelling.
Don’t Twist and turn:
Do not twist, turn, or rotate your piercing.
Don’t Sleep on it:
Don’t sleep on your piercing: it’ll cause irritation and undue swelling.
Don’t over-clean your piercing, (as this may cause unnecessary irritation), and don’t use anything more serious than saline. In fact, you can also clean your piercing just by running warm water over it (like in the shower).
Here are all the ways to not clean your piercing: Don’t use alcohol, peroxide, or bactine. Do not put neosporin or vaseline around your piercing or cover it with a bandage. Do not use a Q-tip (the fibers can get caught in the jewelry or the piercing).
Don’t take aspirin or ibuprofen for 7 days:
For the first seven days post-piercing, don’t take ASA (aspirin) or NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, aka Ibuprofen/Advil).
Most people don’t require medication after piercing, but if you are feeling uncomfortable, we recommend acetaminophen (like Tylenol) to manage the pain..
Don’t submerge in water:
For at least two weeks do not submerge your piercing in water. That means pools, a bath, the ocean, etc. Anything in the water and any bacteria running off of you will run through your piercing (gross). Especially be wary of chlorine, which can be very damaging.
Don’t do contact sports:
We recommend you avoid contact sports until the piercing is healed.
Routine exercise such as running/yoga/spinning/bare should be fine!
Don’t change jewelry too soon or put in low quality materials:
If you want to change your earring before it’s fully healed (i.e. at least 2 months for lobe, 3-12 months for upper or inner ear), the replacement should be implant grade titanium, or solid 14k or 18k gold. Anything else may irritate the still-healing spot.
We recommend coming back to us or a professional piercer to swap out your piercing jewelry!