Piercing Precare & Aftercare: How To Prepare & Care For Your Ear Piercing

Piercings are a beautiful form of self-expression. 

Whether you’re getting your first ear piercings or venturing into more adventurous territories like helix or septum piercings, it’s essential to be prepared and know how to take care of them to prevent complications. 

Let’s take a look at the before and after steps of the piercing process.

1. Research the piercing studio

First and foremost, choose a piercing studio with licensed professionals just like SK Jewellery. Confirm that the professionals have the necessary certifications and undergone proper training. 

If you can, pay a visit to the studio before setting an appointment to gauge its cleanliness. For instance, the staff should wear gloves, use sterilised equipment, and maintain a clean environment. 

You may also read reviews from previous clients which are often a testament to the studio’s professionalism and quality.

2. Avoid alcohol and aspirin

Next, consume neither alcohol nor aspirin for at least 24 hours before your piercing appointment. 

Both of these substances are blood thinners. Thinned blood can increase bleeding during the piercing and impact the healing process.

Some might think that alcohol is like a pain reducer. However, it can actually also increase sensitivity and pain during piercing.

3. Choose the right jewellery 

Your piercing’s initial jewellery is crucial for the healing process.

Not sure which material to choose? One of the most recommended options for fresh piercings in Singapore is 999 gold earrings such as the delicate 3-Leaf Clover 999 Pure Gold Earrings or the unique Golden Gale 999 Pure Gold Earrings. The pure 999 gold material is less likely to cause allergic reactions, so it’s safe for most people. Moreover, its smooth surface prevents bacterial build-up, promoting healthier healing.

Take note that nickel is a common allergen. A fresh piercing can be sensitive even if you’ve never had a reaction before. Always opt for nickel-free alternatives.

While you might be eager to switch out your starter earrings, waiting until the piercing is fully healed is essential. 

4. Clean the piercing daily

Daily cleaning is non-negotiable for after-piercing ear care. A gentle saline solution is often recommended as it mimics your body’s natural salinity, offering a mild and effective cleaning agent. 

Steer clear of hydrogen peroxide or alcohol on fresh piercings. They can be overly harsh, leading to dryness and irritation and potentially prolong the healing duration. 

Always ensure your hands are clean before touching or cleaning your piercing!

A common myth is that you should regularly twist or turn your earring during the healing process. Doing so can actually introduce bacteria and cause trauma. Let your piercing heal undisturbed instead. 

5. Avoid swims & sprays

A fresh piercing is an open wound. This is why newly pierced skin can be sensitive to chlorine in pools and chemicals in sprays.

When styling your hair, be gentle to avoid pulling or tugging at your new piercing. If possible, try to keep your hair tied back for the first few days to avoid any potential irritants.

6. Sleep smartly 

Believe it or not, how you sleep can also impact your piercing’s healing process. For the best after-piercing ear care, it’s advisable to sleep on the opposite side of your fresh piercing to prevent pressure, which can lead to pain or misalignment. 

If you’ve had both ears pierced, consider investing in a travel pillow. This will allow you to sleep with your ear in the hole, avoiding direct pressure.

When Will Your Piercing Heal

Ear piercings, depending on their location, can take anywhere from six weeks to several months to fully heal with proper aftercare. Typically, lobes heal faster than cartilage piercings.

Stay vigilant after your piercing for warning signs of infection, such as redness, excessive pain, as well as yellow or green discharge. If you notice any of these, contact your piercer or a doctor immediately to prevent complications.

Pick Your Perfect Earrings At SK Jewellery

With the thrill of getting a new piercing comes the responsibility of ensuring proper aftercare. Explore SK Jewellery’s exquisite collection of earrings jewellery, where timeless elegance meets unmatched quality so you can get the perfect adornment for your fresh piercing in Singapore. 

Choose from a range of everyday earrings, hoop earrings, as well as drop and dangle earrings for your ears in gold and diamond today.

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