What to Avoid After a New Piercing

Updated on March 20, 2020
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Kirstyn's been an online writer for over eight years. Her articles often focus on tattoos and piercings.

After Getting a New Piercing

There are many things that you should do after you get a piercing, which the piercer will tell you about. However, a lot of the time, except for a few little things that they find common, they won't advise against things.

I have personal experience with this matter, as I have just gotten my industrial and, thus far, treated it pretty roughly. So, I'm here to share with you all my "oops" moments in the hope that you don't make them as well!

1. Don't Play With it Excessively

One very basic thing that you don't want to do with your new piercing, especially an industrial, is to play with it excessively. I know that when I get nervous, or am just bored, I'll often try to play with it. But, all this will do is add trauma to the wound.

2. Don't Use Certain Headphones

Another thing that people don't normally think about is the type of headphones to use. Earbuds are better if you've got a piercing on your ear, especially an industrial or cartilage piercing.

I use "over-the-ear" headphones, which means that they rest on my ears, as opposed to the earbuds that go into your ears. I would advise that, if you have headphones like mine, you should invest in a cheap $10 pair of earbuds until your piercing heals. Otherwise, this can also cause trauma to the wound. Because even if you don't necessarily realize how hard the earphone sits on your ear before you get pierced, you definitely will notice it afterwards.

3. Avoid Hair Treatments

Also, try to refrain from any hair treatments while it's healing. Hair treatments, especially when performed at home, can be messy and get onto or into your piercing, which can cause an infection. Even when done professionally, nobody is perfect and the professional can slip up. There are preventative measures that you can take, but especially if you're bleaching, it is a very traumatic thing to do to your fresh piercing.

4. Don't Sleep On It

If you can help it, get the piercing on the side of your head that you don't sleep on. This is a commonly known fact, but especially for ones that don't heal as fast, like cartilage ones, it can have a major effect on the healing process. If you get it on the side that you dominantly sleep on, there are two very big problems things that can arise.

  1. It can cause you discomfort and maybe loss of sleep which will damage your immune system which what helps you heal.
  2. You will be, once again, moving your piercing around in ways it's not used to going, and this will possibly tear or traumatize your wound.

5. No Concerts

Everybody loves concerts, but these are one of the biggest things that you should try to avoid. Especially when the band is of a heavier genre, and even in lighter ones like ska.

As soon as you get into that crowd, you come into contact with numerous dangerous things. This includes things such as crowd surfing, mosh or dance pits, random surges because of the aforementioned things, and just people hitting you in general.

For smaller piercings, it's easier to avoid direct contact with such things. However, for bigger ones, like cartilage piercings, or even surface piercings on other parts of your body besides your ears, it can get very tricky to avoid situations in which trauma will be caused to it.

These are five easy ways to make sure that your healing process is quick and fast, and ways to avoid further trauma to the piercing than it has already gone through. Thanks for reading!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 xosunflower


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      4 months ago

      The last one is so true, I was at a punk concert and the day before I got helix pierced. I was in a mosh pit and I bumped heads with some guy and tye back of my piercing(kind of like disc at the back) caught the part of my head and cut it and it was bleeding a lot, also the hole started to bleed. My ear was twice bigger literally and a keloid was formed. Thank god I treated it after that and now it's fine and keloid disappeared.

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      11 months ago

      so i just got my ears peirced today what should i not do for 2 weeks.

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      21 months ago

      I accidently hit my ear after a peircing...does that hurt the peircing????

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      2 years ago

      i pierced my nipples last week and milk is coming out of it is that normal

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      2 years ago

      I heard that you should not be eating egg, sea food and peanuts after a piercing. Is this true?

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      real doctor 

      2 years ago

      yes shaksi you're gonna die, sorry.

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      Shakshi sewtohul 

      2 years ago

      I just got an ear piercing in the lobe today but I ate three small pieces of baby corn is it harmful??

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      Amanda rolls 

      3 years ago

      I've just had left cartiliage pierced Tuesday have trouble getting comfy

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      Lara B. Jenner 

      3 years ago

      I got my helix pierced 8 months ago and I still can't sleep on it. I just got used to sleeping on my other side.

      Kinda sucks tho because I really want an industrial piercing on my other ear but I'll just have to wait a bit longer for that to happen;(

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      3 years ago

      would really loud music damage your newly pierced ears?

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      4 years ago

      I just got my ear's pierced last night. For the first time. I didn't know you should not sleep on it. Still, i did go to sleep on my back. But, i have headphones, that go over my entire ear. Should i wear them?

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      4 years ago

      yea i got my 2nd piercing but its kinda weird its wednesday and i have to get my hair washed Friday bcuz its extremely dirty

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      6 years ago

      I got my cartilage done today in Claire's right, and somehow got my hair stuck in the stud! How would itakethe hairs out when they are trapped in the piercing?!?

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      7 years ago from New Jersey

      @dd, I was talking more about things that people don't normally think of when getting a new piercing. I'm assuming that the person putting your piercing in would tell you the general things like don't go swimming, clean it daily, don't change it out too early, etc.

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      7 years ago

      what about not swimming

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      8 years ago from New Jersey

      thank you (:

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      the pink umbrella 

      8 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

      loke this, very informative. welcome!!!


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