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Piercing Aftercare

There is no single cleaning solution or piercing aftercare regimen that works for everyone, everywhere, all the time. Different bodies and different lifestyles demand different aftercare. Geography matters, and what works for someone living in Philadelphia may not be the same thing that works for someone elsewhere. Differences in air and water quality, diet, and climate can greatly affect healing;  what you use for aftercare and how you clean your piercing is only one part of a much larger picture.

You must find what works for you. The suggestions in this section are based upon our experience and the experiences of others who came before us. But they are just that: suggestions. If you are familiar with your body and how you heal, the most important thing you can do is pay attention—your body should tell you what to do.

For an overview on how to take care of your new piercing, check out our Basic Piercing Care. For information specific to lip, tongue, and check piercings, read over Oral Piercing Aftercare. For advice on genital piercings, go to Genital Piercing Aftercare, and help with surface piercings go to Surface Anchors and Surface Piercings. For problematic healing, read over the differences between Infections and Irritations, and check out Helpful Hints to keep your fresh piercing worry-free. Lastly, see our Healing Times for how long it should take your new piercing to heal.


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