Piercing Aftercare

How to take care of your piercing

Non-Oral Piercings

  • Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt in 8 oz. of clean hot water (do not burn yourself)
  • Cup or dunk your piercing in the solution. If it is hard to reach use a hot salt water compress.
  • Repeat this for 5-10 minutes then rinse with clean water.
  • Apply mild liquid soap such as Dial or Dr Bronner's and rinse when showering, dry with clean paper towels.
  • Repeat this 2-3 times daily until fully healed. This will prevent/cure infection during the healing phase.
  • Do not over-clean.

Dermal Anchors

Sleep with a band-aid over it for the first couple of days so you don’t accidentally pluck it out. No piggyback rides or rough housing either. Let the little thing settle into to its new home. Hot salt water compresses are the easiest cleaning solution for these.

Oral Piercings

  • Buy a new toothbrush — your old one is full of nasty bacteria that can cause infection.
  • After every snack, meal, smoke and drink, rinse mouth thoroughly with Tom’s of Maine, Tech2000, Biotene or even diluted Listerine (be aware that Listerine will increase healing time since it is alcohol based).
  • In addition/substitution, non-iodized salt water rinses (see recipe for non-oral care) are strongly recommended.
  • For lip and labret piercings also follow soaking method for non-oral piercings.

FOR DOWNSIZING: come in 3 weeks after the date of piercing (when swelling is safely down) for a custom fitted shaft or ring. Not everyone heals the same, so it may take longer. We never recommend less time for fear that you may swell again during this time period. Downsizing cost is the price of the jewelry you need or want.

Now that you're pierced...

So now that you’re pierced it’s up to you to take care of it. It is normal for yellow-whitish discharge to collect on your jewelry and turn into a crust. Itchiness, soreness, bleeding and discoloration are also normal in the beginning. Do not forcefully move or rotate your jewelry. The healing is dependent on your well-being and health, so naturally if you have a cold, stress or an unhealthy lifestyle, this can affect your piercing. Whenever concerned about the healing process, soak your piercing in the hot non-iodized salt water solution outlined here. This promotes air and blood circulation and acts as an astringent, pulling bacteria out of the wound. If you are still concerned, don’t stress, come in to ROBOT for a consultation from one of our piercing staff, advice is free!

Avoid changing jewelry prematurely and always make sure your jewelry is safe and secure. With clean hands, check your balls to be sure they are tight. If your jewelry should fall out, come in as soon as possible to get it reinserted. The longer you wait, the more it closes. If swelling absorbs the jewelry, it’s OK, just come in to ROBOT sooner (rather than later) for assistance. Ibuprofen, Advil, or other anti-inflammatories can reduce swelling making a new piercing easier to adapt to (follow suggested dosage on the bottle). Aspirin, alcohol, caffeine, and/or other medications can thin blood, don’t stress but expect blood if you indulge.


  • Don’t pick — dirty hands can lead to infection
  • Don’t use hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, Betadine, Hibiclens, or gels. These products are often too strong for everyday use and can cause rashes, swelling, burns, etc.
  • Don’t get products in your piercing (i.e. suntan lotion, hair spray, makeup)
  • Don’t engage in oral or sexual activity with a healing piercing. Bacteria and STDs can be transmitted.
  • Stay out of swimming pools, hot tubs, ocean water, lakes, streams, etc., for 1 month. Either the chemicals can be an irritant or bacteria can enter and cause infection.
  • Don’t play with or hang charms from a fresh piercing. The healing tissue can rip.
  • Don’t listen to urban legends or odd advice about your piercing. Unfortunately a lot of internet information may be outdated or possibly (most likely) inaccurate. Always confer with one of us Robots before experimenting with aftercare - not everything works for everyone!