Aftercare guidelines for Body Piercings

Cleaning Solutions

  • Sterile saline is a gentle choice for piercing aftercare, you can find it at Lemonade Piercing or at your local pharmacy. 

  • Although we don't suggest rotating soap through the piercing, a mild castile soap can help keep the surrounding area clean.

Cleaning Instructions

  • Wash your hands thoroughly prior to touching your piercing.

  • Saline rinse as needed to remove debris during healing.

  • Maintain good hygiene and replace strong body washes with a mild, liquid soap.

  • Do your best to keep your piercing clean and dry throughout the day.

What is Normal?

  • Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising.

  • During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid that will form some crust on the jewelry.

  • A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.

  • Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes. This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in—do not leave it empty.

What to do

  • Leave your piercing alone except when cleaning. Do not turn or rotate your jewelry.

  • Stay healthy; the healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal.

  • Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Avoid sleeping with pets during initial healing.

  • Showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria. If you bathe in a tub, clean it well before each use and rinse off your piercing when you get out.

  • Come in for your checkup! Most piercings will need to be adjusted before they're done healing. Failure to have posts or bars downsized can promote the growth of scar tissue and delay the healing of the piercing.


  • Piercings can develop complications for a variety of different reasons. If your piercing developed a lump or bump, or has become swollen beyond the ​length of the jewelry, you may need to have an adjustment made or a consultation. We are glad to help you, even if you haven't received the piercing from us. 

  • Don't panic, don't "Google" it.

  • Stay away from products that aren't meant for puncture wounds. Do not use rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Bactine, witch hazel, iodine, tea tree oil, "ear care solution," creams, or ointments (unless prescribed by a doctor.)

  • If you are experiencing symptoms of infection, including, but not limited to, redness, swelling, tenderness of the procedure site, red streaks going from the procedure site towards the heart, elevated body temperature, or purulent drainage from the procedure site, please seek medical care as soon as possible.