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Getting Your Ears Pierced


Aftercare is critical to success with pierced ears.

Don’t rotate your studs or move the rings around. Doing so will damage the newly healing skin inside your ear and slow down the healing process. You can also transfer dirt and germs into the wound.

Rinse your ears with sterile saline several times a day. Disinfecting solutions, even those marketed as aftercare products, kill not only germs but tender skin cells trying to heal. Pressurised containers of saline, usually called “Wound Wash”, make sure everything stays clean. Squirt it generously on the front and back and let it soak in.

Cleanliness is essential. Wash your hands before touching them, sleep on a clean pillow and don’t let other people touch them. Showering is OK, but avoid rubbing your piercings.

You can expect some discomfort for the first day or two. There will probably be a yellowish discharge from the wound; this is a normal by-product of the healing process. However, if you experience excessive redness, pain or swelling, remove the jewelry if you can and check back with your piercer as soon as possible.