Do not touch your piercing unless you are cleaning it. Twisting or rotating the jewellery can irritate the piercing and cause prolonged healing. The less you love it, the more it’ll love you back!

Avoid any constant direct pressure onto the jewellery as this can cause irritation and troubled healing. Things like helmets, sleeping position and high-waisted pants are all environmental factors to consider for the healing journey. 

There are a myriad of factors that contribute to the successful healing of a piercing. Staying in good health and keeping the area clean are major factors of this.

It is strongly recommended to not submerge a piercing in any body of water for the first 6 - 8 weeks. Showering as normal and rinsing out around the jewellery helps to prevent any buildup.

Downsizing at the right time is important to best assist in your piercing’s healing journey. During your appointment, your piercer will guide you through this process. 

If you fail to maintain good aftercare or downsize your post after the recommended time, you can experience unnecessary swelling or even a drastic change in the angle of your piercing.



Keep the area clean by spraying it with sterile saline solution at a maximum of twice per day. Overcleaning will simply irritate the piercing and cause unnecessary movement.

Showering and washing hair as usual, being mindful to gently rinse out the area to avoid any buildup of debris or hair product.

Avoid sleeping directly onto the ear for at least 6 months. A piercer can provide you with some tips & tricks to assist with alleviating direct pressure onto the piercing, which could cause migration and complications.

A longer bar will be used to accommodate for initial swelling. Once the initial swelling subsides, downsizing to a shorter post is important, as constantly snagging the longer post can set the piercing into a perpetual state of healing. 



Maintain good oral hygiene: rinse with sterile saline or alcohol-free mouth rinse for 30 seconds twice daily after eating. After eating, rinsing with cold water will help flush food away from the piercing.

Avoid smoking and drinking during healing. This will lengthen your healing time and increase your risk of complications.

It’s important to downsize your original bar after approximately 2 - 4 weeks. Swelling will subside significantly after this period and you need a proper fitting bar for optimal healing.



Light bleeding is normal for the first week. If this persists, book in for a check-up with your piercer.

Sex can resume when comfortable, roughly 4-6 weeks.It is very important to not partake in unprotected sex during healing.Shower before and after sexual activity during healing.

Avoid activities / clothing that put stress on the area. In most instances, such activities can resume once the piercing is completely healed.



These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research and extensive clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. However, be aware that many doctors have no specific training or experience regarding piercing and may not be educated on how best to assist you.