What should a healing piercing look like?

It looks good – most piercings look pretty good from the outset. A small amount of redness is not uncommon, but this should subside within a couple of weeks. You may notice some dry matter at the entry or exit of your piercing. This is called “exudate” and is a byproduct of the healing process.

How do I know if my piercing is healing correctly?

Keep an eye out for signs of healing—and know how long you might have to wait. "Ear lobes usually take about two to three months to heal, and cartilage takes about three to 10 months. Once it stops hurting, swelling, and secreting fluid, and any redness disappears, it's healed," Smith explains.

Is my piercing healing?

It Takes 12 Months for a Piercing to Completely Heal

While you can wear fashion earrings after the initial 6-12 weeks healing period, the wound is still not completely healed. The skin has closed up, but still needs some time to fully rebuild its natural defences and skin flexibility.


Is my piercing infected or healing?

According to Thompson, the telltale signs of an infection are simple: “The area around the piercing is warm to the touch, you notice extreme redness or red streaks protruding from it, and it has discolored pus, normally with a green or brown tint,” Thompson says.

How do I know if my piercing is rejecting?

Symptoms of piercing rejection
  1. more of the jewelry becoming visible on the outside of the piercing.
  2. the piercing remaining sore, red, irritated, or dry after the first few days.
  3. the jewelry becoming visible under the skin.
  4. the piercing hole appearing to be getting larger.
  5. the jewelry looking like it is hanging differently.


Healing Piercings: The Good Signs & What To Watch For!



Should I leave the crust on my piercing?

Due to the type of puncture wound a piercing is, it's important to remove the crust that develops around your earring or on the outside of your piercing. This is because air needs to hit the punctured tissue to properly heal your piercing.

How do I know if my piercing is infected?

Check if you have an infected piercing

Your piercing might be infected if: the area around it is swollen, painful, hot, very red or dark (depending on your skin colour) there's blood or pus coming out of it – pus can be white, green or yellow. you feel hot or shivery or generally unwell.

How do I know if my ear piercing is infected?

An infected ear piercing may be red, swollen, sore, warm, itchy or tender. Sometimes the piercing oozes blood or white, yellow or greenish pus. A new piercing is an open wound that can take several weeks to fully heal. During that time, any bacteria (germs) that enter the wound can lead to infection.

Should I twist my new ear piercing?

Don't fiddle with your piercings.

Don't touch a new piercing or twist the jewelry unless you're cleaning it. Keep clothing away from the piercing, too. Excessive rubbing or friction can irritate your skin and delay healing.


Do healed piercings crust?

Crusting after body piercing is normal—this might just be the result of your body trying to heal itself. While perfectly normal, these crusties should be cleaned carefully and thoroughly whenever you notice them.

Should I clean my piercing the day I get it?

Give it a Rest

First things first – do not attempt to clean your piercing right away when you get home. In fact, don't touch your piercing or the area around it for the first 24 hours after you've had your piercing done. The area will still likely be painful, and you need to let the piercing settle down a bit.

Can an ear piercing infection heal on its own?

In most cases, minor ear piercing infections go away within 2 weeks with proper home care. When to call a doctor. In some cases, home care might not be enough. If your earring or the backing is stuck inside your earlobe, you should seek care from a doctor.

How do I clean the inside of my ear piercing?

Clean with a clean cotton pad or swab dipped in salt solution. You can make this solution by mixing 1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Use this around the pierced area a few times a day to remove any bacteria. Dab (don't wipe) the piercing.


What does lymph fluid look like piercing?

The new piercing will weep lymphatic fluid. It is a clear, yellowish discharge that would come out of any wound. THIS IS NOT A SIGN OF INFECTION AND IS NOT PUS.

Is yellow discharge from a new piercing normal?

It is normal for new piercings to be sore, red, swollen, spot blood, or even bruise occasionally. Within the first few days/weeks a small amount of light colored fluid will discharge from the piercing. It will be milky, light yellow, or clear and dry into a darker yellow tone. This is normal and to be expected.

What can I use to clean my piercing if I don't have sea salt?

Stir 1/8 teaspoon (0.7 g) of non-iodized salt in 1 cup (240 ml) of warm distilled water until the salt dissolves. Avoid using rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean the piercing.

How long do piercing bumps last?

When to see your piercer. It can take several weeks to fully heal a nose piercing bump, but you should see improvement within 2 or 3 days of treatment. If you don't, see your piercer. Your piercer is the best person to assess your symptoms and provide guidance on how to care for your individual problem.


What color should piercing crust be?

Crusties—the nickname for the clear or yellow caking that forms around a healing body piercing. Crusties are the result of your body trying to heal itself. This is simply a mix of lymphatic fluid, epithelial debris and dead blood cells which seeps out clear and dries to a yellowish color when exposed to air.

What do piercing Crusties look like?

During the healing period, you can expect a bit of a white/yellow crust to form around/behind your jewelry. This crust is really just skin cells that have helped in healing your piercing and have now formed a bit of a scab around it. This doesn't mean it's infected, it's just in the process of healing!

Can you over clean a piercing?

Do not over-clean your piercing. Cleaning too often with an overly harsh cleaning solution, or with too many different types of cleaning solutions, can irritate your piercing. If cleaning your piercing twice a day is suggested, don't assume cleaning it ten times a day is better: It isn't.

When should you give up on a piercing?

Here are some of the biggest ones.
  1. You've tried to have the area pierced a number of times, but it just won't stick. ...
  2. You start to feel uncomfortable wearing your piercing. ...
  3. You can't stick to the aftercare period. ...
  4. Your piercing constantly gets in the way. ...
  5. Your piercing is causing health issues.


What piercings reject the most?

The most common body piercings that reject are navel piercings and eyebrow piercings. The surface piercings most likely to reject are those that reside more closely to the skin's surface such as the sternum or nape (back of the neck) and Madison piercings.

How common is piercing rejection?

Piercing rejection is not very common, but it does happen. Rejection most common in the first few weeks to months after getting a piercing. So it's important to keep an eye on new piercings.

How do I clean an infected piercing?

Gently pat dry the affected area with clean gauze or a tissue. Then apply a small amount of an over-the-counter antibiotic cream (Neosporin, bacitracin, others), as directed on the product label. Turn the piercing jewelry a few times to prevent it from sticking to the skin.