You already know how important it is to maintain a regular skincare routine, but once you commit to a face piercing, your routine may be amplified. For most of our readers, having good skin is a priority. A good skincare routine is usually a big part of the journey to good skin. From cleanser, toner, essence, serum, moisturizer, to masks, acne gel, and sunscreen, they all have their own parts to play in the skincare routine.
With your brand new facial piercing that is healing, depending on the types of face piercing you have, balancing your skincare can be a little tricky when you’re also trying to keep your piercing clean. In this article, we’ve included some helpful tips for keeping your skin and piercings happy!
Skin Care Tips If You Have Face Piercing
- When it comes to piercings that are healing, it’s extremely important to avoid using anything other than saline in or around the piercing. We recommend avoiding your piercing and leaving a small distance between your piercing and where the product is applied rather than halting use. It’s best to leave a ½ to ¼ inch perimeter all the way around your piercing. This rule of thumb applies to lotions, oils, and your daily face wash, among other things. These products may contain ingredients like acids, which may be too harsh for a piercing.
- If you need to wash the skin around the piercing, use a light soap, such as Johnsons & Johnsons baby soap, and avoid getting soap in the piercing. If you have an itchy piercing, you can read more on why it’s itchy here.
- We understand that some people prefer to go a little deeper with their skincare by utilizing face masks, sheet masks, and/or pore strips. But if used incorrectly, these products can be harmful to a healing facial piercing. When applying a face mask, make sure to leave the same amount of space around your piercings as indicated. Remember to gently wipe the mask off so that no product gets into the piercing. Cut little holes where your piercings would be with scissors for a sheet mask so that the sheets don’t lie directly on your piercings but rather around them. Pore strips can be used in the same way, by trimming them appropriately to avoid them sticking to the piercing and harming your piercing!
- It’s crucial to let your esthetician know if your piercing is fresh and/or still healing if you get regular facials or even waxing around your piercings. Just tell them to stay away from the piercing or that area, and to be gentle. Most estheticians are used to working with people who have piercings, so they’ll be careful around your new ones. It’s best to avoid waxing or threading around a new piercing for at least two months.
- If you use a prescription cream for acne, eczema, or other skin conditions, keep in mind that the majority of these creams and drugs contain harsh chemicals that are meant to heal your skin, but it doesn’t belong in your body piercing. If you’re going to use any topical lotions or medications, you have to stay away from the area around your piercing. We understand that this may cause breakouts or other troubles in the areas around your piercings, but this is safer than the damage that chemicals can cause to your healing piercing.
- Do not ever pick on your pimples if you have breakouts around the piercing. If you really need help, go to a qualified esthetician or dermatologist.
- It is not safe to get pierced while taking an oral medicine like Accutane or similar medications for skin concerns . It’s usually a good idea to tell your dermatologist that you’re thinking about getting a piercing and ask for their opinion. It’s always better to follow their recommendations if they suggest waiting until you’ve finished your therapy. Because let’s be honest, they know more than you.
- After your piercings have healed, there are fewer hazards involved with using products on or around them. Despite the fact that they inflict less damage to healing tissues, products can still build up in the jewelry over time, dulling it and clogging your piercing, causing irritation. Nobody wants that.
- If irritation occurs after using a product on or near your piercing, stop using that product in that area right away. But if you suspect that your piercing is infected, let’s say you have an infected eyebrow piercing, do read on how to take care of the infected piercing and how to prevent it or your other piercings from becoming infected.
- To help keep your jewelry clean, you can use a cotton swab or a cotton pad, soak it with saline and gently clean around the jewelry and piercing site and your skin will thank you. You can also try out some of the piercing aftercare spray that are in the market to make the cleaning process easier for you.
Please keep in mind that some real stones, such as pearls, should never be exposed to products directly because they may harm or discolor the more fragile jewels. There are numerous methods to wear piercings while maintaining healthy skin; all it takes is a little imagination and the assistance of your besties (read: us)!
Getting a new piercing should not be an excuse to skip out on your regular skincare routine. All you have to do now is be delicate enough to avoid causing any physical harm to your piercing. At the same time, make sure to clean your new piercing at least twice a day on a regular basis to avoid infection. But don’t clean it too much as it can also irritate the skin. If you have concerns on your other piercings, go ahead and read our article on Nose Piercing Care & After Nose Piercing Care, and for your ear piercing care routine.