6 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Caring For Your New Cartilage Piercing

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A cartilage piercing can be an exciting way to express your style, but taking the proper steps to maintain your piercing is essential. We'll look at common mistakes made with cartilage piercings and how to avoid them.

1. Not Keeping the Piercing Clean

You'll want to keep the area clean to prevent infection and promote proper healing. Avoid using alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or ear care products that contain these ingredients on the piercing, as they can irritate the skin and delay healing.

Use a saline solution or mild soap and water to clean your piercing. Soak a cotton swab or Q-tip in the solution and gently clean around the piercing. Rinse the area afterward. Remember to clean your piercing twice a day for the first week. You can do daily cleanings after that. 

2. Not Protecting the Piercing

Next, you'll want to protect the piercing from irritation. Avoid wearing hats or headbands that can rub against the piercing. To keep the piercing clean, you may wear a protective bandage.

3. Choosing the Wrong Jewelry

The type of jewelry you choose can play a role in the healing process. Make sure to choose high-quality, hypoallergenic jewelry. Gold or titanium are good options for cartilage piercings. Avoid wearing any jewelry that is too tight or too heavy, as this can cause irritation and delay healing.

4. Touching the Piercing with Dirty Hands

Remember to keep the area around the piercing clean to prevent infection. Before touching the piercing, always wash your hands. Avoid playing with the jewelry. It's natural to want to fiddle with your new piercing, but try to resist the urge. Touching the jewelry can introduce bacteria to the area and increase the risk of infection.

5. Swimming or Soaking the Piercing in Water

Avoid submerging the piercing in water for extended periods, such as swimming or bathing. Water can introduce bacteria to the piercing and interfere with the healing process.

6. Removing Jewelry Too Soon

The jewelry helps to keep the hole open and allows the piercing to heal properly. If the jewelry is removed, the hole can start to close up, and the piercing can become "closed." This can be especially problematic for cartilage piercings, which can take several months to heal completely.

If the jewelry is removed before the piercing is fully healed, there is an increased risk of infection. The piercing is more susceptible to infection while it is healing, and removing the jewelry can introduce bacteria to the area and increase the risk of infection.

Reach out to a cartilage piercing studio to learn more.


27 December 2022

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