You’ll feel A PINCH

Congratulations on your new piercing! We’re so glad you chose to get it in the clean and safe environment we’ve created at The Piercing Annex, and we thank you for your trust in us.

Taking care of a new piercing can be hard, but following these steps carefully will make the healing process faster and will help you avoid infection.


Consistently cleaning your piercing, drinking plenty of water, eating healthy, sleeping well, taking multivitamins such as Zinc and Vitamin C are all ways you can help your body heal properly.

  • Make sure all things that come in contact with your piercing such as eye glasses and pillows are clean.

  • Always wash your hands before cleaning your piercing.

  • Avoid sleeping on the area of your piercing.

Clean your new piercing with:

  • Sterile wound wash (Available in your Aftercare bag) or a salt water solution with distilled water.

  • Clean gauze (Optional).  Do not use paper towels or cotton balls.

What to Expect

  • New piercings may slightly bleed or be swollen. To reduce this, use a cold compress or ice on the area of your piercing.

  • During the first few weeks, your piercing may be tender, itchy, or bruised.

  • Your piercing may secrete a white/yellow fluid that can dry on the piercing. This is a normal part of healing so avoid picking it.

Avoid doing these while you’re healing

  • Avoid touching your piercing unless you’re cleaning it.

  • Avoid twisting, turning, or moving your jewelry.

  • Avoid changing the jewelry before your piercing is completely healed.

  • Avoid using any aftercare products except for the one available in your goodie bag.

  • Avoid getting shampoo, lotion, sprays, and makeup on your piercing.

  • Avoid pools and hot tubs. However, if you must go into the water make sure you clean your piercing afterwards.

  • Avoid over-cleaning your piercing.

  • Avoid using fucidin, alcohol swabs, and Q-tips to clean around your piercing.

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How to clean your new piercing

  • Make sure you clean your piercing in the morning and evening by spraying the Aftercare Solution on the area front and back. Avoid overcleaning.

  • Make sure to continue cleaning your piercing for 6 months to a year to insure proper healing.

  • Remember that there is no way to speed up the healing process.

Irritation VS Infection

If your piercing is red, sore, secreting a white/yellow fluid, or has a small bump then you’re most probably experiencing irritation. You can regulate it by making sure you clean the area well with the salt-water solution given in the aftercare bag.

Although infection rarely occurs, its signs include: getting a fever, extreme red or bruised-like purple skin, excessive soreness and heat in the area, an excessive amount of fluid that is red, green, or dark yellow in color that may also have a bad smell. If you’re experiencing infection, visit a doctor to get prescribed antibiotics.