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How long do I wait before I can swim after a piercing?

We advise you not to swim, sit in a hot tub or take hot baths until your piercing is healed (usually around 12 weeks).

Piercings heal on the outside first and then on the inside.

A piercing may look healed externally, when it’s actually not.

Swimming surrounds the opening of the piercing with bacteria which can cause infection by entering the opening in your skin.


Many people assume swimming in a pool will not cause a bacterial infection due to chlorination.

Chlorine does not kill the germs and bacteria immediately. Germs can survive in a chlorinated pool for days and contaminated water can enter the body causing infection.

Further, chlorinated water can ruin your earrings and other jewellery because there is such a thing as caustic chlorine.

Streams, lakes and the ocean:

There are many bacterial types in water and these can enter causing a threatening infection with sensitivity, swelling, redness and pain.

Swimming in stagnant water such as a lake contributes to contracting infectious micro-organisms.

So in summary – get pierced but stay out of the water until your piercing is healed and always follow the aftercare advice or speak to our experts in-salon.

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