Sleeping with new piercings
Keep your sheets and pillows clean. Bacteria can all be transferred from bedding and get inside your fresh piercings. Make sure your sheets are cleaned and changed quite frequently to prevent any problems. If you’ve had any part of your ears pierced, sleeping on your back is ideal, but you can also use a U-shaped travel neck pillow so that you can sleep on your side.
Unless you’re experiencing a problem with the size, style, or material of the jewellery you’ve been pierced with, leave it in for the entire healing period. See one of our Piercing Specialists to perform any jewellery change over that becomes necessary during healing.
Visit your local Essential Beauty if your jewellery must be removed for a medical procedure. There are non-metallic jewellery alternatives available such as clear Bioplast piercing retainers that are not visible in x-rays and can be worn during most surgeries.
Downsizing your jewellery
Most piercings require jewellery that is longer in length if a labret or barbell or wider in diameter for rings. This is done in order to allow room for swelling around the piercing, this is a necessary precaution to prevent jewellery from sinking into the skin if any swelling occurs.
It is important that you don’t leave larger jewellery in for an extended period of time after your piercing as healed. You should visit an Essential Beauty salon to purchase shorter jewellery that will snugly fit your piercing.
Leaving large jewellery in after your piercing has finished healing will make it prone to catching or snagging on your hair and clothing, and pushing down on the skin when sleeping. This trauma may cause piercing bumps that can lead to migration of your piercing, causing it to move and look crooked.
Avoid unnecessary trauma to your piercing such as friction from clothing, towels, loofahs, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewellery, knocking the piercing, and over cleaning. This trauma may cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable piercing bumps, increased swelling, prolonged healing and other problems.