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Published Wednesday, October 4, 2023

How to Clean a Healed Nose Piercing: A Simple Guide

Before jumping into the specifics, let's clarify one thing: This guide is tailored for those with healed nostril piercings. If you just got your nose pierced, it's essential to stick to your piercer's aftercare instructions.

Alright, now that that's out of the way, let's dive right in!

1. Start with Clean Hands

Always start by giving your hands a good wash. You don't want to transfer any dirt or bacteria to your piercing. Make sure you don't skip this step. For an added layer of protection, you might also consider wearing gloves.

2. Choose Your Cleaning Supplies

We personally vouch for neilmed saline spray for piercings. It's gentle, and guess what? You can even find it on our site. Now, here's a tip: If your piercing is new, avoid cotton swabs or anything fibrous; they could snag. But if you have a well-healed piercing then cotton swabs are just fine to use.

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3. Time for a Gentle Clean

  • Saturate the cotton swab in the saline spray.
  • Gently rub the cotton swab over the piercing. Make sure you go over both the hole and the jewelry to ensure they're both sparkling clean.
  • Don't forget about the inside! Swipe there too.

Repeat on the other side if you have piercings on both nostrils.

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4. Drying it Out

After cleaning, grab a clean Kleenex or paper towel. Remember, you're just dabbing – no sliding or rubbing. Sliding can snag your jewelry, and you certainly don't want that. Just dab away any excess moisture.

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A Word on Aftercare

Even if you have a completely healed piercing, it's always important prioritize aftercare. Regular cleaning keeps nasty bacteria at bay, ensuring piercings stay infection-free and beautiful.

Remember, clean piercings are happy piercings!

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