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Published Friday, June 7, 2024

Safe Piercing Jewelry: What Materials to Avoid

What Materials Should I Avoid for a Fresh Piercing?

If you’re thinking about getting a new piercing, you’ll want to listen up. Today we will be going over what jewelry materials you should avoid for your new piercings.

Before we dive in, let's quickly discuss why choosing the right jewelry is so important for fresh piercings. Using the wrong materials can lead to irritation, infections, longer healing times, and possibly even rejection. Let's ensure your piercing journey is smooth and trouble-free!

Avoid These Materials:

  • Low-quality alloys: Tin, zinc, copper, brass, and especially nickel can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.
  • Surgical steel: Not all surgical steel is safe; some may contain nickel or other harmful alloys.
  • Sterling silver or 925 silver: Tarnishing and potential metal reactions make it unsuitable for fresh piercings.
  • Plated or coated jewelry: Thin layers can wear off, exposing skin to harmful metals.
  • Silicone: Porous and bacteria-harboring, unsuitable for fresh piercings or freshly stretched lobes.

Always invest in high-quality, body-safe materials for your jewelry when your piercing is still fresh. Your body deserves the best and it makes the healing process smoother.

Safe Alternatives:

Implant grade titanium, glass, niobium, and solid gold are excellent choices for fresh piercings. These materials are hypoallergenic and minimize the risk of irritation or infection.

We sometimes get questions about being pierced with retainers. Glass is a safe piercing material for this purpose. If that is something that you are interested in, talk to your piercer about it before your appointment, as they might need to order the glass piece.



Choosing the right jewelry for your fresh piercings is crucial for a comfortable and safe healing process. Hopefully this helps make choosing your jewelry materials easier. Thanks for reading and don't forget to follow us on all of our social platforms @Bodyartforms. Bye!