Though the art looks great, it is also important to take care of your pierced lips. Yes, it’s true that developing an infection is rare because your mouth has the natural ability to fight infections. Still, there are chances that one might experience swelling, scabbing or redness and at times bleeding and tenderness after the piercing. That said, here are some tips that will help you for lip piercing aftercare.
Modify your diet
During healing time, you should keep close tabs on your diet. Ideally, you should stick with soft and relatively cool foods like pudding, ice cream and yogurt. Avoid taking solid foods because they might bruise the fresh wound or become trapped in the piercing.
Avoid coming into contact with chlorineExposing your piercing to the shower or pool water may end up delaying the healing process. Chlorine water can cause your pierced area to dry out, leading to irritation. Shower water can also be so harsh that it can aggravate the symptoms even more.
Avoid nicotine, alcohol, caffeine
New lip piercings are prone to occasional bleeding, and these things can thin your blood and make it harder for your body to form clots.
Rinse your mouth regularlyDo rinse your mouth with a mouthwash after meals or eating. For the first 2 weeks after getting the piercing, it’s ideal to suck on antibacterial/anti-inflammatory throat lozenges. These reduce the chance of infection and reduce swelling.
Unless you experience a piercing problem that can be remedied with a jewelry change, you should keep your starter lip ring in until your piercing is fully healed. Even then, you may want to have a professional do it for you, since your fistula will still be tender and it may be hard to insert new jewelry yourself.
Don’t change your piercing jewelry prematurely
If the skin around the outside of your lip piercing becomes dry, moisturize with tea tree oil-enhanced sea salt solution rather than using creams, oils or balms that could clog your fistula, trap in bacteria and make you susceptible to infection.
Keep the area moisturized
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