How Do I Clean My Septum Piercing?

ByScott S.

May 25, 2024
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How Do I Clean My Septum Piercing?

The question, “How do I clean my septum piercing?” is a popular one asked by all who have taken the plunge. A septum piercing adds a touch of edge or elegance, depending on your style. But like any piercing, proper cleaning is crucial for a smooth healing journey and to avoid complications. So, here’s a comprehensive guide to keeping your septum piercing happy and healthy:

The Power of Saline Solution

Your go-to cleaning solution should be a saline solution, which is simply a mixture of salt and distilled water. It’s gentle yet effective at removing crusties (dried discharge) and keeping the piercing area free of bacteria. Here’s how to make your own saline solution:

  • Mix 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt with 8 ounces of distilled water. (Avoid using tap water, as it can contain impurities.)
  • Bring the distilled water to a boil, then let it cool completely.
  • Pour the cooled saline solution into a clean spray bottle or a sterile cup.
A mixture of salt and distilled water that will be used to clean a septum piercing.

Cleaning Your Septum Piercing With Saline Solution

  • Clean your septum piercing twice daily, once in the morning and once before bed. Consistency is essential for proper healing and preventing infections.
  • Gently rinse the piercing with the saline solution. You can either spray the solution directly onto the piercing or soak it for a few minutes in a cup filled with saline solution.
  • Let the saline solution sit for 30-60 seconds. This allows it to loosen any crusties that may have formed around the piercing.
  • Gently move the jewelry back and forth a few times, but avoid excessive movement or twisting. This helps to dislodge any trapped debris.
  • Use a clean gauze pad or tissue to pat the area dry. Avoid rubbing, as this can irritate the piercing.

Additional Tips for a Clean Septum Piercing

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before touching your piercing. This helps to prevent the spread of bacteria.
  • Don’t use harsh soaps, alcohol, or antibacterial products. These can disrupt the natural healing process and irritate the piercing site.
  • Avoid touching or playing with your piercing excessively. This can introduce bacteria and irritate the area.
  • Be mindful during showering or bathing. Avoid submerging your piercing in heavily chlorinated water for extended periods.
  • Listen to your body. If you experience redness, swelling, or increased pain alongside discharge, it could be a sign of infection. So, consult a healthcare professional immediately.

The Healing Journey: Patience is a Virtue

A septum piercing typically takes 6-8 weeks to heal fully, though complete healing can take up to a year. During this time, consistent cleaning of the septum piercing and avoiding irritants are crucial. Once fully healed, you can relax your cleaning routine somewhat, but cleaning at least once a day is still recommended.

Listen to Your Piercer

While this guide provides a general cleaning routine, your piercer might offer specific instructions based on your anatomy and healing process. Always prioritize their advice for optimal results.

Maintaining a clean septum piercing doesn’t have to be complicated. By following these steps and listening to your body, you can ensure your septum piercing heals smoothly and remains a beautiful addition to your look.

Also, we invite you to see our in-depth article with all the details about septum piercings here: Septum Piercing.

Need to find a piercer? Check out the Association of Professional Piercers.

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