5 Skin-Care Tips to Follow If You Have Facial Piercings
Whether you have a septum piercing, dermal piercings or a nose or lip ring, it’s important to understand how to take care of them, including which skin-care products you should use on and around them and which to avoid. Ahead, we’re sharing the key skin-care steps to follow if you have facial piercings.
TIP #1: Eliminate All Traces of Makeup and Debris Around Your Piercings
The last thing you want is any makeup, debris or dirt getting clogged around the areas of your piercing(s). According to the Mayo Clinic, common risks for people with facial piercings include allergic reactions and skin infections. That’s why it’s important to keep these areas as clean as possible. Washing your face with a gentle cleanser, like the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is a great way to ensure that the skin around your piercing is clean.
TIP #2: Be Gentle
While it’s essential that you clean the areas around your piercings, you want to make sure you aren’t rubbing any of these areas too aggressively. Being too rough on the skin around your piercings can cause irritation. One of our favorite gentle cleansers is micellar water. Some of these formulas are suitable for even sensitive skin, but none of them require harsh rubbing, and don’t even need to be rinsed off your face. Apply your favorite cleansing product (try the Garnier Water Rose Micellar Cleansing Water) onto a cotton pad and slowly sweep it around your facial contours, including the skin around your piercing(s).
TIP #3: Avoid Acidic Products Around Your Piercings
The area around your piercing can feel sensitive for quite some time. Even if you’ve had your piercing for years, it’s a smart idea to steer clear of skin-care products formulated with acids (like glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids) on the skin around your piercing as it can cause dryness. You can use products formulated with acids on other areas of your face, just be mindful to avoid direct contact with pierced areas.
TIP #4: Apply Face Masks With Care
If you are applying a face mask, make sure to avoid the areas surrounding the piercing. This is because residue from the mask could get stuck too close to the piercing and be difficult to remove without removing the piercing altogether. If it’s easier, opt for a face mask that doesn’t require a sheet application, like the Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque.
TIP #5: Manage Dry Skin With a Moisturizer
When you first get a piercing, you may be nervous to touch the skin around it. As a result, you may skip on moisturizing your facial skin. This can be problematic, especially during the winter months when the skin can experience dryness and flaking. If you notice this happening to the skin around your piercing, moisturize with a hydrating formula suitable for dry skin, like the Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer.