5 Skin Care Tips to Follow If You Have Facial Piercings
As facial piercings have been gaining popularity in recent years, it is essential that you know how to take care of not just the piercing, but also the skin around it. Ahead, we rounded up five skin care tips to be mindful of if you have facial piercings.
Tip #1: Eliminate All Traces of Makeup and Debris Around Your Piercing(s)
The last thing you want is any excess 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. It’s best to keep these areas as clean as possible to avoid any unwanted side effects. Washing your face with a gentle cleanser is a great way to ensure that the skin around your piercing is clean. More on that next.
Tip #2: Be Gentle
While it is 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 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’d had your piercing for years, it’s a smart idea to steer clear of skin care products formulated with acids- on the skin around your piercing as they could cause dryness. This can includes glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids. You can use products formulated with acids on other areas of your face, just be mindful of the application spots and avoid direct contact with pierced areas.
Tip #4: Apply Face Masks with Care
Face masks are a wonderful skin care product that nobody should be exempt from using. 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.
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 cream formulated for sensitive skin. These formulas are typically the gentlest.
Editor’s note: Before leaving your piercing appointment, ask one of the experts on staff about how to adequately care for your piercing and the surrounding skin. When in doubt, consult your dermatologist for tips.