How to heal cartilage piercing bumps

Updated February 21, 2017

Cartilage piercings can look great, but sometimes you can get bumps at the site of your piercings which can be hard to get rid of. There are many different treatments to get rid of them which have helped others dealing with this common problem. Here are some suggestions to help you get rid of any cartilage bumps you have, and get back to looking and feeling fierce about your body art.

Leave the jewelry in place unless you are experiencing any redness, pain or swelling.

Wash the cartilage piercing bump with an anti-bacterial soap to keep the affected area clean. Never touch your piercing unless you have washed your hands first. If you are experiencing redness, pain or swelling then remove the jewelry until the cartilage bump has healed completely.

Soak your cartilage bump with sea salt everyday by using 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt in an 8 ounce glass of warm water. Use cotton balls to apply the sea salt to the cartilage bump, by holding the wet cotton ball in place over it.

Put warm chamomile tea bags over the affected area. You can use these with the sea salt or alternate the days in which you use them for an effective treatment.

Take Vitamin C and zinc daily to help prevent or heal infections.

Use Mederma to help treat and reduce scarring from cartilage bumps.


It can take from three months to one year for a cartilage bump to completely heal depending on what kind of piercing you've had done and if you're persistent in treating it. There are three different kinds of cartilage bumps: Boils are the most common, Hypotrophic scarring is a raised area surrounding the exit hole of a piercing and Keloids are the hardest to treat and often need to be removed surgically. The best way to find out which kind of cartilage bump you have is to go to a dermatologist. Some people recommend using tea tree oil for cartilage bumps while others don't. If you do decide to use tea tree oil make sure that you've diluted it before applying it to your skin. If you notice any redness, infection or swelling go see a doctor immediately. Some recommend using an antibacterial soap which contains chloroxylenol or triclosan since these two ingredients fight many different kinds of bacteria. Changing to titanium jewelry even after you've had a piercing for a long time has proved to be beneficial in helping to get rid of any scarring.


Don't use Betadine, hydrogen peroxide or alcohol swabs to clean your cartilage bumps since they can cause irritation. Never try to pop a cartilage bump since this can injure the skin and cause more infection.

Things You'll Need

  • Anti-bacterial soap containing chloroxylenol or triclosan
  • Sea salt
  • Cotton balls
  • Chamomile tea bags
  • Mederma
  • Titanium jewelry
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