Lip piercings are a great way to show personal style and make a statement. It's important to know how to properly care for a lip piercing so infection does not set in. You just need to follow a few easy steps to keep your lips healthy after a piercing.
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Things you need
- Saline solution
- Antibacterial soap
- Salt water
Take Vitamins C, B and Zinc supplements a few months prior to getting your lip piercing to help your body prepare for the healing process.
Clean your lip piercing 2 to 3 times per day using saline solution. Use a cotton swab to help remove buildup around the piercing, then try to place a few drops of solution into the hole.
Maintain good oral hygiene when you care for a new lip piercing. Brush and floss your teeth twice daily and rinse with mouth wash each time. Rinse with saltwater to help the healing process.
Use antibacterial soap while in the shower to clean your face and lip area.
Wash your lip jewelry. Since you can't remove jewelry during the healing process you will need to clean it while it is in your lip. Use soap and warm water, lather up the jewelry with your fingertip then rinse it. Gently turn your piercing then lather and rinse again.
Tips and warnings
- The human mouth is very effective in fighting off infection so you will be less likely to experience an infection with an oral piercing than with other body piercings.
- Be diligent and patient when you take care of the piercing. Most lip piercings take approximately 10 days to heal.
- Monitor the piercing for infection when you care for a lip piercing. Some swelling, redness, soreness and bleeding is normal, but if you experience unusual pain or swelling see your doctor.
- If you develop an infection, contact your doctor and do not remove your lip jewelry. If you remove your jewelry the piercing may close and trap the infection.