When you have your ear lobe pierced, your piercing professional should provide you with written and verbal aftercare instructions. Many piercing professionals have different opinions about what kind of aftercare should be administered. This article will give you a clear picture of how an ear piercing is properly cared for.
Soon after completion of your procedure, your ear lobe will most likely begin to swell. Do not be alarmed, this is completely common. Applying ice to your piercing will help minimize swelling and discomfort. Bleeding is also a natural action of a fresh piercing. Do not bandage your piercing to stop bleeding, oxygen is imperative for wound healing. You may want to change your pillow case so your fresh piercing has a clean resting place while you sleep (Four clean surfaces per case, both sides and inside out both sides. Replace you case again after day four and repeat).
The next morning you may notice dry blood, scabbing, and even a clear yellowish crusty substance on you piercing and or jewelry. Never pick or scratch this off. Wash your hands and using a sterile residue free aftercare solution and gauze, soak off the blood and discharge. Throughout the day, continue using your sterile residue free aftercare solution as often as needed (at least twice daily, but as often as you like). Over-cleaning is not a concern when using sterile residue free and salt free aftercare solution.
After the first few days, your piercing will most likely be done bleeding (baring outside trauma, like sleeping on your piercing). Once bleeding has ceased, begin applying Emu oil to your piercing once daily. Wash your hands thoroughly with an anti-bacterial soap and apply a small dab to your clean piercing with your fingertips, massaging the oil into the tissue. Emu oil is a non-pore clogging oil, readily absorbed by the body, and is used to accelerate healing as well as promote skin elasticity, among a great many other uses. There are vegan alternatives to Emu oil, but they are not as highly recommended by piercing professionals.