Nose Piercing Care and Healing Guide

Woman with a nose piercing

Nose piercing involves puncturing the nose cartilage to insert a piece of jewelry such as a stud or a ring. There are several popular types of nose piercings such as nostril piercing, septum piercing, vertical tip piercing, bridge piercing and more.

If you’ve decided to get a nose piercing, you should know that it requires more delicate care than other types of piercings. And that’s what we’re here for.

This guide will give you a roundup of the entire healing process that you can do to make the healing process as quick and free from complications as possible. So, read on to level up your nose piercing aftercare!

How to Take Care of Your Nose Piercing

Here are some tips and tricks that can help your nose piercing heal faster and look great.

  • Once you get a nose piercing, you have to keep it clean at all times. To do this, you should always wash your hands thoroughly before touching the piercing and avoid touching it unnecessarily.
  • To clean the pierced area, use a bulb syringe or cotton ball and gently apply the saline solution to the area for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Alternatively, you can also prepare a saline dip for your nose by adding a half a teaspoon of sea salt to a cup of warm water. Stir the solution to dissolve the salt and then dip your nose in the solution for a few seconds. Then, take a clean paper towel or cotton swab to wipe your nose dry.
  • Clean the piercing once or twice every day.
  • If you have very oily or acne-prone skin, use a clean towel or blotting paper to wipe your nose gently every few hours.
  • Eat a healthy diet and stay hydrated to promote faster healing.

Here are some things you must steer clear of while your nose piercing is healing.

  • Touching or picking your piercing and playing with your jewelry.
  • Not washing your hands before and after you clean the piercing.
  • Using harsh products on the piercing such as rubbing alcohol or peroxide solution.
  • Putting makeup, moisturizers, serums, and other cosmetics on your nose or the pierced area.
  • Removing the jewelry before the piercing is healed
  • Going for a swim. (If you absolutely cannot avoid it, at least make sure your nose is not dipped in the pool water)

Different types of nose piercing take different amounts of time to heal but your nose piercing could take anywhere between 4 and 12 weeks to heal completely. It’s healed when it doesn’t hurt anymore and there is no discharge. That’s when you can stop the salt dips or wipes on a daily basis. However, it’s best to continue cleaning your piercing every few weeks to avoid any foul odors or risk of infections.