Aftercare instructions - ear piercing

Here is a guide showing you how to take care of your ear piercing during the healing process.

Aftercare instructions - ear piercing

Aftercare instructions - ear piercing


Here is a step-by-step guide of how to care for your new ear piercing while it heals. You can also download the aftercare instructions as a PDF.

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Wash your hands

It is important to do everything possible to prevent dirt and bacteria from getting into your new piercing. Therefore, make sure that you don’t touch your newly pierced ears without first washing your hands.

Cleanse the ear

Cleanse the new piercing in your ear thoroughly in front and in back, morning and evening. Keep the earrings in your ear, even during cleansing.

Use a liquid soap and we recommend that you cleanse the piercing while showering/washing your hair. Rinse thoroughly with running water and dry the area with a clean tissue or Q-tip.

For cleansing at other times, use Blomdahl Piercing Aftercare cleansing swabs, which are gentle to the skin. You can use them to cleanse between the ear and the earring/earring back. Allow to air dry. Use a new cleansing swab for the other ear, as well as new swabs the next time you cleanse the piercings. Note! Do not cleanse using alcohol.

Piercing Aftercare – cleansing swabs

After getting your ears pierced, it is important to keep the holes clean so that they do not become infected. With these cleansing swabs you can easily clean the area around the newly pierced hole. The swabs are gentle on the skin and alcohol-free, which means they do not dry out the skin or cause a burning sensation. They can be taken with you everywhere, enabling you to keep your piercings clean, even if you don’t have access to running water.

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Important points to consider during healing

There are some things to keep in mind and which help ensure that the healing process goes as smoothly as possible.

Clean, dry and airy

Make sure that you always keep your new piercing clean, dry and airy.

Cover your ears

When using hairspray, perfume, makeup, hair dyes, etc., it is a good idea to cover and protect your ears.

Avoid getting snagged

Be extra careful when pulling clothes over your head so that the earrings do not snag and get caught in the clothing.


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Infected ear piercing – what should I do?

Any of the following could be an indication of infection: redness, swelling, pain or rash.

• If you have had your earlobe pierced, take out the earring and cleanse your ear. If it is not better when you wake up the next day, consult with a doctor.

• If you have had the cartilage in your ear pierced, take out the earring, cleanse, and consult with a doctor immediately.

Do not put the piercing earring back in again, let the hole heal.

Changing earrings

After about 6 weeks (about 12 weeks for cartilage), you can switch to other earrings. Here is how to remove the piercing earrings:

• Wash your hands and ears carefully. We suggest that you switch to other earrings immediately after showering/washing your hair.

• Grasp the earring on the front side of the lobe. Use your other hand to grasp the earring back, on the back side of the lobe.

• Then, firmly wiggle the earring back, back and forth until it comes off.

• Carefully remove the post earring

• Put in a clean, new earring.

Ear piercings continue healing throughout the first year

It takes up to a year for pierced holes to heal fully, so keep the following in mind:

• Make sure earrings are worn continuously for the first year because the holes can quickly shrink and/or grow again.

• Keep cleaning and checking the holes regularly (front and back) throughout the first year.

• One tip to aid healing is to wear our lightweight pendant earrings. These make it easier to keep the area around newly pierced holes clean, dry and aired.

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Reduce the risk of infection in the first year

• Take care when changing earrings. Since the skin that has formed inside the holes is still thin and delicate, it is easily damaged and an infection can develop.
• Therefore, wash your hands and clean the earrings before changing them.
• Continue to keep the area around the holes clean, dry and aired.
• If you wear earrings with backs, the back and the earring should not be pushed too tight against the ear, as this risks them adhering to the ear. Pay extra attention to the back of the ears.

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Avoid a nickel allergy with Blomdahl’s help

Nickel allergy is a common problem, with as many as 30 million people being allergic to nickel in Europe alone. That means there are lots of people out there who want to wear jewellery but can’t. Blomdahl was founded back in 1985 to solve precisely this problem. We endeavour to offer everyone, men, women and children, the chance to wear jewellery safely, including those who have sensitive skin, are allergic to nickel or, quite simply, want to avoid the risk of developing a nickel allergy.

First-year earrings are particularly important for your skin

The risk of developing a nickel allergy is greatest during the first year after getting your ears pierced. It can actually take up to a year for holes to heal fully, and your skin will therefore be particularly sensitive during this period.

Choosing earrings with care can help to keep your skin healthy. Blomdahl has, in consultation with dermatologists, developed jewellery that is proven to be skin friendly and suitable for everyone, especially those with newly pierced ears.

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