Aftercare instructions - nose piercing

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

Aftercare instructions - nose piercing

Aftercare instructions - nose piercing


Here is a step-by-step guide of how to care for your new nose 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 nose jewellery without first washing your hands. Never poke inside the nose.

Cleanse the nose

Cleanse the new piercing on the outside of the nose, morning and evening. Keep the nose jewellery in, even while cleansing.

When showering/washing your hair, use a liquid soap and rinse thoroughly with running water. Dry the area using 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 clean between the nose jewellery and the skin on the outside of your nose. Allow to air dry. Use a new cleansing swab each time you cleanse.

Important to keep in mind

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 nose and protect the new piercing when you apply makeup, perfume and other products.

Pushing the nose jewellery back in

The nose jewellery used for piercing does not have a clasp. Instead, it has an olive-shaped tip, which helps ensure that it does not slide out during the healing period. Depending on the amount of swelling inside the nostril, the jewellery may, despite that, still start to slide out. If that happens, thoroughly wash your hands and then use one of your fingers to push the jewellery back in again.

Extra caution

Be extra careful when pulling clothes over your head, when you wash and dry your face, and when blowing your nose. You can even put an adhesive bandage over the nose jewellery while sleeping. You have a sharp point inside the nostril, so it is important that you avoid any activities where there might be impact to your nose.


When swimming in a pool, lake or the sea: Wait with this as long as possible and avoid dunking your head under the water. After swimming, cleanse the piercing using a liquid soap or Blomdahl Piercing Aftercare cleansing swabs.

Switching to a different piece of nose jewellery

After about 4 weeks, you can switch to ordinary nose jewellery. Wash your hands and the outside of your nose thoroughly. Carefully remove the piercing jewellery and put in a clean, new piece of nose jewellery.

The piercing will still be healing throughout the first year

It takes up to a year before the piercing is fully healed, so make sure to keep the following in mind:

• Always wear nose jewellery. Otherwise, the hole can shrink and/or close up again.

• Be careful when switching to a new piece of nose jewellery. Because the skin that has formed inside the hole is thin and delicate, it is also easily damaged and at risk for infection. Therefore, clean the nose jewellery and your hands before switching. Also, make sure to still keep the piercing clean, dry and airy.

• A nose piercing makes the skin extra sensitive and the risk of developing an allergy is greatest during the first year. That is why you need to be extra careful with your choice of jewellery. Blomdahl has developed jewellery in consultation with skin specialists that is proven to be gentle to the skin and suitable for anyone, particularly those who have only recently had their nose pierced.


Any of the following could be an indication of infection: redness, swelling, pain or rash. Remove the jewellery, cleanse the area and consult with a doctor immediately.

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