Nose piercings are among the most common piercing types and the most-sought-after fashion statements in the jewelry world. Although they are exceedingly popular and relatively safe, you need to be extremely gentle with them.
Whatever the case, you need to treat both your old and new nose piercing with a lot of care to avoid any complications in the long run.
In this article, we will look into a few ways through which you can care for your nose piercing while maintaining your regular skincare routine. And, if you aren’t sure if you should expose your nose piercing to lots of water, we’ll help you with that, too.
Can I get my nose piercing wet?
Before answering this question, you should know that your nose piercing area goes through various healing stages, and the healing process may take up to 6 weeks.
If you want the healing process to be as smooth as possible, you need to be cautious. Always wash your hands consistently before touching your new piercing and your nose ring as well.
Do not soak your piercing in water until it heals fully. The only exception is a saline solution, which you may use to clean the nose piercing area.
That said, when your nose piercing is still fresh, you should avoid water-oriented activities that involve being in swimming pools, saunas, and hot tubs.
Can I wash my face after a nose piercing?
Yes. You can wash your face even after getting a new nose piercing. You can wash your face as you ordinarily would, but you need to avoid the nose area.
Whatever you do, don’t cleanse around it. Also, avoid getting any face wash or bathing soap in it either.
You can always follow up by washing your face with toner or moisturizer as you would on a typical day.
The whole idea is to do it with caution, in a way that you avoid tampering with the piercing area.
Can I clean my nose piercing with just water?
Generally, it is necessary to clean your nose piercing at least twice a day every single day until the healing process is complete.
Unfortunately, you cannot clean your nose piercing with just water. The suggested aftercare products for your new piercing is a non-iodized sea salt soak or saline solution spray. You can either make your salt soak at home or purchase it from a grocery store or drugstore.
If you prefer to make your salt soak at home, take a teaspoon of non-iodized salt and stir it in a quart of distilled water. If you swamp your piercing, hold a small bowl or cup closer to the piercing site, then carefully lean into the water.
Hold the vessel against your piercing for about 3-5 minutes. Once this is complete, rinse it with clean water, then use a clean paper towel to pat it dry. If you are using a saline solution spray, use a fine mist spray versus a stream style. Begin by spraying the piercing from the inside out for 10 seconds. Afterward, pat it dry using a clean paper towel.
That should be the closest that water gets on your new piercing. Avoid using a cotton swab on your new piercing because the fibers can get caught on it, and it may hurt.
Also, ensure that your nose ring is just as clean as your new piercing. Regularly wash the metal with gentle soap when you are showering. That helps remove any crust or bacteria around the jewelry.’
How to balance skincare and piercings
Even though you have just gotten your new piercing, you may still want to keep up with your regular skincare routine to keep your acne in check! Especially if you have oily skin. In that case, if you have an active skincare routine, you may be wondering how you can reconcile it with your new nose piercing. In this section, we will look at a few ways through which you may successfully go about your skincare routine.
Before we get into it, you should know that nose piercings tend to behave like any other facial piercings, and it is okay to continue with your daily skin routine no matter what. Unfortunately, there are times when your piercing may affect your skin. Sometimes, it may be for the better, whereas other times, it may be for worse.
When you get a new piercing, it is better if you leave it alone on the first day, then begin cleansing the next day. In that case, ensure to do your full skincare routine right before you go and get your piercing done, only because you will not be doing any cleansing immediately after the piercing.
The next day and onwards, you can begin doing your skincare routine, but you have to do it gently. In the case of your nose piercing, you need to avoid your nose for the most part, though you can allow water to run freely over your piercing.
As your piercing begins to heal, you can get closer to your nose area and clean firmly around your new piercing. Once it has fully healed, you can freely soap everything up and go about your cleansing routine like you always have before you got the piercing.
Unfortunately, you may notice a few bumps around your nose area. However, you shouldn’t worry too much. More often than not, it is because you aren’t exfoliating your skin as much as you did before the piercing. The thing is, less exfoliation will always result in more clogged pores hence the bumps. Once you resume exfoliation, you will notice that the pimples disappear.
Having a new piercing shouldn’t be the reason why you sacrifice your regular skincare routine. All you need to do is, be gentle enough to prevent any physical damage to your piercing area.
At the same time, ensure to regularly clean your new piercing to eliminate risks of an infection.
Lastly, choose the right jewelry to avoid any nickel allergies.