How often do you need to clean a new belly ring piercing?

Dear Belly Bling:

“I’d like to get my belly button pierced this summer. How many times a day will I need to clean the belly ring piercing in the first few weeks?”

-A navel-piercing newbie

piercing1This is a great question! It always helps to be informed about the care of a belly ring piercing before you actually have it done.

For medical-based questions such as these, we always refer to guidelines from the American Association of Professional Piercers (APP).

According to APP, you can use a fragrance free mild liquid soap or a packaged additive-free sterile saline solution. When using soap, one that’s an anti-microbial or germicidal is best. For the saline solution, you can mix your own by dissolving ¼ tsp. non-iodized sea salt in 8 oz. of warm bottled or distilled water.

The saline rinse can be used as a soak for 5-10 minutes a day (just lean over, place the cup over the piercing, and while holding the cup in place, lay down). You can also soak a gauze pad in the solution and place that on your piercing. Rinse with plain distilled or bottled water after to clean off any salt residue.

If you choose to use soap, don’t clean it more than 1-2 times a day.  It’s best to use it in the shower rather than the bath tub, as bath water can retain bacteria.

After cleaning, dry the piercing with paper towels or napkins. Regular towels can snag on the piercing and can also spread bacteria.

A few things to avoid during the healing process: hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, harsh/abrasive soaps, ointments, and lotions. Also avoid over-cleaning a new piercing as it can irritate the hole and the surrounding skin which will delay the healing.

With summer here, it’s super important to avoid lakes, rivers, hot tubs, pools, etc. that are not hygienic. If you will be in the water, protect your piercing with a waterproof bandage.

We strongly suggest you have your piercing done by a professional piercer; he or she will also have advice to ensure the piercing heals nicely.

Most importantly, the belly ring your piercer uses during the procedure is designed for safety so be sure and keep it in for the amount of time he or she suggests.

Once it’s healed, it’s best to stick with lighter weight, non-dangle belly rings and gradually work up to wearing heavier dangling belly rings and top down belly rings.

Good luck!


One comment

  1. Jeffrey says:

    After getting a belly piercing, a person should have to do good care for its healing and to make it free from infection. Cleaning belly piercing is different from other piercings, you have shared some great tips in this post to clean belly piercing properly.