How Can I Make My Nipple Piercing Heal Faster?

Salt Water Soaks for Faster Healing

Salt water soaks are going to be the best way to heal newly pierced nipples. Go to your local grocery store to pick up a gallon of water, and a bottle of non-iodized sea salt. Make sure not to substitute the distilled water for tap water or any other type of water.

How Often Should You Clean Nipple Piercings?

New piercings should be washed at least twice daily with a saline solution. Soaking the area in a lukewarm sea salt solution (approximately ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt in eight ounces of distilled water) helps to prevent infection and promotes healing.

Do Nipple Piercings Get Infected Easily?

Nipples are sensitive tissue and connected to milk ducts. A nipple pierce is more likely to get infected than some other types of piercings. Infections can happen well after you get your nipple or areola, the darker ring around the nipple, pierced.

How Long Does a Nipple Piercing Take to Heal?

Nipple piercings typically take about 6 months to fully heal.

Can Nipple Piercings be Re-pierced in the Same Hole?

Some piercing establishments are of the opinion that you cannot get re-pierced in the same location. This is not true. Scar tissue (fibrosis) which has formed as a result of your piercing being removed, is quite dense. Also, it is often just the entry and exit points which have healed over.

Breastfeeding with Nipple Bars

There is little evidence surrounding the safety of nipple piercings and breastfeeding. Breastfeeding with nipple piercings in place can potentially cause choking and/or damage to the infant’s mouth. While breastfeeding with previously pierced holes may be problematic if there is scarring or nerve damage.

Nipple Piercing and Breastfeeding

You should be okay to breastfeed because nipple piercings typically don’t damage milk production. After giving birth, these glands produce milk whether or not you have a piercing. But while having a nipple piercing doesn’t stop the production of milk, having a piercing could slightly interfere with your milk flow.

Why Do Nipple Piercings Stink?

Sebum is secreted by the sebaceous glands in the skin. It’s an oily secretion meant to lubricate the skin and make it waterproof. Mix sebum with some dead skin cells and a little bit of bacteria, and you get some really potent smelling piercings! The discharge is semi-solid and smells like stinky cheese.

Wearing a Bra After Nipple Piercing

Wearing a bra will actually feel better to you, and you might even want to sleep with it on. The little ring isn’t going to make that much of a difference in cup size, and a snug bra will feel better during the healing process. A little bit of leakage during the healing process is normal.

Tea Tree Oil for Nipple Piercings

Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties that make it a triple threat in piercing aftercare. Not only can it be used to care for certain piercings during their initial healing process, it can also be used long-term to minimize irritation and prevent infection.

Is Nipple Piercing Worth It?

Nipple piercings, at the end of the day, are kind of as close as you can get to the perfect body mod: they look rad, they don’t require too much aftercare and healing time, they’re easy to cover up when needed, and once you’re over them, all you have to do is take them out. Bottom line: It’s all worth it.

Numbing the Nipple Before Piercing

Numb anesthetic cream can be safely applied to your nipples 20-45 minutes before you get pierced, so that your nipples are as numb as possible when you’re being pierced. Re-apply a new layer every 15 minutes or so leading up to getting pierced to get the most out of the topical anesthetic you choose.

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