How to Take Care of a Lip Piercing

How to Take Care of a Lip Piercing

Edited by Box, Hockeyhamster, Garshepp, Blizzerand and 31 others

People who get their lip pierced always wonder how to take care of their new ornament without getting an infection. Here’s how.


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    Before you get your lip pierced, think about “Is it worth it?” and “Do I have time to clean it?”

    • NOTE BEFORE GETTING PIERCING: The best piercing for the lip is a inner-threaded stud. Rings can migrate and cause problems. Non-inner-threaded studs/rings can be uncomfortable and are usually not made of the same high-grade material.
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    The day you get it pierced it usually won’t bleed and if it does it’s a very tiny amount. (Remember it’s just a pinch)

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    You have your lip pierced! After you get it pierced you should go buy a bottle of Mouthwash that DOES NOT CONTAIN ALCOHOL (i.e: Biotene), Q-tips, and sea salt. Mix the sea salt and the warm water together to clean your piercing.. (If you don’t have any available)

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    The piercing should heal in 6 to 8 weeks. After that time period you don’t have to clean it that often. Your lip will get swollen but that’s normal.

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    Clean your lip after every meal and make sure you brush your teeth also. Grab a Q-Tip and soak one end in a warm water/sea salt mixture and gently rub around the piercing in your inner and outer lip. Then use a small amount of the nonalcoholic mouthwash normally. Your lip will get crusted blood on it just make sure you wash it all off.

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    Keep cleaning for 6-8 weeks and it will heal up quickly.


  • Be sure to clean your piercing so it won’t get infected.
  • Clean your hands and lip before touching it.
  • Don’t play with the ring too much. It may cause unnecessary swelling. It is advisable to rotate the ring at least twice a day.
  • Use mouthwash 2 times a day.
  • Be careful when taking it out.
  • If you decide you don’t want the piercing, just simply take it out and the hole will close on its own.
  • It is recommended that you do not pierce your lip by yourself. Have a professional do it.
  • If you do it at home or by yourself be sure to have someone who has the proper piercing tools and the experience.

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