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Ever had an infected piercing? What trick worked to get rid of the infection?
Just the normal aftercare
Aspirin trick
Tea Tree oil
Emu oil
Nothing worked/took the piecing out
Poll Maker

By far the piercing that gets infected the most is the nostril piercing. Most likely because it's such a popular piercing, people touch it with dirty hands, and makeup gets into the piercing while healing. 

The first thing is to recognize the difference between an infection and a keloid.

  • Contrary to popular belief, a keloid is not and infection.  A keloid is a type of hypertrophic scaring and usually will go away by either changing the style of jewelry or by taking the jewelry out all together.  

  • An infection bump is usually a red bump directly next to the jewelry of a new piercing. Most often this red bump can have puss and other secretions discharging from it.  other signs of and infected piercing are discharges and a solid/hardened area around the piercing, and may or may not have the dreaded red bump.

Tips & Tricks


 Bactine (an antiseptic)

  • Bactine can be used 2 times a day for ONLY 3 to 4 days consecutively. Any more and it will do more damage than good. Its always best to apply after a warm salt water soak or a hot shower.

Aspirin Trick

  • A basic Bayer aspirin pill rubbed in warm water to make a paste applied to the red bump 2 times a day for ONLY 3 to 4 days can dramatically help in reducing an infected piercing. And again apply after a warm salt soak or hot shower.

Essential Oils

There are a number of essential oils that can be used on a problematic piercing to help heal it.  These are some of my favorites:

  • Tea Tree oil - can be used 2 times a day. Be sure to make sure that it is 100% Tea Tree oil with NO added products.  Tea Tree can be a bit harsh for some peoples skin types, so diluting half & half with water is ideal.

  • Emu Oil - one of my favorite oils to use. It has anti-bacterial properties and is just an all around excellent oil. i use it on cuts and scrapes too! it's also good for oral use as well so lip and tongue piercings are ok. We sell small bottles of Emu Oil at Jay's Fineline Tattoo for $5.

  • Other oils that are ok to use as well include - grapeseed oil, coconut oil, Jojoba oil to name a few. Always make sure they are 100% oil, no additives.