How To Take Care Of Septum Piercing (With Cleaning Septum Piercing Tips)

Septum piercings are trendy these days, with both men and women wearing the jewels to amp their look.

You see, septum piercing is the piercing you do to the nasal septum. The nasal septum is between the left and right nostrils.

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When piercing: the professional piercer aims at piercing the sweet spot that’s at the front of your nose and after the thick cartilage.

The whole process can be painful, and since your nose is often moist, it may take longer to heal. But with the proper care, then you are sure to have it heal soon. This article will show you how to take care of it, thus making it heal sooner.

Let’s talk about healing.

Of course, when you are going to pierce your nose, the very first thing to ask is, how long will it take to heal the nose though? No rule will say the exact time it will take because sometimes it depends on your body.

Generally, though, it takes about two to three months to heal the septum. That also depends on the care you give it.


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Nonetheless, days after the piercing, it shouldn’t hurt as much when you move the ring or jewel. It would help if you didn’t play with it; instead, give it time to heal itself.

When you just pierced it, you can expect it to swell just a little, but the swelling will go away in days.

You will like the fact that you don’t have to rotate it like other piercings unless you want to flip the jewel inside.

When you still have a new piercing, you should always make sure you use clean hands when touching it to avoid infections.

Remember the following before you get the piercing.

The piercer is going to pierce the sweet spot that’s below the cartilage but under your nose. It features softer skin, not like the cartilage part, which is why it’s never as painful. But if you feel excess pain, then your piercer accidentally pierced your cartilage.

Depending on your body and skin, it will take about 4-6 weeks to heal your piercing. Take at least a month before you can pierce when need be. So give it more time to heal best before you can change jewels.

  • The piercer will fast-check a few points to confirm that you are the right candidate for the process. It’s not every day that they turn you away, but sometimes they do.
  • Before you get the piercing, you must choose the jewel you intend to use for the process.
  • The piercer will have to sterilize your nose before the process to remember.
  • The process doesn’t take long to finish.

Aftercare of septum piercing.

This is the essential part of the piercing because it determines how long the septum will heal. There are various methods you can use for it. Your piercer will advise you on how to take care of it.


How you clean your septum determines how long it takes to heal. It features cleaning the area where you have pierced and then avoiding contaminating it with dirt.

  • It is essential to follow the standard procedures for cleaning a new septum piercing. This would help avoid complications such as infections and help recover quickly.
  • I find it easy to mist the area of the piercing at least three times a day with some saline solution. And at the very beginning, you can also do the sea salt solution soak once or twice a day for quick recovery.

Develop a regimen or routine and know the products to use

  • The easiest way to go about it is to use a skincare routine to maintain a set consistency. This also makes sure you heal faster. Then know the product to use. If possible, only use mild soaps, moisturizers, and perfumes.

Stay healthy

Whether you’re sick or well, you should take care of yourself to enhance your body’s ability to heal itself.

  • Remember to sleep enough, eat nutritious foods, drink lots of water to stay hydrated, and observe good hygiene like bathing, wearing clean clothes, and using clean beddings. All this ensures that you avoid contamination.

Keep your hands off

If you had your piercings over ten years ago, you must have used the ‘twist the ring method’ to help it heal faster.

We did it then, and for some of us, it worked, but you don’t have to. The problem is that it goes on to tear your body tissues. It causes the healing time to increase.

I know you get the piercing knowing that you can hide the jewel by flipping it in your nose. You should avoid flipping it when it’s still new because it will damage the tissues.

If you want to hide it, then you can leave it flipped throughout to make sure you don’t contaminate it by touching it.

How to clean a septum piercing

It looks like a lot of work to clean the piercing, but it’s not. You can literary do it at home with the things you already have there.

Using the saline solution

This is one of the best, easiest and necessary methods for septum piercing aftercare. Clean the piercing with a saline solution 2 to 3 times a day. Albeit, you shouldn’t overdo it since it can lead to irritation of the piercing, making it too dry.

Most piercers sell a saline cleaning solution, but you can make it at home. All you need is sea salt and warm distilled water; you mix ¼ teaspoon of sea salt per 250ml of warm distilled water.

Avoid using tap water, also, in the absence of sea salt, one can use table salt, but the latter is more advised.

Soak your nose

After making the mixture of sea salt and water, you can pour the mixture into a glass or a teacup or anything that allows you to freely and comfortably dip your nose. Soak your nose in the container for seven to ten minutes.

This procedure might seem complicated and weird at first, but you will get used to it.

Remember to rinse your nose after soaking.

After about ten minutes, you can rinse it with clean water. Always use clean and cold water for the same.

Wipe it with a clean disposable paper towel. Avoid using cotton balls as they might leave little fiber particles on the surface of the piercing.

Also, while cleaning, it is essential to do it gently and avoid using too much pressure.


The jewelry might gather some crust, and if not appropriately cleaned, this crust can become solid, and when the jewelry moves, it can tear the wound further, making it inflamed.

To avoid this, gently clean all the crust accumulated on the jewelry with saline solution and a clean cloth.

Things to avoid

  • Don’t touch your piercing with dirty hands, as this can lead to infections.
  • It is important to avoid playing and twisting the piercing because it can slow down the healing process and bring more complications.
  • Minimize the use of soap, moisturizers, and perfumes around the piercing surfaces because this can irritate the area.
  • During the first two weeks, most piercings will bleed for some people. As a result, avoid anything that contributes to the thinning of the blood. If you can, keep off alcohol, caffeine, and aspirin.
  • Between the first 6 to 8 weeks, the fistula is still undergoing healing, thus changing the jewelry. Frequent changes in jewelry during this time can slow down the healing process. If it is vital to change the jewel, though, contact your piercer for guidance.
  • Also, reduce the intake of nicotine. Nicotine can reduce and slow down the healing process.
  • Never apply soap directly to the pierced part. You see, the soaps have different ingredients, which only means that they could affect your piercing. It’s further often drying, and that can cause damage to your tissues. Only use the saline solution to clean.
  • Don’t use creams, oil, and ointments just yet. However, if you notice that the pierced part is drying, you can use the tea tree oil instead. The tea tree oil is a natural moisturizer.
  • Don’t traumatize your nose piercing. Of course, at some point, you may have to blow your nose. When you have a new piercing, though, you will need to be very gentle in the process. If you rough it up, then the septum piercing will never heal.

Problems that may arise

Some complications may arise after the piercing procedure. These complications are rampant when you don’t follow the aftercare tips.

Sometimes though, it will happen when you come in contact with microorganisms. So check, and if you notice the following, you can seek medical advice.

Severe Swelling

After the piercing procedure, the jewelry may begin to cut into the skin, or there could be a prolonged pressure-the fistula. If this happens, take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like acetaminophen.

Don’t take ibuprofen, which can cause additional bruising, or aspirin, which leads to thinning of the blood.

If it’s mild, you can use a clean cloth soaked in warm water on the nose to reduce the swelling. Other than that, go to the doctor if it’s worse.

Infected Septum Piercing

Sometimes, those with new piercings develop infections even when they have followed all the aftercare procedures.

They discharge yellowish or greenish substances and develop a foul smell and chronic itching. This means the area is infected.


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The easiest method is to use the saline cleaning solution for the same. They can also clean with an antiseptic.

If these infections persist, it is essential to see a physician who can recommend antibiotics.

Piercing Scars

They are two kinds of scars that usually arise with a septum piercing; they include hypertrophic scars and atrophic scars. Hypertrophic scars might not manifest themselves at the initial stage of getting the piercing; it comes later on.

Both scars are unnoticeable as they are in the nose. The third type of scar is known as a keloid scar. This happens to a few, and it is sometimes hereditary. If this is the case, you should contact your dermatologist to assist in handling the situation.

The piercer isn’t competent.

If you have ever gone to an incompetent piercer, you know you don’t want a repeat of the pain and bad service. They will pierce the wrong part or even pierce you while you don’t meet the standards.

You aim to get a septum piercing for beauty and not to damage your septum, remember.

What causes the healing to take longer?

I know sometimes the healing will delay naturally. However, sometimes it happens for the following reasons.

Picking your nose crust

Gross as it may sound, you will sometimes want to do it, which means you touch your jewel and piercing. Don’t do it if you want it to heal fast.

Even though you want to remove the crusts forming around the piercing, you shouldn’t. Use the saline solution to loosen the crust and then clean it off gently.

No, it would help if you didn’t submerge the piercing in water.

We aren’t talking about the saline solution. I’m talking about the regular clean water instead of that in your bathtub and the like.

When you have a piercing, it’s not the time to swim or go into the hot tub. I know you can do them, but we avoid them because of the bacteria. You aim to prevent contaminating your piercing.

Agitating your nose

Sometimes you may find yourself just playing with your nose and thus agitating it. Avoid touching your nose all the time; keep off as we had mentioned earlier.

Don’t let it catch on something.

Of course, I know you won’t set out to do this. Sometimes it just happens more than once. Imagine when you catch the jewel on the shirt as you are wearing it, which will then irritate you. As it’s hurting, then you will have caused a tearing on the piercing.

What’s your cleaning regimen

This is the easiest way to reduce the time it will take to heal the place. Remember to at least clean it once or twice a day. When you clean it once or twice is enough, but don’t overdo it like everything else.

Your body’s response to healing

Of course, it’s not everyone that will heal at the same time. This depends on the immune system of the body. Some people will heal faster than others. If you are straining with other illnesses, then i8t will take a little longer to heal.

When you react to jewelry

I’m one of those who react to jewels, so if you used a jewel that says has nickel, then you will irritate, thus contamination.

Of course, when you contaminate your skin, then you cause damage and slow healing. Make sure you use the pure metal jewel if you are super sensitive.

When you use harsh chemicals

I know you aim to prevent infections, but that doesn’t mean allowing harsh chemicals to attack you. Don’t use strong disinfectants like hydrogen peroxide; instead, be very gentle with the process. Give the piercing enough time as you maintain the gentleness of the procedure.

Can I change the jewel when I have a new piercing?

We have talked about this in the previous chapters. The longer you will wait to change the jewel, the better. Some people like to change their treasures, so you can wait for at least six weeks before you do it if this is you.

Also, if you are going to change it at six weeks or less, you should let the piercer do it for you.

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Use a new septum jewel to push the old one out as you push the new one using the threading method. Remember, though, to lubricate your piercing, thus making sure you have a clean space.

If you can’t get your new jewel in, you have no choice but to see your piercer. They know how to do it without hurting you. Remember, though, you can’t change the jewels every day as you do with the healed piercings.

Does it hurt?

You will be piercing your skin; it must hurt just a little sometimes, just for a few seconds. Remember, though; it should be mild pain.

If you experience excruciating pain, then something didn’t go right in the process.

For example, if you went to a piercer who’s not so familiar with the process, they may pierce your cartilage. That’s more painful than targeting the sweet spot.

The typical pain should go in a few seconds, and if it goes on for so long, something went wrong. Remember, you expect different levels of pain again. Someone may say they don’t even feel a thing, and that’s okay too.

Is it worth it?

Septum piercing aftercare is critical because it helps the piercing heal on time; it prevents infections and contaminations and ensures the piercing’s long life.

If you wish to get a septum piercing, you have the right methods to make sure it heals first. To answer you well, it all depends on whether you like it or not. It’s a great style of piercing and accessorizing, and the good thing is that the aftercare is easy.

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