Marks and Punctures have a large selection of tattoo designs and piercings available, we are happy to work with your requirements and designs, giving the best possible advice along the way. Our shop in Aylesbury has a comfortable waiting area and sterilised rooms for piercing and tattooing. Find out more in the about us section.

Nose Piercing Aftercare

The number one reason for infection is touching and playing with the piercing. Only touch the piercing when cleaning it with clean hands!

DO clean the piercing every day – after a shower is best. Soak a cotton wool ball or tissue in saline solution (available at any chemist) or 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt dissolved in half a glass of warm water. Place the wet cotton wool ball or tissue on the piercing and soak for 3 – 4 minutes, or until any crusting is removed. Be careful not to pull the stud out!

DO remove any crusting from the inside of the stud / ring by cleaning it with a cotton bud soaked in salt water. Be gentle - don’t rub it roughly as you may cause the stud to come out. Any crusting must be removed from a ring / stud before you turn it or you can damage and inflame the piercing.

DO dry the piercing afterwards carefully by ‘patting’ – not rubbing – the piercing dry with a clean tissue, paper towel or piece of toilet paper. Don’t rub your face dry with a towel as they harbour bacteria and can pull the stud out.

You can use lavender oil on the piercing as it promotes healing and lubricates the wound, thus reducing tenderness. Apply a small amount with a cotton bud after cleaning then move the jewellery gently so it gets into the wound. Remove any excess with a tissue, as leaving it on can irritate the skin. Lavender oil can be purchased at supermarkets (in the medicine section) or at a chemist, and must be marked BP or medicinal grade.

DO cover the stud at night to stop it falling out – surgical tape / micropore works well.

You can take B vitamins with a zinc supplement, as these promote healing.

DON’T pick at or pull at the scab as this can cause lumps to form or infections to develop.

DON’T remove the jewellery in the piercing until it’s healed: pulling it in and out can delay healing and cause infections and lumps.

DON’T replace the jewellery with a sleeper during the healing phase as they have tiny hinges, which tear the inside of the wound and cause inflammation and lumps. Silver sleepers are especially dangerous as they oxidise in the wound, which can causes ‘argyria’ – a permanent black mark in your nose. They can also cause to allergic reactions.

DON’T remove the jewellery from the piercing for more than one day for the first 6 months or the hole will close up.

DON’T get make-up, cleansers, suntan lotions etc. directly on the piercing. When using hairspray cover the piercing with your hand.

DON’T use alcohol, tea tree oil, methylated spirits or betadine to clean the piercing as they are all harmful to the delicate tissues forming the scar and can cause lumps to form.

If you would like to use an extra antiseptic solution, we stock a specially formulated aftercare solution, containing benzalkonium chloride, which is priced at £2.95. It also helps heal problematic piercings.

Call us on: 01296 399969