Professional Way to Clean an Eyebrow Piercing

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That new eyebrow ring won’t look so cool if the skin around it is red and infected. Proper cleaning is critical for newly pierced brows -- or any body part, for that matter -- and there’s a right and a wrong way to do it. Piercing professionals give specific instructions for cleaning your piercing so the only thing others notice is your righteous face jewelry.

Step 1

Wash your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap and water to ensure that no bacteria could transfer to your piercing.

Step 2

Fill a glass with 1 cup of warm water and add 1 to 2 teaspoons of sea salt or table salt. Stir the water using a spoon until all of the salt granules dissolve.

Step 3

Insert a cotton ball into the salt water and hold it under until it is saturated.

Step 4

Hold the cotton ball over your eyebrow piercing for five minutes to allow the salt water to soften any dried blood or crusty material. If needed, lay a hand towel over the cotton ball to prevent it from dripping down into your eye.

Step 5

Remove the cotton ball and wipe the skin around your piercing to remove the crusted portion. If you have a barbell-type piercing, brush it gently with a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush to remove the crust.

Step 6

Rinse the piercing with cool water by splashing it over your face with your clean hands.

Step 7

Grasp the piercing and twist it or wiggle it slightly to loosen it from the skin.

Step 8

Dry the piercing by gently blotting it with a tissue. Do not rub the skin, as this can cause tearing or bleeding.