Best Practices for Cleaning Your Septum Piercing at Home

by Nick Hall

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It seems like just yesterday that I was sporting a septum piercing, but it’s been about 10 years since I last had one. Needless to say, I have a lot of experience when it comes to cleaning septum piercings. In this post, we’ll take a look at how to clean a septum piercing, including things to avoid and things to use. Let’s dive in!

Understand the basics of septum piercings and aftercare

Septum piercings have become a popular form of body modification in recent years. A septum piercing is the piercing of the thin tissue located between the nostrils, known as the septum. This piercing is relatively low risk and the healing process is relatively simple if proper aftercare is taken. Aftercare is essential when it comes to septum piercings and should not be overlooked (like using an after spray); it is important to understand the basics of proper aftercare to ensure a successful piercing and healing process. Before getting a septum piercing, it is important to research the different types of jewelry and the various placement options. After the piercing is done, there are several key steps that should be taken to ensure a successful healing process. It is important to keep the piercing area clean and to avoid touching the piercing with unclean hands. Additionally, it is important to use a saline solution to clean the piercing several times a day and to apply a gentle, non-scented moisturizer around the piercing. Finally, it is important to avoid exposing the piercing to harsh soaps, lotions, and other products, as this can cause irritation and delay the healing process. By understanding the basics of septum piercings and proper aftercare, you can ensure a successful and enjoyable experience.

Gather the necessary items that will be needed for cleaning the piercing site

When it comes to body piercings, septum piercing is one of the most popular. To ensure the safe and successful healing of a septum piercing, it is important to prepare properly for cleaning the piercing site. The first step is to gather the necessary items that will be needed for cleaning the piercing. This includes saline solution, which can be purchased at a pharmacy and is used to keep the piercing site clean and free of bacteria. It is also important to have a pair of clean tweezers, as they will be used to remove any build-up of crusting that may occur around the piercing in the healing process. Additionally, having a cotton swab or cotton balls on hand will be helpful for dabbing the area clean. Finally, having some small gauze pads can be beneficial for providing a dry and sterile place for the piercing to rest when cleaning it. With all of these items gathered, the septum piercing can be cleaned safely and effectively.

Cleaning the Piercing Site

Cleaning the septum piercing site is an important step in maintaining a healthy piercing experience. It is vital to ensure the area is free of infection and irritation. To begin, it’s essential to wash your hands thoroughly. This will ensure that any bacteria and dirt that may have been on your hands are removed, preventing them from entering the piercing site. After washing your hands, you should remove the septum jewelry and carefully set it aside. Next, you can use a saline solution to swab the area. This will remove any dirt particles and bacteria that may be present. Finally, you can use a cotton swab to gently swab the area, ensuring it is fully clean. Following these steps will help you keep your septum piercing healthy and irritation-free.

Antibacterial Soap and Hot Compresses

If you recently got a septum piercing, then it is important to take proper care of it during the healing process. One way to do this is to use antibacterial soap when cleaning the piercing. This can help to keep the area free of infection and promote healing. Additionally, applying a hot compress to the area can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing. The heat can also temporarily reduce any pain or discomfort you may experience. Before applying a hot compress, make sure to clean the area with antibacterial soap. This will ensure that any bacteria or dirt on the skin will be removed before the heat is applied. After washing the area, allow it to air dry or gently dab it with a clean cloth before applying the heat compress. Make sure to leave the hot compress on for no more than fifteen minutes at a time and never use a compress that is too hot. By taking these steps, you can help to ensure that your septum piercing heals properly.

Applying a Healing Balm or Ointment

Using a healing balm or ointment is an important part of the septum piercing healing process, as it helps to keep the wound clean and promotes healthy healing. Applying it regularly can help reduce swelling and even aid in the prevention of infection. When applying a healing balm or ointment, it is important to use a clean applicator, such as a cotton swab, to ensure the area remains sanitary. Additionally, it is important to make sure the ointment is applied in a thin layer, as this will help reduce the risk of irritation and keep the skin from becoming overly dry. Furthermore, it is important to note that the healing balm or ointment should be applied immediately after cleaning, as this will help lock in moisture and aid in healing. Finally, it is important to continue applying the balm or ointment throughout the healing process to promote faster healing and prevent infection. By using a healing balm or ointment and following the instructions outlined above, you can help ensure the septum piercing heals properly.

Avoiding Irritants and Cleaning the Piercing Regularly

When it comes to septum piercings, it’s important to avoid any irritants that may cause discomfort. This includes most soaps and lotions, as these can be harsh and can cause the wound to become inflamed. To keep the piercing clean and healthy, it’s important to clean the area regularly. This can be done by using a saline solution or a gentle, non-irritating cleanser. Soak a cotton swab in the solution and gently rub the area. Then, rinse the piercing thoroughly with clean water. It’s important to be gentle while cleaning, as too much pressure, could cause the jewelry to become loose or dislodged. After cleaning, make sure to dry the area and the jewelry thoroughly.

Changing Septum

A septum piercing involves the insertion of a needle through the septum, which is located in the center of the nose. This type of piercing is often referred to as a “bull nose ring” because it looks similar to the rings that are placed on livestock such as bulls. The procedure is relatively simple and can typically be done in just a few minutes. The piercing can be decorated with different types of jewelry, including rings, hoops, and studs.

The septum piercing is quite versatile, as it can be done in a variety of ways. It can be done with a traditional needle, with a piercing gun, or even with a piercing jewelry set. Depending on the piercing, the needle size, and the jewelry style chosen, septum piercing can be done in different depths and locations, from the nostrils to the bridge of the nose.

It is important to note that a septum piercing can be painful and can result in swelling and bleeding. It is also important to practice proper aftercare, such as cleaning the piercing with a saline solution and avoiding contact sports, swimming, and other activities that may cause additional trauma to the piercing. Additionally, it is important to consult a piercing professional when considering a septum piercing, as they can provide advice on the best way to approach the procedure.


By following the steps outlined in this article, you can properly clean your septum piercing and help keep it healthy and free of infection. Remember to always use the proper cleaning solutions, clean your piercing regularly, and avoid playing with it or changing it too often. Cleaning your septum piercing correctly can help it heal quickly and keep it looking great.