While ear piercings are the most common, they may feel funny when you first get them. Expect a little bit of stinging when the piercing is still fresh—you did just tear into your flesh after all—but for the most part, your new bling shouldn’t bother you. Bleeding, bruising and redness are also common symptoms to expect when you have a fresh piercing. As it heals, you might also notice some itching or crust (a.k.a scabs), which are also normal.
Though it’s widely believed that rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and Neosporin are good for cleaning earlobe piercings, these three products may actually do more harm than good. According to Christina Sciblo, a former piercer at Piercing Pagoda who runs the YouTube channel The Piercing Outlet, alcohol and peroxide are a no no because they may cause your ear to dry out, become raw or scab up. Neosporin is specifically made to close wounds, which is the opposite of what you want to happen to your piercing. Instead, use an antibacterial soap such as Provon’s Antimicrobial Lotion Soap or H2Ocean, a saltwater piercing aftercare solution, to clean the area. (Make sure you choose one cleaning method and not both.)
To clean an ear piercing, first, make sure you wash your hands as mentioned before. Next, you want to gently push your earring forward to create room between your earlobe and the bar, so you get directly to the hole. Do the same for the back. If you’re cleaning with antimicrobial soap, you can either use a Q-tip to cleanse the area daily or create a mixture and put it in a spray bottle. Do this twice a day. Additionally, you also want to make sure that you’re gently rotating your earring daily, so it doesn’t get stuck.