Your new lip ring serves as an edgy fashion statement, but if the piercing isn't cleaned regularly, it can quickly turn into a nightmare. When you get a lip piercing, your skin is exposed to infection-causing bacteria until it heals. In general, it takes a minimum of two to three months for a lip piercing to fully heal. Until then, you'll need to clean your ring and pierced skin with gentle, yet effective sanitizing solutions.

Step 1

Wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap before handling your lip piercing.

Step 2

Dampen a washcloth with warm water, then gently hold it on the lip piercing for two or three minutes. This softens the discharge crust that has built up around the pierced area.

Step 3

Remove the softened crust from the pierced area using a cotton swab. If the crust does not come off easily, dip the cotton swab in saline solution and try again. If you have scabs, do not pull them off or try to remove them. The scabs will fall off when your skin has healed.

Step 4

Lather your hands with antibacterial soap and warm water. Gently clean the lip ring and the area around the piercing. Rinse well with lukewarm water. Repeat this cleaning process twice daily until the skin heals.

Step 5

Dissolve 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt in 1 cup of warm distilled water.

Step 6

Dampen a washcloth with the salt water solution, then gently press it on the pierced area.

Step 7

Allow the ring and pierced area to soak for five to 10 minutes, then pat the area dry with a paper towel. Clean the piercing with salt water once per day until the skin has healed.