A Bumpy Ride

I know a lot of people are tormented by a nasty little “bump” that spoils the fun of getting a body piercing. This little party pooper is caused by dirt or make-up entering the pierced area. It is not a pimple! So don’t even think about popping it! You could end up worse off.

About this time last year I finally got my nose pierced. I was super excited about it and my piercer had warned be about the possibility of the dreaded “bump” visiting me, so he gave me a bottle of piercing antiseptic lotion to keep the area clean. He told me to put it on night and day for two weeks after my nose was pierced. I was very diligent about this as I was terrified of the so called, “bump” making an appearance. A month passed and everything was cool. I was enjoying life with my nose stud until one morning I noticed it. It was just tiny at first but I took fast action and started using the antiseptic lotion again. This time it didn’t help at all. The bump just got bigger. I researched online for answers of how I could expel this thing. There are many forums dedicated to the subject of the “bump” and Tea Tree oil appeared a bunch of times as a natural solution to the problem. I purchased a bottle from my local supermarket and put a drop on my “bump” every morning and night after washing my face. It dried the “bump” up within two weeks but made the area very red and almost raw. After my skin would heal and the redness subside, the “bump” would rear its ugly head again! Then I’d attack it with Tea Tree oil and it would dry up, my skin would burn red but at least the bump would be gone (for a while anyway). I soon learnt that Tea Tree oil was not the magic potion for me. It was just too harsh for my skin. It may work for others, though I’d recommended testing it out first. I was reluctant to try the Sea Salt Soak I had heard so much about on forums. It just sounded too time consuming. But I felt I was running out of options so I bought a packet of coarse de-iodized Sea Salt and started to do the soaks every night without applying anything extra to the pierced area. It’s an annoying process I must admit but worth it in the end because I can say I am “bump” free! Finally after a year my nose has healed completely! I can enjoy my nose stud again!

I’d like to share with you the healing method I used to get rid of the ‘bump’!

Sea Salt Soak: Using a heat proof vessel, pour 8 ounces of hot boiled water mixed with 1 tablespoon of de-iodized sea salt. Make sure the water isn’t scolding hot! You don’t want to burn yourself! Soak a cotton ball in the salt water mixture and hold it firmly against your “bump”. This is called a heat compress. The heat draws out the gunk from the area and the sea salt kills bacteria. Once the cotton ball loses it’s heat, re-soak it in the salt water mixture and compress the “bump”. Repeat this for about 10-15 minutes (seriously).

It’s a good habit to clean the piercing with a cotton bud each morning and night.

Baking Soda Exfoliation: Okay it sounds strange but baking soda is a really great natural exfoliator for your skin. Especially for your face as it’s just the right PH for your skin and the coarseness of the powder is delicate and gentle. To exfoliate, make a paste of 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 drop of water in the palm of your hand. Rub the paste on the piercing area and rinse of with warm water. It will make your piercing  jewelry shiny and sparkling and fade any discoloration from scarring or residue from the metal of your jewelry.

These methods worked wonders for me and I’m not guaranteeing they will work for everyone but I sure hope I can help some of you to get rid of your unwelcome visitor.

Stephy x


5 thoughts on “A Bumpy Ride

  1. Woooah Steph, I’ve just been perusing your lovely little space on the internet, thinking ‘man we are similar… I too got married last year… I love that style of home too… etc’ but this post is just the cherry on top. I too finally got my nose pierced, and I too got the dreaded bump! Only difference is that mine was fixed with a daily drop of tea tree oil. ;p Take care!

    • Hey Lucy! Thanks for dropping by and those are surely some great similarities to have, apart from the bump! I hope you and your piercing are getting along swimmingly. My piercing and I parted ways a month ago…no hard feelings though! Oooh and marriage is pretty awesome isn’t it!? When’s your anniversary? Ours is coming up next month! Can’t believe how fast our first year has gone!! I’ll be checking in on what’s up on your blog again soon! 🙂

  2. Let me start this off by saying in no way am I attempting to make you feel bad or shame you. I get this was intended to help others. My intention is to help others as well, which is why I’m taking the time to reply here now. I also realize that this was from years ago and maybe your opinions/methods have changed. It’s also good that you said it might not work for everyone which is true with almost any method.

    So I saw your graphic because it was linked to this page from a Buzzfeed article that two of my piercing clients posted on my FB timeline today. I pierce professionally- which is where I get my experience from along with personal experiences as well.

    Tea tree oil is very harsh, so I agree that it’s not a good idea. I believe it should never be used for piercings- that rawness is very common when people use it this way.

    Sea salt soaks are fine and can help draw out fluid, altho I don’t actually tell my clients to use them for bumps since most people end up mixing it wrong. It’s actually 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to 8 ounces of boiled water. If you make it too strong you’ll dry the piercing out too much and you’ll have that same rawness issue as you did with the tea tree oil.

    Baking soda is a terrible method. Maybe it worked for you or maybe there’s another reason why your bump went away. A good rule of thumb is if it’s harsh or chemical- don’t use it on a healing/problematic piercing! You don’t need to exfoliate the bump- it’ll just irritate it and make it raw again.

    >>>EMU OIL<<< is a great way to get rid of bumps as its moisurizing, gets into the tissue well and allows the excess skin/scar tissue to become more flexible and soft again – like regular unaffected skin.

    The major thing that causes these bumps aka scar tissue is constant movement and/or pressure on the piercing. Also if you got pierced with ill-fitting jewelry such as a ring aka CBR thats a pretty good way to get a bump.

    I've rambled enough. It's an easy subject for me to ramble on since so many people have this issue and so many people get misinformation from the internet. I guess this is my way of trying to help stop it.


  3. My industrial piercing has gotten infected, and I read many other things that I should use sea salt soak and baking soda, so I’m gonna try this on my piercing and hopefully it gets rid of the swelling bump I have on my ear! Wish me luck I’ll update after a week of using it.

    • I have an industrial ear piercing. To do the soak, should I remove my jewelry? I knw the exfoliating part said it will clean your jewelry but has any one else had to remove their jewelry to do the compress?

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