Is It Okay to Wear a Face Mask When I Have Piercings? - Dr. Piercing Aftercare

Is It Okay to Wear a Face Mask When I Have Piercings?

Since 2020, our lives have changed forever. Before the Covid breakout, only health care professionals used face masks, but now, everyone – both young and old, is expected to wear them when going out in public places.

Part of the protocol is to wear a mask to protect yourself from getting infected by the deadly Covid virus. Unfortunately, we don’t know when this pandemic will end, leaving people who are die-hard fanatics of body piercings to wonder if it’s okay to wear a face mask with piercings.

Belly and nipple piercings are out of the question since they don’t come in contact with the mask. However, it’s a different story for earrings, lip rings, tongue rings, septum rings, and nose rings. Many people are concerned that wearing a face mask could result in complications, especially for ear piercings such as the conch, tragus, and helix piercings.


Can You Wear a Face Mask with Piercings?

Going back, is it okay to wear a face mask with piercings? Should you worry? The answer is a yes and a no. You can absolutely wear a face mask even if you have piercings, and no, you shouldn’t worry about it. But, there are some things you need to be aware of when wearing a face mask. Here’s what you need to do:

What Factors Must You Consider When Wearing a Face Mask?

#1 Choose a Mask with Bands That Are Appropriate For You

If you’ve been wearing masks since the inception of Covid, we’re sure you’ve noticed that not all masks fit the same. Unfortunately, the commonly used masks are those that have bands looping around your ears. This can potentially cause snags and result in irritation and delayed healing. If the bands worry you, we suggest you check for mask hooks.

You can buy these in stores. The hooks function by hooking both sides of your mask and keeping it secure to your face without having to loop around your ears. You can also modify your hairstyle, like getting a braid or a bun to have something to wrap your straps around.

#2 Make A Schedule

If you’re going to get a new piercing, it’s best if you plan ahead. For example, don’t get a piercing when you know you’ll be out and about during the healing process because that means you’ll have to wear your mask. Instead, find a date where you’ll be staying at home or getting a piercing during school break if you’re a student.

The healing period is crucial, and you cannot afford to get your new piercing infected and inflamed. Therefore, think carefully about your schedule because once the needle or piercing gun hits your skin, there’s no turning back.

It’s also wise to do your research before going into the studio. Piercing shops have their own rules and regulations, and if you ever plan to go interstate, each state also has its own rules. Regardless of their rules, we suggest you wear a face mask during your appointment and keep it on until the piercing is done.

Wearing your mask around others will show that you are responsible and respect their safety. Some states may restrict piercings covered by a face mask like oral, lips, and nose. So, make sure you do your research, especially if it’s a long travel. You don’t want to get disappointed when you discover that your request will be declined.

#3 Choose the Location Well

One last thing to think about is the location of your new piercing. While the virus is still out there, it’s best if you put your plans on hold and choose other sites that don’t have healing complications. We discourage you from getting conch piercings, forward helix piercings, and nostril piercings because these locations are near to your face mask and its bands.


To expedite the healing process of your new piercing, we suggest you carefully follow your piercer’s aftercare instructions. First, clean your new piercing twice a day with saline solution. The earlier it gets healed, the less scared you’ll be when you’re wearing a mask.


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