Alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are far too harsh and can destroy new healing tissue. Antibiotic ointments, especially on the genitals, septum, nostrils and near eyes or inner lips are not necessary unless treating infection and directed by a dorior. Perfumed, dyed or cream soaps, makeup, perfume and hair produrts rnay contain irritants. Plasters create an ideal thriving place for bacteria. Avoid holding a public telephone against a newly pierced ear. Finally, avoid excessive handling and overdeaning.