Entertainment Fashion & Style Piercing Healing, To Rotate or Not. Share PINTEREST Email Print Fashion & Style Tattoos and Body Piercings Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Karen L. Hudson Contributing Writer Karen L. Hudson is a tattoo artist and contributing writer for Byrdie. our editorial process Karen L. Hudson Updated March 01, 2016 Question: Piercing Healing, To Rotate or Not. While a piercing is healing, should Jewelry be Rotated During Cleaning? Answer: The reason some piercers advise rotating the jewerly is to keep it from adhering to the skin during the healing process, and to ensure that the entire piece of jewerly and the pierce (hole) itself are thoroughly cleaned. The reason for advising against this practice is because too many people rotate unclean jewelry and push the crusties, dirt and germs right back into the piercing. The latter can be avoided simply by ensuring that the jewelry is completely cleaned (per your aftercare instructions) before spinning or rotating the jewelry. However, in my own experience, I do find that it seems most effective to just wash the piercing thoroughly and not worry about rotating the jewerly unless you notice it trying to stick.