Are you thinking of treating yourself to a brand-new ear piercing? Not sure what happens after? Or maybe you've recently been inspired and gotten the deed done but have forgotten what the care instructions were? We've got you covered when it comes to getting and caring for your brand spanking new piercing!
Find A Good Piercer In Your Area
If you're considering getting a new piercing done, it's important to consider who your piercer will be. You hear horror stories from friends and family or on tv of people going to non-reputable piercers and ending up with horrific scars and infections. This is something you really want to avoid!
To avoid this, do your research first and check out piercers in your area who are reputable and have happy customers. The difference between a good and bad piercer will make a huge impact on the outcome of your new piercings so make sure you find someone you trust!
Know Your Piercing Healing Time
Piercings have been around for hundreds of years and by now we have tried and tested almost all the available methods of care and healing in the book.
Your healing time will vary depending on the type of piercing you have chosen to get. To ensure you care for your piercing properly, make sure you understand the duration of time it takes for your chosen piercing to heal. When choosing your earring type, make sure to take into consideration that straight post earrings will heal quicker than hoop earrings as post earrings are exposed to less movement.
Lobe Piercings: 6 - 10 weeks
Ear lobe piercings are the fastest type of ear piercings to heal. With the ear lobe sitting at the bottom of the ear, blood flows more regularly making it easier for the skin to heal itself.
Cartilage Piercings: 3 - 12 months
Depending on where your cartilage piercing is the healing time will vary quite drastically. The higher up the ear the piercing is the less blood flow that area may receive making the heal time a lot longer than lobe piercings. Tragus, rook, and conch piercings will typically take the longest to heal.
After The Piercing
You've finally taken the plunge and gotten yourself some brand spanking new piercings, and now it's time for it to heal.
It is important to care for your piercing properly to allow for it to heal and to avoid infections and scarring. Remember, that caring for your piercing is a daily task and should not be avoided to prevent the possibility of inflammation.
For new piercings, it is normal and common to experience minor bleeding and discomfort. However, if you believe the bleeding or swelling becomes excessive always seek professional advice from your piercer or a medical professional. If you have been pierced with hoop earrings and your earrings are showing no signs of healing after 6 weeks you should go back to your piercer to get the hoops switched out for straight post earrings.
Clean Your Piercing Daily
Use a Q-tip to clean the skin surrounding the piercing with a saline solution. Avoid using alcohol as it may dry out the skin around the piercing causing greater discomfort and potential inflammation. Saline solution is the recommended cleaning solution as it is relatively sensitive skin friendly and will not irritate the healing skin.
There Is No Need To Twist Your Earring
Contrary to popular belief, you should not twist your new piercings as it will not help assist with the healing process. In fact, the more you move and touch the piercing the longer the healing time will take. This also means you should avoid sleeping on your piercing to avoid movement. However, if you must twist you piercing only do so if you have clean hands and when the piercing is wet.
Do Not Change Your Piercing Jewellery Until It Has Fully Healed
It is not recommended to change your own piercing jewellery until it is fully healed. This is because you risk infecting your ear with the bacteria on your hands, and you may not even be able to get the earring back into the piercing hole as it may have already started to close.
If you are having issues with your piercing or really want to change the earrings, make sure you go to a professional piercer to do so. If you do decide to change your piercing jewellery, you must replace it with an earring that is made with piercing appropriate materials. Piercing jewellery is typically made with pure materials that are very sturdy and hypoallergenic like solid gold or stainless steel.
Remember To Keep Up With Your Aftercare
It can be easy to forget about or want to change your fresh piercing but if you do not allow your piercing to heal properly you might encounter plenty of future issues. The more frequently you clean your piercing the less likely it will get infected and the faster it will heal.
Getting a new ear piercing is super exciting as once its healed you will have so many options for styling gorgeous ear stacks! We really encourage you to take good care of your new ear piercing so that you can start wearing your gorgeous new jewellery asap!