Ear piercings are one of the most popular types of piercings. With so many different piercing locations to choose from, adding a new piercing to your collection is a great way to add to your style.
Whilst ear piercings are incredibly safe, proper aftercare and treatment can help you to avoid any piercing complications and keep your piercing happy and healthy. As well as this, knowing what to look out for before and during your piercing can help to avoid any confusion. Let’s take a look at 3 tips to help your ear piercing heal quicker.
Ask Your Piercer To Use A Needle, Not A Piercing Gun
A piercing gun will force the earring through your ear with quite a lot of pressure. This can then cause unnecessary damage to your ear tissue, which can lead to prolonged healing times, scarring and discomfort. It’s also hard for the piercer to manage proper sterilisation of the plastic parts of the gun.
With a piercing needle, there is a lot more accuracy involved, plus it is totally sterile. It makes a very small incision in the ear and your earring is inserted. There’s a myth that a piercing made using a gun hurts less than a needle but, when done right, a needle piercing should be near painless.
Use The Right Cleaning Solution
Some piercers will suggest that you use rubbing alcohol to clean a piercing, but this can actually delay the healing process. Rubbing alcohol can cause the piercing to dry out and, if it becomes too dry, it will become irritated and may crack or bleed. As the wound is then remaining open for a longer period of time, this could then lead to infection.
Instead, use a saline solution, either pre-made or home-made, to avoid irritation and encourage proper healing. Some people believe that you shouldn’t twist or turn new piercings, but this is encouraged only when the piercing site is wet – so after cleaning. If you turn it whilst the area is dry, you could cause damage.
Choose The Right Earring For Your Piercing
When you’ve decided on which part of the ear you want to pierce, the next decision is choosing which earring or jewellery piece you want to have it pierced with. Depending on where your ear piercing is located, the piercer may make some suggestions as to what would work best. For example, lobe piercings will benefit from flat back earrings, as they are more comfortable to wear, whilst cartilage piercings will likely swell more, so will need jewellery that has a longer bar to avoid discomfort.
Your piercer will give recommendations as to when you can take the jewellery used for the piercing out, so be sure to follow this in order to avoid damage or infection. When it comes to changing the jewellery, use either sterling silver or real gold for the first few months so that the site doesn’t become irritated. Remember, cartilage will be much more temperamental than lobes when it comes to the healing process, so if you feel as though the area is red, warm, swollen or there is any fluid, remove the jewellery immediately, clean and use the original piercing jewellery instead.