Piercing is not new to us womankind. We’ve been getting pierced for centuries now. More recently, however, piercing has evolved into a gender-neutral phenomenon. Also piercing is no longer restricted to just ears and nose—eyebrows, belly buttons, nose and all kinds of other body parts can now be pierced! But it is essential that you know how to care for a new piercing.
However fancy and cool this trend might seem, it definitely needs one to be serious about skin care. You need to make sure you pick the right skin aesthetician to take care of your piercing and its aftercare. Aftercare is important because pierced skin is extremely susceptible to infections which can cause a lot of misery.
Read on as we curate some key points for you to keep in mind while you get your skin pierced and how to care for a new piercing.
Ear Piercing Care Basics
The ear piercing process begins with a professional using a needle or piercing gun to mark a spot on your ear and make a hole. After the hole has been pierced, the piercer will insert an earring depending on where you get your piercing.
Taking Care of Your Piercings
While ear piercing is generally safe and simple, you should follow a few guidelines to make sure it is done correctly. You'll reduce your chances of getting an infection by knowing what to expect during the process and what to do afterwards to care for your ear. Read on to know how to prepare for getting your ears pierced and how to take care afterwards.
Make sure you know what equipment your piercer will use, whether it is a gun or a needle. It is advisable to get the piercing done with a needle rather than a gun as the gun forces the earrings through, which applies a lot of pressure and unnecessary damage to the skin tissues. Using a needle means that you can control the accuracy and keep a check if the needle is sterile. Also, the needle ensures a small incision into the tissue which means minimal damage to the area.
Wash with care
After the piercing is done make sure you keep the pierced area clean. Wash your pierced part with soap and water or saline solution. Avoid applying any alcohol-based product. Alcohol makes your skin dry, which means it can crack and bleed, causing wounds to remain open and not heal properly. Use oil-based soaps so the wound stays clean and it helps soften up the healing tissue. Don’t over-clean it because that too can delay healing.
Be mentally prepared because piercing takes time to heal. Nurse it back to health, keep it clean and make sure that there is no swelling. If you see swelling apply ice. Basically, aftercare is crucial so make sure you are careful. Ear lobes take about 2-3 months to heal and cartilage takes about 3-10 months. The minute it stops hurting, swelling and secreting fluid and any redness, that means it has healed.
See the piercer
If you notice excessive swelling, redness or heat then consult your piercer. Don’t stress, this happens because your piercing is not fully healed. Don’t search online or ask friends, just GO TO THE PIERCER. If you think that the visit wasn’t helpful then visit the doctor.
Be extra careful
The healing process is very delicate and it takes months. So, make sure you don’t dress up in something that would hurt your piercing, don’t tug the area. This can delay the healing process. Don’t change your jewellery without the help of your piercer. Reduce the intake of caffeine, nicotine and alcohol until the piercing is healed. Avoid going for a swim or taking a bath in tubs because it can cause skin infection.
FAQs regarding Taking Care of Ear Piercings
What is the healing time for an ear piercing?
An earlobe piercing heals in 6 weeks, while a cartilage piercing takes 12 weeks.
Can I take my earrings out or change them during the healing process?
Unfortunately, no. Ears that are newly pierced require special care and attention since they are very sensitive. During the healing process, removing your earrings could close the holes and make it difficult to re-insert the earrings.
What do I do if I have painful, red ears after getting my ears pierced?
Ear piercings are not normally associated with pain, swelling, or redness. In case of any of these symptoms, contact your doctor right away. You may need to remove your earrings if instructed.