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How-To-Care-For-Industrial-Piercings

Industrial piercings make a big statement and they look great, so it’s easy to see why they are so popular. Thankfully, industrial piercings are relatively easy to heal and care for – you just need to know how! An industrial piercing consists of two separate piercings joined by wearing one long barbell through both piercings. It can be placed at almost any angle across the top of your ear, but the most common placement is with a diagonal bar – as shown here.

You can have your industrial pierced on both sides at once, or have the piercings done one at a time. I recommend having both piercings done at once and wearing the correct jewellery from the start. If the piercings are done separately or you wear BCRs while healing, the angle of the piercing can change slightly during healing. When you finally insert a long barbell into the piercings it will put a lot of stress on the piercings. This can cause to discomfort, migration and possible rejection of your industrial piercing.

It is also important to remember that placement is extremely important with this piercing. Every ear is different and a good piercer will be able to choose a placement that offers you the best chance of a successful piercing. If the placement is too shallow or the jewellery too short, the piercing will reject in the long term and can lead to the ear becoming misshapen. A small percentage of people may be unable to get an industrial piercing at all. As always, the key is to visit an experienced professional piercer who is able to answer all your questions and is willing to spend time finding the best placement for your piercing.

How To Care For New Industrial Piercings

In principal, industrial piercing aftercare is the same as for any ear cartilage piercing. However they can be trickier to clean and usually take longer to heal: often up to 24 weeks for complete healing. You should clean your industrial piercing twice daily with saline solution, using cotton buds – cotton wool balls get tangled in the piercing and leave fibres behind. Avoid swimming or submerging the piercing in water as this will all introduce bacteria. Tie or clip long hair away from the piercing and avoid contact with soap, shampoo or hair products. If you get any of these on the piercing, rinse with clean water and clean with saline.

Your industrial piercing should feel progressively better as it heals. If you experience persistent pain or swelling, consult your piercer – these can be signs of an infected piercing. Other symptoms include sharp pain, constant sensitivity, pus, redness and the skin feeling very hot. Infections in ear cartilage piercings can be more serious than in other piercings, so it is vital to seek help immediately. Do not assume it will just get better! Most piercing infections can be dealt with but in some cases infection can spread in between the layers of cartilage and even destroy the cartilage, leading to cartilage collapse. Good piercing aftercare can prevent infections, so it is very important to take good care of your industrial piercing!

Once healed, your industrial piercing requires very little care. Keep it clean and consult your piercer if you notice any changes to the piercing or immediate area.


How-To-Care-For-Daith-Piercings

Daith piercings are a lovely alternative to helix or tragus piercings with pretty much the same healing process. Daith piercings pass through the central fold of ear cartilage, in front of the ear opening. They are usually pierced as close to the ear opening as possible, although other placements are possible. The name “daith” comes from the Hebrew word for knowledge, chosen by a student of Hebrew who was the first person to get this piercing. You can wear a circular barbell, curved barbell or BCR in your daith piercing – depending on how much space there is in that part of your ear.


How To Care For New Daith Piercing

Daith piercings usually heal in 6 to 18 weeks and should be kept clean and dry. You should clean your piercing twice daily with saline solution and avoid submerging it in water. Make sure that your hair does not become tangled in the jewellery and try not to fiddle with it too much.

As with any piercing, it is important to keep an eye on your daith for any changes or signs of infection. Common signs of infection are persistent soreness, redness, swelling or if the skin feels hot. If you experience any of these symptoms please consult a piercer immediately. Because this is a cartilage piercing, special care must be taken in case of an infection. If untreated, infection can become trapped in between the layers of cartilage and cause permanent damage to it. Fortunately most piercing infections can be avoided with proper care, but is it important to be aware of the risks.

Once healed, your daith piercing will require very little care – simply clean with saline as needed.


How-To-Care-For-Ear-Cartilage-Piercings

Ear cartilage piercings look great and there are lots of different placements to choose from. There are at least eight different ear cartilage piercings that you can get, which makes them extremely popular and a great choice regardless of how many piercings you have. Cartilage piercings heal well and are easy to take care of, but they do take longer to heal than “softer” piercings such as ear lobe and lip piercings. This is because the ear cartilage does not receive as much blood supply. Most ear cartilage piercings heal in six to eighteen weeks and require very little care once fully healed.

As with all body piercings, it is important to visit a dedicated professional piercer for your ear cartilage piercings as opposed to a hairdresser or jewellery shop. A dedicated piercer will have the proper training needed to perform your piercing correctly with a needle, as opposed to a piercing gun. Piercing guns harbour germs and bacteria because they cannot be fully sterilised. They can also damage the cartilage and lead to a more difficult healing process.

Caring For New Ear Cartilage Piercings

Like all body piercings, new ear cartilage piercings should be kept clean and dry. You should clean your piercing twice daily with saline solution and avoid submerging it in water. Keep your hair away from the piercing and try not to fiddle with it.

Your ear cartilage piercing should feel progressively better, but consult your piercer if you experience any of the following: swelling, persistent redness, increasing/sharp pain or skin that feels hot to touch. These can be signs of an infected piercing and need to be dealt with immediately. When it comes to infection, cartilage piercings require a little more vigilance – it is possible for infection to trapped in between the layers of cartilage and actually destroy it. Most piercing-related infections can be prevented with proper aftercare, but it is important to be aware of the risks and symptoms.


Ear Piercing Aftercare

Whether you have two piercings or twenty, the odds are that your first was an ear piercing. Ear piercings are easy to take care of and heal easily, making them a hassle free piercing, no matter which type of ear piercing you get. There are at least ten different types of ear piercing, and in this post I will outline the basic piercing aftercare that you need to keep your ear piercing feeling and looking great.

Ear Lobe Piercing Aftercare

Ear lobe piercings typically heal in six to ten weeks and are very easy to take care of. The most important thing is to keep your ear piercing clean and dry during the healing period. Clean the piercing twice daily with saline solution and avoid swimming or submerging the piercing in water. Try to keep your hair away from the piercing – your hair can introduce bacteria to the piercing and catch on the jewellery.

Always go to a proper piercing studio rather than a hairdresser or jewellery shop. By going to a piercing studio you are more likely to be seen by a fully trained body piercer in a fully hygienic environment. They will be able to answer your questions and follow-up enquiries are usually free. It is also important to choose needle piercing over a piercing gun. Piercing guns cannot be sterilised and can therefore harbour bacteria that impede the healing process.

Cartilage Ear Piercing Aftercare

The aftercare process for cartilage ear piercings is the same as for an ear lobe piercing: clean twice daily with saline solution and keep it dry. It is important to take special care with cartilage piercings, as the consequences of an infected piercing can be more serious. The infection can become trapped in between the layers of cartilage in your ear and in even destroy the cartilage in extreme cases. Fortunately, infections can be prevented by proper piercing aftercare. However you should consult your piercer if you experience persistent swelling, redness, pain or the skin being hot to touch.


How To Care For Helix Piercings

Helix piercings are popular, easy to heal and allow you to wear a wide range of stylish jewellery. They are pierced through the outer rim of the ear and can be placed anywhere around the top half of your ear. Helix piercings don’t usually hurt any more than a standard ear piercing and typically heal in eight to sixteen weeks. Although helix piercing healing is fairly straightforward, it is important to go to a proper piercing studio, as opposed to a hairdressers or jewellery shop. Cartilage piercings can be difficult to place and should not be done with a piercing gun. Piercing guns can cause trauma to the cartilage and cannot be completely sterilised, which means that they can introduce harmful bacteria to your piercing.

How To Care For New Helix Piercings

The most important part of caring for your new helix piercing is keeping it clean and dry. Clean your piercing twice daily with saline solution and avoid submerging it in water. Avoid swimming pools in particular, as they contain not only harmful bacteria but also chlorine that will irritate your piercing. Keep your hair away from the piercing and keep consult your piercer if you notice persistent swelling, pain or redness. These can be signs of an infection, which can become more serious in a cartilage piercing than a standard ear piercing. Infection can become trapped in between the layers of cartilage and even destroy it in extreme cases, so get treatment immediately. Fortunately most piercing infections can be prevented with proper aftercare, but it is important to be aware of the symptoms. With proper care your helix piercing should heal up quickly and requires very little care once healed.


How To Care For Tragus Piercings

Tragus piercings are one of the most popular ear cartilage piercings and they are relatively simply to heal and take care of. The tragus is the little nub of cartilage in front of your ear canal and although it can vary a lot in size, most people are able to get a tragus piercing. Tragus piercings look great and they are a perfect first cartilage piercing.

Tragus piercings can be performed with small barbells, BCRs or labret. I recommend getting pierced with a simple barbell or BCR – you can always change the jewellery to something more eye-catching when your tragus has healed. Some people find that their tragus jewellery makes wearing in-ear headphones uncomfortable. If you have this problem I recommend wearing a labret stud – the flat back leaves more room for the headphones.


How To Care For New Tragus Piercings

Tragus piercings usually heal well in between eight to eighteen weeks. You should clean your tragus piercing twice daily with saline solution and refrain from changing your jewellery until fully healed. Avoid swimming and submersion in water during the healing period, as this can introduce bacteria to the piercing.

Provided that you care for your tragus piercing correctly, the chance of infection is very low. But is it important to be aware that infections can be more complicated in cartilage piercings, compared to soft tissue piercings e.g. lip piercings. This is because the infection can become trapped in between the layers of cartilage and even destroy the cartilage in extreme cases. For this reason you should be vigilant for any signs of infection such as redness, pain or the skin feeling hot. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult an experienced piercer immediately.


How-To-Care-For-Conch-Piercings

Conch piercings are a popular type of ear cartilage piercing. They are relatively easy to heal but special care should be taken with any cartilage piercing. Provided that you take proper care of your conch piercing, it should heal well. Conch piercings typically take between six and eight weeks to heal.

Conch piercings are usually pierced with a small barbell. Ball closure rings can also be worn in conch piercings, but they are not advised while the piercing is healing. This is because they are more likely to get caught on clothing and can be uncomfortable. A labret stud is also ideal for conch piercings and some people find them more comfortable.


How To Care For New Conch Piercings

Conch piercings require the same aftercare as any ear cartilage piercings. They should be cleaned twice daily with saline solution and kept dry. Swimming and submersion in water can introduce harmful bacteria, so they should be avoided. Try not to fiddle with your piercing or touch it too much, as this also introduces bacteria to the piercing.

It is important to monitor any new piercing for infection but I recommend being especially vigilant with a conch piercing. This is because infection can become trapped in between the layers of ear cartilage. If this happens, infection can spread and even destroy the cartilage. Provided that you take proper care of your conch piercing, the risk of infection is very low. But if you experience pain, redness, swelling or any unusual symptoms please consult your piercer immediately.
Once your conch piercing is healed, it requires very little care – simply clean with saline as needed. If your piercing becomes sore after it has healed, you may find titanium, blackline or BioFlex jewellery more comfortable.