Getting an ear piercing is so easy nowadays, but so is a mistake or problem happening from that piercing job.
You don't want:
- Uneven piercings from trying to save money and going to an unprofessional place where the sales associates are also the ear piercers
- Bacterial infections from your piercing care routine lasting less than a week
- Having to re-pierce your own piercing hole after taking the piece out too early
and this is just a few.
There is a plethora of mistakes you can make. We spoke with various jewelers and piercers in Southern California, and it was revealed that there are 6 golden rules to follow after your initial piercing. Getting an ear piercing is so easy nowadays, but so is making a mistake and having long lasting effects from it.
Choose your piercer carefully when deciding where to get your piercing.
It's important to make sure that your piercer is a professional and is licensed to give piercings. You're making a new hole in your body, and you don't want to let a glorified sales associate put mess up your piercing. Claire's is not the place to go. Your local tattoo parlor will normally have a professional piercer, who can help you out.
Keep in mind the overall piercing placement and design.
Your piercing is a way to accessorize, so you want to make sure it is in a place you want it forever...or at least, a very long time. Constellation piercings are in now, but will you still like it when you are 65 years old? Additionally, the placement is emphasized by the accessory you wear, so if it's in an off spot, it could look different from what you had in mind.
Hair ties or bandanas for sleeping while your piercing heals.
It seems obvious, but it's important to keep your new piercing clean to prevent infections. What isn't obvious is that your hair can also transfer bacteria to your new piercing. Make sure you wash your hands before touching your piercing, and throw your hair up at night before going to sleep.
Don't use rubbing alcohol.
It actually doesn't make sense to use alcohol since we want the skin in the new piercing to heal. The body won't be able to heal if you have prolonged alcohol use on your piercing, and it's best to just use water and a mild soap like Dr. Bronner's, Baby Bronner's, or even Cetaphil.
Be patient. The longer the wait, the better for you.
While you can take your piercing out after 6 to 8 weeks, it's best to leave it in as long as possible. If you remove the earring too early, it could result in the piercing to quickly close. Remember, everyone will heal differently, so even though your friend was fine after a month, your piercing may need a bit more time to finish healing up.
Using clean and right jewelry.
It's easy to forget get distracted by cheap flashy earrings, but you wear 14K yellow gold earrings during the first year. Yellow gold is more pure than most, and metals like white gold can be mixed with nickel. It's important to keep in mind that your ears may be more sensitive, and you don't want an allergic reaction. Don' forget to clean your jewelry! Your piercing and jewelry will collect dirt and grime from your hair and everywhere else. It's important to keep your jewelry as well as your piercing clean.
At the end of the day, you're planning on making a permanent hole in your body. It's just as important of a procedure as having your wisdom teeth removed. You wouldn't let the dental receptionist pull out your wisdom teeth, so don't let the Claire's sales associate do your piercing. Use a professional piercer.
Check out the Associate of Professional Piercers if you need help locating a licensed professional. Click here.