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6 Ear Piercing Care Mistakes You're Probably Making

on Oct 22, 2019 10:00 AM
How to clean new ear piercing

We’ve all heard the horror stories about ear piercings gone wrong.

Uneven piercings because you skimped on the cost of the procedure and went to the sketchy place down the street. Post-piercing infection because your new cleaning routine lasted all of five days.

And who hasn't experienced the pain of using the pointy starter earring to basically re-pierce your ears because you took them out too soon?

We spoke to a few jewelers who offer ear piercing services in their stores, and they spilled the expert beans on 6 of the biggest ear piercing care mistakes. 

Did you know? Mall kiosks and piercing salons aren't your only options. Ask your local jeweler if they do piercings!


Common Ear Piercing Care Mistakes

Avoid the tragedy of ear piercing horror stories by steering clear of these 6 ear piercing care mistakes:

1. Dirty Hands

If you touch your new piercing with hands that haven't recently been washed, germs will transfer and could lead to an infection. This may sound obvious, but it happens enough that it’s worth noting.

Always, always, always wash your hands before touching your newly pierced ears.

2. Hair Products

Your hair holds onto anything and everything it encounters throughout the day. It contains the shampoo, conditioner and product from this morning, plus all the bacteria and dirt that happened to be floating around in the air you walked through today.

To prevent bacteria from transferring from your hair to your piercings, try throwing your hair up at night - at least for the first month. Keeping it pulled back and away from your ears will not only reduce the risk of infection, but will also keep it from getting caught on your earrings while you sleep.

3. Wrong Solution

Everyone suggests different solutions to use, so it’s hard to know which is the right choice.

First, use the saline solution your piercer gave you, every day, twice a day. Apply it to the front and back of the piercing with a clean cotton ball, and then twist the earring a couple times while it is wet.

If that doesn’t seem to do the trick, jewelers suggest trying bactine or rubbing alcohol.

Warning: Rubbing alcohol may sting a bit when you use it. Also, if you find your skin is getting too dry, stop using it and switch to something gentler. Only you know your body and can judge what works best for you.

4. Premature Removal

Don’t take your earrings out too early! They will close rather rapidly.

Leave earrings in for 6-8 weeks, giving your ears time to heal.

5. Leaving Out Too Long

Yes, you can take your earrings out after 6-8 weeks if they feel ready, but don’t leave them out! They will still close quickly since they’re relatively new.

Leave your earrings in as often as you can for roughly a year before going extended periods without them.

6. Cheap Earrings

You’ve done your time. The long two-month wait is over. Don’t ruin that progress by switching the possibly boring, but high quality, earrings out with those super cute $3 earrings you just scored!

Jewelers suggest wearing 14K yellow gold earrings consistently throughout the first year because yellow gold is more pure than most metals. They recommend not using white gold because it may be mixed with nickel, which could possibly lead to an infection depending on your skin sensitivity.

During the first year, your ears may be more sensitive, and the last thing you want is an allergic reaction.

Once you get your ears pierced, take care of them! Your beautifully pierced ears will thank you. If you're looking for more insights on how to clean and care for your jewelry, check out our guide!

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this was a good site keep it up

anna dike

during the 6 month healing period is it okay to wear slightly rusty hook earrings if it's just for 6-7 hours?

janis crowfeld

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Janis - 14K yellow gold is recommended throughout the first year as your new piercings heal. Good luck and thanks for reading!

Chelsea Drusch

Is it okay to switch to stainless steel earrings after the first 6-8 weeks have passed?


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Lorena - Surgical stainless steel is generally a great metal choice for earrings. Thanks for reading!

Chelsea Drusch

My left ear hurts 😞

Naviah Dickey

My ear hurts

Naviah Dickey

My ear hurts

Naviah Dickey


Naviah Dickey

Your article is so informative and helpful especially for people with new piercings. Although the body heals itself, we also do our part to take good care of our piercings to prevent untoward reactions. I'm into my piercings and I take precautions on the body jewelry I wear. I've got nice, good quality pieces I got from a wholesaler online, They've got nice body jewelry to choose from although the minimum order is around 150$ or so.

Jaime Gonzalez

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