Forward Helix Healing Issue

Tuesday September 11th, 2012 @ 4:39 PM

Filed under: Ear

I got a triple forward helix a little over a month ago. All three bottom holes developed keloids, and the middle one on top is trying to form one. Ive been using warm sea salt water only as instructed by my piercer to reduce the keloids and clean the piercings. My issue is that they are still very tender, still decently swollen, and having a very hard time healing. Aside from taking aleve for the inflammation and swelling (since ibuprofen and aspirin does nothing for me) is there a better and more efficient way to reduce the tenderness and the swelling of my piercing? I was told from my bfs mom who is a nurse to maybe try getting either vitamin e oil or the liquid capsules and dabbing the fluid from one those on the piercing to help it heal better, since i seem to be having such troubles with them. Is this a good idea? Or would that just cause more problems than help? Any advice or such would be awesome and tremendously appreciated as i really would like to avoid having to remove the piercings.

Heres a quick run down of what i do now so you have an idea of how ive been handling it so far:

Being as i work graveyard shift i sleep during the day and am unable to follow the 2-3 time day soak as recommended, and my job doesnt allow the time needed to do so at work either, but i do make sure after i shower after work i wipe my ear off with a warm sea salt water soaked qtip to remove crusties, and then i do a 5 - 10 minute soak with a cotton ball soaked in the solution, followed obviously by a good rinse (i use a squirt bottle….works great!)For the pain and swelling i take aleve. I have surgical steel straight labret type jewelry in it as of right now, which i changed to when i hit the month mark instead of the curved eyebrow bar bells that were initially put it when they were pierced.

Well to start with I do not think you have keloids. Chances are you are having some hypertrophic scarring issues.

Vitamin E oil is good alternative remedy for helping reduce scarring. Chamomile teabag compresses also have a great track record. My personal favorite is emu oil which can easily be found online.

Part of your problem might stem from the fact that curved barbells were used for initial jewelry and then changed a month later. Cartilage take months to heal and jewelry should not be changed until the piercing is healed.

Lastly, keep in mind that its only been a little over a month since you were pierced and you are still healing and will probably still be healing for months to come.

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After Reconstruction

Tuesday September 11th, 2012 @ 4:20 PM

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I got my ear lobes reconstructed at the end of June. I was just wondering when I could get my ear lobes pierced again?

That all depends on the amount of tissue that was removed/reattached/repaired. I would say bare min of 2 months. This is something that your piercer will have to decide upon a visual inspection.

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Ear Bubble

Friday August 24th, 2012 @ 5:30 PM

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I’ve had my industrial for a year or more now and for awhile now there has been a hard bump on the back on the top. what is this? It’s hard and it’s really annoying. I also have one on the other side of my industrial forming.

On cartilage piercings the two most common types of “bubbles” are keloids and hypertrophic scars. without a visual diagnosis and fair amount of troubleshooting its hard to pinpoint which one you are suffering from.

Hypertrophic scars are much more frequent than keloids and are easier to handle. First thing I would try is changing the jewelry. A Titanium barbell that fits properly has a chance to help dissipate those bubbles. Next I would try Emu Oil as I have seen great results in scar reduction and healing benefits in cartilage piercings.

Chamomile tea soaks and vitamin e oil have also shown great success in helping piercings heal.

Good luck.

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Triple Forward Helix

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 6:58 PM

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I have been wanting to get a triple forward helix done for a few months now, and i’ve been getting pricing for it around where I live. I have been offered to get all three done at once and they will give me a discount. My question is, is it wise to do this? Should I get one done at a time and let them each heal, or is it safe to do all three at once?

Getting more than one piercing in a session can cause more of a strain on your body causing slower healing times. But the simplicity of this set of piercings and proper aftercare should make it a non issue. Each set of the ol triple that I’ve done has been all 3 at once with no problems healing.

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piercing a 6 month olds ears

Tuesday July 10th, 2012 @ 7:46 PM

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i have been asked today if i will pierce a 6 month olds ears, i explained to them that i only pierce with needles and do not use the gun and that it would be unlikely the baby would sit through both ears being done.

what are your thoughts on this? unfortunately in the uk we have no age limit on who can get pierced as long as they are either over 16 or have parental consent and the parent agrees to it. i feel i should refuse to the child being only 6 months old, surely the childs immune system isnt up to healing a piercing at that age? or am i wrong?

any help would be really appreciated, thanks

This is a question in our community that has been debated back and forth for years, so I wont get into what is right and what is wrong, I’ll just help you decide for yourself.

Talk with the parents and keep in mind that if you aren’t willing to do it there will always be someone out there willing to take their money and not consider the consequences. Even some pediatricians offer infant earlobe piercings. If a parent wants their child’s ear pierced they will do it with or without you.

Personally as much as I want to help and provide a good clean process I can not bring myself to make a child cry. I do as much as I can to try to talk them out of going to the mall or using a piercing gun but If they are still insistent I recommend them to another shop in the area I trust that provides the service.

My rule for earlobes is the child has to be old enough to ask me for the piercings and smart enough to understand what they are getting themselves into. Id say this is usually around the 10-12 year old mark but I’ve had a few sharp 8 and 9 year olds over the years talk me into it. All with parental consent and presence of course.

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Ear stretching complications

Tuesday June 26th, 2012 @ 2:24 PM

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Okay, I pierced my ear myself about 5 months ago, waited a month, stretched straight to 8g with no problems, then I waited another month & stretched 4g which gave me a blowout & put a tear in my ear. Realising I had torn my ear I removed the jewellery completely and let it heal up, it hasn’t closed yet and my ear piercing is too low, extremely crooked and it is sensitive and painful to touch, what should I do? Is it possible to get it pierced higher up? need help! sorry about the bad picture quality, it looks worse in person than it does in the photo

And what did we learn from this experience???

Yes it is possible to get it re-pierced. You will need to wait a few months until the damage you’ve done to heal. The scar and blowout may never go away but piercing above it should be possible.

Next time go to a professional piercer, they will be able to pierce your ears at a larger gauge and help you skip the time and money of stretching a few sizes. After you’re pierced and healed please only stretch one size at a time and give yourself enough time between stretches or you will just be back in the same situation all over again.

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Saturday May 26th, 2012 @ 11:03 PM

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So I got this tragus piercing about 2 months ago and it is not going well. I love my piercing but it has gotten quite infected. I wash it at least twice a day with antibacterial and soak it in a saline solution at least once a day. I don’t know what else to do! I’m just really frustrated with it. Any advice?

Firstly, thanks for supplying the picture - it helps us figure out whats going on SO much easier.

Let’s start by clarifing a couple things, you don’t have an infection - you have a large build up of a form of scar called hypertropic scar tissue.

There can be a number of solutions to hypertropic scar tissue, everybody reacts differently to them and not all of work for everyone. Saying that, there is normally a single reason to WHY it is forming - and that should be your first focus.

I strongly think that it has formed from a poor choice of initial jewellery, in my opinion tragus piercings should ALWAYS be pierced with a straight ‘labret’ barbell. This lets the piercing heal much quicker and stops pressure from developing on the entrance and exit of the piercing, which is a very common irritation that causes scar tissue to form.

The very first thing you should do is go into a reputable piercing studio (perhaps where you got it done at) and get a straight barbell put in there - with enough room to not squish the scar tissue, but not too much as to get it caught all the time.  The next thing to do would be to try and reduce the scar.

Personally I do warm herbal chamomile tea bag soaks on my scar tissue with fantastic result, all you do is make a cup of chamomile tea and let it cool for 5-10 minutes. Then you put the entire tea-bag (when its warm, NOT hot!) on the whole piercing and just let it soak. I generally tilt my head towards the tea bag, so it doesn’t run down into your ear or anything - but its totally safe for your body.

Everyone has different results with scar reduction, you also NEED to make sure you aren’t irritating it in other ways (or it will just get worse).  Make sure that you are sleeping flat on your back, or your other side. Make sure your hair isn’t getting caught up in it and continue to do 2x a day warm saline soaks along with the chamomile - nothing else.

Best of luck on your scar reduction journey!

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Stretching for Gauges/tubes

Saturday May 26th, 2012 @ 5:08 PM

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I just got my ears pierced, with a size 22g I believe, about 5 weeks ago. Right, now I have just a hoop and ball 20g in them, but honestly I am so confused about all this XD

You think I wouldn’t be confused because it is just stretching them, but everyone is saying something different!!

I want to stretch to at least a 5g but I have the following questions:

Is it okay to skip (minor) sizes (like skip 20g to 16g)?

How long do I need to wait before changing sizes?

Tapers are easiest to stretch with, right?

But everyone gives me different answers! I hope you guys can give me a straight answer, you seem to know what the hell you’re doing XD Any other advice on this would be great, since I am kinda clueless~

Kay, Thanks!

For your next stretch you should be ok going from a 20g to a 16g but after that make sure to take it one size at a time. Body jewelry generally goes in increments of 2, so after 16 you have 14 then 12 etc. As far as time between stretches I recommend a min of 6 weeks between sizes. At the smaller sizes tapering is always an easy method and will probably be the best since you are only planning on going to a 5g.

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Stretching Oils

Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 @ 7:15 AM

Filed under: Ear

I know about using various oils to help you stretch, I found a cocoa and vitamin E oil that does practically the same thing as bio oil, would it be safe to use aiding stretching? Do any of these ingredients sound bad? Paraffinium Liquidum, Isopropyl Myristate, Theobrama Cacao, Parfum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Amyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Polysorbate-20, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Gentiana Lutea, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. Lots of long words that I don’t understand!

Its just called Cocoa Skin Therapy Oil.

I’m personally not a fan of Vitamin E or Bio-oil on my ears as E is really thick and doesn’t soak in and Bio-oil seems to react funny with my skin and cause redness.

Personally I only use and recommend pure virgin jojoba oil (or Emu oil, if available in your country) as a daily routine and especially when I’m in a stretching cycle.

After a quick google search of most of the ingredients, they all seem quite common in moisturisers and oils that are fine for your skin - however I’m by far not a chemist.

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Discoloring on Earlobe.

Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 @ 6:59 AM

Filed under: Ear


I am experiencing some discoloring on the inside of my earlobe and im not too sure what it is!

My lobes are 2inch and i am only experiencing it on the one lobe.

I do realise my lobe is thin and i have been trying for sometime trying to thicken it back up by using Vitamen E oil and leaving my jewelry out.

I thought it could of been the jewelery i was wearing as this has just suddenly appeared - I was wearing Black Acrylic Double Flaired.

Any ideas? please get back to me soon



I feel that nearly everyone has a form of allergy to acyclic, as it is a porous material. Some people can get away with them for years and then have serious problems, some people can’t even wear them for an hour (like myself) without them swelling up and going crazy.

Just like any allergy, stay away from what your body doesn’t like - stick to surgical steel, titanium, glass or organics (wood and stone) jewellery to be safe. If you do get a reaction (like this) the best thing to do is just take them out and leave them ‘naked’ for a week or two (until it fully clears up).

Oiling your ears with jojoba oil (or Emu oil, if available in your country) daily will also help them to not flare up like that (sometimes even with jewellery that you have previously reacted to). I would still stay the hell away from ANYTHING that reacts with your body, just to be on the safe side.

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