Vitamin E oil to break down scar tissue on stretched ears?

Sunday April 29th, 2012 @ 8:38 AM

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Alright, so I’m at 8g stretched ears, and I find it near impossible to gauge up to a 6g because of the scar tissue claire’s left when I got my ears pierced in october.(I know I shouldn’t have gone there, but nobody else in the area would do it cheap.) They put the wrong retarded ring in, and they ripped it out and jammed the right one in. PAINFULLY. I am left with scar tissue in each ear, and I have been massaging my lobes with 28,000 IE Pure vitamin E oil for the past two days. I heard this works, but how long should it take?

Couple quick things here, stretching your ears requires patience and care. Going for the cheapest option is never a good idea, especially when it involves pieircing guns.

I would strongly suggest to go into a professional piercing studio and chat to them about your scar tissue. It’s impossible to tell without seeing it in person, but it could possibly not even be scar tissue - you could just be trying to go up to quickly.

Pure Vitamin E oil is great for reducing scar tissue, however to use it correctly you should remove your jewellery to massage the scar - and that’s not good to do when they are still fresh.

Slow and steady wins the race and always go into a professional studio for jewellery and stretching, if you are not familiar with the processes you might damage your ears more.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | 1 Comment

Ear stretch

Sunday April 29th, 2012 @ 8:08 AM

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I have been stretching my ears since september. I have previously had my ears stretched to 10mm in the past but took them out. I started stretching at 4mm in september and have been going up in a mixture of 1mm or 2mm every month since.

I went from 12mm to 14mm last Wednesday. The piercer, (who was different from my normal one) had to force the plug through my left ear.

The ear was incredibly painful on the first day, but has since stopped. However, I have just taken the plugs out and the inside of the hole of the left ear looks like an open wound. There was some clear liquid around the hole and when I cleaned it is bled a small amount.

My question is, should I just stop touching it, keep cleaning it daily with salt solution and hopefully it will heal. Or it is best to remove it and go back down to 12 for a while?

Sounds like perhaps you went up a bit too quick! It can often be difficult to tell until you ‘get in there’ and test the elasticity and spare room of your ear.

I would say, by the sounds of it, that your fistula (the ‘inside’ of the piercing) has been torn. As long as you have quality material jewelelry in, it should heal on its own with some TLC and saline soaks. If you aren’t wearing surgical steel/titanium/or glass, I would strongly suggest to remove your jewellery for a week or two until its fully healed and then put in whatever size fits in.  You may have to go back up a couple sizes, however it will reduce the chance of getting an ugly blowout!

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Over 8 months hypertropic scar on tragus!

Sunday April 29th, 2012 @ 2:46 AM

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Hi guys,

I’ve been struggling with this stupid effin hypertropic scar on my ear for almost 1 year one. In fact, I merely have a few weeks before it reaches 1 year (last day of May). I’ve tried tea tree oil, witch hazel, sea salt soaks, and the whole effin 9 yards to no avail. It goes up and down, up and down and sometimes it appears to be completely gone. Maybe I’m not as consistent as I should be?

The other day I decided to dab a little tea tree oil on it and it is just mad at my ass; therefore, I know I should just avoid tea tree oil.

I need some advice. SOS!



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.

Try and figure out if you are sleeping on it, getting it caught or snagged (hair is often a big problem here), knocking it (with ear buds, etc) or perhaps your jewellery is not correct for healing. I would suggest to force your self to sleep on the other side by wearing sunglasses to bed (seriously) or even a baseball cap, with the brim towards the piercing. This should help you to reduce nightly aggravation and then go with whatever hypertropic scar reduction technique worked best for your body.

Personally I do warm chamomile tea bag soaks on my scar tissue with fantastic result, but like I said - everyone reacts differently to different methods. What ever you do, stay the hell away from witch hazle or tea tree oil!

I would also make a trip into your piercer and get them to check out what jewelley you have in, if its too tight (short) it can make it worse. I always use 14g (16g is also fine) ‘labret’ style posts for tragus piercings, it ensures a nice fit without the pressure of a ring. If you have anything else in there, I would get it swapped quick smart.

Best of luck on your scar reduction journey!

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | Comments

cold weather effects.

Sunday April 29th, 2012 @ 2:36 AM

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I was wearing titanium gauges and it was very cold outside, and when I got back inside my house my ears began to swell with the heat and continued to do so until they were really sore and red. I took out my plugs because they were hurting and the inside of my ear holes had split because they swelled so much. now I can’t put anything back in them. What cased this and how can I fix it and go back to having my gauges back in? Thanks

This is really common for people with stretched lobes that live in colder climates, its caused from the cold reducing blood circulation by restricting blood vessels, then when you have entered the warmth of your house again your body has pumped blood back through but you blood vessels haven’t had a chance to expand causing swelling and the splits.

To fix this you want to leave your jewelry out till your lobes are back to normal this can take a few weeks, and the reason for this is wearing jewelery will create pressure on the damaged tissue and it wont be able to heal back together and naked lobes will allow the wound to heal.try saline soaks as well. when they are healed put in what ever size fits comfortably, this may be quite a lot smaller than your previous size, and allow your ears to loosen up naturally again. To prevent this try wearing wood and organics instead of metals because they hold heat better and not get as cold.

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Pain with Tragus and Daith

Sunday April 29th, 2012 @ 1:30 AM

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I have had my tragus and daith piercings for 2 months exactly. However, I am still having a lot of problems with them.

Tragus: healing better than my daith, however, it still secretes fluid that dries on it. It dries on the inside of the piercing, but not the outside.

Daith: where do I begin…the picture shows a humongous growth/blister on top. I suppose I have had it for a while, and I just thought the skin was trying to grow over it. I had no idea it looked like a blister…I guess because I can’t really look inside my ear. It freaked me out more now that I saw that because that is absolutely disgusting. It secretes clear fluid, which also dries, but mostly it is reddish and bloody. Not all the time, but most of the time. On the bottom it does the same thing. It is just a buildup of this bloody fluid that doesn’t seem to go away. I clean the piercing with sea-salt and q-tips, which lets the dried crust loose. I will soak it every few days with this solution. I do not try to touch it, however, I do try to loosen up the stuff that’s attached to it every now and then.

But it’s been TWO MONTHS and it just doesn’t seem like they are healing. It is very upsetting to me because I like both of these piercings, but I don’t know if it’s me, the location, etc. Sometimes I think that the daith may be too far inwards on the cartilage, but I can’t really tell because I can’t see it. I just think this because it keeps bleeding.

I am really discouraged, and I want to know what I should be doing to take care of these, or if I should just give up and take them out. I haven’t had any other problems with any of my other piercings. I just need advice of what the next step should be or what I can do to help get rid of that disgusting blister thing and stop them from bleeding. Thank you.

Well, lets start with the tragus (which wasn’t pictured). Although it is quite common to get some secretion (yellow/clear fluid is called lymphatic fluid) during the healing phase or when its aggravated. I firstly would suggest to try your hardest to not sleep on it and make sure your hair doesn’t get caught on it.  You can also promote much faster healing (and less crusties!) by doing warm saline compression soaks on it.

Basically microwave a small cup of normal saline solution (eye contact cleaner from the chemist) for around 3-4 seconds and soak a make-up pad in there. Make sure its warm BUT NOT HOT, then place the pad onto the outside of the piercing. It should ‘grab’ all the crusties and make them safely come off while encouraging blood circulation.

You could also change your jewellery, depending what you have in there, to titanium. Ti is proven to make piercings heal quicker and is more bio-compatible than steel.

Now, the daith! That ‘bubble’ is hypertrophic scar tissue and is quite common in cartilage piercings. It is caused by a number of things, mostly sleeping on, incorrect placement or incorrect jewellery. I would suggest to go see your piercer and perhaps put a larger diameter ring in there OR you could opt for a curved 14g barbell as I feel it could be ‘pulling’ the top hole forward and causing that scar tissue forming.

I would follow the same above aftercare for the daith as the tragus to try and get them happy and healthy, but make sure you go in and change that lil ring over!

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Odd pimple on back of ear

Monday October 25th, 2010 @ 5:26 PM

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I have a snug piercing on my left ear that I got approximately 6 months ago. It was healing fine, but a few weeks ago I developed a weird pimple thing on the back of my ear that repeatedly scabs and bleeds. I got checked out by a doctor who took a culture and ruled out infection. It’s not a hypertrophic scar, either. Any idea what it could be and what to do about it?

Is the pimple behind where your piercing is? (That seems quite high for a traditional snug piercing)
It could be that, if it is where the piercing is, there’s a big of an abscess forming based on the postioning of the piercing and the anatomy of your ear cartilage.
Otherwise, it could be that you just have a cyst on the back of your ear that needs to be drained. Something to talk to your doctor about, for sure.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 2 Comments

Plugs made of casting resin

Friday September 17th, 2010 @ 7:58 AM

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I made one plug out of casting resin recently, just to see if I could do it. I can, and it looks really nice (I even put a seashell in it), so I thought I’d start making them for other people. But the thing is, the smell. The fumes it gives off is just screaming “DO NOT PUT ME IN YOUR SKIN FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME”. Although there is no smell at all once it’s 100% dried and finished, I’m still a little iffy about wearing anything made of casting resin. It’s polyester resin, and it says “liquid plastic” on the can so it does give me that little bit of hope that it might be safe, but I’m just worried about the toxic horrifying fumes, which of course means theres gotta be some unsafe stuff in there.

Also, has anyone ever done this? What did you use for a mold? I used a one inch steel saddle-shaped plug, and I had a hell of a time trying to get it out, resulting in the top half being broken off. Any recommendations or ideas on molds to give it a saddle shape or something, without giving the trouble of trying to get it out? I was thinking silicone plugs, but that’s just a straight through shape on the inside, so maybe earskin plugs? I don’t know, I’m starting to ramble now.

Casting resin is toxic as hell, and wearing plugs made entirely out of resin is a pretty bad idea. Lots of people make plugs that are filled with resin (steel eyelets and what-have-you, with cool stuff or images set in the resin), which are arguably safer (although lots of reputable plug manufacturers will undoubtedly have plenty to say about THAT) because the resin isn’t touching your skin - why not experiment with that?

I have a friend (hi Serena!) who makes fabulously gorgeous resin jewellery, and I know for some of her designs, she actually carves the hardened resin and sands it smooth - and oh, that dust is apparently pretty hideously bad for you, too, so wear a proper high-quality respirator mask - that might be an idea for making saddle-shaped plugs, if you’re hell bent on it. You could cast your own molds in silicone, too, and reuse those molds for repeated resin casting. But yeah, my vote’s still on not wearing (or encouraging others to buy and wear) casting resin IN your body.

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | 8 Comments

Scuba Diving with Wooden Plugs

Thursday May 6th, 2010 @ 8:11 AM

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I’m preparing to become a divemaster where I will be diving in the ocean for several hours pretty much each day. I am also think about getting wooden plugs. How bad would it be to dive with the plugs in?

It definitely won’t do the wood any favours, being soaked in water (especially drying, salty water!) for a few hours a day. I’d say wear glass or silicone during your dives, personally!

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Badly placed industrial?

Wednesday March 3rd, 2010 @ 2:10 PM

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My industrial, which I got done just about a week ago, is healing pretty well. Little problems with the pierced holes but in the middle, the bar seems to be cutting into my ear. What should I do about this? Should I switch to two helixs till it heals?

That will cause issues further down the line. It will put pressure on the piercings and at the very least cause hypertrophic scarring, worse case scenario, it will cause the piercing to migrate if not reject completely. If you wish to keep the piercing in its current placement then yes, two sterile barbells and maybe you could have a piercer bend the bar where it is pushing against the ear so there is no contact when it is in situ. Heal it with two separate bars and switch to the custom bar at six months, bearing in mind this piercing can take a year to fully heal so uneccessary jewellery changes are to be avoided.

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Posted by Tiff Badhairdo | Permalink | 3 Comments

dermal punching ear lobes?

Wednesday March 3rd, 2010 @ 2:04 PM

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last year i was stupid and stretched my ears far too quickly… they split at 8mm and so i sized right back down, turns out they wouldn’t heal until they were at 1.6mm again.

i left them to heal and then tried to stretch them again this year, i got to 3mm and then once more they split…so i sized down again.

i desperately want to be 10mm, and to sort this out me and my piercer have come up with the idea of dermal punching my ears at somewhere around 5mm or 6mm leaving them to heal and then i can stretch normally as its the scar tissue thats become an issue and keep splitting…. question is - surely once they’ve healed at that size there will be /that/ scar tissue to stretch through?

i’ve concidered scalpelling (sorry for my bad spelling) but i don’t know anyone in my area that does it and to be honest i dont trust anyone except my regular piercer.

any help would be GREAT! thank you!!

I’m never a fan of dermally punching ear lobes as you remove tissue that is necessary for healthy, stretched lobes. I suggest going back to basics. Start with nice, healed 1.6mm lobes, stretch up to 2mm, leave them at 2mm for at least eight weeks, then up to 2.4mm, then another eight weeks. The bigger you go, the longer the rest period inbetween. Eight weeks is the bare minimum. Scalpelling would be a better option than dermally punching but with stretching, it is always better to avoid the blade if you can.

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