Are you planning to get new piercings on your ear? Don’t get piercings until you read our guide on starter earrings and allergies, too.
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What Types of Starter Earrings to Wear for First Piercing?
Getting a piercing for the first time, especially on the earlobes, is a beautiful, unique event. If you have always wanted to get pierced and have only gotten to getting one in recent days, you are in for a treat. There are so many kinds of earrings for a fully healed ear, and once your ears are fully healed, you can start experiment with them.
For the first piercing, however, we recommend that you only get small or light stud earrings.
Stud earrings are necessarily just posts that will help keep your piercing open as the tissue accepts and seasons itself to the new form, which is to have a small hole in the skin.
Can I Wear Hoop Earrings After Piercing?
No, you can wear hoop earrings only after your ear piercings have fully healed. Before this time, you can’t because hoop earrings are more substantial, and they’re not ideal for tissue that is just beginning to heal.
Before getting pierced, be sure to ask your piercer what kinds of jewelry are available. A professional piercer will be able to guide you in selecting the best one for your needs. Our ears have different anatomies, and some people have thicker earlobes and flaps of skin. Your piercer should give you a recommendation as to what type of beginning earring is best suited for your ear/s.
How to Remove Starter Earrings?
Starter earrings should not be removed at all for at least six weeks. However, this is not prescriptive. It all depends on how your piercings heal. Some people heal very quickly, and within two to three weeks, they can change to something else.
However, others take far longer – say a month or even three months in some cases. Piercings do not heal quickly; that is for sure.
Piercings done on the cartilages of the ears take far longer to recover. Remember that piercings heal from the outside, moving inward.
What does this mean?
Piercings will look as if they are already healed on the outside, but they’re still fresh on the inside. When a piercing is still new on the inside, it is still highly susceptible to infections and irritation.
You may be tempted to remove the starter earrings and change them into something else because it seems that the start earrings are causing irritation, or you may don’t feel like keeping them. Unless your professional piercer tells you that you should change your earrings, could you not do it?
Steps to Remove Earrings for the First Time
However, if you have to, here are the steps:
First thing’s first: wash your hands thoroughly. Wash both hands with warm water and some antibacterial soap. Be sure to rub the fingers well and rinse thoroughly. Use rubbing alcohol if there is no soap.
Just make sure that you leave the alcohol on your hand for at least a minute to disinfect it thoroughly. The reason for the extra precaution is that fresh piercings are prone to infections. Our hands are notorious for passing on bacteria to different surfaces, and our ear piercings are no different.
Hold the head of the jewelry with one hand. Grip it firmly.
With your other hand, reach for the earring back and gently shift it from side to side. This will loosen the pendant again if there is some discharge or crystallization. If you have been cleaning your piercings regularly, there shouldn’t be that much crystallization.
Gently pull on the earring back until it loosens. Gently pull back until the pendant back is entirely free from the post.
Pull out the post entirely from the other side of your ear.
What Materials for Starter Earrings Are Ideal?
The most common materials for starter earrings or piercings are surgical-grade stainless steel, surgical-grade titanium, 14-karat gold, 18-karat gold, and niobium. There is also high-end and hypoallergenic plastic-based jewelry, but these are often skipped in favor of high-quality, hypoallergenic metals.
Titanium is the most inert of all metals used for jewelry, so if you know that you have metal allergies, invest in jewelry that won’t irritate you. Irritated piercings can swell and even bleed. There will also be persistent itching that will make your recovery period uncomfortable.
How Long Should You Wear New Earrings After Piercing?
As mentioned earlier, the minimum staying time for the first pair of earrings after the piercing procedure is at least six weeks. Take note of the qualifier “at least” because not all people heal well within this period.
If you have a blood disorder, or perhaps a metabolic issue such as type 2 diabetes, the healing process might be more complicated, and there may be issues ultimately healing. If you have such a condition and are unsure about what you should do, contact your physician, and schedule a consultation. Raise your question about getting piercings, and you will get a good explanation of what you can and cannot do.
What Kinds of Earrings Can You Wear After a New Piercing is Healed?
Light stud earrings are recommended for newly healed piercings. When a piercing is already in the seasoning state, the wound is technically healed. However, there may still be some sensitivity to abrupt changes in the material you are wearing.
The only real method for knowing what you are allergic to is using different kinds of jewelry. If there are no current allergies to any of these metals, you can wear any metal from sterling silver to stainless steel.
Take note that not all stainless steel jewelry is made from surgical-grade stainless steel. All industrial metals have purity levels. If you are only used to using one type of metal, such as surgical-grade stainless steel, we recommend that you get jewelry made of this metal only. Otherwise, you might be in for some discomfort if you accidentally purchase earrings that you are allergic to.
Other Frequently Asked Questions About New Ear Pierced
Can I bring my own earring to get a new ear piercing?
It should be yes. But your own earring must fulfill the basic standard for jewelry piercing, you should ask the piercer first. On the other hand, you may be charged for piercing even though you bring your own earrings. However, if you purchase piercing jewelry from the store, the piercing fee is usually free.
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