Wondering how to stretch your ears the safest way possible? Well, You have come the the right place.
Here at DustyJewelz we offer plenty of ear stretching kits and supplies but we also want to give you some guidance and advice in how to stretch your ears the best and safest way.
Read on to find out about the most common methods for stretching, plus troubleshooting and answers and common questions.
Ear stretching (also called ear gauging) is when you gradually stretch out pierced holes in your earlobes. Given enough time, the size of these holes could be anywhere from the diameter of a pencil to that of a soda can.
Ear stretching takes time and effort. If you don’t do it right, you can cause permanent damage or scarring, and raise the risk of infection.
Many people are regretting ear stretching and are seeking to reverse the process, so think about this carefully.
Let’s get into how to do ear stretching right, how to avoid any complications or unwanted side effects, and what to do if you want to reverse your ear gauges.
The first thing to do is get an ear piercing. This is as simple as going to a reputable piercing shop, getting your ear pierced, and letting the piercing heal for a few months.
Choose a piercer with a license to pierce in your state. Tattoo artists and estheticians often receive extra training on piercings. There is a risk ofhepatitis,HIV, and other diseases if a piercer doesn’t use clean equipment and processes.
After the piercing has fully healed, then you can get all the equipment you need to increase the size of your piercings.
These are the long, spiky things you put into your piercings to start stretching out the skin. They come in various sizes (or gauges), depending on how much you want to stretch out your piercing.
Most tapers are acrylic or steel. It’s really up to you which one to use. Many people recommend steel tapers because they slide through the piercing easier. But they’re slightly more expensive.
Cheaper tapers and cheaper plugs are often of unknown quality and may irritate the ears, slowing the healing process.
The following illustration shows various sizes of tapers with their associated plugs.
Plugs are the round jewelry you put in to keep your ear stretched. They’re made out of a number of materials, each with their own benefits:
Titaniumis like steel, but lighter and less likely to irritate your ears.
Siliconeis a hypoallergenic material. It may need more frequent cleaning.
Organicoptions include glass, finished wood, polished stone, or any nonartificial materials.
Many plugs have “flared” sides that make it easier for them to be inserted. It might be a good idea to stock up on them so you don’t have to worry about having trouble with putting your plugs in.
Any kind of safe lubricant will help the taper slide through the piercing more easily.
Plenty of jewelry shops sell commercial-grade lubricant, but you can also use plant-based lubricants, likecoconut oilorjojoba oil.
Try not to use any lubricants that have chemicals or additives in them, as these could irritate or infect your piercing.
Once you’ve first started the stretching process, the most important part is to wait. If you stretch your ears too much and too fast, you can tear or injure your ear cartilage.
Here are some tips tocare for your earsduring the stretching process and after you’ve finally reached your desired gauge:
Wash your piercing at least twice a daywith warm water and chemical-free soap.
Soak your earlobes at least twice a dayin warm, clean water with about 1/4 tsp of salt for every 1 cup of water.
Massage your earlobes at least once a daywith coconut oil, jojoba oil, or another safe oil to keep it moisturized and promote healing.
Wait at least 6 weeks between gauges, but keep an eye on your piercing. Don’t go up to the next gauge if you notice any redness, swelling, or irritation after 6 weeks. It may take longer based on your own healing process.
Don’t touch the piercing with dirty handsto avoid introducing bacteria.
Be careful not to get anything caught or stuck in the piercingthat can pull or stretch it, like a loose thread.
Don’t worry about a little odor.A gauged ear can smell a little bit because of dead skin cells that can’t be flushed out of the piercing while you’re stretching. This is totally normal. But if the odor continues after washing, seek medical attention.
You shouldn’t see too much redness or swelling during the ear stretching process. If you do, you may have torn or damaged your ear skin. Make sure to follow your piercer’s aftercare directions. If you think you’re developing aninfection, see your doctor.