Conch Piercing Information – All You Need to Know

Conch piercing information

The conch is part of your ear’s cartilage in the shell of the ear which looks amazing with some jewelry through it.

What makes the conch piercing so interesting is the slightly unusual placement. Technically, it is a cartilage piercing, although it is placed on a different part of the ear to the common helix piercing (top of the ear).

There are two different types of conch piercing – the inner conch and outer conch.

The inner conch is positioned in the center part of the ear, directly opposite the opening to your ear canal. The outer conch is located on the flat bit of cartilage between the edge of the ear (the helix) and the ridge of the anti-helix.

What Are the Risks of the Conch Piercing?

Conch piercing ringAs with all piercings, if you do this piercing yourself and then proceed to not take proper care of it, you increase the chance of something going wrong with your new piercing. So make sure your piercer is reputable and also make sure you follow a conch piercing aftercare routine.

The biggest risk you face when you get a conch piercing is the chance of getting a nasty infection.

An infected conch piercing can present serious complications. Due to the multiple layers of cartilage where the piercing is positioned, there is a risk of infection forming between the layers of cartilage and spreading. This could result in the cartilage of your ear being eaten away. Since the body cannot grow new cartilage, this could result in parts of your ear collapsing as they lack the necessary support. This would be irreversible!

Take my word, you really don’t want this to happen to you. I would suggest you do everything in your power to prevent you nice new piercing from getting infected.

Keep reading to learn how to prevent anything bad from happening to your beautiful new conch piercing.

Conch Piercing Aftercare

The top way to prevent the previously mentioned disasters from happening to you is by caring for your piercing properly.

Cleanse your piercing twice a day for the initial stage of the healing period, which can last from 2 to 6 months. Wash your hands before touching your piercing

There are a couple of ways of doing this:

Piercing Aftercare Solution

EasyPiercing Care Kit
Learn more about the EasyPiercing Care Kit – Click the image!

Of course, one of the best ways of looking after your piercing and preventing infection is by using a professional piercing aftercare solution. There is a whole variety of different products available, all serving slightly different purposes.

The best product I have ever used (and still use to this day) is the EasyPiercing Aftercare Kit. The reason I am so fond of this kit is the fact that you get 3 different bottles of solution, one for any situation your piercing may call for.

With this kit you get a bottle of saline solution, anti-bacterial solution and gel cleanser. With three three solutions in your arsenal, you are fully armed to care for any piercing you may get!

Saline Solution

If you have read any of my other articles, you will know by now that I am a massive fan of using saline solution for piercing aftercare.

The great thing about saline soak is the fact that you can throw it together in a minute or two at home. All you need to do it mix a quarter of a teaspoon of sea salt into a cup of luke warm water (preferably distilled).

No all you need to do it apply it to your piercing using a cotton pad (don’t use a cotton ball, the fibres could get caught in the jewelry).

Jewelry for the Conch Piercing

Conch Piercing JewelryWhen you get your conch piercing done you should put some real thought into what type of jewelry you will wear throughout the healing period. You will not be able to change your jewelry until your piercing is fully healed, so you will want to make sure that you are happy with the way it looks and feels in your ear.

You can choose between a Ball Closure Ring, a horseshoe barbell, a cuff, a straight barbell or a labret stud.

The jewelry you choose should be made of a high quality material such as titanium, silver, gold or BioFlex/BioPlast. Stainless steel is fine for most people, except for those of you who have a sensitivity to nickel, as steel (even surgical grade) has been found to contain trace amounts of nickel – enough to trigger a reaction and irritate your piercing.

Your jewelry should be lightweight and long enough to allow for swelling. Your jewelry should be one gauge size smaller than the needle you were pierced with (14G needle = 16G jewelry) this way it will fit snug in your ear.

A Quick Word on Infection

As I said, the biggest threat with this piercing is the risk of infection – which can become quite serious if left untreated.

How to Spot an Infection

Whilst your piercing is healing, you should be keeping a very close eye on it at all times. It is perfectly normal to experience some pain, redness and swelling at first but if these symptoms worsen or persist, you know something is not quite right.

The symptoms you need to watch out for are as follows:

  • Severe redness or swelling
  • Overwhelming pain
  • Foul swelling odd coloured discharge
  • Skin around the piercing radiating heat
  • Dizziness, headaches, nausea, fever/flu like symptoms (this is a sign the infection is getting more serious, get help!)

If you notice any of these symptoms, go and consult your doctor immediately, you may need a course of antibiotics.

In the mean time, take special care of your piercing. Keep cleansing twice or three times daily. You may want to use a mild alcohol free anti-bacterial soap.

The best product to use on an infected piercing is the Anti-Bacterial Solution by EasyPiercing.


If you are here because you intend on getting a conch piercing soon, I would like to say once more to get this piercing done by a professional. Don’t try and do it yourself or get one of your mates to do it. You will regret it!

Take good care of your piercing while it heals. Cleanse twice daily for the first 2 months then once daily up until the 6 month mark (minimum). Wear the right jewelry and look after your health by eating healthy and exercising andd you will heal up perfectly.

This piercing is great fun and looks awesome with other ear piercings or on it’s own.

I hope you enjoyed this article and found it to be of use.

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21 Comments on Conch Piercing Information – All You Need to Know

  1. Hey, Hannabubble! I wasn’t aware of conch piercing before reading your page, but I have to say they look pretty nifty! The inclusion of pictures is much appreciated. Other than that, the details of piercings in general was very informative and put together quite nicely, I will definitely keep the EasyPiercing Aftercare Kit in mind if I get another piercing!

    • Hi James.

      This is a cool piercing, it’s the fact that you don’t often see it that makes it so interesting looking.

      Yes, I would highly recommend the EasyPiercing Aftercare Kit to anyone with piercings (keep in mind that old piercings need care too, people!)

      Thanks very much for taking your time to read and leave a comment. Much appreciated.


  2. Hi Hannah, thanks for sharing another interesting article with us. I notice the aftercare anti bacterial sprays on here and was wondering, do you get all three sprays in the pack or just one? Do you need to use all three? I understand that they have different strengths and moisturizing properties but was wondering if you could explain a bit more?

    • Hi Andrew.

      You get all three sprays in one pack with the EasyPiercing Care Kit. I wrote a review on this product where I describe the three solutions in more detail. You can read it here.

      Thanks for your input. I hope this answers your question, if not, just ask me whatever else you need to know.


  3. hi Hannah!
    I have to say that I love the conch piercing! I really do and this is one I would get for myself. As a teenager, I used to have this clip on earrings (the ring you pinched in place) and would place it there. I loved it but as it was not pierced it would sometimes fall off. So maybe it is time for me to take the next step and get the piercing. But wow, I really appreciate your cleaning and after care tips as an infection in that area would be really bad!

    • Hi Emily.

      I would say go ahead and get a conch piercing! Especially since you said you wore clip on earrings in this position on your ear – so you know it suits you already. You know how to care for this piercing so you shouldn’t get any problems, and if you need any advice you can always ask me.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  4. Hi Hannah, This is news to me, first I’m hearing of conch piercing. I can see the appeal of always looking for unique ideas. I love how you place so much emphasis on safety and aftercare in your posts, and encourage anyone interested in getting pierced to do so responsibly and at the hands of a professional. I believe your warnings will impact your readers to take your words seriously and understand that these risks are genuine. Out of curiosity, how common are infections in someone who really does take care?

    • Hi Hindy.

      I hope that the more often I mention aftercare and try and drum it into the reader’s head the more attention they will pay.

      To answer your question, a piercing that is done professionally and well cared for, infection is not common at all. Although it does still happen, sometimes certain types of jewelry can cause irritation which could turn into an infection. People with lowered immune systems are also at higher risk of infection, even with good aftercare.

      Thanks for raising this question.


  5. Hey Hannah, thanks for another great and informative post on piercings. I really do find the conch piercing attractive. It’s a really neat look and there are a bunch of really cool pieces of jewelry that are made specifically for it. I don’t think I’d get one myself, but on a girl… hawt. 🙂

    Speaking of jewlery, I think you’ve mentioned this elsewhere on your site but do you have a preference in material for after the initial piercing between titanium, silver, gold or BioFlex/BioPlast? I had thought that I had heard that silver was the best but maybe that’s an old wives tale?

    BTW, I really admire you for recommending a pro for this particular piecing given the danger of infection and its potential ramifications.

    • Hi Christian.

      This is a really nice piercing isn’t it? I’m a big fan of this piercing too.

      You’re right I would recommend those materials you mentioned – BioPlast/BioFlex, titanium, gold or silver. Silver certainly is one of the best materials, I would say it is equally as good as gold and BioFlex/BioPlast.

      Thanks for taking your time to read and leave a comment.


  6. Dear Hannah,

    I just found you page and was quite surprised to see that my piercings have a name. I have my inner conch pierced in both ears. I had them done in India, and they are traditional to Kashmiri women. I myself being a white Danish woman had them done with an Indian friend. She has had her inner conchs pierced as a small child, so she have had plenty of time for them to heal. The challenge I am facing right now is that the piercings were done with very thin gold ear stud. No needle. In order to make the holes go bigger, I have been changing the jewelry two times. The first time to a straight stud with a 1 mm gauge, and latest to a ball closure ring, gauge 1,2 mm. Now I made this change 5 days ago. After 3 days my left ear got really sore and swollen. It got better in two days. Now my right ear is swollen and quite sore, and the area around the hole is read. I have just given it a saline bath and am feeling a bit relieved. My question is this – seeing that I have to stretch the holes slightly, I have been waiting for the holes to heal, and then replaced the jewelry with a slightly bigger gauge, and both times the pierced placed have become soar a couple of days later. Could this be because of the bigger gauge every time? If so, assume I should just wait a week or so, and expect the pain to be reduced. This turned out to be quite a long message, simply to ask if the increase in gauge could be causing the irritation :o)

    • Hi there.

      I understand your concerns about your ear piercings getting sore. I would not really recommend starting to stretch any piercing before they are completely healed. So for a conch piercing, you should wait until at least 6 weeks after you had it done. Always wait at least 2 weeks between stretches.

      Check out my guide on safe ear stretching here.

      Hope this helps. If you have any more issues, please let me know and I will give you some advice. Good luck!

  7. Thanks for this information.

    I am looking around at piercing information as my daughter is wanting this done.

    I was worried about the possibility of infection and I am weighing up the pros and cons at the moment.

    I see you mention antibiotics in case of infection, but do you think it is worth checking with the doctor before she has it done?



    • Hey Chris.

      Is it the conch piercing your daughter wants to get done?

      If so, this is a relatively safe piercing. The risk of infection is not particularly high.

      Under normal circumstances, going to a doctor before getting any piercing done is not necessary. Unless there is some kind of underlying health condition or medication being taken which may affect the healing or piercing process. Although a bit of extra caution never goes amiss.

      Hope this helps. Just make sure she goes to a reputable piercer and takes good care of it!


  8. I remember I got a outer conch piercings when I was in highschool and had them connected through a long barbell piercing jewelry. And me being active probably hit my ear on something that day and one of them started bleeding and did not stop. Back then I did not know that all I had to do was put pressure on it until the blood stops but instead I took out the jewelry and the hole sealed up again.

    • That sounds real sore! It’s horrible when you can’t get the bleeding to stop. I can’t imagine how much worse it was for you, not knowing what to do!

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us. No matter how painful it was!


  9. I have got a tongue piercing which I totally love but the conch piercing is one I have always wanted. I have gotten a bit less brave as I have gotten older! So I have gotten it just yet…. Maybe one day huh. Does it hurt any more because it is in a cartilage?
    Is it true the conch piercing is favoured for some sort of pressure point?

    • Hey Kris.

      Compared to the tongue piercing, the conch will hurt a bit more. The cartilage in that part of the ear is relatively thick and hard. Thee pain will be short lived though, so don’t let it put you off!

      There may well be a pressure point in the concha. I’m not 100% sure though. The daith piercing has a pressure point in it which is known to relieve headaches and migraines.

      Hope this helps. Thanks for reading.


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