The decision to stretch your ears is a big one (no pun intended). Once you stretch to a certain size, returning your ears back to their original state becomes increasingly difficult.
You may come to a point in your life when you will have to make your gauges less obvious. This could be for work or a job interview or any number of other reasons.
Many people find themselves needing to know how to close stretched ears fast. In fact, many people find them self wondering if this is even possible.
Well, people, I’m not going to lie to you and tell you this is the fastest method, but many people can return their ears to normal size without the need for surgery! This is definitely, without a shadow of a doubt the number one safest method!
Before taking any drastic measures in an attempt to shrink them lobes, try following the instructions you are about to read. Give this a go – you can’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!
Take Your Time
For those of you who are still in the stages of stretching your ears, take my word, you do not want to rush this part. You will regret it if you do!
Check it out: Ear Stretching For Beginners – A Complete Guide
Read the article I posted above and follow it step-by-step. That way you will make your life a heck of a lot easier when the time comes to start shrinking your stretched ears.
Gauging Down Your Ears
To put it simply, “gauging down” is the act of decreasing the size of your plugs gradually.
This is the safest and most effective way of shrinking your ear lobes back to their original size.
What you will need
- Plugs in all the sizes previous to your current gauge (lightweight jewelry works best). You basically need a complete ear stretching kit.
- Jojoba oil, coconut oil or vitamin E oil
- Cotton pads
- Bio-oil or Haemorrhoid cream for scarring
Reducing your Gauge Size
Once you have gathered all your supplies, you can get to the bit you’re here for – shrinking your ears!
The first step is to simply remove your current tunnel or plug.
Now whilst your plug/tunnel is out, massage your ear with jojoba oil, coconut oil or vitamin E oil. This will help moisten the skin and reduce scarring.
Now, simply insert a plug or tunnel which is one gauge size down from your current one. or example if you are currently 00G, then you need to switch to 0G.
You should wait about a week until you next gauge down. You need to allow your skin to shrink to the size of the plug you have put in.
Speeding up the Healing Process
Whilst you are waiting for the week to pass so you can gauge down again, there are other steps you can take to help your ears to close up that little bit quicker.
Here are some ways to heal up quicker:
Keep your ears clean
You will want to cleanse your ear holes using a saline solution. You can apply it to your ear using a cotton pad.
To make saline solution, all you need to do is mix a quarter of a teaspoon of sea salt into a cup of luke-warm water.
You could also use one of the specially designed piercing aftercare solutions available here.
Massage your ears daily
For this massage, your best bet is to use the jojoba oil/coconut oil you use for gauging down. Like I said, you should do this once a day, I would recommend doing it in the morning but it doesn’t matter too much.
Simply apply the oil to your ear and massage the lobe in a circular motion. Just do this for a couple of minutes, that should be enough.
You should also massage your ears whilst you are in the shower. This will also help to stimulate blood-flow.
Use Bio-Oil or haemorrhoid cream
This may sound bizarre but haemorrhoid cream is one of the best topical solutions you can get for reduction of scar tissue. Bio-Oil is highly effective too. Take your pick which one you use out of these two easy to find solutions.
All you need to do is massage the cream/oil into your ear, make sure to cover all the areas of hardened scar tissue. This will soften it up and allow easier and quicker healing. Hard scar tissue prevents the skin from healing back together properly, this is due to the skin being less elastic.
Do this at least every other day, preferably daily and you will start to see results. It will be worth it and it will make a big difference.
Use light-weight plugs or tunnels
Heavy plugs will only weigh down your ears and stop them from being able to shrink properly.
You should opt for tunnels as they are hollow and therefore lighter. Acrylic is fine to use whilst shrinking your earsbut I would still suggest wearing stainless steel or titanium.
If you need to hide your stretched ears in the meantime, you could always use flesh coloured ears plugs.
Take your time and follow this guide closely and it won’t be too long until your ears are back to their normal size.
Once your ears are back to normal you will be able to wear normal and dangly earrings again, like the old days.
You will need to allow a good few weeks or even months for your ears to look normal again, depending on how large you have stretched them. You cannot rush your body’s healing process.
If you really cannot wait this long, the only other option is to have surgery to correct your ear lobes.
I hope you found this guide helpful and have found all the information you need. If you have any tips or questions on closing stretched ears, please leave a comment below.