How to Close Stretched Ears Fast – The Non-Surgical & Safe Method

How to Close Stretched Ears Fast

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!

Make sure you wait at least a month in between stretches, never stretch without lubrication and avoid acrylic tapers, plugs and tunnels (I recommend titanium or stainless steel).

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

Reducing your Gauge Size

Accurate Ear Gauge Size Chart
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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

Jojoba OilIt has been proven by science that certain massage techniques can help scar tissue to heal by stimulating blood-flow to the area.

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

Bio-OilThis 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.

To Summarize

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.

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26 Comments on How to Close Stretched Ears Fast – The Non-Surgical & Safe Method

  1. I have always thought about stretching but the main thing that stopped me is the fear that I would get bored of it some day. Having this information is great. If I do decide to stretch, how far up do you think I could go with the possibility of getting back to “normal”?

    • Hi Christian.

      The absolute largest you will be able to stretch to without permanent damage would be 00G (10mm or 3/8″). Although I would not suggest going much larger than 2G (6.5mm or 1/4″) if you are not sure if you would keep your ears stretched long term, just to err on the side of caution.

      Just as long as you use a safe ear stretching method, do not rush it and do not go too big, you will not have any problems.

      I hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Hi Hannah,
    I must admit I know nothing about stretched ears. Sure, I have seen some strange looking things in peoples ears and wondered how they did it and if it was painful, but that’s where my curiosity stopped until I came across your articles. Now I have read your posts on ear stretching and on closing stretched ears, I am a little wiser and thankfully it doesn’t seem to be too painful.
    I am glad it’s possible return ears to their normal or near normal size without surgery. I’m sure many people will be reassured by this.

    • Hey Peter.

      I’m glad you have learned a couple of things from my article. Thanks very much for stopping by, much appreciated


  3. I’d never try ear plugs, but it’s interesting to know that it’s possible to have someone’s ears return back to normal size given the proper techniques. I always thought it would always just be forever stretched unless you do surgery.

    So this information would be very helpful for those who regret this decision or perhaps need to update their image for professionalism.

    • Hi Tim.

      Being able to return the ears back to normal certainly makes stretching them in the first place a much less drastic move.

      I’m glad you feel this information will be of help to people. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. More great tips and advice on how to return your stretched ears back to normal. I’m sure anyone visiting your site will benefit greatly from all the advice you provide. Really well done and laid out in an easy to understand manner. Thank you 🙂

  5. This was very interesting. I always wondered how people got those big earring in their ears. I thought it must hurt, I also wondered if they would stay that way forever. While ear stretching is not for me, I found your post very informative.

    I have stretched the holes in my ears from wearing super heavy earrings. Is there a way to fix that too? Just curious.

    Thanks for the informative post. I learned a ton.

    • Hi Melody.

      There is a way to fix ears which have been stretched by heavy earrings. You could try wearing light weight earrings for a while and may allso want to massage some oil into your lobes.

      Hope that helps.


  6. I have known people who originally stretched big holes in their ear lobes, only to wish they hadn’t down the track. I don’t think many people are aware of methods and advice to shrink their ears back to normal. I think your post on this subject is not only informative and helpful, but responsible. It gives people options to reverse a process they may no longer want. Just like people might decide to one day remove a tattoo they’ve had for years. Good post.

    • Hey Darren.

      It’s a good thought not as many people having to go through life regretting their decision to stretch their ears (or any other part of their body). It’s even better to take comfort knowing it is possible to reverse it!

      Thanks for your input.

  7. I was so curious about stretching your ears and so I found your article. Amazing that you can close it again, I had no idea, but it is funny that our body does things like that.
    I am into health products but I am lacking knowledge about cremes etc, so I keep jojoba oil in mind, coconut oil and vitamin E and do some research about it. I’ll let you know what my finding are.

    Thanks for your article, it gave me inspiration.!

    • Hey Robert.

      The body is a fascinating thing! Jojoba oil, coconut oil and vitamin E re all excellent for the skin. They help heal scar tissue. Plus many other benefits.

      I would be very curious to hear what you find. Please do share!


  8. Hey I was wondering if I can close my ears back without using those smaller gauges. I am currently at 000 and i really want my pretty ear lobes back to normal without using smaller gauges.

    • Hey Tima. The best way to get your ears back to normal is to shrink slowly, going down a gauge size each time. You can skip a few gauge sizes here and there. The problem with this is that the more sizes you skip, the more mis-shapen your love will end up.

      Be patient and let your skin do its thing. Get some jojoba oil or vitamin E oil to help. This may take a while but your ears will shrink. There are plenty of pretty (and even dangly) ear plugs you can get. I will list some in an upcoming article!

      Thanks for reading.

  9. Hello, great post! I was wondering though, I did this when I took my plugs out years ago (over 5) and they still seem to be about a 14 ish gague. Should I re-gague it to one size up to create a tear then go back down sizes from there? Right now they’re fully healed up but I can’t wear studs because they almost go through the hole 🙁

  10. Hello! Great read for sure! 🙂 my ears are at a inch and a bit. And I’m slowly trying to bring them back to a 0g. This article was very helpful! Thank you

  11. I was going to go up another size to a 00g but I only did it in one ear and I didn’t like it so I put the 2g in but I didn’t know if it would so anything! This helped a lot, but I also read you shouldn’t keep wearing tapers, but they are light, would it still cause my ears damage? Or should I find plugs? They’ve been like this for almost 4 months now

    • Hi Sammie. If the tapers are light, they shouldn’t cause any issues. Although I would recommend you still find yourself some plugs. What are your tapers made from? If they are acrylic you should switch them up for some steel or titanium plugs.

      Hope this helps.

  12. I have a question about all this I done used all of these but I was at a 2 inch size plug a year go now my ears are at a half inch and won’t go past this . Is it cause when I was 12 when I frist started sizing up I blew my ear so bad that my ears looked like a cats buy . Any tips on to fix that problem . I need mine gone for a job that I been working on for many years to get and they need gone with in a month any tips

    • Hi Kayla. The problem you’re experiencing here is the scar tissue preventing your ear from healing up anymore. The best thing you can do is use the oils I suggested in the post to help soften up any hardened scar tissue. You may want to go to a dermatologist or even just a body piercer and ask their opinion.

      I hope you manage to heal your ears up in time.

  13. Hi Hannah, do these methods work if you want to shrink down lobe piercings which have been stretched unintentionally? I had my lobes pierced when I was 11, I’m now 17 and they’ve turned into small slits as opposed to little holes, and I want to get them back to how they should be without surgery, if I can… thank you!

    • Yes Natalie, these techniques work on unintentionally stretched ears too. In fact you should be able to get them to return to their normal size just through wearing very small and light studs and using vitamin E or jojoba oil. Massage the oil into the ear when you shower and you should see your ear starting to shrink. It may take a while but it will work if you have patience.

      Best of luck.

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