If there is one piercing question I get asked all the time it’s got to be this: “how do I get rid of cartilage piercing bumps?”
Luckily there is a myriad of methods you can use to treat these bothersome bumps. Which are medically known as keloids.
This is what you’re going to be learning about today. Even if you don’t currently have this problem, it’s still worth learning about. You never know when a bump is going to start popping up on you or your friend’s helix piercing!
Try some of these methods of treatment. One of them will work for you. I guarantee you!
Salt Water Soak
Saline solution is powerful stuff. It’s stupidly easy to make. You probably have the two ingredients already.
All you need to do is stir a quarter of a teaspoon of sea salt or rock salt into a glass of warm water.
You then take a cotton pad and soak it in the salty liquid.
Apply the salty liquid to your piercing and the bump and let the salt work its magic!
Not much else needs to be said about this one. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve given you guys these instructions now. It will come in handy though!
Note: If you want to give that little bit of extra care, invest in the EasyPiercing Saline Solution. It is worth your money!
Tea Tree Oil
If you intend on using this method of treatment, make sure you use 100% pure tea tree oil. Any other ingredients could worsen the problem and may irritate your skin even more!
All you need to do is apply the oil directly to the affected area using a cotton swab (q-tip).
If your skin is sensitive, dilute the oil with water.
Chamomile Salt Soak
Most of us have used chamomile to soothe and relax our body and mind before bed.
Chamomile is a versatile herb. The soothing properties are not limited to the mind and muscles. It is also soothing and calming to the skin.
Simply brew yourself a cup of chamomile. Except you will not be adding a sweetener as you usually would. Instead you will be adding a quarter of a teaspoon of sea salt or rock salt! This will soothe your skin and fight infection as the same time! You will definitely see the benefits.
Apply the brew to your skin using a cotton swab three times a day. You will start to see results within a couple of weeks!
Aspirin is known for its health benefits. It is also said that it can be used to treat keloids.
A simple yet effective treatment you should definitely try!
- All you need to do is crush up an aspirin tablet. Mix it in with a small amount of water to form a paste.
- Apply the paste to the bump on your piercing.
- Then just wash it off using a sea salt soak.
The anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin should have your keloid reducing in size in no time!
Honey is a powerful antiseptic. Infections don’t stand a chance once you add honey to your arsenal! It is also great for use on sensitive skin due to the fact that it is natural and gentle.
All you need to do here is apply a dab of honey to the bump 3 times a day.
You could even try adding some honey to your chamomile and sea salt brew (see recipe above) for that extra antiseptic kick!
Lemons. Natures way of keeping everything fresh!
Not everyone has success with this method, but some people swear by it!
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a cup. Dilute it with 50% water.
Apply it to your piercing using a q-tip.
Monitor your results over the course of two or three weeks. If you see a difference, keep it up. If not, try something else!
As with anything else in life, prevention is always better than cure!
Instead of going through all the hassle of treating a keloid bump, why not prevent yourself from getting one altogether?
Wear the Right Jewelry
First off, consider what material your jewelry is made of. Avoid steel. This includes the highest quality surgical grade stainless steel. Stick to titanium as it causes less irritation and is much more suited to use in the skin.
make sure jewelry fits properly. Also, wear the right style of ring or barbell for your piercing. Read more about this here.
Avoid earrings with butterfly backs!
NEVER Get Pierced With a Gun!
Piercing guns unsafe. End of story!
Getting pierced with a gun can shatter cartilage. This is because a gun uses brute force to pierce the skin. This is bound to cause problems down the line. Particularly if you are prone to getting keloids!
Needles are much safer. Any certified piercer who is worthy of getting pierced by will only use needles.
Be Nice to Your Piercing and it Will be Nice to You!
You may think I’m stating the obvious. I’m often shocked by how some people treat their piercings though. Without even realising they are doing anything wrong!
Here’s some tips:
- Do not let the jewelry get caught in clothes or hair.
- Don’t let it get bumped or knocked about.
- Cleanse it thoroughly during the healing period.
- Do not cleanse using alcohol or other strong chemicals.
To Sum Up!
Cartilage piercings are stylish and suit everyone. They make for a unique and fun way of decorating the ear.
Dont let the risk of bumps put you off of getting one done. Keep in mind that keloids can easily be prevented. Also, some people are more prone than others. If you have never had a keloid before, chances are you will never get one.
I hope you found this article helpful!
Do you get keloids on your piercings? If so, how do you treat them and what works best? Join in the conversation below by leaving a comment.