Self piercing can be quite dangerous and is not as easy as you may think.
Many people pierce their own ears. Unfortunately a large amount of these people end up regretting it when they’re left with a nasty infection to deal with.
The reason these home piercings go wrong so often is because not enough people take the care to do the piercing properly.
I would like to show you the proper method for piercing your ears, used by professionals. To help you out I have written this guide on how to pierce your ear lobe safely.
Do yourself a favor and read this guide before performing your own ear piercing. Think your decision through very carefully.
If you come to the final decision that you will do the piercing yourself, follow these instructions very closely to decrease the chance of it going wrong.
What you will need
You can purchase complete body piercing kits online, this would save you money.
What you need to pierce your ear safely:
- A surgical grade stainless steel hollow piercing needle (18G or 16G)
- Medical gloves – latex
- Steel or titanium implantation stud, Ball Closure Ring or any other high quality jewelry
- A skin marker
- Stainless steel ear piercing forceps clamp
- Aftercare supplies
- Alcohol swabs (The aftercare kit above comes with swabs)
Do not use a safety pin, sewing needle or anything of the sort as it is not sterile!
Note: Before you pierce your ear your should wash your hands thoroughly.
Choose what type of jewelry you would like to wear in your ear after piercing it.
The jewelry you pick should be made of either steel or titanium. Barbells or Ball Closure Rings are best for new piercings.
The jewelry should be one gauge size smaller than the needle. So for example if you are using a 16G needle, you should go for a 17G, or failing that, an 18G piece of jewelry.
Sterilize your equipment
Before you pierce your ear, you should sterilize your piercing needle and chosen jewelry.
Yes, it was in a sterile package but it is a good practice to sterilize it yourself just to be sure.
- Take your stainless steel hollow piercing needle out of the sterile package it came in.
- Boil some water and pour it in a bowl.
- Place your needle and jewelry in the boiling water.
- Leave to soak for 35 to 45 minutes.
There are many more techniques for cleaning your jewelry and equipment. You can view all the sterilization methods here.
Prep your ears
If you have long hair you should brush it right out of the way of the area you are piercing. Tie it back in a ponytail or use hair clips to secure it.
Now you need to clean your ear thoroughly using your sterile swabs. Be sure to clean both the front and back.
You receive swabs with most professional piercing kits. You can also get a pack of 20 swabs as part of the EasyPiercing Care Kit.
Mark the spot
You should use a surgical skin marker to do this.
If you have other piercings on your ear already, you do not want to place the dot too close to them. Your ear could end up over-crowded making cleansing difficult and leaving little room to wear jewelry in both piercings.
Piercing the ear
Once you have fully prepared your equipment and your ear you can proceed to doing the piercing.
There are a few safe methods of doing this. I will teach you the method used by professional piercers.
Note: You will need a mirror if you don’t have a friend who can help you out.
- Clamp the forcep onto your ear. Position it over the dot marking the position you want your piercing in. The dot should be visible through the hole in the forcep clamp.
- With your ear secured in the forcep clamp, push the needle through the skin where the dot is located. The needle should emerge from the back of the ear. This should be a rapid movement so that the needle can get right the way through.
- Hold the clamp in place over your ear whilst you get your jewelry ready.
- Insert your jewelry into the end of the hollow needle (whilst the needle is still is your ear). Your chosen jewelry should be one or two gauge sizes smaller than the needle, so should fit perfectly. If it does not fit, then you must accurately line the jewelry up with the end of the needle.
- Push the needle right through ear. The jewelry still in the end of the needle.
- Keep pushing it through until the jewelry enters the ear piercing.
- Now pull the needle out from the back of your ear, leaving just the jewelry in the piercing.
- Secure the jewelry so it stays in place. This procedure will vary slightly between different types of jewelry.
Repeat the process for the other ear if necessary.
Take care when following these steps. Take your time and just push it through gently. It should go through fairly easily.
Once you have pierced your ears you should take very good care of your new piercings.
You will need to cleanse them two or three times daily for the next 6 to 8 weeks. This is the average healing time for an ear lobe piercing.
Cleansing your ear lobe piercing – the different methods
There are a couple of effective methods of cleaning ear piercings.
Use whichever one suits you best.
There are several aftercare products on the market, each serving a different purpose.
I would suggest you buy yourself a complete aftercare kit.
In my opinion this would be the best way to keep your piercing in top condition and to prevent infection.
One the most convenient methods of cleansing your piercing is by using saline solution.
All you need is warm water and a teaspoon of sea salt.
Here’s some instructions:
- Make some saline solution. All you need to do is mix a quarter of a teaspoon of sea salt or a full teaspoon of table salt into a glass of warm water.
- Use a Q-tip to apply the salty water to each of your new piercings. Front and back of the ear.
- Rinse with running water.
- Dry your ear thoroughly. Don’t forget to dry the back of your ear.
An effective and simple cleaning method.
The soap you use should be fragrance free and alcohol free.
All you need to do is apply the anti-bacterial soap to your ear piercing, give it a good wash and then rinse it off.
Be sure to dry it thoroughly afterwards.
Again, remember to wash and to dry both the front and the back of the ear and the piercing itself
All I really have to say to you is take care if you decide to pierce your ear!
Purchase yourself a professional piercing kit.
If you’ve already done the piercing, I hope you found my guide helpful and haven’t experienced any problems.
Now all you need to do is stick at a strict aftercare routine for the next 6 to 8 weeks. Clean your piercings twice or three times a day.
I really hope you enjoyed this post!
If you have any questions, tips or problems related to this article, feel free to leave a comment below.