One of the problems which occurs with piercings from time to time is piercing rejection.
Piercing rejection is caused by the body perceiving the jewelry in your piercing as a foreign object and a possible threat to your health.
As a result this causes your skin to kill the tissue on top of the piercing in an effort to push the perceived thread out, this is known as piercing migration.
If this happens to you, it may cause pain and discomfort around the piercing area and in the long run you will be left with an unsightly scar.
The good news: it is possible to prevent piercing rejection!
Here’s some tips:
How to stop a piercing from rejecting
Prevention is better than cure
The same rule applies when it comes to preventing piercing rejection.
Here are some steps you can take to prevent your piercings from rejecting:
Choose your piercer wisely
When you get a piercing done you should make sure you go to a piercer you can trust to do a good job.
Ask them about their qualifications and experience.
Check their portfolio. Be sure to look at how successfully they can do piercing which are prone to rejection such as dermal, belly button and eyebrow piercings. Old piercings and fresh piercings – how did they turn out?
Assess the piercing you want for risk of rejection
Certain types of piercing are more likely to reject than others.
The piercings with the highest rate of rejection are the ones which are only held in by a thin layer of skin. Such as microdermal piercings and surface piercings, including the belly button and eyebrow.
If you do happen to get a high risk piercing done, you should opt for the largest possible gauge size. The average size a professional will use is 14G or 16G.
You should also get the piercer to check the piercing is at a sufficient depth in your skin.
Tell your piercer you are worried about your piercing rejecting. Any good piercer should know what to do to help prevent it!
Wear the right jewelry
For example wearing heavy jewelry with a small gauge size is more likely to cause migration than higher quality body jewelry which is specially designed so that the size and weight balance out.
You should also choose titanium over steel as the body is more likely to accept titanium as safe. Glass is also a good option.
If your piercing is freshly done, you should be cleansing twice a day!
You can either use saline solution or anti-bacterial soap. If you really want to be sure your piercing is getting a good cleansing, you should purchase yourself a piercing aftercare product or kit.
Even if you’ve had your piercing for a while, it is still good practice to cleanse it once a week. You should also clean your jewelry each time you clean your piercing.
Know the piercing rejection symptoms
- Sore, red and sensitive
- The hole appears bigger
- Skin on top of piercing is looking thinner than usual
- jewelry hanging differently in the hole
If you spot any of these symptoms, keep an eye on in for a few days. If the symptoms persist or worsen you should go and see your piercer so they can tell you what is going on and what can be done.
What to do if your piercing is rejecting
Once your body has started to reject a piercing, there is not really much you can do to reverse or even stop it.
If you have a piercing which has already started rejecting what you should go and see your piercer.
They will remove the jewelry in order to prevent scarring and other complications you could experience. You should not try to remove the jewelry yourself as it could cause the infection to get sealed inside the skin and turn into a cyst.
Well, you’ll be glad to hear that this is not the case.
Follow the above steps next time you get a piercing to be sure that your piercing does not reject.
If you are considering getting a piercing on a part of your body where you’ve experienced rejection before, you should take extra care to take all the precautions.
You might be better off just getting a lower risk piercing, such as some form of cartilage piercing.
It’s not only fresh piercings that can start rejecting. I know people who have had piercings which are well healed and over a year old start rejecting on them!
Some people’s immune systems are just naturally more sensitive so they are more prone to piercing rejection.
If you carefully select your piercer, your jewelry and the actual piercing you get, you will drastically lower the chance of your piercing getting rejected by your body!
If you have ever had a piercing reject on you or if you have any tips on how to stop a piercing from rejecting, let us know by leaving a comment.