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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

What is the best season to get pierced?

June 22, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Summer has finally arrived, and this is the perfect time to show off a new ear or body piercing, especially since probably your clothes won’t be hiding it. Lucky, every time I post a piercing-related article on this blog, you seem to like it, which is great; because I love writing about this topic. In this post, I want to talk to you about when to get pierced. Is there a better season to get a piercing? Keep reading to find out!

black and while photo of woman with ear piercings

When is the perfect time to get pierced? What are the seasonal pros and cons to consider before going through with a piercing? Whether you choose to get your piercing during the hot summer months or the cooler winter once depends primarily on your lifestyle.

After your piercing, you can expect a 25-60% chance of slight swelling within the first 3 days. Circulation will increase, and blood will rush to the area. Areas with better blood circulation, such as earlobes, lips, nose and nipples, may experience up to 60% chance of swelling. 

During the warmer seasons, the steady blood flow to the pierced area increases, which can even speed up the healing process and flush away toxins on the skin. Remember that most piercings take around 6-8 weeks to heal. Most people want to head to the beach or pool for a swim but keeping the pierced area clean and dry (during the healing process) is vital. Therefore, getting your piercing in the springtime will allow enough healing time to show it off in the summertime!

piercing tools

During the colder seasons, certain areas like the ears and nose experience reduced blood flow due to the cold. However, less blood flow also means less possibility of swelling. When you get a new piercing, it’s best not to touch it to allow it to heal. One of the many benefits of getting a new piercing in the wintertime is that wearing layers of clothes will help prevent you from touching a new piercing. Still, you should be mindful of what winter clothes you wear; you want to avoid clothing that will catch on your piercing or rub against it.

As long as you follow the piercing aftercare, you can get a new piercing whenever is most convenient for you. 

I hope you found this post helpful. Are you planning any new piercings in the near future? Let me know in the comment section below!

Talk to you soon...

Monday, September 20, 2021

How to style uneven earlobe piercings

September 20, 2021 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

As you can see from the current most popular posts in the sidebar, piercing-related articles are well-liked on this blog.

Today I want to talk to you about an unfortunate situation; that sadly is not that uncommon! Uneven piercings occur when one ear is pierced slightly higher or off to one side from the other. When this happens, the only way to correct the problem is to have one of your lobes re-pierced to match the other. First, the earrings must be removed, and the piercing must close before you can pierce it again. Healing generally takes six to eight weeks.

If a person only has one set of earlobe piercings, the best thing to do is getting one or both ears re-pierced. However, if the unevenness happens with a second or third set of lobe piercings, there can be other options.

If getting them re-pierced isn't an option for you, and you do not want any more piercings, your best option is mixing and matching your earrings. Having different shapes and sizes across your lobes could help offset the placement discrepancy. Furthermore, mismatched earrings are very trendy at the moment.

uneven lobe piercing with mismatched earrings

My lobes are pierced this way intentionally. I prefer an asymmetrical look!

uneven lobe piercing with same earrings

As you can see, when wearing the same jewellery on both ears, the unevenness is much more noticeable.

Alternatively, if you are open to the idea of adding more ear piercings, you could try a constellation piercing. This will make the uneven piercing look intentional. Constellation piercings are multiple piercings that are placed to create unique patterns that are reminiscent of star constellations in the sky. While constellation piercings can come about accidentally or by fixing an ill-placed piercing, they can also be deliberate.

If you are searching for an edgier option, you could also add another piercing to create an orbital! An orbital piercing is a combination of two ear piercings connected by one piece of jewellery, generally a hoop.

Remember, when getting a piercing, always check the marks in a mirror before approving the piercing. 

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

I've had my tragus piercing for almost 20 years! 😲

May 29, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Next Sunday I'll be celebrating my 36th birthday, and since I got my left tragus pierced when I was 16, this means that; I've had my tragus piercing for almost 20 years!  I do not remember the exact month but I remember that it was during the scholastic year, not the summer months.  I'm certain of this because I clearly remember my friends noticing my new piercing during class.  At the time, I was a student at Junior College, so I wasn't breaking any dress code rules.  This was the first piercing I got, other than my first lobe piercings.  You can find out more about my ear piercings, here.  

Since this is a piercing I get a lot of questions about, I decided to write this post to tell you everything you need to know about the tragus piercing.  

tragus and lobe piercings

Back in 2001, tragus piercing was not as common as it is today.  Some of you may be wondering; what is a tragus piercing and where is it located?  A tragus piercing is the perforation of the tragusthe small cartilage flap that partially covers the ear canal.  Due to its placement, not every ear is suitable for a tragus piercing.  Generally, fleshy areas, like lobe piercings,  are less painful than cartilage piercing, while thicker cartilage often means a more painful piercing, but the tragus is an exception.  Although the tragus is thick cartilage, it also has very few nerves.  This means that there is usually minimal pain.

Choosing a flat back earring is probably the safest option, however, rings and barbells are also very popular.  Keep in mind that, if the jewellery is too small or tight it can cause inflammation.  Generally, this piercing takes between 1 and 6 months to heal.  Mine healed surprisingly quickly.  As with any piercing, how you care for it will affect how long it takes to heal.  If you’re looking for an ear piercing that stands out from the rest, the tragus piercing is a great choice.

Do you have any cartilage piercings?  How old were you when you got your first cartilage piercing?  Leave a comment and let me know.

XOXO, Cosette

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Piercings and metal allergies

January 14, 2021 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today's topic was suggested by one of my readers.  This person left a message on one of my most popular blog posts: Misconceptions about ear piercings

There are several metals that are safe for body piercing and others that aren’t.  The wrong type of metal can stall the body’s healing process or cause an allergic reaction.  Nickel is a common culprit for skin irritation.  Contrary to popular belief, nickel is used in both inexpensive and expensive metals.  In less expensive jewellery, nickel is often used in the base metal which is then plated with gold or silver.  Even the smallest quantity of nickel can cause the skin to turn black, green, or another colour.

girl with ear piercings

Unlike some other allergic reactions, a nickel response happens slowly with repeated or prolonged exposure.  In most people, it causes excessive itchiness and a dry, scaly red rash; also known as allergic contact dermatitisThis kind of dermatitis (also called eczema) develops in places where nickel-containing metal is touching the skin.  Once a contact allergy is developed, it can occur after a few moments of contact with the allergen.  Approximately 20% of the U.S. population suffers from metal allergies, and that number continues to increase because so many people wear earrings that contain highly reactive metals.

Metal allergies are commonly associated with earrings and other jewellery, particularly jewellery associated with body piercings.  The best strategy to prevent developing a metal allergy is to avoid prolonged exposure to items containing nickel, especially jewellery.  

If you already have a metal allergy, the best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid contact with the metal.  Many people who suffer from metal allergies can stop their symptoms by switching to a purer metal, rather than an alloy.  Some people are only allergic to nickel, while others are allergic to copper, or any non-pure metal.

body piercer

Best metals for ear/body piercing
  • Surgical stainless steel is often a good choice for people with allergies, except in cases where people have hypersensitivity.  In this case, titanium should be used.
  • Titanium is a great metal for initial piercings; it’s comfortable due to being lightweight and it barely contains nickel. 
  • Niobium is similar to titanium but it’s heavier and softer.

Metals to avoid

  • Sterling silver is an alloy.  It is at least 92.5% silver, while the other 7.5% is usually copper, though it may also be nickel.
  • Iron not only rusts easily but also reacts very easily and can cause severe reactions. 
  • Plated gold flakes off and exposes the inner metal.
  • Low-grade metals such as copper, nickel, tin, zinc, and brass aren’t proper choices for body piercings.  They can cause allergic reactions and infections, or even cause the body to completely reject the piercing.

It’s always best to keep to safe metals to ensure proper healing.  Once the piercing is completely healed, you should purchase jewellery that is made of materials that aren’t likely to cause allergic reactions.  Look for jewellery made from such metals as nickel-free implant grade titanium, 18-karat yellow gold, or nickel-free 14-karat yellow gold.  Get rid of jewellery that contains nickel or has caused an allergic reaction.  Be sure that your earring backings also are made of hypoallergenic materials.  

I recently developed a metal allergy myself and now, I only wear stearling silver or 18-karet gold earrings.

Do you suffer from a metal allergy?  Which earring can you wear?  

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Five (5) fastest healing piercings

June 27, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

If you are interested in getting a piercing, there is a lot of thought that needs to go into your decision.  Will it hurt?  How long will it take to heal?  These are just two of the many questions you might have.  Besides the initial pinch, there's one main downside to getting pierced: the healing process.  

Cartilage piercings are very popular.  Cartilage is a connective tissue that is harder than the skin but softer than the bones.  Any ear piercing other than lobe piercing is a cartilage piercing.  Each cartilage piercing has a different name based on the area of cartilage that is being pierced.  Some of these piercings are the snug, upper helix, anti-helix, conch, orbital, daith, and tragus.  If you want more information about ear piercings, click here!  The most common cartilage piercing is the helix piercing.

However, cartilage piercings can take a lot of time to heal, depending on the placement of the piercing, it can be anywhere from four months to a yearCartilage is avascular, meaning there are no vessels to carry blood to cartilage tissue.  This lack of blood supply causes cartilage to heal very slowly.

During the healing time, the jewellery should be kept in and the piercing should be cleaned morning and night.  Healing your piercings properly requires care and patience and might seem intimidating for anyone who is getting pierced for the first time.  If you’re looking for a piercing that won’t have you committing to twelve months of pain and TLC here are the five fastest healing piercings!

1.  Navel 

Belly button piercings are located in an area of flesh that has a rich blood supply.  
More blood supply = quicker healing time!

Healing time: 4 - 6 weeks for initial healing

Belly button piercing

Belly button piercing

2.  Septum

Nose piercings are very popular but technically they are cartilage piercings and they take a little longer to heal.  On the other hand, when piercing the septum you’re piercing a small strip of tissue (called a "columella") in the skin that separates your two nostrils.

Healing Time (with columella): 1 to 3 months for initial healing

woman with a septum piercing

man with a septum piercing

Oral piercings from the tongue, the webbing underneath the tongue and behind the lips, and even the lips themselves are some of the fastest healing parts of our bodies! 

3.  Tongue 

The tongue has a rich supply of blood, meaning it should heal up quickly and easily. 

Healing Time: 3 to 4 weeks for initial healing

couple with tongue piercing

tongue piercing

4.  Lips

Lip piercings come in a ton of varieties: regular rings and studs, Monroe’s, labret, Medusa/philtrum piercings and vertical labret piercings.

Healing Time: 6 to 8 weeks for some/a few months for others

Lip piercing

Lip piercing

Bonus: Other oral piercings

Lip frenulum piercings like the smiley or frowny, or the webbing under the tongue are also very quick to heal.

Healing Time: 4 to10 weeks

web piercing

Note: Piercings that come into direct contact with your teeth can damage your teeth and gums!

5.  Earlobe

It's the most popular piercing for a reason!

Healing Time: 4 to 6 weeks for initial healing

Earlobe piercing

multiple ear piercings

These healing times are only suggestions.  Actual healing time depends on the individual.

Do you have any of the piercings on this list?  How long did it/they take to heal?

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Misconceptions about ear piercings

May 24, 2020 7 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk to you about some common misconceptions about ear piercings that just aren't accurate.  Although ear piercings are relatively common, there are a lot of misconceptions about them that are fairly widespread. 

1.  Ear piercings are straightforward.

They are popular but that doesn't mean they're simple.  While ear piercings are very common, they still involve some serious risks.  The most common (even though all are relatively uncommon) include:
  • Abscess
  • Allergic reaction
  • Perichondritis
  • Embedded earrings
  • Infection
  • Keloid scarring
  • Traumatic tearing

2.  Earrings have to be moved quite often.

This is one of the worst pieces of advice you can give to someone who decided to get a piercing.  Turning the earring regularly only makes the wound worse and inevitably, it takes longer to heal.

3.  If a piercing closes up, you can just pierce it again.

This is definitely not always recommended.  If a piercing is rejected, it should not be re-pierced.  Scar tissue is much weaker than healthy tissue, and much more painful to pierce through. 

4.  If you remove an earring, the piercing will heal right away.

This is another misconception.  People are different in many ways, including how fast they heal.  Some people might take out an earring and the hole closes within weeks.  However, others might have piercings that never close.

5.  Piercings are temporary.

Even if you take out the earring, the piercing will leave a mark.  Body jewellery may be temporary, but taking out an earring does not necessarily leave the skin behind smooth and unblemished.  Most piercings don’t magically disappear; scarring, bumps, depressions or holes may remain.

6.  Piercings are for teenagers.

For many people, the world of piercing is still associated with teenagers.  The truth is that people of all ages are getting pierced more than ever before.

7.  Ear piercings are basic /boring.

Piercing, nowadays, is being done on almost any body part.  However, ear piercing is something that is highly common and provides you with loads of options.  Here are some of those different types of ear piercing options…
  • Standard lobe piercing.  This is the type of piercing that is the most common
  • Upper lobe piercing
  • Transverse lobe piercing
  • Stacked lobe piercing
  • Auricle piercing
  • Conch piercing
  • Outer conch /Flat piercing
  • Helix piercing
  • Mid helix piercing
  • Low helix piercing
  • Anti-helix /Forward helix piercing
  • Industrial piercing
  • Tragus piercing
  • Anti-tragus piercing
  • Rook piercing
  • Faux rook piercing
  • Snug piercing
  • Faux snug piercing 
  • Orbital piercing
  • Daith piercing
  • Industrial piercing

ear piercing options

ear piercing options

Do you have any piercings?  Let me know what piercings you have in the comment section below.  If you want to know more about my ear piercings check out my previous posts: All about my ear piercings and New ear piercing and future piercings?

Have a great day!