Five things to know before getting your ears pierced

Thinking about getting your ears pierced? Here’s everything you need to know.

Getting your ears pierced is an important milestone for many people – for personal and cultural reasons.

While it’s usually a common and safe process, there are some important things to consider to make sure it goes smoothly.

Don’t touch ears after piercing

It’s tempting to play with your new earrings, but Piercing Perfection owner Sharon Eves warns touching healing ears is one of the main causes of infection.

“At the end of the day, you wouldn’t touch a surgical wound, so just leave them alone and make sure they’re clean,” Sharon says.

“A lot of people still think you have to turn earrings, but you don’t because it breaks the surface layer of skin that’s trying to heal.”

Don’t get too many ear piercings at once

Having multiple holes is the fashion but getting too many piercings at the same time is not ideal, CB Ink Tattoo piercing specialist Siaan Sanders says.

“I recommend only three piercings in the one ear at a time,” Siaan says.

“The more holes your body has to heal, the longer it’ll take.”

How old should you be to get your ears pierced?

There’s no minimum age a child can get their ears pierced – as long as they have parental permission.

But some piercers refuse to carry out the process on a child under three months old.

Sharon says some piercing specialists frown on giving earrings to young children.

“When you can’t give informed consent, if it’s your parent’s decision and not yours, then I absolutely wouldn’t move forward with that,” Sharon says.

Siaan points out that aftercare with toddlers can be problematic.

Some jewellery can trigger sensitivity or allergic reactions

New earrings look great, but some people can have allergic reactions to different jewellery.

“With the initial piercing, we recommend titanium, that gives the best chance of healing and fewer reactions,” Siaan says.

“People commonly have reactions to nickel earrings, even if it’s healed, but everyone’s body is different.”

Should you choose a needle or piercing gun?

Piercing guns are common, but Sharon warns against using them.

“The most important thing is to go see a trained professional who uses needles rather than guns,” Sharon says.

“For one thing, guns can’t be sterilised.

“Also, they blast through the skin tissue rather than creating a hole, which can lead to problems and repetitive infections.”

Written by Alex White.