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Ear Piercing- Types and Healing

Among the variety of all body piercing types, ear piercing is one of the most popular and it in its turn has own types depending on the placement of piercing on the ear. Most celebrities, especially rock-stars and film-stars choose ear jewelry because their faces are most frequently on the screens and magazine's binders. It's easier to show one's style and individuality wearing the jewelry that is always in sight. Think how often we look in the eyes and face of each other. And we'll definitely notice shining and stylish jewelry in the ears.
The idea of piercing the ears started long time ago in ancient tribes and it has developed to become so popular nowadays. Some African and South pacific cultures had tradition of large gauge ear piercing and in some cultures thin ear jewelry were worn for the sake of beauty. In our days people know multiple types of ear piercing and here are the most popular of them:

  1. Earlobe piercing. This piercing is one of the easiest and fastest to heal as the soft tissue at the ear's bottom is pierced. Small gauge earlobe piercing is extremely popular among women and men and small children. Classical and elegant ear jewelry is worn by millions of people every day. And large gauge ear lobe piercing is also popular though mainly in definite cultures (rock, etc.).
  2. Tragus piercing. The small chunk of cartilage near the opening of the ear is pierced.
  3. Anti-tragus piercing. The piece of cartilage adjacent the tragus is pierced. This type of ear piercing has been rather rare but nowadays its popularity is growing.
  4. Conch piercing. The shell of the ear is pierced. This ear piercing type requires advanced medical and piercing training and can be quite complicated.
  5. Daith piercing. The ear cartilage is pierced.
  6. Helix piercing. The rim at the top of the ear is pierced and in Western culture its popularity is growing day by day.
  7. Rook piercing. The antihelix of the ear is pierced. It's rather painful but looks amazingly unusual especially due to the fact that not all people have such fold in the ears.

Standard methods of ear piercing require special sterile piercing needles of definite gauge size. Other methods include dermal punching, indwelling cannula and piercing gun. Procedure with piercing needles is the safest nowadays and if you are going to pierce your ears make sure that your pierces wears new sterile gloves and take new sterile piercing needle to perform your piercing. Surgical stainless steel and titanium ear jewelry is the ideal choice for initial piercing.
And of course, as well as any other piercing, ear piercing requires special aftercare. If you follow all recommendations, your ear piercing will completely heal within 8 to 10 weeks. Clean your piercing at least once (and better twice) a day, rinse it with saline, avoid the contact of hairs with your fresh piercing. To avoid inflammation and irritation, use dye-free or perfume-free shampoos and other hair products during healing period. Your pillowcase should be clean as well as your hands before you touch the piercing. To fasten healing process, have zinc and vitamin B. On healing piercing you shouldn't use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, ointments and hazel. Try not to keep telephones, headphones, glasses and hats to avoid irritation and infection.
With healthy and healed ear piercing and beautiful jewelry matching your style, you'll look great!