Prolonged wear of silicone can also cause irritation or allergic reactions in some people because pollen and dust can stick to the surface. It’s important to keep the plugs and your ears clean to avoid this. Occasional oiling may also be necessary with either jojoba or coconut oil if your ears begin to feel dry.
Moreover, can you shower with silicone gauges?
Stretching your ears is much easier after a hot shower. … Customers also recommend using a natural oil or lubrication to help get your plugs in your ears. Do not use Silicon. When stretching, our customers all seem to say to stay away from acrylic and silicone.
Hereof, how do you know if your gauges are infected?
Here are some infection symptoms to watch out for:
- painful redness or swelling.
- bleeding from the piercing.
- cloudy yellow or green discharge from the piercing.
- lymph node swelling.
Why is silicone bad for ears?
Silicone is bacteria friendly
Silicone is not on that list of initial body jewelry as it has a habit of trapping bacterial in between the ear and the plug itself. Ear stretching with silicone can lead to blowouts, bacterial issues including intrusions and infections.
The reason your ear gauges smell bad is because they’re sitting in your ear. Your skin sheds almost every hour on the hour and all of those dead skin cells are left sitting on the gauge. Thus the stinky smell.
Keeping them out at night keeps your ears tight, so if they’re tight to begin with, I wouldn’t recommend it. No problem either way. If you go without plugs at night, your holes will tighten.
Silicone body jewellery is durable and easy to care for. Here are our guidelines to caring for your silicone flesh tunnels and plugs: Clean with mild soap and water. Ensure that all soap is rinsed away and allow drying before wearing.
Stretching Process (taper method)
Lubricant will make the taper super slick, so it will slide through easy. Lubricants make a stretch easier. While you’re out getting a new taper, get some Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil or GaugeGear Stretching Balm (Neosporin and Vaseline are not good lubes for ear stretching).
Initially you should purchase both tapers and long term ear stretching jewelry in the gauges you will be stretching to. Make sure you really like what you are buying as ideally they will be worn for at least a month before you gauge up to the next size.
Acrylic really isn’t a good material to use for stretching, or for wearing in general for that matter. The problem with acrylic is that it can’t properly be sterilized, breaks down over time & cracks, & is often toxic, & the heat from your body can cause it to break down & leach those toxins into your skin.
Crusting after body piercing is perfectly normal—this is just the result of your body trying to heal itself. 1? Dead blood cells and plasma make their way to the surface and then dry when exposed to air. While perfectly normal, these crusties do need to be cleaned carefully and thoroughly whenever you notice them.
Wet Ear. While uncommon, stretching with non-porous materials (typically glass) can occasionally result in a condition some piercers refer to as “wet ear.” This is where the skin in contact with the jewelry secretes too much fluid, creating a sticky, moist, “sweaty” layer between the ear and the jewelry.
These infections could cause sepsis. It’s for this reason that anyone who receives a tattoo or piercing must take special care to reduce the risk of contracting an infection. Sometimes incorrectly called blood poisoning, sepsis is the body’s often deadly response to infection.