The smaller the gauge number, the larger the size of the piercing hole. Once your initial piercing is fully healed, you can have a professional gauge your piercing for about $5 per stretch plus the cost of larger jewelry.
Likewise, how big can you gauge your ears the first time?
What size do you stretch to first? When you start stretching your ears, you will most commonly get a 14 gauge piercing size. Once you decide on stretching you‘ll then increase to a size 12 gauge (2mm) taper. If you‘ve had pierced ears for some time you may find that you‘ve already stretched your ears slightly.
In this way, does gauging ears hurt?
Stretching your ear safely shouldn’t cause sharp pain or bleeding. These are signs that you’re trying to stretch your ears too quickly.
Do gauges smell?
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. … Not only do you need to clean the gauge itself, but also your ear.
Both men and women are pierced at an early age and brass weights are hung to stretch the ears. Those in the tribe with long stretched lobes are well respected. The longer the ears were stretched, the more revered a person would become to the tribe.
If it’s too tight, what you’ll do is tear the skin off the inside of your hole. This is painful and incredibly unpleasant and bloody. Repeat until you get the taper all the way in. Leave it for at least a couple of hours, ideally overnight.
Because your ear lobes have healed around the tunnel, plug, or taper you used to stretch the ear, your ears will never completely close. Keep in mind that your best expectation is to shrink the size of the holes. If you experienced tearing, infections, or blowouts, your ears may not shrink as much.
Lubricant: You’ll also want a lubricant. Olive oil is one of my favorites (it’s cheap and softens the skin). … Lastly, unscented vitamin E oil is also a great option (just go with olive oil or jojoba oil).
They are Not a Stretching Tool!
All ear weights are is another accessory for your ear. If you’re looking to stretch your ears you’re better off using plugs or tunnels. The way ear weights work in terms of stretching, is that they will only stretch the skin on the very bottom of your ear lobe.
Most professionals in the piercing world suggest going no larger than a 0 gauge, preferably a 2 gauge, if you want your ears to shrink back to standard size. If you stop at this point, you should have no problem with your ears shrinking back.
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.
It may not be pleasant but never fear – stretched ear odour is completely normal and easy to get rid of. … Odour is the result of sebum and dead skin cells being trapped between your skin and jewellery. Your skin produces oil called sebum that keeps it soft and healthy, as well as shedding dead skin cells.
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.