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Herein, what do ear gauges symbolize?
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.
Also to know is, does gauging your 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.
How long does it take to gauge ears?
around 4 months
Many piercers agree that you shouldn’t go beyond 2G or 0G for the best chances of your ears going back to normal. If it’s very important to you that your ears go back to normal, then you should probably stick to even smaller gauges, since healing at those sizes still isn’t guaranteed.
Your body secretes a substance called sebum, sebum is an oily secretion which helps your skin keep lubricated and keep it waterproof. The sebum mixes with the dead skin cells between your ear and the jewellery to make this unpleasant odour.
People with gauges who choose to undergo earlobe repair surgery are looking to reverse course and restore their ears to their original shape. However, as a result of having stretched their earlobes so dramatically, the skin cannot retract to its former shape without help from a surgeon.
I recommend you sleep with your plugs in your ears. Sleeping without them can cause irritation, dryness, and cracking. (This could just be my preference.) Once your ears completely heal, purchase a pair of wood plugs.
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).
Are silicone tunnels bad for your ears? Silicone tunnels are not bad for your ears so long as you have healed ears. It is a very lightweight and comfortable material for most people. If you have irritated lobes or have had any bad reactions to silicone before it should be avoided.