Standard ear piercings are usually pierced at 20g or 18g. Gauge sizes go up (or down, depending on how you look at it) in even numbers from there, so the next largest size from an 18g is 16g, then 14g, then 12g, and so on. When you get to 0g, the next size is 00g (pronounced “double zero gauge”).
Keeping this in consideration, do fake gauges stretch your ears?
Do fake plugs/gauges stretch your ears? No – fake gauges / plugs do not stretch your ears. They fit into your regular piercing and give the illusion of having plugs.
Also, should you sleep with gauges in?
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.
Why do gauges stink?
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. To prevent this, a strict cleaning regiment is needed.
Stretching your ear safely shouldn’t cause sharp pain or bleeding. These are signs that you’re trying to stretch your ears too quickly.
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).
Any size larger than 00g would be referred to in millimeters or inches. If your ears were originally pierced with a gun, which is the common practice at mall booths, fashion stores or most general jewelers, then they were most likely pierced at between 18g and 16g. A 14g taper would be a good place to start stretching.
ONE PAIR of 16 gauge (1.2mm) FAKE plugs (also known as fake gauges). These plugs fit in a 16 gauge piercing, but give the illusion that you are wearing a 0 gauge (8mm) set of plugs. The back piece screws on so it is impossible to tell that they are fake.
You don’t need to rush through this process, but your ear should stretch pretty easily. 4. Once you have the taper through, you‘ll put the plug in right after.
Most earlobe piercings are made with a 20G needle, as are some nose piercings. An 18G needle can be used for earlobe piercings, nose piercings, as well as some cartilage piercings (e.g. forward helix). 18G earrings are great for many healed cartilage piercings.
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.
Wood is not an appropriate material to stretch ears with. Wood plugs should only be worn in completely healed ear lobes or piercings. Trust us, it is worth the wait. Wood is a porous material and it can harbor bacteria.