Titanium is another choice that is widely considered to be one of the best for ear stretching and for fresh stretches. While similar in feel and appearance to steel, Titanium is lighter and often a better choice for those with sensitive skin.
Moreover, what materials are good for stretched ears?
- Acrylic is affordable and easy to find.
- Steel is slightly more expensive but durable.
- Titanium is like steel but lighter and less likely to irritate your ears.
- Silicone is a hypoallergenic material. …
- Organic options include glass, finished wood, polished stone, or any nonartificial materials.
Furthermore, are silicone gauges bad for your 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.
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. … If you do end up blowing your ears out, take out the new jewelry and put in a smaller gauge of jewelry.
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).
But you still should avoid them on healing ears
Acrylic is only intended for healed piercings because it is porous by nature. … Still, we would always advise you to go for materials that are safe for healing ears and leave acrylic plugs and tunnels for the final size of your stretched ears once they are fully healed.
First, apply 3-5 drops of oil to the front and back of your piercing and gently slide the stretching taper in until you experience mild discomfort. If your skin turns white around the taper, back the taper up slightly – a white ring of skin is a sign that you’re stretching too fast!
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.
However, there isn’t a way to sterilize it, so acrylic carries a higher risk of holding or transferring bacteria. The surface of acrylic can also get scratched more easily than metal, so be sure there are no rough spots that will damage your skin before using an acrylic taper for stretching your ear.
Many clients report issues stretching while wearing acrylic, and their lobes always staying tight, and irritated. Acrylic jewelry is porous, and often turns colors and yellows with extended wear, it also harbors bacteria, dirt and oils, and dead skin cells.
It is recommended that you wait at least 6 weeks in between stretches. This will give your earlobes time to heal up and become a little loose. However, we recommend that you wait 2-6 months between each stretch.
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.
If you stretch your lobe to 00g or smaller, you are a much better candidate for your ear going back to “normal”. … If you stretched your ear a year ago or a few months ago, your ear has a much better chance of shrinking back to its original size than if it has been stretched and fully healed for several years.