Clean your piercings
Your skin secrets a natural oil called sebum which can mix with the dead cells in your piercings and cause a buildup. This buildup serves as a great environment for bacteria to thrive and hence you end up with the foul smell.
Considering this, how do I stop my earrings from smelling?
You can get rid of the smell by taking your earring out; gently cleaning both the jewellery and the site of the piercing and letting your ear have a short break from wearing them.
Similarly one may ask, what is the gunk on my earrings?
“Earring posts can accumulate retained skin oils that help yeast, fungus, and bacteria overgrow,” explains Ciraldo. You might think a simple shampoo in the shower is enough to wash away that gunk, but even leftover hair products can build up around the earring post and accumulate in and around that tiny earring hole.
Why do piercings get crusty?
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.
Hydrogen peroxide is a great option for jewelry cleaning. It acts as a disinfectant and washes away grime. If your earrings need a quick sprucing up, put some peroxide on a cotton pad, then carefully use the pad to clean all over the earring.
Generously coat your silver earrings with baking soda. Boil water and pour it over your jewelry. Use just enough to create a paste-like consistency. Using a soft brush like a paintbrush or soft toothbrush, gently scrub the jewelry to help loosen the dirt and oxides.
Is there a weird dark spot around your piercing? The cause of a gray or black piercing hole is usually jewelry made with improper or inferior metals that turn your skin black, gray, bluish-gray, or grayish-black in color. “Argyria” is the proper term for this condition caused by exposure to silver or silver compounds.
Wash hands thoroughly before touching the ears or the earrings. Use a cotton swab (Q-tip) with salt water to clean the area around the hole twice a day. Some recommend using hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, or antibiotic ointment but salt water disinfects and is less damaging to the skin tissue.
The general rule of thumb is to avoid sleeping in earrings, with one exception: when you get a new piercing. … But if your piercings are older, avoid wearing earrings made with nickel overnight, as well as large hoops and dangle or drop-style earrings. These could increase your risk of painful side effects.
“You can potentially damage your jewelry by constantly wearing it, but there are no major health risks to wearing jewelry every day, which includes sleeping and showering,” she says (unless you’re wearing costume jewelry, but we’ll get to that later).
Without the piercing stud or jewelry, a new ear piercing may close too fast, either overnight or after a few days. … So, on the off chance that you get the piercing stud out too soon and before it heals fully, the epithelial tissue from the other side of the piercing will coalesce and close up the hole.
Due to the type of puncture wound a piercing is, it’s important to remove the crust that develops around your earring or on the outside of your piercing. … An infection will only happen if you pick at the scab with unclean hands as this is how bacteria and germs get introduced to the open wound.
Dip a cotton ball or cotton swab into a capful of rubbing alcohol or specialized piercing and earring cleaning solution and apply to the front and back of the earlobes and the earring. Gently rotate the earring in the ear for several turns. Repeat this process once or twice each day until the holes have healed.