I am a piercing enthusiast not an addict. 

Can I stop getting piercings, YES, definitely.  Do I want to stop getting piercings? NO (lol). It is not about the pain for me but the pleasure I feel when I see new jewelry nesting in my body and of course it is an important part of my identity .

Today’s blog post will highlight every lesson I picked up on my piercing journey, the pain levels, risks and the healing process. This will include piercings that I have or have lost. 

Ear Lobe Piercings (2/10 pain level)

My ear lobe piercings are probably one of my easiest and first piercings. They did not hurt at all (maybe a little) because I remember getting two of them done with an earring. However I made a cardinal sin and got one done with a piercing gun and the healing process was probably one of the worst things to happen to me. I experienced bleeding and foul smelling green pus coming out of it. My ear was tender to touch and was swollen.  I visited my piercer and after a stern warning he changed the jewelry and prescribed warm salt soaks (Salt Soaks are dipping your piercings into warm saline solution for about 10 mins). After  2 months, my piercings were healed.

Notes

  • Do not use a piercing gun
  • Do not use alcohol or peroxide to clean your piercings

Tragus Piercing ( 4/10 pain level)

My tragus piercing set me on the path of curated piercings.  While more painful than my ear lobes piercing, it wasn’t unbearable. After a while, you tend to not feel any pain but more pressure on that part of the ear. It took 11 months to heal but got really itchy. I had a bump  (hypertrophic scar) that formed on it which was eventually punctured by my piercer but after consistent salt soaks, my tragus healed nicely and is one of my favourite piercings.

Notes

  • Avoid using earphones, earbuds, or any bluetooth device while your piercing heals. You may introduce germs into it.
  • Avoid touching or moving the piercing. 
  • Do not sleep on your piercing or apply pressure on it
  • Never use a piercing gun for any piercings

Helix Piercing (4/10 pain level)

This is a very trendy piercing and can be rocked by anyone.. Its pain level is similar to the tragus piercing but can take longer to heal. It was a very difficult piercing for me and took about 14 months to heal. I am a side sleeper so I might have slept on this piercing too many times and will wake up to blood stained pillow cases.  Be careful not to bump or irritate this piercing as you can form a bump on it. Salt soaks are your best friends when healing any piercings. Adhere to them religiously. 

Notes

  • Avoid using earphones, earbuds, or any bluetooth device while your piercing heals. You may introduce germs into it.
  • Avoid touching or moving the piercing. 
  • Try not to let your hair or clothes snag on the piecing
  • Never use a piercing gun for any piercings

Daith Piercing (6/10 pain level)

While this piercing was not so painful, its placement made it uncomfortable hence it ranking high on my list. Unfortunately, this was the first piercing my body rejected. This happened because the puncture was shallow.  When a piercing begins to reject, you will notice that the amount of skin that is holding the jewellery in is thinner than before and the piercing is noticeably moving away from your body.

Notes

  • Visit a professional piercer or ask friends for recommendations

Conch Piercing (6/10 pain level)

Another piercing that was more uncomfortable than painful because of its position. I remember that I bled a lot when this cartilage was punctured. The healing process was fairly ok and it took approximately 16 months to heal completely. Avoid sleeping on your piercing and bumping on it because of its position. Adhere to the salt soaks to heal your piercings. Hypertrophic scars are common with this piercing but stick to your aftercare routine and it will heal nicely.

Notes

  • Avoid using earphones, earbuds, or any bluetooth device while your piercing heals. You may introduce germs into it.
  • Avoid touching or moving the piercing. 
  • Try not to let your hair or clothes snag on the piecing
  • Never use a piercing gun for any piercings

Sternum Piercing (7/10)

My favourite and vainest piercing to date. I remember the pain as hot and searing as it went through my chest. Unlike other piercings, the sternums are surface piercings that means they have an entry and exit point so it has a higher risk of rejection and infections. I loved this piercing so much even though it left me with a scar

Notes

  • Do it only for vibes, it’s not practical

Forward Helix Piercing (4/10)

A forward is placed on the outer (usually upper) cartilage closest to your face by being pierced through the forward-facing surface directly above the tragus. I got two of them done on the same day. It is similar to the helix piercing in terms of pain however its healing process is not a headache. Just like other piercings, avoid sleeping on it or touching it. 

Nose Piercing (8/10)

My most painful piercing yet is my nostril piercing. The pain was sharp , my eyes started to water ,  I couldn’t open them up and it took the piercer a long time to fit the jewelry through. This is a fairly new piercing so I will keep you updated on my progress. In the meantime, I take extra care when I am washing my face or applying makeup so I don’t snag on it or irritate the piercing. 

FINAL WORDS

Truthfully, the easiest part about getting a piercing is the needle going through your skin. The healing process can be hard and difficult hence the importance of a good aftercare practice so you do not get an infection. Make sure you visit a reputable piercer for your piercing, use the right jewelry (VERY IMPORTANT), clean your piercing twice a day with warm saline solution,  avoid touching or bumping it and most of all sleeping on it. NEVER EVER use a piercing gun