Gauging Your Ears Yourself: The Do's and Dont's
Gauging Your Ears At Home: The Do's and Dont's of gauging
Some of us are too stubborn to go to someoe and have to pay to gauge our ears after piercing them. Although, I think to start you should have someone intitiate it for you, here's how to gauge at home WITHOUT messing up your ears competely!
Gauging or Stretching
So, you're thinking about gauging, or stretching, your ears and you want to know how to do it? First, stop and think if it is something you truly want to do. If the answer is yes then I can give you some advice on how to gauge without messing up your ear lobes entirely. To start ALWAYS use tapers to gauge up. Using a plug to size up is ignorant and is a great way to blow your ear out, and I am speaking from experience. When I first started gauging my ears I used plugs and messed them up so that every time I gauge up, using a taper and doing it the right way, my ear blows out. It has taken me more time to get to the size I am at because of using a plug in the beginning. Second, DON'T RUSH!!!! Every time you size up, it is like opening a new wound in your ear, so give it time to heal. I wait about 2-3 weeks before each sizing but everyone's body heals differently. To start, give your lobe's about a month to heal and prepare for the next size. Yes, it's time consuming but in the end it will make the process ten times easier.
Now on to actual sizing. I suggest starting with a size 16 taper. Without knowing what i was doing I put in a size 14 to start. It was painful and took longer to heal. After time to heal just continue in size, 16,14,12,10,8,6,4,2,0,00,7/16,5/8,3/4 and so on... another suggestion, DO NOT SKIP SIZES!! I have skipped sizes and once again regret doing so. It is more than likely going to tear the inside of your ear lobe and it is incredibly painful. Always remember to put some sort of ointment on the taper before you gauge it in order to make it easier to go through your lobe. Gauging with dry tapers is not only dumb but difficult and causes many issues with tearing and infection. Never leave a taper in for more than a day. After 24 hours of having in a taper replace it with a plug. Gauges are not like most piercings and will not close immediately. It will give you the time you need to replace it, now I am in no way saying it won't hurt. Sometimes it does and other times it doesn't. It depends on the care your taking of your lobe.
CLEANING: Make sure to clean your newly gauged lobe at least twice a day if not more. I normally clean mine five or six times depending on how new it is. Use antibacterial soap or piercing cleaner and clean q-tips or cotton balls. Keeping your lobes clean is also a very important part of gauging. Not cleaning them can lead to infection and/or loss of your ear lobe.
WARNING ABOUT SILICONE: If at all possible, STAY AWAY FROM USING SILICONE! Silicone has a very specific way to be able to be used in gauging. Many of my friends have used silicone to size up and have in turn really messed up there lobes because they didn't know how to use it correctly. My suggestion? JUST DON'T USE IT! It causes major infections and blown lobes. Just within the last week a friend of mine had to remove her gauges all together because the silicone had really messed up and infected her lobes.
RECAP: Start small, use tapers, take your time, don't skip sizes, keep it clean, and don't use silicone.
IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT IN YOUR ABILITY TO GAUGE YOUR OWN EARS PROPERLY HAVE A PROFESSIONAL PIERCER GAUGE THEM FOR YOU!!!!
Good luck and hope they turn out beautifully!!!
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