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Anonymous said: Do you know anything about using Naked Oil for ear lobe massages? (it's a blend of castor seed oil, lavender essential oil, and tea tree oil)
It is actually sold on the Body Art Forms website! This is what it says about this product:
A great way to nurture and heal your piercing naturally. Skin is contantly creating its own oil to help carry away bacteria and keep out environmental toxins. When this is disrupted, by body piercing or any other type of irritation or abrasions, the body needs help to regenerate new skin cells at the surface. Lavender has both an anti-inflammatory and cicatrizing (wound healing) effect. It is also a mild anesthetic, which soothes irritated skin. Tea tree oil aids in dissolving lumps of white blood cells at the surface, which form pus, and allows your bloodstream to clean them away. Castor oil stimulates your lymphatic systems, encouring rapid healing.”
It’s absolutely fine for using for massages. Just make sure when you massage your lobes you’re using either clean or gloved hands!
Anonymous said: So I've had a severe allergic reaction with my lobes and they have swollen double in size, I do sea salt soaks a massages with emu oil. I only wear glass jewelry so I'm unsure as to what caused the reaction. Any information would be much apprieciated
The only thing that I can think of is your lobes disagree with the emu oil. Try switching to Jojoba or Vitamin E (other products you can try are Holey Butt’r, A&D ointment, and 100% pure shea butter).
Also, make sure your sea salt solution has the right ratio of salt to water. The recipe is 1/4 tea spoon per each cup of water; less than that does virtually nothing and more than that can dry you out and damage your piercings. I hope this was helpful!
darthbobbsnobbs said: My mom gave me a bunch of sixteen gauge eyebrow rings. However I do not have an eyebrow piercing and was wondering if I could wear it in my septum piercing? (it is also a sixteen gauge). My main concern was the overall shape of the eyebrow ring.
Are you referring to a circular barbell, captive bead ring, or curved barbell? A lot of people wear these in their eyebrows:
If the jewelry looks like that, it is a curved barbell. That’s the most common jewelry for eyebrow piercings. If that’s the case, as long as the jewelry is safe to wear (stainless steel/titanium) and the balls on the end are stainless steel/titanium as well and not acrylic, you should be just fine! It may look a little goofy, but that’s for you to decide.
If you’re talking about a CBR or circular barbell, you’ve got no worries; both are used frequently in septum piercings (though if you mean a CBR they can be difficult to get in and out).
Just make sure the material is safe to use and be careful inserting/taking it out. As long as your piercing is fully healed there should be no trouble.
Anonymous said: Hi. I want collarbone piercings and was wondering which would be better? Surface or dermal? Which will reject quicker?
It depends on personal preferences, as well as how much tissue you have in the area. If there isn’t a significant amount of tissue, surface bars wouldn’t be advisable. As for the rejection aspect, every person’s body is different. If you go with a 90 degree surface bar, you shouldn’t have a problem with it rejecting, at least for a long time. Surface anchors can be very problematic (healing takes a while, they can get snagged, etc.), but I wouldn’t advise not to get them. I plan on getting two pairs of surface anchors on my collarbones :3
astro-theonendonly said: Ah, I may have wanted to mention I was pierced all at 14g And those would be my end sizes. I already skipped sizes once, before I started this project. Lesson learned. Never again. At all. Ever.
Well if you were pierced at 14g, then it shouldn’t be a problem to start there. It just worried me when you spelled them all out at first because there are sizes between some of the ones you stated that were left out.
Anonymous said: Hahahahaaaa... all of your rants at the dumbasses make me want to punch people less for doing the same thing. It's great to find people that understand. God bless. ♥
Thank you :3
Anonymous said: Hullo! I've been doing some looking around and was just wondering what your take on scarred lobes was. My lobes are significantly thickened due to using a gun and infection. I've been rubbing them with cocoa butter, they seem to be thinning out.
Scar tissue on any stretched piercing is bad juju. It makes the actual act of stretching much more difficult because scar tissue is more resistant and a lot less flexible/pliable than normal skin. Are they thinning out because the scar tissue is going away or because of other reasons? If the scar tissue is disappearing, this is good.
I, personally, wouldn’t use cocoa butter. Most cocoa butter products are in the form of lotions or creams with lots of additional ingredients that piercings don’t want or need. If you can find 100% pure cocoa butter, this is fine, and 100% pure shea butter is literally like Jesus for lobes and is one hell of a moisturizer.
If you want to thicken your lobes, there are a couple different things you can do. Downsizing, daily massages, and sea salt soaks are among them. It can take months to even years to thicken your lobes to a point you’re happy with, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see noticeable results within a couple of weeks.
Anonymous said: Quick question. I'm wearing belly bars in fully healed lobe piercings I'm eventuality going to stretch. Do you see this hindering the process at all in terms of the weight and way they sit, or is it too insignificant to really make a difference?
Navel jewlery often has an end with a larger ball, making it heavier, which can affect your lobe piercings’ shape if worn for an extended period of time, considering the angle that it’s at. And easy fix would be to simply change the large balls to ones the same size as whatever one’s are at the front. Even weight = even piercing. If it does make a difference, it shouldn’t be one that will greatly affect your stretching journey, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it. If you’re feeling uncomfortable about them, however, you can always buy a pair of circular barbells or captive bead rings (though I’ll warn you now if you’re not experience with CBR’s they are a bitch to get the ball in, especially without tools to help you do so).
Anonymous said: I was just looking at plugs from some of the shops you have mentioned and was wondering if anything bad could come of wearing the tear drop shaped plugs and such.
If you wear teardrop shaped jewelry for extended periods of time frequently it will eventually change the shape of your lobes, but that is fairly easy to avoid (just don’t wear them for a month straight or some shit, you’ll be fine). Sometimes the tops/points of certain teardrop jewelry can put pressure on whatever part of your ear it is touching, which will irritate it (most people wear them with the point pointing upwards, so they can sometimes irritate the cartilage just above your lobes). They can also take some getting used to if you’ve never worn them before. I, personally, wouldn’t suggest wearing teardrop shaped jewelry until you have a bit of a gap in your lobes (aka, they’re looser than the jewelry you have in at the time) because this lessens the chance of them irritating your lobes.
astro-theonendonly said: In addition to my stretching question. I know a good amount about it, but I'm getting so many varied opinions on it that it's making me a tad anxious. I know cartlage doesn't stretch back, and I don't want to find out half way that it was a bad idea.
It’s a 50/50 chance nowadays to find someone who actually knows anything about stretching, even professionals. It’s actually frightening how many piercers I’ve met who have no fucking idea what they’re talking about when it comes to stretching. You could find the best piercer in your town tell you to stretch with silicone (believe me, it happens); you don’t need to know how to stretch a piercing to do it. The most important things to remember are stretching your earlobes should never hurt (under any circumstances whatsoever), never skip sizes, always wait long enough before going up another size, and in general just take good care of your lobes! They will thank you in the long run. If you take excellent care of your lobes and don’t do anything to jeopardize their health, you should have no problems, but keep in mind this is considered a permanent modification. If you are having any doubt in your mind, I would suggest waiting until you are absolutely sure you want to do it. I have watched far too many people either blindly run into this modification or do it because they think it will make them look cool, and then less than a year later want to retire them and not be able to do so because of how they went about it. I plan on having this modification for the rest of my life, which is why I chose to stretch in the first place.
As long as you’re careful and treat your lobes well, you shouldn’t run into any issues.