How to Make Healing a Cartilage Piercing Easier
“Is there anything I can do to stop irritating my helix cartilage piercing? I have many other piercings (lip, monroe, nipples, navel) and none of them have been as much of a pain in the arse as this helix. I sleep on it by accident, or I accidentally snag it on a towel or while getting a haircut and it gets irritated. It’s winter here and it’s such a pain I’m considering removing it because I’ve had it for over a year yet it’s still so fuzzy.”
Cartilage piercings can definitely be challenging to heal. They tend to get bumped, caught, snagged and slept on a lot. Some people are able to incorporate helix piercings into their life pretty easily, but it can be a real challenge for other.
There are a couple of things you can try to make the healing easier:
1) Try rolling up a towel and form it into a circle. Use it as a headrest when you are sleeping. It will give your head some support while leaving an open space for your ear. This should reduce the irritation from sleeping on it.
2) Slow down. It can be hard to make adjustments to our daily routines like drying off after a shower, how we put our shirts on etc. However, making those adjustments is something that is necessary when healing a cartilage piercing. Your piercing is a wound that is trying to heal. That means it is a bit fragile. If you don’t take the time to be careful with it, it’s going to get beaten-up and it will be hard to heal.
3) Let your hair stylist know that you have a piercing that is healing and ask them to be cautious around it. Most stylists are happy to take extra care with healing ear piercings.
4) You should ensure that your aftercare/cleaning routine isn’t contributing to the irritation. We suggest using a sterile saline wound wash solution for cleaning your piercing. if your piercing studio doesn’t carry it you can find it at most pharmacies. You should avoid soaps, alcohol, peroxide, pierced-ear solutions and other harsh chemicals, as well as antibiotic ointments and creams. These chemicals are not designed to be inside your body and they will damage the delicate tissue your body is trying to form to heal your piercing.
It’s also VERY important that you touch your piercing as little as possible while it is healing. Touching the piercing and moving the jewelry are two of the most-common reasons people have problems with their piercings.
Having said all of that, not every piercing is going to work for every person (or their lifestyle). If you feel that you are simply tired of dealing with it, or you don’t want to/can’t make the adjustments needed to accommodate the piercing, there is nothing wrong with deciding to remove it.
Hopefully this helps. Good luck!