Unusual body piercings are a great way to express yourself and the trend seems to be catching up with more people wanting to look different! The celebrities love them and Instagram users are also going crazy about piercings in the most unusual areas of the ears, nose, tongue, etc. If you are considering a conch piercing, you may want to find out how long it takes to heal and the conch piercing aftercare tips.
A conch is a type of cartilage found in the innermost part of the ear, just before the earhole starts. This is a cup-shaped area with enough room to flaunt fine jewelry so it’s an ideal spot for piercing. However, a conch piercing is not the same as earlobe piercing which usually has a healing period of four to six weeks due to high blood flow in the area.
The cartilages are thinner than fleshy areas like lobes or tongue which means conch piercings take longer to heal. On an average, it takes about six months to a year for conch piercings to heal. Although it takes longer to heal than your earlobe piercing, the end results are worth the wait. You will look unusually aesthetic if you take good care during this period. Here are some conch piercing aftercare tips that can speed up the healing process.
1. Wear the right ear jewelry
The type of ear jewelry you wear can determine how long it takes to heal. While you may love to sport a ring in the conch, rings take longer to heal. It is normal for hair strands or dresses to get tangled with the ring while bathing or dressing/ undressing, thus slowing down the healing process. So rings can wait until the pricing is completely healed. Wear a nice stud instead.
2. Avoid thinning your blood
This is one of the most important of all conch piercing aftercare tips. New piercings are prone to occasional bleeding during the first few weeks of the healing process. So, it’s important to avoid blood thinners such as alcohol, aspirin, and too much caffeine for the first few weeks.
3. Prevent bacterial infection
You can minimize the risk of developing a bacterial infection by preventing others from touching your conch piercing. You must also clean your hands or wear gloves while before touching the piercings. Avoid hot tubs, swimming pools, and other sources of communal water for the first few weeks after the piercings.
4. Don’t try to change the jewelry
We understand your urge to try different fashionable jewelry on your new piercing, however, please remember that cartilages are not the same as earlobes. With earlobes, you can change the jewelry after 8-10 weeks, but with conch piercing, you need to wait for at least 6 to 12 months before you change the jewelry.
5. Use Body Piercing Spray
To speed up the healing process, Conch piercings should be cleaned a few times a day. We recommend H2Ocean’s Sea Salt Body Piercing Spray. It is 100% natural, vegan, non-GMO and preservative-free. It safely removes the dried lymph secretions and discharges that may clog the piercing.
The Association of Professional Piercers recommends the use of Sea salt saline solutions to quickly heal new piercings. Take a cotton ball, soak it H2Ocean’s Sea Salt Body Piercing Spray and hold it up on the piercing for five minutes. You may also directly spray on the area.
We hope these conch piercing aftercare tips help in speeding up the healing process so that you can paint the town red with funky fashionable jewelry!