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How to Care for an Ear Stretching aka Gauge Piercing

Learn how to care for an ear stretching, aka gauge piercing, from professional body piercer Dana Dunn in this Howcast video.


My name's Dana Dunn. I've been working in the piercing business going on 6 years now. I do typically about 3,000 to 4,000 a year. I work at Pins and Needles Tattoo. We have a website Piercing is my life and I'm going to talk to you about body piercing. Gauging and ear stretching is a, it's a slow process. You really want to take your time when it comes to it. I have gauged ears myself, mine are at an inch which are pretty big for society these days. What it is, is the lower number of the gauge, the larger the size is. Typically a normal ear piercing is a sixteen gauge which is pretty small, and then it goes in sets of two. So sixteen, fourteen, twelve, ten, etc., etc., until you get to a zero, and then it goes to a double zero, and then it goes to actual sizing. As in quarter inch, half inch, three quarters, five eighths, an inch. And the taking care of them, it's really just, when they're first stretched, you just wanna keep them just like it's a piercing. You want to wash it with an antibacterial soap, just keep it really, really clean. They do swell up just a little bit depending on the size of the jump, but again you really want to take your time when it comes to stretching your ears. Just because you can actually tear your earlobe and it's, it's called a blowout is what it's called. Which consists of thee inner part of the healed ear will actually come on the outside, and it will leave an extra little piece of skin on the back of the ear. It can be removed but again, if you just take your time when it comes to stretching your ears, it really won't happen, it doesn't happen that much. But again, I can't stress enough to really just take the time to do it properly.

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