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How To Gauge Your Ears

Ear gauging is the process of slowly stretching your ear piercing. Here's how to do it.


  • Step 1: Clean your earrings and earlobes daily with an antibacterial soap. Use a cotton ball to remove any crustiness.
  • Step 2: Wait a month for newly gauged ears to heal. You should be able to turn your earrings in your piercing without discomfort when you are healed.
  • FACT: As of 2009, the most pierced woman had 192 piercings on her face alone.
  • TIP: Use a cone-shaped taper, particularly for larger sizes.
  • Step 3: Insert the earring very slowly, wiggling it back and forth. Do not force it, or you risk tearing your earlobe. Go very slowly, giving your ear time to adjust to the larger size. This should be painless.
  • TIP: Only use earrings that are made from metal, such as silver, gold, or stainless steel.
  • Step 4: Gently massage your earlobe, and then soak it in warm water for a few minutes to soften the skin and open up the piercing.
  • Step 5: Disinfect your hands, earlobes, and earrings with antibacterial soap.
  • Step 6: Get a pair of earrings that are one size larger around than your piercing. If your current gauge is 20, purchase 18-gauge rings.

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