What is an auricle piercing?
An auricle piercing is located through the cartilage mid-way between the top and bottom of the ear. This piercing may be slightly more painful than a normal lobe piercing as the cartilage is thicker and will therefore take longer to pierce. However, once the piercing has taken place the pain should not remain any longer than usual. It will however take
longer to heal as the cartilage doesn’t have its own blood supply.
Is an Auricle suitable for everyone?
The auricle piercing should be suitable for everyone as there tends to be little deviance with the formation of the outer cartilage. However, if your ear is unsuitable the piercer will advise you against it.
Where did this type of Auricle piercing originate from?
Auricle piercings stem from Malaysia where they would decorate the entire length of the auricle with silver rings. They have become more popular in recent years due to the increased prevalence of cartilage piercings. Their stylish yet minimalist appearance means that they are a constant fashionable accessory perfect for everyday wear.
What equipment is used with an auricle piercing?
An auricle piercing should be done with a needle rather than a piercing gun as the gun is less hygienic and there is a slight risk of shattering the cartilage due to the pressure created by the gun.
The process of the piercing
The area will be cleaned and sterilized to prevent bacteria entering the piercing and causing an infection. Once the exact location of the piercing along the auricle has been agreed and marked it will be clamped in order to hold the cartilage away from the body so that the needle can pass easily through. The needle will enter and be withdrawn from the skin, leaving behind a tube of plastic through which the item of jewellery will be threaded. The plastic will then be removed and the jewellery bar will be fastened and cleaned with an antiseptic wipe.
Are there any risks?
The main risk with an auricle piercing is that of infection due to the piercing coming into constant contact with potentially unhygienic surfaces and materials such as bed sheets, hair and earphones. Regular cleaning should help to prevent infection and associated problems.
The healing process
Since the cartilage doesn’t have its own blood supply, the healing process takes longer than that of a lobe piercing. Therefore, it is at higher risk of getting infected whilst the wound is healing, so it is of vital importance to keep it clean and avoid any violence or pressure. Sleeping on the opposite side of the piercing, avoiding contact with hands or headphones and thoroughly drying the piercing with a clean towel after contact with water will all help to avoid infection. If bacteria does enter the wound it may cause an abscess or boil to form; a round bump on the surface of the skin around the piercing that tends to be pinkish in colour. If an abscess or boil does appear it can be treated at home or medical advice may be sought.
Your piercing should be cleaned between two and
three times a day with a cotton bud or ball dipped in antibacterial solution or saline solution. Take care to clean the bar of the jewellery itself and all around the piercing, ensuring any dirt or dried blood is removed to prevent bacterial infection.
Our range of Piercing After Care Products offer you excellent cleaning options, they are available in handy packaging for quick and easy use. Our Body Piercing Cleaning Swabs are convenient cotton buds already pre-loaded with xpressions anti-bacterial solution, perfect for cleaning while out
Body jewellery suitable for an auricle piercings
You can also Buy for a selection of jewellery designed especially for Auricle and Cartilage Piercings. These include Cartilage Ear Piercing Studs, Helix Ear Cuffs, Helix Bars & Helix Rings all of which look fantastic in Auricle piercings.