Ear piercings 101: All the different types, proper names and the pain rating

'Ere you go (ear, 'ere... geddit?)

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Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr are full of fashion bloggers with ears that'll make you wanna stop what you're doing and sprint to your local piercing parlour. They're all decked out with hoops, rings, studs and dangly pretties that look perfectly effortless and super cool, but there's SO many different piercings that it can be a bit overwhelming to decide what you wanna get.

So we thought we'd compile a handy guide to help you out to turning your ear into art, with a quick run down of all the different types of piercings, their proper names, how much they hurt and how to look after them properly.

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All the proper names

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Pain ratings, from least to most

Just your standard, a bit of a pinch but you'll barely even notice:

Lobe, upper lobe, transverse lobe

Nothing to worry about, but you'll definitely feel it:

Daith, tragus, helix (although Sugarscape's Chloe said hers hurt like a beeyatch)

Alright, starting to get a bit painful now:

Rook, conch, inner conch, outer conch

BLOODY OWWWW:

Industrial, snug, orbital, anti-tragus

After care

  • Hang on, before we get to aftercare, make sure you're not getting more than 3 piercings in one go. Your body won't like having to repair so much of you at once, and it'll take longer for them all to heal.
  • After having a piercing, it is important to keep the area clean and dry, and your piercer will give you proper aftercare advice for the specific type of piercing you have.
  • It'll usually involve gently cleaning new piercings with a saline (sea salt water soak) solution twice a day, preferably after washing or bathing. You can either dunk the whole area into the water, or use a wet cloth to carefully dab before gently drying with a paper towel.
  • Don't over-clean your piercing, as this can irritate the skin and delay healing.
  • ALWAYS wash your hands before you clean it.
  • Look out for the surrounding skin turning red and swollen, hurting when you touch it or producing a yellow/green discharge. That'll be an infection, so make sure you see a GP straight away before it gets serious.
  • Sashay away looking sassy af with your new ear piercing. Hooray.

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