Organic Jewelry Care Tips

Genuine Honey Amber Plug

Genuine Honey Amber Plug

Organic body jewelry is beautiful and unique. Made of natural, raw materials, these jewelry pieces are very attractive. Most of the organic body jewelry designs are made for ear piercings, particularly stretched piercings. However, that’s not all. Some organic jewelry pieces are specially made for other types of piercing or other body parts (for example, nose piercings).

To make the most of your organic jewelry, you need to know how to take a good care of them. Remember, these are organic, natural materials, so they require a bit different care routine than your metal jewelry in order to make them shine and last for long.

The first thing you need to know before using organic jewelry is that there are many different materials you can use. Unlike metal jewelry, these can’t be sanitized, so you need to take a good care of them. Also, it’s important to buy your organic jewelry from reputable stores. Not all types of wood and other organic materials are body-safe. To ensure your safety, it’s important to buy only quality, well-crafted jewelry sold in reputable stores.

Care Tips

Here are some quick tips on how to care for your organic body jewelry:

  • Know the materials. With organic jewelry, the exact material is very important, because it usually dictates the care needed. Is your jewelry made of wood? Glass, stone? These materials require different care routines, so you need to know what to use.
  • Organic jewelry should not be put under extreme conditions (sun, light, heat, cold, etc.)
  • Don’t wash your organic jewelry with strong cleaners. Even a regular soap is too harsh (you may use mild and anti-bacterial soap).
  • Bone and horn are good materials for allowing your skin to breathe. Another advantage is that it doesn’t get cold. However, it can easily dry out, which may cause cracks.
  • Never soak your organic jewelry in water for too long. Make sure you dry it out properly before you wear it again.
  • Polish your jewelry with vegetable oils to make them shine.
  • Make sure to always keep your jewelry clean. Organic jewelry can’t be sanitized, so it’s important not to put it on dirty surfaces.
  • Some jewelry made of wood should be sanded regularly.
  • Organic jewelry is best to be used for fully healed piercings only. Never use it for new piercings or as initial piercing jewelry.
  • Store your organic jewelry in a cool, dry place.

Industrial Piercing

Side Set Gem Straight Barbell

Side Set Gem Straight Barbell

An industrial piercing is one of the most popular piercing types. It’s made by driving a jewelry (usually a straight barbell) through two different holes. It’s most commonly made on the ear (the cartilaginous part, sometimes known as the scaffold). Due to the placing, this type of piercing is sometimes known as a “scaffold piercing”, or “construction piercing”, though the term “industrial” is the most common. This type of piercing is often called “the bar” piercing in the UK and Ireland.

About the Piercing

While an industrial piercing can technically refer to any two holes connected with a jewelry, it’s most commonly referred to an ear cartilage piercing. This is a popular form of piercing. During the procedure, two piercings are made: one is typically located very close to the head (anti-helix) and the other one further down the cartilage, on the opposite side of the ear (helix).

The original piercing is typically made with a 14g piercing needle, so this is the original size of industrial piercing holes. Another common size is 16g.

Sometimes, the original piercing is pierced with a flexible plastic tube that’s swapped for a metal bar when it’s completely healed. Some piercers choose to use two captive bead rings for initial piercing jewelry. This may be a more comfortable choice but it makes proper alignment of the piercings difficult. The alignment of the holes is very important because it’s vital to create proper balance. Balance is important because it will minimize the stress on the cartilage. If cartilage is stressed it can lead to infections. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer and to get pierced at a reliable piercing studio.

Typically, an industrial piercing takes around 6 months to heal. However, it can take a year to heal completely. Remember, you don’t have one pierced hole but two, and they may take different times to heal. During the healing time, it’s important to clean the piercings regularly. Clean the inside folds carefully, best using a saline solution. Use a cotton swab (not balls) drenched in warm saline solution or an unscented anti-bacterial soap. The piercing should be cleaned two times per day.

Common problem with industrial piercing is migration and scar tissue build up. If scar tissue build up occurs it’s best to wear captive bead rings to prevent further problems.

Jewelry

Industrial piercing typically uses a long straight barbell. One side of the barbell is inserted through the first piercing from behind the ear. It goes diagonally across the front of the upper cartilage and then goes through the second piercing. Jewelry is secured with a screw-on bead behind the second hole.

The straight barbells used for industrial piercings have to be extra-long so they can reach both ends (holes) of the piercing. The length used will depend on the individual ear size and the distance between holes. Typically, a 1.5 inches long barbell is used, but it’s important to measure your own ear and the diagonal distance between the holes to determine the length of the barbell you should use.

The jewelry used for an industrial piercing is simple but very effective. While straight barbells are typically used, it doesn’t mean that the jewelry itself has to be plain. The position of the piercing is very visually effective and it stands out even if the simplest straight barbell is used, so you might be satisfied with a “plain” straight barbell for your industrial piercing.

However, there are other options. For example, you can use titanium barbells in various colors to make your industrial piercing stand out. Or you may use a straight barbell with uniquely-shaped balls on the end.

Another thing to spice up your industrial piercing is to use special bars with spirals and twists. These twisted barbells look very effective and unique. You may also use straight barbells with small ornaments, such as skulls or hearts, depending on your individual style and the effect you wish to achieve.

Another type of jewelry used for an industrial piercing is a pair of captive bead rings. They are not as effective in a way that they don’t produce an effect of “connected holes” so they basically look like two piercings (which they are). However, captive bead rings may be a good choice for initial piercing, during the healing period.

Also, if you ever get bored of the typical look of the industrial piercing (two holes connected with a straight barbell) you can always use the holes to insert a different type of jewelry (such as captive bead rings) and make an industrial piercing into two piercings with different jewelry. You can always go back to the typical “industrial look” whenever you want.

Surface Piercings

Corset Piercing Surface piercings are special types of piercings performed on one skin surface. This is different from a “regular” piercing, that is, a piercing made though a piece of tissue from one side to another. For example, nostril piercing and nipple piercing are not surface piercings because they go through tissue, starting on one side of tissue and exiting on the other. Eyebrow piercing, however, is a surface piercing because the puncture is made on one plane of skin.

Various Styles

Surface piercings are very varied and effective. There are many different ways to perform them, because there are more body parts where you can make them. Unlike “regular” piercings, which are mainly done on specific body parts, surface piercings offer much more options when it comes to location.

Still, some locations are more popular than the others. The most popular location for a surface piercing is eyebrow. This piercing is so common that is often considered a “regular” piercing so many people don’t even think about it as a typical surface piercing.

Other popular surface piercing types include:

Anti-eyebrow. A piercing done under the eye or beside the eye.
Corset piercing. A series of piercings done on the back and made to be laced (to resemble a corset).
Madison piercing. A horizontal piercing made at the base of the neck, above the collarbone.
Vampire Bites (neck piercing). Located on the side of the neck.

These are just some of the popular types. Other include hip piercing, nape piercing (on the back of the neck), wrist piercing, and more.

Surface Piercing Problems

Surface piercings are very attractive but they are associated with certain problems. They face a much higher rate of rejection and migration. The jewelry is relatively easily pushed to the surface and rejected by the body. While a regular piercing can get rejected, it’s more difficult for it to happen, because of the tissue surrounding the piercing, as well as greater depth of the piercing. It’s much easier for the body to reject surface piercing because it can push out jewelry like it’s a splinter. Regular (non-surface) piercings, on the other hand, make a skin tunnel that is more difficult to heal if the jewelry is inserted (obviously, if jewelry is taken out it can heal pretty quickly).

This problem makes surface piercings more temporary than the regular piercings. Some of them can last only for a few months (or even weeks). Others can be kept for a few years. There are also some types of surface piercings you can keep for longer, if you take a good care of them.

To avoid rejection, it’s important to clean your piercing regularly and to keep a good hygiene. Make sure to never irritate your piercing. To help your surface piercing last longer and to avoid inflammation, it’s important to choose jewelry made of body-safe materials.

Popular Piercings and Jewelry Types

Titanium Star Curved Barbell

Titanium Star Curved Barbell

Piercing is a popular form of body modification and all enthusiast who love various piercing styles can enjoy many different types of jewelry. The choice of jewelry is often a very personal one. In a way, it will depend on the body part and the type of piercing you have. For example, certain piercing types require straight barbells as the basic form of jewelry while others require curved barbells, captive bead rings, flesh tunnels, etc. Generally speaking, though, most piercings can use many different types of body jewelry, so it’s often the question of one’s personal preferences and style.

Your body jewelry should suit you and make you express yourself in the best possible way. It should show who you are and it should be something you truly like and feel comfortable with. Many people have one style they stick to, while others like to experiment. Some people prefer simple body jewelry types while others go for more elaborate, complex designs. There is no right or wrong way to go here.

There are some popular piercing types and body parts many people choose to pierce, and these piercings often require a certain type of jewelry. Within these types, you are free to choose designs you like the most.

Earlobe

Earlobe piercing is the most common body piercing. It’s so common and socially accepted that it’s often not even considered body piercing in “true” sense. There are many types of earrings people like to wear in their earlobes, and the choice of designs and materials is endless. Rings, dangling jewelry types and other forms are popular.

Special type of earlobe piercing is a stretched earlobe piercing, erroneously known as “gauge”. These piercings are stretched to a larger size so a different type of jewelry can be worn in the stretched hole, such as ear plug, earlet, flesh tunnel, tusk, spiral, and others. These jewelry types are often made of organic materials and they can be very effective. The “trick” when choosing jewelry for stretched piercing is to always choose the correct gauge. Wrong size can put a pressure on your piercing and tear your earlobe, which can lead to infections and other problems. Therefore, before choosing a design you like, you need to make sure the jewelry is of a correct gauge and also made of a body-safe material you can wear safely.

Ear Cartilage

Heart Helix Cuff for Ear Cartilage Piercing

Heart Helix Cuff for Ear Cartilage Piercing

Various types of ear cartilage piercings are also popular. These piercings are suitable for many different jewelry types, so you can choose between rings or barbells, depending on your style. People who have multiple cartilage piercings often like to connect them with the same jewelry piece. The most popular form of this is the industrial piercing, usually connected by a long straight barbell, but there are other possibilities. Some people use spiraled barbells or chains to connect their cartilage piercings. Many jewelry types also incorporate dangling gems or pendants.

Navel

Navel piercing is one of the most popular forms of piercings. Jewelry used for this type of piercing is often known as “belly rings” or “navel rings”, even though the most popular jewelry type for this type of piercing is not a ring but a curved barbell. There are many curved barbell designs to choose from, such as simple surgical steel barbells with spherical balls or more elaborate designs with pendants, gems and other ornaments.

Another popular type of jewelry for this type of piercing is the actual ring. Captive bead rings are popular, but their downside is that they can get caught on clothing. Therefore, they are recommended only for fully healed piercings.

Nose

Certain types of nose piercings are very common. Nostril piercing, for example, is among the most popular forms of piercing. It is a relatively simple piercing and jewelry types used for this piercing are simple but very effective. Many people choose simple studs and nose screws with bright gems on top for nostril piercings. A good thing about this type of piercing is that it can be very understated and easy to hide for work and other occasions: all you need to do is to choose a flesh-colored nose plug or stud. Some people prefer to wear nose rings instead of studs and screws.

Another popular type of nose piercing is septum piercing. It is a bit more complex type of piercing but it’s very effective. There are many different jewelry designs suitable for this type of piercing, such as rings and curved barbells. Depending on the style, a septum piercing jewelry can be simple or bold and more pronounced.

Eyebrow

Another popular piercing location is the eyebrow. Eyebrow piercing can look very beautiful and effective, but the downside is that eyebrow piercing tends to be very sensitive. Remember, eyebrow piercing is basically a surface piercing, which means there’s a relatively high risk of migration and rejection.

Also, this type of piercing has a high risk of becoming infected. For this reason, it’s important to choose jewelry carefully and with some consideration. Make sure to pick a body safe jewelry material and a jewelry suitable to be worn in an eyebrow piercing without a problem. Simple barbells look effective and they don’t pose much problems. Rings are another popular choice but you need to be careful not to make them caught on the clothing or hair.

Lips and Tongue

Titanium Micro Labret

Titanium Micro Labret

Many people choose to get their lips and tongue pierced. These piercings are very common but it’s important to be careful because of the sensitive tissue. Also, another risk associated with this type of piercings come from the fact lips and tongue regularly come in contact with food, so it’s another thing to keep in mind.

Generally speaking, lip piercings usually use labrets. This is a perfect jewelry type for this form of piercing. It’s effective but relatively simple and it doesn’t interfere with eating or brushing your teeth. However, labrets are not the only jewelry type used for lip piercings; many people prefer to use rings and other jewelry types.

Tongue piercing is more complex and the healing time is longer, so it requires special attention. Jewelry used for tongue piercing must be made of high-quality, body safe materials because it comes in contact with sensitive tissue.

Genital Piercing

While not as common as other type of body piercings, genital piercing has many proponents. Both men and women choose different types of genital piercings and jewelry types. As a general rule, jewelry worn in a genital piercing must be made of a high quality, body-safe material. Most jewelry types are relatively simple in design and have a smooth surface so they don’t pose a problem while walking or sitting. One advantage of genital piercing is that it can be used to enhance sexual pleasure for both partners.

Piercing Healing Time

Piercing Different piercings have different healing times. It’s also important to remember that the exact healing time for any piercing is highly individual and depends on many factors, such as the piercing size and depth, jewelry, aftercare, and other factors.

However, it’s also important to know the average healing time for different piercings. While any healing time chart should be taken as information only (because each piercing is different), it’s important to know what to expect when it comes to healing time.

A Healing Piercing

After you get pierced, your body will treat the new piercing as a wound. However, this wound can’t heal the way wounds usually do, because there is an object inside the hole. Therefore, your body has to work to accommodate it, so the piercing wound heals around the object. A fully healed piercing heals around the jewelry, leaving the hole in the middle so the jewelry can be inserted without pain or discomfort.

There are several stages of healing:

  • The inflammatory stage. It happens right after you get pierced. Your immune system reacts, which leads to redness and short-term tenderness. In this stage, your body seals the tissue, and it separates your body from the jewelry. Some swelling is normal at this stage and is not a sign of infection. It’s also normal to experience some crusting or drainage during this period. This is all normal and should not be confused for an infection. However, this phase doesn’t last long so if you do notice excessive swelling or puss, it’s a sign that your new piercing is infected so you’ll need to cure the infection.
  • The reconstructive stage. This time is the longest one and it takes weeks (sometimes months). In this stage, the body grows a new tissue around the piercing. However, the new tissue is weaker than the old one and can easily tear. This is why it’s important to take a good care of your piercing and not to disturb it by changing the jewelry or moving (rotating) the jewelry.
  • The maturation phase. This is the last healing phase. Here, the new tissue strengthens and goes back to the normal size. The scar tissue diminishes until the wound is fully healed and the piercing hole remains in the middle.

Healing Times

It’s vital to take these healing times as information only. It’s not unusual for a piercing to look fully healed while in fact it’s not. This is why it’s advisable to treat your piercing as not fully healed for a little longer than you may feel is necessary. It’s better to wait a few weeks more than to disturb a not fully healed piercing.

Here is a quick healing time chart for the most popular types of piercings:

  • Earlobe: 4-8 Weeks
  • Ear Cartilage: 2-12 Months
  • Eyebrow: 2-4 Months
  • Navel: 6-12 Months
  • Nostril: 2-6 Months
  • Septum: 6-8 Weeks
  • Tongue: 4-6 Weeks
  • Lip: 8-12 Weeks
  • Nipple: 2-6 Months (for men, it takes 2-3 months)

Male Genital Piercings:

  • Prince Albert: 4-9 Weeks
  • Reverse PA: 4 – 6 months
  • Ampallang: 6-10 Months
  • Apadravya: 4-10 Months
  • Dydoe: 2-6 Months
  • Guiche: 2-3 Months
  • Foreskin: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Scrotum: 2-3 Months

Female Genital Piercings:

  • Clitoral Hood: 2-3 Months
  • Triangle: 8 – 10 weeks
  • Fourchette: 4– 6 weeks
  • Inner Labia: 2 – 8 weeks
  • Outer Labia: 2 – 6 months
  • Christina: 2-3 Months

Curved Barbell Design

Single Pearl Curved Barbell

Single Pearl Curved Barbell

Curved barbells are among the most popular body jewelry types. They are known for their curvature, which makes for many different jewelry styles. In essence, however, a curved barbell is the same as a straight barbell, except for the curve.

Just like a straight barbell, it has a body and a ball (or bead) on the each end. Just like a straight barbell, it can have beads of different sizes and shapes, and it can include ornaments and decorations on the body. Just like a straight barbell, it can be internally or externally threaded.

However, the curvature makes this barbell into completely different, unique jewelry pieces. Curved barbells are suitable for many different types of piercings and they can be used on many body parts.

Typically, beads can be unscrewed from one (or both) ends, for easy removal of the jewelry. Just like any other barbell, circular barbells come in different gauges. To get one that suits you, you need to know your piercing size (in gauges).

Curved Barbells: The Shape

As explained above, curved barbells are basically identical to straight barbells, except the curvature. This curvature can range greatly, which gives many different design options. The curvature can range from almost straight to completely circular. Some barbells are carefully curved to make spirals, with the ends overlapping.

When a barbell is made to be completely circular in shape, it’s a circular barbell, also known as a horseshoe barbell. Some of these barbells have a distinctive U shape instead of a circle.

J- Bars

The so-called „J-bars“ are variations of the circular barbell type. These barbells are only slightly curved, with a 90 degree bend bear one end. This gives them a charasteristic „banana“ look, so they are sometimes known as banana barbells. Just like any other barbell, a J-bar can be either internally or externally threaded.

These J-bars are very popular for vertical navel piercings. A J-bar is a good choice for a belly piercing jewelry because the shape of the barbell allows the decoartive end of the jewelry to be positioned correctly.

Jewelry Types

Curved barbells are among the most popular types of body jewelry and they are used for many different piercing types. They are particularly suitable and popular for navel, nose, tongue and eyebrow piercings, though they can also be used for certain ear piercings as well as genital piercings and nipple piercings.

Curved barbells are best suited for piercing types where captive bead rings can be worn. It needs to be emphasized, however, that circular barbells are usually heavier than captive bead rings, so this is something you need to take into account. On the other hand, circular barbells are generally easier to remove than captive bead rings, so this is one of their advantage.

To remove a circular barbell, all you need to do is unscrew one of the balls (beads). Make sure to do it with care because it’s easy to lose the bead once you remove it. To make removal easier, you may add a bit of the lube to the jewelry. When inserting the barbell, do it gently and make sure to crew the bead tightly so it doesn’t open during use.

Popular Types of Medical Toys

Deluxe Cock Stuffing Sound Kit

Deluxe Cock Stuffing Sound Kit

Medical toys are excellent sex toys ideal for fetish play and exploration. There are many different types you might want to try with your partner. They add a special excitement to your kinky play and make you try something new. These types of instruments are used in medical practice (hence the name), but they also make excellent sex toys.

It’s best to choose medical toys based on your preferences, fantasies and fetishes. These items are great for roleplay, extreme kink, cleansing, and more. Medical toys are typically made of high-quality, body-safe materials and perfectly crafted to achieve their purpose.
Some of the most popular types of medical toys include:

Urethral Sounds
These instruments make very popular sex toys. Urethral sounds are metal instruments specially designed to be inserted into the penis (urethral opening). Sounds produce unique sensations and a special feeling of fullness. They are available in many different sizes, depending on the intensity of the sensation you wish to experience.

Speculums

Speculums can be used vaginally or anally. They are made for opening vagina and anus and keeping it open during play. The best speculums are made of metal. They are durable, reliable and very easy to clean after use.

Pumps

There are many different types of pumps you may use for your roleplay and fetish games. Some of the most popular fetish pumps are breast and nipple pumps, but you may use other types made for different body parts. Some of the pumps are popular outside the fetish community, such as penis pumps. These pumps are specially made to make erections harder and enhance the size of the penis. They also make a penis more sensitive and improve the experience for both partners.

Irrigators and Douches

Many people love to use irrigators and medical douches for their fetish games. These may also be used for real treatments so they add realism to the play. They typically consist of a jug for the water, a pipe and a tap to control the flow of the water. Douches come with one or more attachments. They have holes made for water flow. Some of the best douches are metal and made to be attached to the shower head. These douches provide very intense sensations.

Wheels

Wheels can be classified as a special type of medical toys even though they are mainly used as fetish devices. These are spiked wheels with a handle made to be rolled over the skin. Depending on the number of spikes on the wheel and the number of pin wheels built on one device it’s possible to experience many different sensations, from light to intense. As a general rule, more wheels and more spikes make for a lighter experience while a single wheel creates the most intense sensation. It all depends on how you want your kinky play to go.

These are just some of the most popular types of medical toys. When choosing a toy you wish to try with a partner, it’s important to pick a style you like and also make sure that the toy is made of high-quality, body safe materials. All sex toys should be made of safe materials, but it’s particularly important for medical toys because of the way they are used.

Common Piercing Myths

Tongue Piercing There are some common piercing myths many people believe in. To enjoy your piercing, it’s important to know the truth and disregard these common misconceptions.

Some of the most common piercing myths include:

Nipple piercings prevent breast feeding. Nipple has numerous milk ducts and piercing damages only a few of them. In other words, you can easily breast feed with your nipple piercing. Warning: it’s strongly advisable to remove the jewelry during feeding so the baby won’t get hurt on the jewelry. Other than that, nipple piercings don’t prevent breast feeding.

Oral piercings always lead to infections. If your piercing is done by a professional, if you follow aftercare instructions and if you use body-safe jewelry, you won’t get an infection. Tongue and mouth are sensitive so they may be slightly irritated by certain food or beverages (such as alcohol), so this is why it’s not recommend to consume these foods or beverages during the healing process. However, it doesn’t mean that these piercings are prone to infection – it all depends on the aftercare. Most people never experience any problems.

Belly piercing is a problem during pregnancy. Pregnancy itself doesn’t affect your belly piercing. However, you need to think about the jewelry. Certain types of jewelry may cause discomfort during pregnancy or can’t be worn with a pregnant belly. This is why it’s important for all pregnant women to use special navel retainers or soft jewelry made for use during pregnancy. These jewelry types are soft and flexible, so they can be safely worn during pregnancy.

Multiple piercings can cause allergies. The allergies are caused by improper jewelry materials, so this is why all professional piercers and jewelry stores stick to body-safe materials only. Certain materials are safe to be used, such as titanium, niobium or high-quality surgical (not stainless) steel. Certain other materials, such as 14k nickel-free gold are also safe for most users. The number of piercings won’t cause the allergy, as long as the materials used are body-safe.

Piercing gun is a quick, safe way to get pierced. Piercing guns are damaging for your body and most professional piercers never use them. Piercing guns increase the chance for infection and damage the tissue, so it’s best to avoid them.

Body jewelry should be rotated during the healing process. This is an old myth, but it brings nothing good. You should not rotate your jewelry during the healing process. It will destroy the gentle healing tissue and actually put the dirt back in the piercing hole. The best aftercare is to clean your piercing with a saline solution and leave it alone. You should not touch your jewelry during healing, except to clean it.

Body jewelry sets off metal detectors. It depends on the jewelry used. There are many non-magnetic jewelry materials or jewelry not made of metal. These types of jewelry are safe to use with metal detectors.

Tongue piercing damages your taste buds. A tongue piercing won’t affect your ability to taste. Taste buds are numerous and they are constantly being replaced.

Vertical Labret Piercing

Vertical LabretVertical labret piercing is a popular and very effective piercing style. Unlike the most common labret piercing (positioned below the lower lip), a vertical labret goes through the lower lip itself, vertically. This piercing is actually parallel to the tissue inside the lip.

Benefits and Disadvantages

Vertical labret offers not just a different visual style than the regular labret piercing, but it also offers some advantages. It’s important to understand that a common labret piercing has a hole on the inside of the mouth. It means that the back of the jewelry sits near the gum line, so it can damage it. Another problem is that it can damage the teeth. With vertical labret piercing, no part of the jewelry sits inside your mouth. The barbell simply goes through the lip, from top to the bottom. It provides more comfort and less risk to any gum or teeth damage.

On the other hand, vertical labret piercing may take longer to heal. It also tends to be more sensitive and requires more aftercare. Some food can irritate the piercing so you need to be careful during the healing process. Once it’s healed, however, vertical labret piercing offers unique visual style and it poses less risk to your tissue.

The Procedure

Vertical labret piercing requires a pretty straightforward procedure and it typically doesn’t last long. Your lip will be marked and measured. A clamp will be used before the needle is inserted. The actual piercing is made using a needle and the whole process takes about five seconds so it’s over pretty quickly.

Typically, the piercing is done from bottom up, with a 16g needle. The pain depends on your tolerance level but is typically not that bad and it’s quickly over.

The most common jewelry used for vertical piercing is a barbell. It’s possible to choose between straight and curved barbells. Curved barbells tend to be more comfortable and easier to wear, especially during the healing process.

While vertical labret piercing procedure is not difficult and it doesn’t last long, one common problem is swelling. Be prepared for a lot of swelling after getting your piercing done. This is why most piercers recommend longer barbells for your initial piercing. The swelling should go after a few days, but you need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully.

Typically, the healing period takes 8 to 10 weeks. Make sure to clean your piercing several times a day. Sea salt solution works the best, or you may use a regular salt solution or a mild anti-bacterial soap. It’s important to touch your jewelry as little as possible: don’t turn it and don’t play with it. It’s best to touch it only while you’re cleaning your piercing and then leave it alone.

Jewelry

Since vertical labret piercing is not the most common piercing type, it’s not easy to find jewelry specially made for this type of piercing. Luckily, it’s perfectly comfortable to wear standard jewelry made for many different piercing types, so it’s not difficult to find suitable jewelry for your vertical labret.

Straight and curved barbells seem to work the best. There are many different styles to choose from: the simple and elegant barbells or the more elaborate styles. Most of the times, the lip jewelry tends to be simple but effective.

When choosing jewelry for yourself, keep in mind to shop at reliable stores; it’s important to use only high-quality, body-safe jewelry. Another thing to keep in mind is the barbell length- it will largely depend on your lip.

Common Problems with Nose Piercing

14k Gold Diamond Nose RingNose piercing is very common. In fact, that is probably the most popular form of piercing after the ear piercing. Nose piercing is not a taboo (in most cases), so many people choose to get at least one. A great thing about this type of piercing is that it can be very discreet, if necessary. At the same time, it’s possible to choose very bold jewelry if you want to go with something more extreme.

The popularity of nose piercing means that it’s relatively easy to find a place to get this type of piercing. This is both good and bad; good, because you can easily get this piercing and you may choose between numerous studios. You are never forced to visit one studio because most of them offer various types of nose piercings. At the same time, a large number of studies means that you need to be careful. It’s crucial that you choose a reliable place to get your nose piercing. Always do your research and visit the studio beforehand. Make sure that the studio employs professional piercers who know their job and use all precautions to ensure safe piercing experience without side effects or infections.

Another advantage to nose piercing is that there are many different jewelry types suitable for these piercings. Depending on the location of the piercing, you may choose nose screws, captive bead rings or another type of jewelry. There are also numerous jewelry materials to choose from. One thing is certain: regardless of the location and type of your piercing, you will be able to find quality and beautiful jewelry for it.

Risks and Problems

If done correctly, nose piercing should not pose a problem. It partially depends on the type of your nose piercing. Nostril piercings, for example, are easier and safer than septum piercings. The most common problem with all types of piercings, however, comes from inadequate procedure.

Therefore, in order to ensure the best piercing experience, it’s vital that you choose a reliable studio and a professional piercer. Most mistakes and negative experiences come from inadequate piercing procedure. For this reason, you need to be careful when choosing your piercer.

Piercing guns, for example, are a major problem. They are designed for performing earlobe piercings, but they are not recommended even for that, let alone nose piercing. Never allow to be pierced with a gun. It’s important to choose a professional piercer who will perform the procedure using a special needle.

A piercing gun may seem less intimidating than a needle, but it’s actually a worse choice. It forces the jewelry through your nose at a great force, which tears the tissue and causes unnecessary pain. Swelling and infections are common.

Special piercing needles are hollow, so they cause less pain and less damage to the tissue. The piercing heals quickly and without infections and other health issues. This is why it’s important to be pierced this way.

Other common problems and mistakes associated with nose piercings:

Switching jewelry too soon. It takes time for a piercing to be fully healed, and it’s important not to disturb it during this period. Changing jewelry too soon is a common mistake many people make, and it can prolong the healing time, lead to infections or rejections. It’s important to wait until your piercing is healed. Nostril piercings take about 3 months to heal, though some will take longer. Septum piercings generally take at least 4 months to heal. You shouldn’t change jewelry during this period.

Inadequate care. During the healing process, it’s important that you clean your piercing regularly. However, many people use inadequate substances, such as alcohol or peroxide. You should never clean your piercing with these substances because they will burn and irritate the piercing. It can also lead to infections and scar tissue. For this reason, it’s important to clean your piercing with a saline solution.

Choosing bad jewelry material. If you go to a reliable studio to get pierced your first jewelry will probably be made of quality, body safe material. Your piercer will warn you against inadequate materials or will refuse to pierce you with jewelry made of unsafe materials. However, some piercers don’t pay attention to this, so it can lead to numerous problems. You should stay away from sterling silver or plastic materials for your initial piercing. Even later, after the piercing has healed, you should choose your jewelry carefully. Even when fully healed, your nose piercing can get irritated if you use inadequate materials.