Here are some additional things to know about Industrial Piercings. This is among the most popular piercing types, and while most people know how to recognize it, there are still some things one can learn about Industrial Piercing.
If you want to get an Industrial Piercing it’s very important to know how to take a good care of it. Aftercare is of utmost importance for any type of ear cartilage piercing. Since Industrial Piercing is basically two piercings in one, it means you basically need to take a double care of it.
However, none of this means that Industrial Piercing is dangerous or particularly problematic. You just need to stay informed and to know what to expect of your Industrial Piercing.
Some of the most important things to know about Industrial Piercings include:
An Industrial Piercing has to be placed properly in order to work. Since this piercing consists of two holes connected by a single barbell, it means the holes have to be positioned properly and carefully. Inadequate placement will not only look bad but will also make it difficult or impossible to put a single barbell through both holes.
However, this doesn’t mean you have to restrict yourself for just one type of Industrial Piercing placement. While diagonal is the most common choice (in which the barbell goes diagonally from one side of the ear to the other), you may choose a different placement. For example, many people choose horizontal of vertical Industrial placement.
Two Holes and Two Piercings
As you probably know, Industrial Piercing consists of two piercings connected by the same barbell. It means that the procedure involves piercing two holes. Typically, each of these piercings has its own name and its own placement.
The most common Industrial Piercing type (diagonal) actually consists of a helix and anti-helix piercing connected by the same barbell.
Vertical Industrial Piercing consists of a rook and a daith piercing, two conch piercings, anti-helix and a rook piercing or a daith and a lower conch piercing. Other combinations are also possible. You may even run two Industrial Piercings parallel to each other.
Typically, Industrial Piercings are done at 14 gauge. Some piercers choose to use 16 gauge instead, but this is rare. In case you think you are pierced with too small gauge, you can stretch your piercing to 14 gauge. However, keep in mind that extensive stretching is not possible nor recommended. Most Industrial Piercings are good at 14 gauge.
Industrial Piercings typically use straight barbells. However, these barbells are not standard barbells used for other piercing types. Since the holes connected into an Industrial Piercing are often separated by an inch or more, a barbell that goes through them has to be long enough to accommodate it.
This is why Industrial Piercings use special, long barbells. These barbells can be simple in design or they may include certain decorations, typically in the middle of the barbell.
While the choice of decoration is up to you, keep in mind that you have to order a special Industrial Barbell for your piercing. A simple straight barbell just won’t do.
Aftercare is very important for any piercing, but it becomes even more vital in the case of Industrial Piercings because there are basically two new piercings to take care of. Some quick tips on how to care for your new Industrial Piercing:
- Clean both of your piercings regularly. It’s best to use a simple saline solution or special cleaners designed for new piercings. Don’t use harsh chemicals.
- Avoid hot tubs and swimming pools during the initial stage of healing.
- Don’t touch your new piercing and don’t twist the jewelry.
- Keep your hair away from the piercing and avoid wearing earphones for a while.
- Check your piercing regularly to see if it’s healing properly.
- If you notice any problems or if your piercing becomes tender, it’s a sign that there’s a problem. Make sure to clean it properly, but if the problem resist, consult your doctor. Ear cartilage piercings can get infected quickly and they can lead to numerous problems if not treated immediately.