How to make a gauge heal faster

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How to make a gauge heal faster
Gauged piercings can be small or large. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Ear gauging -- also known as ear stretching -- is the process of placing jewellery of larger and larger diameter through a body piercing. To gauge your ears safely, you must take it slowly. Stretch your ears one size gauge at a time and do not move to the next size up, until your ears are completely healed from the last stretch. Although this generally takes about 3 to 4 weeks, there are techniques that can be used to speed up the healing process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Antibacterial soap
  • Cotton balls
  • Paper towels
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tea tree oil, emu oil or saline solution

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  1. 1

    Wash your hands with antibacterial soap. Remove the jewellery from your ear.

  2. 2

    Dip the jewellery in clean warm water, then wipe it off with a cotton ball. Dispose of the ball.

  3. 3

    Put some antibacterial soap on your fingertip. Apply it liberally to the jewellery.

  4. 4

    Rinse the jewellery with warm water. Ensure that no soap residue is left. Dry off the jewellery with a fresh paper towel.

  5. 5

    Using a cotton swab, apply a thin layer of the tea tree oil, emu oil or saline solution to the inside of the piercing and reinsert the jewellery.

  6. 6

    Repeat this process daily, until the piercing is healed, which will take two to three weeks depending on your body.

Tips and warnings

  • Ask your piercer which healing products he recommends -- many have their own personal preference.

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