Ear & Body Piercing/Ear Piercing


I got my ears pierced (lobes) when I was about 3 years old. I stopped wearing earrings for a long time and now, at 20, want to start wearing them again. Every time I put earrings in, my ears get red, warm and a little itchy. I'm not sure if this is due to a metal allergy or just because I have not worn earrings in such a long time. Any suggestions on what I should do?

It may be that the holes are getting scratched or otherwise irritated when jewelry is inserted. Try a bit  of water based lubricant, and make sure that your jewelry has rounded ends and a smooth surface. The material should meet the standards described at http://jewelry.safepiercing.org/ to ensure that they can stabilize for a few weeks, prior to trying unknown materials or metals that may tarnish. It is also possible that you are sensitive to the jewelry material itself.

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Brian Skellie


I can answer questions in regards to and not limited to: jewelry safety, specifically material, shape, proportion, and related issues; aseptic technique and sterilization as it applies to piercing safety; ethical issues of technique and bedside manner; the aftercare and recovery process for piercings. *Available for consultation.


Body artist and founder of Piercing Experience (1992), http://brnskll.com/ and SciCan Authorized Dealer of STATIM Sterilizers and related infection control products http://statim.us/

Currently serving on the APP Board of Directors as President, formerly as Global Media Director 2013-2014, International Liaison 2010-13, Treasurer 1997-99. Over fifteen years with ASTM and APP.

The Point Journal of the Association of Professional Piercers, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing

I regularly participate and teach in many APP and related body art educational programs. I keep current certifications for OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid, and CPR.

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APP President's Award, Best Freehand Piercer, Best of Atlanta

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Tens of thousands of one on one client experiences as the founder of Piercing Experience in Atlanta, GA, USA http://www.piercing.org/ *Body jewelry design and safety expert: Member ASTM committee F04(www.astm.org)and former Member AAMI (www.aami.org) Research advisor and educator for the APP for over a decade(www.safepiercing.org) teaching advanced studio setup, sterilization and equipment management, freehand piercing, aseptic/sterile technique and much more. Distributor and Body Art expert for SciCan StatIM sterilization and infection control products. http://statim.us/ and http://piercers.com/

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