Helix Piercing Update

Hello my lovelies!

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may remember my post back in August, where I spoke about my new helix piercing. I was so happy to get this done, and am still glad I did. At that point in time I hadn't really had any problems. However, since then it's been up and down. Let me tell you what happened!

Okay, so I wrote that post in August, and everything was hunky dory. Literally, in my eyes it couldn't have gone better. However, in mid-September I caught my piercing and it started a shed load of problems. 

People who know me know that I like wearing rings. In fact I love them. Now, since my piercing was still delicate, I was sleeping with my hand as a barrier between my piercing and the pillow. Yet one night in September, I forgot to take my rings off before bed, and I somehow got my piercing stuck in my ring (yes, I don't know how I did it either) and pulled my hand away. Not realizing they were attached.

This brought lots of tears, literally it was so painful. Worse than getting it pierced to begin with. It was bleeding too and got a little swollen. Not fun. To be honest I was more annoyed that I had just undone a month's worth of healing. 

After this, it was painful for a week or two, and once I'd caught it once I just seemed to catch it on everything. Then, it was getting super hot, and I got an infection for about a week which was fun. Luckily it wasn't too serious, and I got this to go by doing regular salt water rinses. (I should point out I was using salt water rinses and Claire's cleaning solution on a daily basis anyway). 

Once the infection was gone, it finally started to calm down a bit. During October it was really up and down, some days it would bleed, it was very crusty (sorry for details) and I noticed I had piercing bumps. Woohoo! Not.

Piercing bumps occur either if it was pierced badly (it wasn't, we all know that from my last post) or if there's basically some kind of trauma to the piercing. Hmm, yup, I think my basically yanking it out of my ear might have something to do with it! I have a small bump at the front and back of my piercing, and they are very small so barely noticeable, but they do bug me, so I'm currently looking into what the best methods are to get rid of them without causing any more problems. I don't want to aggravate my piercing any more, ever! 

Apart from that, in the last three weeks or so I've noticed a real difference. Firstly, it no longer hurts, yay! I can also move the little bar freely backwards and forwards, no pain, or swelling, which is nice. My ear actually looks better. For the majority of September and October my ear was always red, that has now thankfully calmed down completely. I do still get crusty bits but this is perfectly normal to happen during the healing process. 

I have now reached the three month mark, which is in theory when I'm allowed to swap over the piercing, however since two of those months have been months where my ear wasn't very happy, I'm going to leave it until at least Christmas before I change it. I want it to be properly healed before I start messing around with it. 

I'm still eager to get more piercings in the future, and was thinking about getting them done in the new year, but again, I think I'll just have to play it by ear (pardon the pun) and wait until my ear has completely settled down. 

And the moral of this story is, don't wear rings to bed kids! 



  1. I nearly teared up just reading this, that sounds so painful with your rings :( I remember getting an infection during uni when I used to have my tongue pierced and it was the worst week of my entire life, I cried so much so you have so much sympathy from me right now. It's good its not put you off though as it is such a rare thing to have problems like that, as long as you're sensible it should be fine :) x

  2. Ive had my helix done for about a year and 4 months now and its still a pain sometimes. I never had an experience like you're but every now and again it just hurts. they're such annoying piercings to heal! Glad to hear yours is a bit better x


  3. I just realised the Helix Piercing is the same as the Cartilage Piercing (or almost anyway!).. and I got my cartilage done last month! :D
    I totally can imagine what you went through, its like all that time spent healing was ruined in 1 second, right? But I'm glad to hear it's gotten a lot better and I wish you all the best! I cannot wait to change mine into a hoop! It'll be so cool! I think I'll change mine around Christmas time too, so we'll be twins! hehe! <3


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  4. Ouch! I know, when it happened I literally sobbed and sobbed, it was so painful and then brought so much more pain with it :( Thank you for the sympathy hun! Hehe ya, I hope to have more piercings but just have to wait and see when it heals. I've got to change mine now, (to a clear bar for work) and I'm terrified it's going to be so sore and I'll do it wrong or something. Argh, guess we'll soon find out how it goes! x

  5. Thank you! And yeah one of my friends has had hers for about the same amount of time as you and said the same thing, some days they just play up. Hopefully it will settle down completely soon, I keep my rings well away from it now! x

  6. Haha it's confusing isn't it! They are the same thing, I think.. I hope! And ah cool how's yours doing? I know, I was gutted, I had been so careful and really good with cleaning it, and it didn't really hurt at all so soon, so for me to get it caught was horrible! They way I got it caught makes me cringe too, I mean HOW did I manage that? Who knows.. but eeep hoops are cool! I've been looking at some myself too but can't decide what colour to get! Piercing Twinnies! :D ♥ xxx

  7. I was the same with my tongue! I was so scared to change it myself, it is a bit awkward/stingy the first time haha but I think it gets much easier the more you do it and the longer its had to heal at least :) x

  8. I've changed it now! Was a bit of a faff! The ball on the back of my original bar was screwed on so tightly my mum had to get it off with pliers! When I wear it in future I won't be screwing it on so tight! You're right tho, it did sting a bit but once it was in it felt completely normal, so that's a good sign! x

  9. Ohh bless you, at least you managed it without too much pain! And that definitely sounds like a good sign that it's healing well so it should get easier :) good job your mum was there to help, what would we do without mum's, eh? xx

  10. Indeed! I was like, mum, serious help needed!! :') xx

  11. Ouch! It's horrid isn't it, the healing process can be going so well and then one little set back is so painful and annoying! Ah I'm glad to hear it's settled down though! x