The Tea: Answering Your Piercing Questions, Vol. 13
Hey Body Candy Fam!
Happy Thursday, y'all! The Tea is my favorite part of the week - it's my every-Thursday blog where we discuss piercings, tattoos, body mods, and all-things Body Candy! I hope you're all doing well.
I've been getting an insane amount of questions lately... And I want to make sure I keep up with your pierced/modified conundrums! Stay tuned for Dear Alley on Saturday, but until then, here's another edition of Answering Your Piercing Questions!
Today, we have questions from Lacie, Jennifer, and Shanika - we're talking about tricky belly rings and how to heal them; a 30 year old belly piercing, and what to do about a piercing bump on your nose ring.
- "About 2 years ago I got my belly button pierced and it had a hard time healing. I’m not sure if my body was rejecting the jewelry or it having to do with the fact that I gained weight afterwards, but with that being said, I left my piercing in for about a year & a half after getting it pierced & I feel as if it never was healing because it constantly hurt & was always sore (I was still cleaning it properly). I took my belly ring out one night & within the next morning my whole had closed. It left a major scar & it’s about 1 inch long: ( But I really miss my piercing & it was super cute! What is your opinion on getting it redone?" - Lacie
- "I have a belly piercing that I had done when I was 29. Now, I'm 58 and my skin is naturally thinning from getting older. My belly ring still looks good, but I've noticed the area of the piercing is getting smaller. Is this common in us older gals? I'm assuming this is a natural occurrence for aging, but I'd like your take on this. Thank you so much Alley!" - Jennifer
- "I tried switching my nose ring only after a couple weeks.. I ended up keeping the original nose ring and the after effect is a bump in place of my nose ring. I took the nose ring out but there’s still a bump. How can I get rid of it?" - Shanika
Cartilage piercings are notoriously tricky to heal up. That particular area of your ear is avascular, meaning it doesn't receive a lot of blood flow. Because of this, it means they usually take up to a year to heal completely. One of the trickiest parts of having a new cartilage piercing is learning how to navigate around it, especially if you're a person with long hair. After all, you can't just stop showering for a year while your new piercing heals. There are certain tips and techniques for making sure you have a safe and happy healing process. You can try the "flip your hair to the side" method while you're in the shower, or you can try the "upside-down" method for hair washing. Your best defense to maintaining a healthy cartilage piercing though is to simply be mindful! Be cognizant of where your hands are while you're styling your hair. Be careful with your hands and your brushes. Learn to love a hairstyle that's out of the way from your cartilage piercing. Here's the ultimate guide for protecting your new piercing in the shower: How To Wash Your Hair With A New Cartilage Piercing.
For my first recommendation this week, I suggest taking a peek at our New Arrivals collection! Body Candy is all about SELECTION. We're always uploading new stuff for you to explore and enjoy... Probably some jewelry themes you never even though existed. Lately, it's been lots of amazing spring stuff - think beautiful flowers, natural stone plugs, and other exciting options. Check out our amazing new arrivals now! Second, I'm gonna show off our Matte Body Jewelry collection. This one is AMAZING for adding just the right amount of color pop to your look. We've got matte body jewelry in just about every color - blue, pink, teal, grey, black, you name it! They also come in lots of different styles. Horseshoe. Industrial. Cartilage. Labret. You name it. Last but not least, take a look at our robust sunflower body jewelry collection. It's been very lovely here in Buffalo lately, and it has me thinking about summer months. I know the sunflowers aren't anywhere near blooming yet, but it doesn't mean you can't embody this beautiful look through your body jewelry. We've got everything sunflower - sunflower belly rings, sunflower plugs, sunflower industrials. Check it out above!
In case these editions of Answering Your Piercing Questions aren't enough for you, I also have a Saturday column called Dear Alley where I answer your questions in an advice-style segment. Have you been wondering about a tricky belly button piercing? Are your nipple piercings giving you a bit of trouble? Wondering about piercing laws in your state? Let me help! I'm not a pro piercer or a medical professional, but I can certainly point you in the right direction. Send me an email at DearAlley@bodycandy.com and you might end up in my column. Looking forward to hearing from you all!
Our March monthly clubs are in full swing right now... And I have to say, this batch is one of my favorites so far. If you're wondering what our monthly club is, you're officially invited to join! It's a group of pierced and modified folks who love keeping their jewelry game fresh and up-to-date at a price nobody can hate. We've got a club for lots of different jewelry types - think belly ring club; nose ring club; industrial bar club; septum/daith club; tongue ring club; nipple ring club; cartilage earring club; labret club; and even a club for our exclusive Christopher David vitamin C skin serum. Every month, we'll send you three (3) pieces of body jewelry, right to your door, no questions asked. Stay fresh and fierce with our monthly clubs - check them out now!