How to Cover your Piercings – Part 1

Piercings though widely accepted nowadays are still considered a taboo especially in some educational institutions and workplaces. Also in some situations like an extended family gathering, it is also sometimes easier to hide unusual piercing than to be subject to glares, and a myriad of questions and comments about it. But such prejudice shouldn’t stop us from getting piercings to express ourselves. So go ahead and get a piercing but just cleverly hide it at places where it becomes necessary. You can remove your piercings at times when the situation demands it, and wear it again later. But it can be tiring to remove your piercings on a daily basis and it is also not advisable to do so especially during the healing process. So it is easier to just try and cover them by minimizing their appearance.

 

  • Ear piercing is accepted among women but some forms of extreme ear piercings or multiple piercings are still not. Men with ear piercings are still sometimes subject to discrimination at conservative institution and organizations.

The easiest way to cover ear piercing among women is to let your hair down and cover your ears with it. If you don’t have hair that is long enough then you can wear clear jewellery that is made of materials like quartz or glass as they are visible to the naked eye only on close inspection. You could also try wearing flesh coloured plugs made of silicon or acrylic material to disguise the piercing.  These coloured plugs are especially useful in cases of stretched ears to emulate the look of normal earrings.  If you are in a hurry or stuck in situation with no access to any of the jewellery mentioned earlier, then just grab a scarf or a hat and cover it up.

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  • Tongue piercing is a very new trend and is mostly frowned upon in most cultures. The visibility of the tongue piercing depends on where it is placed on the tongue. The further back it is it is less visible. The easiest way to conceal it is by wearing a clear stud or jewellery that is the colour of the flesh of your tongue. The lesser you play with your piercing the lesser attention you will bring to it.

These suggestions are meant to be used only after the piercing is completely healed, and not on fresh piercings or during the healing period.

Piercings for Men

Traditionally, piercing has always been the woman’s domain. Most women have been getting their ears (and noses) pierced across countries and cultures for centuries now. However, today, in a more liberal world, men are catching up with women in terms of piercing although the common areas pierced are not the same in men and women. Men tend to be more adventurous and have piercings in more unconventional places than women. They also are more likely to get their face pierced than women are. The best piercing spots for men are

Eyebrow Piercings

Eyebrow piercing is done anywhere on the eyebrow or around it either vertically or horizontally. It is best to get them done by a professional piercer with the help of a piercing needle only and not a piercing gun. Always try and wear lightweight eyebrow jewellery, the most common ones being eyebrow rings or barbells.

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Tongue Piercing

Most tongue piercings belong to guys with very few women getting them pierced. It is done on the tip or the lower part of the tongue. Special care has to be taken during tongue piercing and after care also must be maintained very strictly.

Lip Piercing

There are various types of lip piercings. Labret piercing is the piercing done below the lip also known as goatee piercing when done on guys.  It is in the centre, below the lower lip line where the goatee is usually grown, so only a part of the piercing is visible. When the piercing is above the lip in the centre then it is known as medusa piercing. The labret piercing looks better on most guys hence is more common on them than the medusa piercing.

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Septum Piercing

Another facial piercing is the septum piercing. Also known as bull rings, septum piercing is done in the middle of the nose. Here, the septum that separates the two nostrils is pierced. Septum piercing can be painful and is common among both men and women. It can take a long time to heal and must be performed by a professional only

Ear Piercing

It is probably the most common piercing among both men and women. It is one of the easiest methods of body modifications and is the safest one too. It is not frowned upon like a few other piercings, and is widely accepted be it in schools and colleges or at workplace. It has been in practise for many years and is considered a part of many cultures and their rituals. It was probably man’s first attempt at body piercing as it is the easiest and most obvious part to pierce. There are many ways to get your ears pierced. There are simple ones like ear lobe piercings which are more common and ones like stretching and gauging which are rarer because of the risks associated with it.

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No matter which part of the body you choose to get pierced always make sure to use jewellery and piercing equipment from a trusted brand. Go to only a reputed piercing salon or artist and use the right aftercare products till the piercing has completely healed.

Care for New Piercings

Healing time varies from person to person as it depends on their body’s normal healing rate and also depends on the placement of the piercing.. They may take anywhere between 6 weeks to a year to completely heal. The piercing must be taken care of during the entire duration of the healing process to avoid infection and facilitate a smooth healing process.

Clean the piercing with anti-bacterial soap three times a day. For a tongue piercing, rinse your mouth with Listerine each time you eat. Sucking on ice also helps with the pains and swelling.

Don’t touch your piercing too often to avoid infecting it. Every time you touch it make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with an antibacterial handwash. Constant fiddling will also prolong the healing time.

Use a specialized after piercing lotion twice a day to your piercings. Twist or rotate your jewellery after applying the lotion. This action allows the antibacterial agents to penetrate the piercing. Rotating your piercing at least twice a day also ensures that the skin does not heal stuck to the jewellery. Don’t use alcohol or peroxide to clean the area as those will dry out the skin. They help kill germs but also end up killing the white blood cells required for healing and may cause scar tissue.

Cover your ear piercing with a tissue or cloth when using hair products or perfume. Make sure to rinse with water immediately if any product gets into the piercing. Also clean your telephone or any other object that comes in contact with the piercing, with a disinfectant after each use.

Wear loose-fitting clothes or belts for naval piercings and try not to sleep on your stomach, as air circulation is good for healing. Frequently replace your bedding. Try and wear cotton or other soft fabrics, because these will irritate your skin less. If you know you are going to have to wear some kind of itchy clothing, then cover the piercing till you change your clothes. Make sure to wear clothes, scarves or hats that do not snag on your piercing.

Consume a nutritionally rich diet and additionally take a multivitamin that includes zinc and vitamin C. This will help the body fight off infection and promote healing.

Wait at least 3 months before changing your jewelry in order to give it proper time to heal. Jewelry should be continuously worn for 4 to 6 months after that or the piercing can close up.

If the piercing is hurting you badly, or looks infected, then it probably is, and you should go have it checked out before it gets worse. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience throbbing pain, prolonged swelling, prolonged redness or a burning sensation.

Piercings often feel healed when they aren’t because they heal from the outside in. So the aftercare regime must be followed for the full length of the time recommended.