If you’re interested in piercing your own ear, it’s important to know that infection is a major risk. But that risk is greatly reduced if you follow strict aftercare guidelines and use sterilized equipment and hypoallergenic jewelry. Taking the time to sanitize your tools and clean your hands before you start is also critical. In addition, you should use a sterile needle or ear piercing gun and alcohol to prevent bacteria from entering the ear.
While a sewing needle is an easy tool to find at home, it’s not the best tool for piercing ears because it can introduce germs into the area. According to beauty hacks 4 all, the trauma inflicted on the ear by the needle makes it particularly vulnerable to bacterial contamination, especially if it isn’t sanitized correctly. The at-home sterilization methods suggested by the site include antiseptic lotion, boiling water or rubbing alcohol.
Once you have all the materials and are ready to pierce, wash your hands thoroughly with rubbing alcohol or 70% pre-packaged isopropyl. Then, place a square of new sponge behind your ear (for lobe piercings) or on the bottom of your earlobe if you’re piercing cartilage. The sponge will absorb the force of the needle and reduce your chances of bleeding. Then, carefully push the needle through and insert the earring.