How to Take Your Piercing Earrings Out (After You Heal)

Congratulations on your new piercing! Whether it’s a recent piercing or you’re approaching the end of your healing period, one of the most popular questions we’re asked is about taking out your piercing earrings for the first time.

When can I take my starter earrings out?

For earlobe piercings, you can change your earrings 6 weeks from the date of your piercing. For a cartilage piercing, you will want to wait 12 weeks for your piercing to heal before wearing new earrings. To protect your piercing, we recommend wearing light stud style earrings for 6 months after your piercing has healed.

How do I remove my Inverness piercing earrings?

Like our piercing process, removing your Inverness earrings is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. First, always wash your hands before touching your new piercing! Whether you’re still in the healing period or it’s time to change your piercing earrings, always wash your hands before touching your ears.
  2. To take your earrings out, hold the Inverness Safety Back™ firmly with one hand and grasp the earring front with your dominant hand to hold it steady.
  3. Then, pull firmly on the back (we recommend placing your fingernails over the lip of the back) and your earring should release easily.

If you experience any resistance, clean the earring back carefully with your Inverness Ear Care Solution before trying again. Sometimes hair product (shampoo, conditioners etc.) can build up inside the Safety Back™ making it more difficult to remove. If you saturate the back and twist while cleaning, the solution can get inside the back to dissolve any hair product that may have built up.

How can I keep my piercing from closing?

Earlobe piercings: for the first 6 months after your 6 week healing period has ended, do not go more than 24 hours without wearing an earring or your piercing may close.

Cartilage piercings: for the first 6 months after your 12 week healing period has ended, you will need to wear an earring 24/7 or your new piercing may close.

Still have questions? Feel free to visit our website or contact us directly for answers!

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