I’m trying to get my ears to get used to earrings again after ten years of not wearing them. I bought some studs the other weekend and managed to get them through the holes in my earlobes which, shockingly, hadn’t closed up in all that time. There wasn’t even any blood. But now it’s getting more and more painful to put in earrings after about two earring-less days have gone by, I suspect my earlobes are conspiring against me and trying to heal over. So, I think I need to retrain. When I got pierced, back in middle school, I was given a solution to soak around the earrings and then I had to turn them once or twice a day. What should I use for that,
rubbing alcohol? peroxide? (Turns out both of those are to be avoided.) Anybody have any tips on encouraging my newly reused holes to stay open?
update: Thank you so much to everybody who left advice. It seems the consensus is that I need to buy nickel-less hoops (more comfortable to sleep in) from a piercing place in a starter gauge and leave them in for at least two weeks. To keep it clean a soak in saltwater (1/4 teaspoon to 1 up hot water) as many times a day as I need. Extra thanks go to Christine who left this link to the aftercare guidelines from the Association of Professional Piercers.