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As most of you know from a previous post, in April this year I got my tragus and conch pierced. Since then I unfortunately accumulated a bump on both. I’m still struggling with my bumps but in research, I have tried some methods that I’ve both benefitted and not benefitted from. I hope that my experience will help you with any difficult aberrations you may have developed from a piercing.
Keep in mind, everyone’s skin type is different so my results may not be the same as yours!
How a bump forms: Bumps are formed by a tear in the healing tissue around the piercing. The tear can be caused by aggressive handling of the piercing through clothing tugs, aggressive cleaning, etc. From research bumps are normal and very common. Even with the best cleaning bumps still can form. The bump is there to attempt to remove the piercing out of the tissue as it is a foreign object.
3 months after the piercing after the bumps formed
Saline Solution: This is the #1 recommended healing solution to use for a piercing especially when in the first few months. Pour 1/8 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt rocks into a cup of warm water. Keep healing tissue in water for 5 – 10 mins. Do this 2 – 3 times a day. Rinse your piercing from any residue.
You can apply a sodden tissue/cloth of the saline solution on your piercing if it is too difficult to hold the cup to the piercing. I recommend crushing the sea salt rocks to better mix with the water. Also the water should be rather hot to gain the best results.
Tea Tree Oil: Dab a bit of tea tree oil with a cotton swab around the piercing hole about 4 times a week. For some skin types, tea tree oil is considered strong so you can also mix the oil with water. Do not rinse the oil off.
For myself, this solution helped reduce the bump in the beginning but after a while the bump remained and returned to its previous size. It is possible that the tea tree oil became too strong and in fact irritated the bumps rather than helped it.
Chamomile Tea Bags: Soak the chamomile tea bag in warm water and soak your piercing in the tea for 5 -10 mins a day. Rinse off any remaining residue.
After trying a whole box of chamomile tea bags, this solution had no effect on my bumps.
Non-Coated Aspirin, Sea Salt, and Tea Tree Oil: Grind non-coated Aspirin (if you cannot find non-coated Aspirin you can easily use chewable tablets) and sea salt rocks together. Mix the solids with tea tree oil and water. You can choose to just mix with tea tree oil if you find your skin responds well to it or just use water if you don’t have tea tree oil or find that you may be allergic. The mix will form a grindy paste. Place the paste on the bump for 60 seconds and rinse off excess residue. Do this 1 – 2 times daily.
This method was given to me by a piercing expert from Piercing and Tattoo parlour Adrenaline. I’ve been using this solution for the past week and it has been the best result I’ve had so far. In a matter of days my bumps had reduced considerably and kept them the same reduced size ever since.
After a week of trying non-coated Aspirin, sea salts and tea tree oil
If the bump persists or increases in size after trying these methods you may be allergic to the metal piercing. You can choose to use a new piercing material or you may have to remove the piercing completely.
I hope that my research and experience helps you!
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