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    How to clean your ear piercing

    Ear piercings are as common as selfies, but that doesn’t mean you should take them for granted. Whether you’re aiming for that cute lobe stud or the edgy helix hoop, caring for your new piercing is key.

    Here’s the lowdown on ear piercings and how to keep them in tip-top shape:

    First off, there are a few prime spots on your ear canvas for piercing. The lobe is the classic starter point—easy to clean, quick to heal, and perfect for showcasing your favourite studs. Then there’s the helix, that chic curve at the top of your ear. It’s a bit slower to heal than the lobe but still a breeze to maintain.

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    Feeling bold? Consider the tragus, that tough little nub just above your lobe. It’s not as common but can be a real statement piece. Plus, some say it might even have calming effects for anxiety and migraines—double win!

    Now, onto the nitty-gritty of aftercare.

    First rule: cleanliness is king. Wash your hands before touching your piercing to avoid any unwanted germs. Use a salt solution (1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) and a clean cotton pad to gently clean the area a few times a day. Dab, don’t wipe, and dry with a clean towel.

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    Keep your piercing routine part of your daily hygiene. Brushing your teeth or hopping in the shower? Time for a gentle clean around your piercing. And when you take out your jewellery (hey, it happens), make sure to clean both the jewellery and the area before putting it back in.

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    Oh, and a word of caution: avoid perfumed soaps and hair products near your piercing, as they can irritate the area. And definitely steer clear of lying on your piercing for long periods—it’s a breeding ground for bacteria!

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    Lastly, keep an eye out for any funky discharge or discolouration. If you spot something off, don’t wait—get it checked by your piercer or doc ASAP.

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    With these tips in mind, you’ll be rocking your ear bling like a pro in no time!

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