Everything you need to know about conch piercings

The conch piercing is a gorgeous placement that can be used to show off a variety of jewellery.

This guide contains information about conch piercings including the jewellery you can wear and pain levels as well as aftercare tips and healing times.

What is a conch piercing?

The conch, which gets its name from the ear’s resemblance to a conch shell, is located in the inner cup part of your ear.

There are two options for getting a conch pierced: inner or outer.

An inner conch is pierced towards the centre of the ear with the intention of wearing a statement stud whereas an outer conch makes way for a hoop and is pierced closer to the edge of the ear.

A conch can be pierced once or twice if you want to maximise the jewellery you can wear.

How painful is a conch piercing?

We would rate a conch piercing a 7/10 on the pain scale but this can vary from person to person.

What jewellery can you wear in a conch piercing?

A conch piercing is a perfect placement for both studs and clicker hoops.

Make a statement with something big and sparkly or choose daintier pieces if you’ve got multiple conch piercings.

For optimum healing, you will be pierced initially with a stud that has a longer post length before sizing down to a shorter length stud or a clicker hoop once the swelling has subsided.

Jewellery for healed conch piercings

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What is the aftercare for a conch piercing?

To ensure your conch piercing heals well, we would recommend the following tips:

  • Gently clean your new piercing twice daily with a sterile saline solution - we love Neilmed piercing mist. Moisture can lead to bacteria so make sure you dry the area afterwards - the cool setting on a hairdryer works well.
  • Take extra care when removing clothes and styling hair to avoid snagging the jewellery.
  • Sleep on the opposite side of your piercing or use a donut travel pillow.
  • Avoid swimming in lakes, pools or hot tubs for 2-3 weeks while the piercing is still fresh.
  • Visit your piercer for a routine check up consultation around 6 weeks after. They'll check if you need to downsize the post of your stud - downsizing can help the healing process once the initial swelling has subsided.
  • And lastly, leave it alone as much as possible and let the natural healing process occur.

How long does a conch piercing take to heal?

A conch piercing can take anywhere between 6-14 months to fully heal but this varies from person to person.

Laura says:

"Conch piercings are such a centrepiece for the ear. And you can dress them up or down.

Keep it minimal with dainty studs or make a statement with a bold climber stud or solid gold conch hoop."

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