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.
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
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.