Forward helix piercing
is placed on the fold of cartilage that leads close to your head, around
the flat of your ear. This rim piercing is usually opposite the classic helix
piercing position and can be paired with a tragus piercing to create a mirrored
What do I need to know
about forward helix piercing?
The forward helix piercing has seen an increase in
popularity due to celebrities adorning this cute little body mod. Its
popularity can also be attributed to the trend for small dainty piercing
jewellery as this is the perfect placement for adding a petite gem or design
such as a star. For those with the anatomy to support it, multiple forward
helix piercings such as a triple forward
helix piercing are a sweet addition to your constellation ear jewellery.
Do forward helix
piercings heal easily?
Due to their placement, forward
helix piercings can take a long time to fully heal. They tend to get caught
on hair and are sometimes knocked but this is true of many upper ear cartilage
piercings. To easily heal your forward helix piercing, keep your hair tied back
and stick to your aftercare routine. Regularly check that no hair is wrapped
around your jewellery and clean away any ear debris build-up. This piercing
usually takes 3 months to heal but can take up to 12 months to be completely
healed. Healing times will vary depending on the care for your piercing, if it
is regularly knocked, and how effectively your body heals.
Your initial piercing jewellery may be a long labret bar
that can be changed to a shorter bar once any swelling has subsided.
What are the benefits
of forward helix piercing?
It is thought that some ear cartilage piercings work in a
similar way to acupuncture giving benefits such as relieving tension, anxiety,
and headaches by working with nerves and blood circulation. Much of this is
simply anecdotal so the benefits of forward helix piercing are currently
unproven. If you relate the location of the forward helix piercing to
acupuncture it may be possible that the position has benefits for muscle
tension and blood circulation.
How painful is forward
Like most ear cartilage piercings, the forward helix piercing pain level is usually around 3-5 out of 10
on the pain scale. While pain is relative and information is gathered anecdotally
many people find that upper cartilage piercings do not hurt as much as they
expect. During the healing process, generally the discomfort and swelling will only
last a few days and once the piercing is healed it shouldn’t hurt at all. If
you do suddenly experience any forward
helix pain once your piercing is healed check that there is nothing caught
on the jewellery such as hair and that the jewellery is not damaged.
Does forward helix
hurt more than tragus?
The forward helix usually hurts less than the tragus because
the cartilage in the upper area of the ear of thinner.
How do you take care
of a forward helix?
To take care of your forward helix piercing, clean it twice
a day with piercing aftercare solution, saline solution or salt and boiled
water (make sure to allow the water to cool before cleaning). Continue this
routine for at least 3 months while your piercing is healing. Being vigilant
with your cleaning routine will help you to avoid infection and speed up
healing time. During this time don’t change your jewellery, avoid using any
cosmetics on the area, and try not to knock or put pressure on the piercing.
Can you sleep on
forward helix piercing?
It is advised not to sleep on your forward helix piercing
while it is healing. The additional pressure and movement may cause the healing
process to take longer. Once your forward helix piercing is fully healed you
can sleep on it. Take care not to catch it in your bedding by choosing plain
pillowcases. During healing and after if you do not find it comfortable to
sleep on, using a doughnut pillow, travel neck pillow, or V pillow can be more
comfortable as you can place your ear in the hole while still supporting your
head while you sleep. Getting a new piercing on only one ear will allow you to
still sleep on your side or your back without putting pressure on your
How long does forward
helix stay sore?
How long your forward helix piercing stays sore is a
completely subjective question. It depends on how it healed and how your body
reacted to your new piercing. Look out for signs such as redness, discharge,
swelling and bumps. Some people experience no soreness and very little bleeding
after a piercing. However, for others, it may be sore for up to a week after
the initial piercing. Then the piercing may periodically become sore if it
flares up or is knocked. Piercings may get sore from time to time but if you
consistently experience discomfort and you think your piercing should already
be healed, talk to one of our piercers for advice.
The forward helix piercing tends to have an initial healing
period of 3 months, after which it is less sensitive. However, for cartilage
piercings to fully heal you may be waiting 6 months to a year.
Can you wear
headphones with a forward helix?
We recommend only using earbuds with your fresh forward
helix piercing and waiting until it is fully healed to wear over-the-ear
headphones. The upper placement of the ear
piercing forward helix means that you should be able to comfortably wear
in-ear headphones however it is worth waiting until the initial swelling has
How do you change a
forward helix piercing?
Usually, a forward helix piercing uses a labret bar. This
type of forward helix jewellery is
easy to change by unscrewing the ball and taking the jewellery out of the back
of your piercing hole. You can then insert a different bar, making sure it is
the same size or try a very small hoop. If you are unsure about changing your
piercing jewellery you can change the add on ball without removing the bar or
you can visit a piercer for assistance.
Forward helix jewelry
Helix Piercing Jewellery: Three matching or complimentary labret studs. A
popular design is to have matching gemstones or an assortment of shapes.
Piercing Hoop: A small forward helix
hoop can be used in your piercing once it has healed. Try a segment ring or
BCR forward helix ring in your
piercing but make sure to check the size that you need.
Piercing Earrings: The easiest switch to make is to earrings. Get a flat
back stud such as a labret to adorn your piercing. Alternatively, keep the bar
you were pierced with and screw on a different gem or accessory to the end to
change the look. Popular designs include stars, moons, and gemstones.
Forward helix piercings may have started as a celebrity
trend but we think they are here to stay as they make a cute addition to
constellation ear piercings and offer a dainty alternative to other ear
cartilage piercing placements.
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