Piercing Rejection

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The difficulty of piercing rejection is one that many people come across.  The process occurs when a piercing is forced out of the body; in other words, rejected.  The skin is not used to having foreign objects embedded in it and so the body will sometimes react to a piercing as it would to something like a splinter.  This is one of the main reasons that piercing rejection occurs.

The rate of piercing rejections significantly increases when discussing surface piercings.  This is because they are a more complex and sensitive procedure than one that goes all the way through a body part. More skin is affected and there is less of an anchor keeping it in place, as well as the healing process taking longer. Excessive movement, friction, poor quality jewellery, improper piercing technique and even accidental bumping can increase the risk of piercing rejection in these instances.

Signs of piercing rejection include redness, swelling, itching, soreness and shrinking of the piercing holes. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to take immediate action. Contact the shop where you got your piercing and ask for advice on how to deal with the rejection. They may ask you to come in so that they can see whether piercing rejection is occurring and address it in person. 

Research piercing parlours in your area to see who has the best reputation then visit them to make sure that their equipment is sterile and the environment is clean. Educating yourself on the best type of jewellery for the piercing you want is also a good idea. Being informed and careful is the best way to reduce the risk of piercing rejection and keep it looking great.


Meanwhile, do not do anything that may increase the piercing rejection rate.

Don’t remove the jewellery if you believe the piercing to be infected; this will promote closure of the exit holes and leave the infection trapped under the skin. Avoid touching the area too much as this will increase irritation and can transfer dirt or bacteria from your hands. Gentle cleaning can be performed at home with the recommended cleaning solution or a salt-soak. 

If you choose this method, be very gentle as too much rubbing or bumping can increase piercing rejection complications. Keep an eye on the area and go to the doctor if the rejection or infection gets worse.

To lower the risk of piercing rejection, proper care must be taken. This starts when first considering the type and location of the piercing. Try not to pick an area that experiences a lot of movement or will likely be bumped if pierced. 

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