Here's what I did to fix it. mismazda from a southern georgia peach on July 21, 2012: Useful hub..I will be getting me some saline solution to use..thanks for the informative article... Oxidized silver is black; oxidized copper is green. Dry skin around ear piercing? Once or twice a week, remove the jewelry and soak it and the site with saline solution before reinserting. Take out the jewelry that is creating the problem and replace it with something made of implant-grade surgical stainless steel. You can order surgical stainless steel jewelry online, or you can go to a nearby tattoo parlor/body piercer and buy it directly from them. Freaking amazed! I took out my piercing a month ago. If you got pierced by a piercer who is not an Association of Professional Piercers member, who used poor materials—like jewelry that’s externally threaded—or who gave poor aftercare advice (such as recommending the use of tea tree oil on healing piercings ), then this is a sign that your piercer is an amateur. Most pieces of body jewelry that you find online or at places like Claire's are made of low-grade alloys. Studies show that retinoids can slightly reduce the size and symptoms, particularly itchiness, of keloids. Had my nose ring out for 2 years and the grey mark is as visible as ever... Do you think I should get it re-pierced and wear proper jewelry to fix it? Some piercing bumps appear due to poor piercing practices. If you know that you get keloids and you need surgery, be sure to inform your surgeon. Seriously about to get a nose job just to get rid of this gray dot! However, pressure earrings are also very uncomfortable for most people, and they need to be worn for 16 hours a day for 6 to 12 months. Prompt treatment can help prevent potentially serious complications. The piercing itself might excrete a very thin puss-like liquid. This problem isn't with just piercings. Continued use can make the skin raw and angry making the area weakened enough to allow infection to get into the site of the piercing. You can try those options after you've cleared up the tarnish. im so confused its like black on the inside of my ear piercing not on the outside so i dont know if its just dead skin cells or argyria. If you did let it close up, go to a skin care professional and ask for glycolic acid peels. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 50 to 80 percent of keloids shrink after treatment with injections. When treated with surgery alone, keloids usually come back. A keloid can form from any kind of injury to your skin. It depends on your nose and the black/gray patch. This oxidization is what causes the gray stain. But if you used the wrong jewelry during the initial healing process, the discoloration might be permanent. Sometimes they develop quickly, but usually they appear several months after you pierce your ear. I need advice because I’ve been trying not to freak out too much about it since it’s my first piercing I’ve ever gotten. Learn all…, Avocados boast an impressive list of skin-boosting benefits. What kind of metal won't turn the hole black? Keloids are overgrowths of scar tissue caused by trauma to your skin. I changed the jewlery to surgical steel last night. All About Chamois Cream (aka Anti-Chafing Cream). Signs and Symptoms Of Infected Ear Piercing. Eczema is a skin disorder that can appear anywhere on the body, including the ear. Although I wasn't crazy about my skin turning weird colors, I had long hair that could easily hide it, so I wasn't too worried. Redness around the piercing is one of the early signs of an infection. You’ll receive injections every three to four weeks until the keloid improves. becauseilive (author) from N.J. on November 29, 2011: @TransferAmerica - Unfortunately, this probably will not work if the piercing is already closed up. Do you think it’s just bruising a little. When your ears show the following symptoms, you should understand that something goes wrong with your new ear piercing. Also, it isn't a new piercing, I've had it for almost 6 years now. Through a combination of knowledge and improvisation, I was able to get rid of the gray nearly 90% of the way (so far). I'm continuing to clean them cause I'm nervous they still aren't healed or worse are infected. I don't have this problem anywhere else on my skin or around any other piercings. the skin around my ear piercing is getting dry and flaky..theres no discharge coming from the piercing..so i'm not sure if its infected or not i got a my piercing around 5 weeks ago so its not too new... i still clean it twice a day using an ear care solution..the ones that have Benzalkonium Chloride written on the bottle. Hi.. Very helpful! Getting your ears pierced might not feel like a serious injury, but that’s sometimes how your body sees it. They’re common after ear piercings and can form on both the lobe and cartilage of your ear. Over cleaning with a strong, or harsh, cleanser can cause the skin to become lightly tender to the touch and can give the surface a plastic-like sheen. Your doctor can surgically remove a keloid from your ear using a scalpel. Discoloration is one of the risks you take when you get something pierced. He replied, "Not now there isn't." Can Powdered Vitamin C Improve the Health of Your Facial Skin? These are earrings that place uniform pressure on part of your ear, which can help prevent a keloid from forming after surgery. vaseline)on the jewelry and the pearcing prior to insertion and the pearcing should be washed with alcohol (with jewelry taken out) at least once per week. Sterling silver will likely tarnish, and the blackish oxidization will become trapped inside the healing tissue, where it can leave a permanent black or gray "tattoo" mark at the piercing site. If you use other types of salt or too much salt, this can also dry out the skin. Out of sight, out of mind. my skin is white but the skin around my piercing is whiter. If someone in your immediate family gets keloids, ask your dermatologist to do a test in a discreet area before you get any piercings, tattoos, or cosmetic surgery. The product I've used on all … Swelling around the ear piercing site that constantly gets worse. Sondra from Neverland on November 28, 2011: Oh, this is very important information with so many people getting facial piercings now. I did some research and was told that the discoloration of the skin is irreversible without intervention by a dermatologist and the use of lasers—neither of which I could afford. As English has pointed out, cheaper jeweleries from the far East should be purchased with caution as too often corners are cut in order to maintain a low price (you only get what you pay for). I've tried loads of different things to fix it, but nothing seems to help. Welcome to read this article on preventive solutions and treatments for infected ear piercing. what does this mean? How do I get rid of it!!!!!???? PG is among the relatively common skin lesions and is believed to occur due to a reactive proliferation of capillary blood vessels, and therefore sometimes it is also known as lobular capillary hemangioma. If you are over-cleaning it, I think this can dry the skin and the inside of the piercing out. I've stilled got my nose pierced and I have the grayish mark, will it still work and eventually fade? You may have also noticed thread-like lines that are inflamed around the pierced area. This usually takes about four office visits. That's a good way to get an irritation bump. After a person pierces her lip or other body part, she may develop dark spots around the pierced area. While there are no clinically proven home remedies that can completely remove keloids, there are a few treatments you can use to reduce their appearance. I learned this the hard way. This is all normal and nothing to worry about,” she adds. ), these metals tarnish and often cause the skin around a piercing to oxidize. You might be interested in knowing that piercing has existed in different forms for as long as 5,000 years and body piercing is one of the oldest and most telling forms of decoration. 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