Expert guide to healthy healing of your helix piercing by Luna Piercings

Helix Piercing Care Guide

At Luna Piercings, helix piercings are not just another product we offer; they are our passion. Known for their elegance and the ability to enhance the aesthetic of the ear, helix piercings have become a favorite among our clients.

If you've fallen for the charm of helix piercings, you might be wondering about the healing process. How long does it take? When is it safe to change the jewelry? Don't worry, you've come to the right place for expert advice.

Helix Piercing Healing Process

Located on the upper rim of the ear, the helix piercing is popular due to its relatively short healing time compared to other cartilage piercings, requiring about three to six months to fully heal. However, caution is needed as the area is sensitive to bumps and snags.

Stages of Healing Your Helix Piercing:

  1. From Day One to a Few Weeks: Immediately after piercing, it's common for the ear to be red, swollen, and painful. You may notice some discharge of pus or blood for a few days, but don’t worry, this usually resolves quickly, typically within a few weeks.

  2. From a Few Weeks to 3 Months: Crusts form and the pain gradually subsides. Swelling abates, and this phase can last a few weeks as your ear continues to heal.

  3. After the First Few Months: Crusts disappear, leaving behind a clean, well-formed hole. The initial stages of healing can be lengthy, sometimes taking up to three months, requiring patience on your part.
Professional advice for the care and healing of your helix piercing.

Professional Tips for Caring for and Healing Your Helix Piercing

  1. Daily Care Routine: It’s crucial to maintain a regular cleaning routine for your helix piercing. Use a sterile saline-soaked gauze or pH-neutral soap to gently clean around the piercing at least once a day during the first few weeks. This helps to remove potential bacteria and prevent infections. Avoid applying chemicals like creams, lotions, or makeup near the piercing as they can irritate the wound and slow the healing process. We advise continuing these care practices for at least 3 months post-piercing.

  2. Bump Protection: The helix piercing is particularly vulnerable to bumps and snags. To minimize risks, avoid sports or physical activities where your ear might be hit. Be mindful not to catch headphones, headsets, or even your hair on the jewelry during daily routines. Pay attention when putting on pullovers or t-shirts, as these are common times for snags to occur! Keeping hair tied back can help prevent it from tangling around the piercing.

  3. Material Choices: Selecting the right material for your piercing jewelry is essential to avoid allergic reactions and promote rapid healing. Recommended materials include gold, titanium, and surgical stainless steel, known for their biocompatibility and corrosion resistance. Avoid jewelry containing nickel, often found in cheaper alloys, as it is a common allergen. Initially, your piercer will install a first piece of jewelry, which we recommend keeping until the piercing has fully healed.

  4. Healthy Lifestyle: A healthy body heals better. Adopt a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals that support skin regeneration and inflammation reduction. Make sure to stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Adequate sleep is also crucial; proper rest allows your body to repair and rejuvenate itself.

  5. Symptom Monitoring: Keep a close eye on how your piercing progresses. Persistent redness, pain, swelling, or discharge could indicate an infection. If these symptoms arise, it’s important to consult your piercer or a healthcare professional for appropriate advice and to avoid complications.

  6. Patience with Jewelry Changes: While it might be tempting to change your piercing jewelry before the healing period is complete, it's crucial to wait until the cartilage is fully healed. This process can take up to six months. If you wish to change your jewelry, it should ideally be done by your piercer, who can assess the healing and perform the change safely.

  7. Professional Consultation: The choice of your piercer can greatly influence the healing process. Ensure you choose a qualified professional who uses sterile, single-use equipment. Jewelry stores using piercing guns can cause additional trauma to the cartilage, which is avoidable with the use of a needle by a professional piercer. The precision and gentleness of the manual technique promote better healing.

  8. Proper Sleeping Habits: Avoid sleeping on the pierced ear to prevent irritations and pressure that can disrupt healing. Use a headband to protect the ear or adjust your sleeping position to put less weight on the pierced side.


While the healing process for a helix piercing is generally quick, it requires careful attention and patience. We're here to make every step of your piercing experience as enjoyable and safe as possible. With Luna Piercings, learn to properly care for your helix piercing for optimal healing.

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