Getting bored of the same old ear piercing that you’ve had forever? Want to get a body piercing that’s unique, stylish, and edgy? An industrial earring is right up your alley. It’s time to learn all about both types of industrial piercings. Today we will go over the piercing locations, healing times, and everything else you’ll need to know. Get ready for our favorite class: Industrial Piercings 101! Your guide to getting industrial earrings.

Before we get started on all this info, it’s important to remember that healing times can vary and that different types of piercings take longer to heal. Industrial piercings usually take about 2-3 months to heal on average, but this isn’t a guarantee. Keeping up with the piercing care is a MUST during the healing process. It’s also important to avoid changing jewelry during this healing period. Keep in mind that body piercings NEED to be done by professionals for obvious safety reasons. Once you finish reading our complete guide to industrial piercings, make sure to check out our site for all your body jewelry needs!

Industrial Piercing

What is an Industrial Piercing?

Industrial Piercing Location:

An industrial bar piercing is a helix piercing that connects to another part of the ear cartilage with a straight barbell. The most common industrial piercing connects the forward helix and the antihelix. The industrial jewelry lays across the top of the ear running horizontally.

Industrial Piercing Process:

This body piercing is typically performed with a hollow 14 or 16-gauge piercing needle.

How much does an industrial piercing cost?

Industrial piercing cost depends on where you live and which piercing studio you choose. There are different types of piercings that have varying prices.

How much do industrial piercings hurt?

Industrial piercing pain depends on your pain tolerance. We recommend talking to a piercing professional about pain management before getting your cartilage pierced.

Why shouldn’t I get an industrial piercing?

If you’re questioning whether or not you should get an industrial piercing, we recommend talking to a professional and considering everything before committing. Not every piercing is for everyone, and that’s okay! Take your time deciding if you want an industrial piercing, and speak with a professional to make sure you’re making the best decision you can for your body. If you decide that you want one, Spencer’s has tons of cute industrial bar jewelry to choose from.

Vertical Double Conch Industrial Piercing

What is a Vertical Double Conch Industrial Piercing?

Vertical Double Conch Industrial Piercing Location:

A conch piercing that runs through the inside ear cartilage vertically, piercing both the inner and out parts of the conch. This piercing runs across the ear vertically.

Vertical Double Conch Industrial Piercing Process:

This body piercing is typically performed with a hollow 16-gauge piercing needle.

Other Types of Cartilage Piercings:

Besides industrial piercings and vertical double conch industrial piercings, there are several types of cartilage piercings to choose from (helix piercings, forward helix piercing, rook piercings, tragus piercings, etc.). To learn more about all the different types of cartilage piercings, as well as different jewelry styles, check out Cartilage Piercing: Everything You Need to Know.

Industrial Jewelry

An industrial barbell is the recommended jewelry for this type of piercing. There are industrial barbells with varying designs (such as the popular arrow industrial bar piercing) which may have a higher price than standard straight barbells. The most common jewelry materials are surgical steel, titanium, and bioplastic. We recommend calling a professional piercer for more information. Be sure to keep the same piece of jewelry in during the healing process. Once you’ve healed properly, check out our awesome industrial piercing barbells and other types of jewelry!

Industrial Jewelry Care:

Clean your jewelry with antibacterial soap and warm water.

Can I get an allergic reaction?

Having an allergic reaction to your industrial piercing jewelry is a possibility, and could result in a rash, redness, or bumps. Contact a piercing professional and make sure that getting an industrial ear piercing is the right move for you. Be sure to discuss jewelry material options before getting pierced. Most of our industrial bar jewelry is made of surgical steel or titanium. Check with a doctor beforehand to learn more about your allergies.

How long should I wait to change my industrial piercing jewelry?

You need to wait until the body piercing is completely healed before changing jewelry. Healing can take up to 12 weeks, so it’s important that you use the same piece of jewelry during that time and keep up with the piercing aftercare.

Internally Threaded vs Externally Threaded Jewelry:

With internally threaded jewelry, the ball is threaded into the barbell. With externally threaded jewelry, the barbell is threaded into the ball. Threadless jewelry is also a popular option.

Industrial Barbells
Industrial Barbells

Industrial Piercing Aftercare

Industrial Piercing Healing Time and Tips:

Cartilage piercing healing times can vary, but the industrial piercing typically takes anywhere from 8-12 weeks or longer to heal. We recommend talking to a piercing professional about the healing period, piercing bumps or swelling, and cleaning routines before getting your piercing. Always be sure to keep up with the industrial piercing aftercare. Cleaning your piercing regularly is extremely important.

How do I care for my industrial piercing?

We recommend speaking with your piercing professional for guidelines on industrial piercing care, but you can learn more about how to clean your piercing and jewelry, types of piercings, types of jewelry, and general piercing info on our blog.

How do you give yourself an industrial piercing?

You don’t! All piercings need to be performed by a professional piercer at a piercing studio to prevent any possible infections or other complications during the healing process.

More Piercing Info

Want to learn more about body piercing? Check out some of our favorite guides, including the ear lobe piercing guide, rook piercing guide, conch piercing guide, tragus piercing guide, daith piercing guide, and more!

Now that we’ve gone over all of the most important piercing info, let’s go shopping! Spencer’s is the headquarters for all of your body jewelry needs.

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