How to prevent an ear stretching blowout
I know I have already said this earlier in this blog, but just to smack you in the face one more time. STRETCH SLOWLY. Now everyone's ears are different and every ear will heal and stretch at a different rate, but I know some people really need to know a time frame. The most common answer on how long to wait between sizes is 4-6 weeks.
Massage your Ears with Oil
One tip for keeping your stretched ears healthy is to massage them. There are studies that show that massaging your ears 5 minutes a day will help break down scar tissue that may have been forming. Adding oil like Jojoba oil will help keep your skin from drying out and cracking. Dry cracked stretched ears are one of the first steps toward an ear blowout.
Do not skip sizes while stretching ears
When you stretch your ears it is important not to skip sizes and properly let your ears heal. Typically ears are stretched in increments of 1mm. For example, we have seen a lot of people who have blowouts when they jump from 2G (6mm) up to 0G (8mm). This is a big jump. To ease the stretch of your ears we recommend stretching from 2G (6mm) to 1G (7mm).
The same goes for the stretch from 0G (8mm) to 00G (10mm). We recommend giving your ears a break by stretching to 9mm. Here is a link to single flare plugs that we sell both 7mm and 9mm to help prevent a blowout. SINGLE FLARE OBSIDIAN PLUGS
If you feel pain STOP.
The number one thing to remember while stretching your ears is it should not be a constant painful experience. You should not be forcing plugs in your ears. Obviously, if you are bleeding this is not good. If you are feeling extreme pain or bleeding it is time to stop and allow your ears to heal. If you do not you WILL have an ear blowout.