Aftercare and Cleaning
Aftercare after a fresh stretch should be minimal. If you stretch properly, there should be no tears or damage to your skin, and thus no need to treat your stretches as if they were fresh piercings. Above all, avoid doing anything to disrupt the healing process, such as using harsh chemicals on your ears (like rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide).
After stretching, there should be no bleeding or pain. A slight soreness or tingling may be okay, but any bleeding or significant pain should be dealt with immediately by removing your earrings and downsizing to your previous size. Wait until your ears are completely healed before attempting to stretch again.
It can be helpful to use a saline (salt) solution on your ears. Combine sea salt (non-iodized) and warm water and soak your ears in the solution for a few minutes, using approximately 1/8 of a teaspoon of salt to each cup of water. Commercial saline solutions in a convenient spray form are also available, often sold as nasal decongestants. Use any form of saline sparingly, no more than once or twice a day.
Regular oil massages can be helpful to stimulate bloodflow in the earlobes and promote healing. Leave your ears mostly alone for the first few days after a stretch, and resume oil massaging after jewelry can be removed easily and doesn't feel overly tight.
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