How to reopen a closed ear piercing at home

How to reopen a closed ear piercing at home

A friend of ours has both her lobe and second lobe piercings that were fully healed, but she hadn’t worn earrings in about 5-6 years. Traditional butterfly back earrings bothered her when she slept, and it just wasn’t worth the constant discomfort for her just to enjoy the fun of wearing earrings. I’ve known her for more than 10 years and didn’t even know her ears were pierced! That’s how often she wore earrings as a result of her discomfort. It was such a shame since wearing earrings is a quick and easy way to dress up your daily outfit and make you feel put together without much effort. When we opened our store she was immediately interested since everything we sell will not poke you or cause discomfort, and are the perfect nap earrings. That’s actually when we found out her ears were in fact pierced, so we figured she would make a perfect test subject! Fortunately, her piercings weren’t fully open or closed, so here are the steps we took to reopen her previously pierced ears. 

Step 1

Use a stud post and just check to see if the piercing is open. Make sure to sanitize it with alcohol first! Go through the piercing from the front and if it feels stuck, try going through the piercing hole from the back. If this works, skip to step 4.

Step 2

If the post isn’t completely going through the piercing, you can try to massage the pierced area as well as lightly tug on your lobe away from your head to kind of warm up and stretch out the ear. This will help to soften the skin and make easing the post into the piercing a bit easier. If this works, skip to step 4.


Step 3

If you’ve already gotten to the point where the post is basically through your ear, you feel the post either from the front or the back and can SEE the post coming through, but just can’t get it through the last thin piece of skin, then that last obstacle to work through is scar tissue. At this point we recommend that you see a piercing specialist. We do not advise taking this last step yourself, but our friend was pretty determined at this point since she was able to get through the first two steps but really needed help on this step since she was so close. We first checked to see if there were no blood vessels, used a sharper needle, and poked through that last layer. This took us around 20 minutes to muster up the courage to poke through that last year with enough force. It was so well established and tight over time that we even heard a “POP!” when we pierced through the tissue! She said she didn’t feel a thing at this last stage, but I have to mention she is a BEAST at handling pain! Again, we cannot recommend doing this without the help of a piercing specialist, we just wanted to document our experience.

Step 4

Success! We got the hole opened! Now we just need to leave the piercing in and clean the area at and around the piercing on the front and back of the ear with alcohol or wound wash. If you’re trying to switch to another earring, use the post that is currently in your ear as a guide to lead the new earring in. I have piercings that were unfortunately done in some very weird angles (shown below), so this is a necessary step for me even when changing out my existing earrings.

If none of the steps above worked for you, we recommend finding a piercing studio that will use a hollow needle to reopen the hole within the same tract, rather than a mall stand that will use a piercing gun. This is always a better option than creating a new hole. But if creating a new hole is the only option remaining, then just make sure it’s as close to your original piercing as possible. A gun isn’t predictable in its movement so although it will get the job done, if the person piercing isn’t super careful, you could accidentally create another tract in your original piercing.

At Valensole Jewelry, we make fine piercing jewelry you can live in.

You can wear our jewelry everywhere. You can wear it to work, to play, and to sleep without worrying about discomfort. We make jewelry you can live in that looks good and feels good. All of our jewelry pieces are offered in solid yellow and white gold.