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Rating My Piercings Based on How Much I Would Recommend Them to Others

The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s own and do not reflect the views of Her Campus.
This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UNH chapter.

Basic Lobe Piercing: 10/10. For anyone who wants to add an accessory to their look with a piercing, I would recommend a lobe piercing the most. Although you may have one already, you could also add a second or third one. These piercings are simple, however, they can add that extra touch that you may be looking to add to your appearance. The actual piercing itself is not painful at all. All you feel is a small pinch and then you are done. This is the easiest piercing to take care of hands down. For anyone getting their first piercing, this is what I would recommend to start out with.

Nostril Piercing: 8/10. The reason this gets an 8/10 is because it is more of an in-your-face piercing (no pun intended). You need to make sure you really want this piercing before you get it because although you can let the hole close, you will have wasted money and time on it. This piercing felt a little more painful than a basic lobe to me. However, it is more of a stinging feeling like the lobe piercing compared to a hurting sensation that some piercings may bring. This piercing is also incredibly easy to take care of. All you have to do is clean it twice a day and leave it alone. Mine healed pretty fast. If you are looking for a more drastic change, I would recommend a nostril piercing!

Navel (Belly Button) Piercing: 8/10. I just got this piercing recently. This gets a high rating because I am in love with these piercings. Despite what everyone has said about them getting infected easily, mine has been incredibly easy to take care of and I have yet to have any problems with it. This is definitely a piercing that also requires a lot of thought since it will be so visible and you will always have a scar, but I think it is so worth it. The pain is a little stronger than the others on this list, but I would rate it at about the same level as my double helix. I definitely recommend this if you are looking for a big change!

Double (Or Single) Helix Piercing: 6/10. Many people get a single helix piercing, but I got a double. My rating for this piercing is so low because mine has been so hard to maintain. I have had my double helix for over a year at this point, and I continue to have ongoing problems with them. They still crust once in a while which is normal, but when I try to clean them, they get super irritated for days and even weeks at a time. Most of the time, this results in me going back to the piercer to get a longer post put in to allow room for swelling. The actual piercing part is more painful than both a lobe and nostril piercing combined. Although I have had a more negative experience with these piercings, they do add a nice touch and I enjoy the way they look when they are not being a pain.

Author’s Note: 

Thank you for reading my article! I think it is important to include that these ratings are solely based on my opinions and personal experience. Keep in mind that everyone’s body reacts differently to piercings so you could have a higher or lower pain tolerance, an easier or more difficult time maintaining piercings, a sensitivity to the jewelry or a higher or lower risk for infections. All of the jewelry I use in my double helix and navel is surgical-grade titanium. All of the jewelry I use in my nostril and lobes is either from Medusa or Pandora. I hope this can help you a little bit if you are trying to decide whether or not to get a certain piercing and give you a little knowledge of them.

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