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Ear Piercing

People at higher risk of developing keloids (e.g., those with certain genetic conditions, who already have a keloid, or who have family members with keloids) should avoid piercing their ears. It is also not recommended in children under age 11, since there is a reported higher incidence of keloid formation for younger children.7

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To help minimize risk of keloids from ear piercing in all others, experts recommend the following procedures to reduce skin stress, inflammation, and infection:7

  • DO use surgical-grade stainless steel
  • DO use one pierce earrings without backs
  • DON'T use earrings that contain nickel
  • DON'T wear gold or gold-plated earrings for six weeks following piercing
  • DON'T wear heavy or long earrings
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