Years of wearing heavy earrings and clip ons can leave our earlobes looking saggy and scarred. It’s a natural part of ageing but while wearing the heavy earrings could have be prevented, shrinking the lobes is harder than it seems. Sure, you could resort to drastic surgery, but there a few things you can try before you make that decision.
Here’s how to hide and/or shrink your drooping lobes.
1. Massage with oil
As we age, our skin loses moisture, making it ore prone to sagging. Your ears are no exception. Give them some TLC by rubbing olive or coconut oil into your lobes to reduce drooping.
2. Witch hazel
With hazel is a natural astringent and can tighten up the skin. Apply once or twice a day to your lobes to tighten up a droopy piercing.
3. Effervescent tablets
It might sound strange by those with keloid scars or ‘scretchers’, aka those young people with big holes in their ears, swear by using effervescent aspirin tablets to reduce their scarring. Simply crush up a tablet and add a small amount of water and make a paste. Apply to your ears to see more tightness.
4. Haemorrhoid cream
Some swear by haemorrhoid to tighten up the skin around their eyes, and it works much the same on ears. Apply a little and rub in to your lobes twice a day.
5. Apple cider vinegar
This is a very effective home remedy for keloids and scarring around your ears as it kills bacteria, minimises redness and visibly reduces the size of scarring.
Simply dab ACV on a cotton ball and apply to your ear and let dry.
6. Bicarb soda
Bicarb gently removes the top layer of damaged skin and promotes new cell growth. To reduce scarring, mix bicarb soda and hydrogen peroxide to form a smooth paste. Apply and let dry.
It’s no secret honey has lots of healing properties for the skin. Massage gently to remove dead cells and enhance blood circulation to your ears.
You can have your lobes repaired in a simple surgical procedure that involves cutting the elongated hole completely out and suturing the skin back together, which closes the hole. It’s done under local anesthesia and healing is usually very quick.
9. Wear larger studs and lighter backings
If surgery is not an option, you can wear larger studs to disguise the hole, and choose lightweight backings. Another idea is to take advantage of a large hole in your ear and wear spacer earrings that will avoid stud/like earrings from sinking.