Have you ever noticed when you take your earrings off after a few hours (or minutes) your piercings feel sore and raw?  When you first get your ears pierced you expect some pain, but not when you've had your ears pierced for years. 


In some cases, your ear lobes may go beyond being sore, they may even swell, itch, or bleed. 


If earrings make your ears sore, even when you've had your ears pierced for years, the most likely reason is that you are allergic to the materials in the earrings you are wearing.


Some background on earring allergies:


Most earrings are made with metal, either pure or in an alloyed state (a mix of more than one metal). Pure metal earrings are rare. Fashion earrings are almost always made with a metal alloy like stainless steel. Fine earrings, particularly gold earrings, are almost always an alloy as well because pure gold is too soft for jewelry. Alloys can be particularly bothersome for the human body, because they can contain trace amounts of many different highly reactive metals.


Most metals, especially alloys, are not compatible with the human body. This means that when the human body is in contact with metal, it starts to build up a resistance to it. Eventually, this resistance to the metal results in the body producing a reaction. This reaction can range from itching to soreness to swelling to bleeding.


When you wear earrings, the metal is literally inserted into the body, and remains there for hours or days or even years at a time. The skin around ear piercings is more sensitive than other areas of the body because it is an internal wound. Often the piercing is re-traumatized when earrings are taken in and out of the ear.

So, if you experiencing sore ears from wearing earrings, and the pain goes away when you do not wear earrings, the reason is most likely that your body has developed a contact allergy to the metal in the earrings.


Does this mean you can never wear earrings again?

Absolutely not!


You just need to be more conscious of the type of metal earrings you are wearing. That's where Tini Lux earrings come in.

Girl wearing gold heart stud earrings

The Heart Studs | The Bar Studs


All of our earrings are made with pure titanium studs or posts.  


Titanium is different than other metals because it does not react with the human body. That is why titanium is the metal of choice for medical implants. In fact, our titanium studs are actually manufactured by a medical implant manufacturer.


Titanium earrings are safe to be worn 24/7 and will not cause sore ears or bad reactions because the human body is compatible with titanium (unlike almost all other metals). 


If you have very sensitive ears or if earrings make your ears sore, we always recommend starting with a pair of studs. We recommend this because studs can be worn 24/7 without the need to take them in and out. This is particularly beneficial because it allows your piercings to heal from their active allergic reaction without causing additional trauma from taking earrings in and out.


Other earrings styles need to be removed at night so they don't snag or pull and that can cause additional irritation while your piercings are in a sensitive state.


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If you have any questions about the information in this blog post or our products please reach out to us at info@tinilux.com

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  • I bought a pair of your earrings and I’ve been wearing them 24/7 for the past two weeks and my ears still hurt when I wear them. What should I do?

    Kiera Daughtry on

  • My ear stated to bleed from my eating what should I do?

    Jennifer on

  • well thanks for the information ..
    I’ve had my ear pierced since when I was born and have been using studs all this while .but recently I started feeling pain in one of my earring holes and I didn’t know why .whether I wear earring or don’t, it still hurts and its funny it’s happens only to one of my earring holes

    Lizzy on

  • So my cartilage is pierced on both ears in two spots, with three regular lob piercings, my lobs do fine with sterling silver but my cartilage I can’t even wear plastic studs in without awful pain like they always feel freshly pierced if I’m wearing earrings (time hasn’t proven to help I don’t last more than a week wearing them cuz of the pain) Do you happen to know why this could happen?

    Mia on

  • This makes a lot of sense I developed a nickel allergy a while back out of nowhere! I can only wear sterling silver or gold or titanium. Even my braces caused a minor allergic reaction in my throat! Very informative read

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Best earrings for sensitive ears! I haven’t been able to wear any earrings since my kids that didn’t upset my ears. I haven’t had to take these out since I’ve received them. Just when I thought I had to be done wearing earrings because of the pain you came along. Thank you for making me feel pretty!

Jessica B.

I'm in love! I haven't been able to wear earrings for a very long time, the last time I wore cheap earrings they practically ruined my piercings because they were so irritated. I love these earrings because I can wear them comfortably and safely, but they look AMAZING.

Lydia S

I had given up on earrings when I decided to try this material and I am so happy I did. They look cute, but most important, no allergies!


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