Tragus Piercings: All You Need to Know

Tragus Piercings: All You Need to Know

Curious about getting a tragus piercing? This small flap of cartilage in front of your ear canal is a unique spot for jewelry. Let’s dive into the details, including pain levels, healing time, cost, and the best jewelry options.

Tragus Piercing Quick Facts

  • Location: The small cartilage flap covering your ear canal.
  • Pain Level: Moderate (6/10)
  • Healing Time: 6 to 12 months
  • Jewelry Types: 6mm or 8mm flat back studs or cartilage hoops with ID 6-8mm depending on your anatomy.
How Painful is a Tragus Piercing?
  • Getting a tragus piercing can be quite painful due to the tough cartilage.
  • The pain is usually sharp but brief. What’s more uncomfortable is the pressure on your ear canal rather than the piercing itself.
  • If you're anxious about the pain, consider bringing a friend for moral support.
Understanding Tragus Jewelry Sizing
  • Tragus piercings are typically done with a 16 gauge needle (1.2mm thick).
  • This is thicker than the standard lobe piercing, which uses a 20 gauge needle (0.81mm thick). It’s important to use 16 gauge jewelry to keep the piercing from shrinking.
  • If your piercing has shrunk, you might need to switch to 18 gauge earrings (1.0mm thick).
Healing Time for Tragus Piercings
  • The healing period for a tragus piercing is between 3 to 6 months.
  • Although it might seem healed in six months, it’s best to keep the initial jewelry for a full year before changing it.
  • During healing, avoid using headphones to prevent irritation. Regularly clean your piercing jewelry as instructed by your piercer.

Tips for Caring for Tragus Earrings:


  • Prepare a Cleaning Solution: Mix a few drops of mild soap with warm water.
  • Soak and Clean: Soak your earrings for a few minutes, then gently clean them with a soft toothbrush.
  • Rinse and Dry: Rinse with clean water and pat dry with a soft cloth.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that can damage the jewelry.


  • Store your earrings in a airtight small bag is the best. I think you mention soft fabric because it absorbs the crush, but if it is kept safe, airtight is a lot more important to keep away from oxygen and moisture.
  • Keep them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent tarnishing and scratches.

Ideal Jewelry for Tragus Piercings

Tragus piercings offer a unique way to accessorize your ears. They look fantastic with flat back studs, cartilage earrings.

Top Picks for Minimalist Tragus Earrings from Shemisli Jewels

1. Turquoise Threadless Flat Back
Description: Simple and elegant, perfect for everyday wear.
Features: Hypoallergenic, comfortable fit, and stylish.

2. Heart Shape Flat Back Earrings
Description: Classic studs that add a touch of sophistication.
Features: Lightweight, versatile, and hypoallergenic.

3. Butterfly Flat Back Earrings
Description: Unique design that stands out.
Features: Timeless elegance, hypoallergenic, and durable.

4. Open Flower Studs
Description: Delicate floral design that adds a touch of nature-inspired charm.
Features: Lightweight, comfortable, and hypoallergenic.

5. Beads Studs
Description: Minimalist beads that are perfect for layering.
Features: Sleek design, hypoallergenic, and versatile for any occasion.

6. Dangle Gemstone Studs
Description: Subtle dangle with a touch of sparkle.
Features: Hypoallergenic, stylish, and perfect for a hint of glamour.

7. Titanium Round Earring
Description: Simple and classic round design.
Features: Hypoallergenic, durable, and perfect for sensitive ears.

8. Titanium CZ Round Paved Earring
Description: Elegant round earring paved with cubic zirconia.
Features: Hypoallergenic, sparkling design, and durable.

9. Titanium Opal and CZ Round Paved Earring
Description: Round earring featuring opal and cubic zirconia for a touch of color and sparkle.
Features: Hypoallergenic, eye-catching, and durable.

Interesting Fact About the Tragus

Your tragus helps in hearing sounds from behind you and protects your ear canal. It’s also a popular spot for piercings, and we love its unique aesthetic.

Ready to adorn your tragus with stunning jewelry? Browse our collection at Shemisli Jewels to find the perfect piece for your new piercing. Enjoy your new look!


How long does it take for a tragus piercing to heal?

A tragus piercing typically takes about 3 to 6 months to heal, but it’s best to keep the initial jewelry for a full year before changing it to ensure complete healing.

What is the standard gauge size for tragus piercings?

Tragus piercings are usually done with a 16 gauge needle, which is 1.2mm thick. This is thicker than the standard lobe piercing, which uses a 20 gauge needle (0.81mm thick).

Can I wear headphones with a fresh tragus piercing?

It’s recommended to avoid wearing headphones during the healing period to prevent irritation and pressure on the piercing.

What should I do if my tragus piercing shrinks?

If your tragus piercing shrinks, you may need to wear slightly smaller gauge earrings, such as 18 gauge (1.0mm thick), to accommodate the size reduction.


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