Industrial Piercing | Everything You Need to Know | A Complete Guide

Industrial piercing is considered one of the most popular types of ear piercings among young people. If the bug has bitten you and you are considering becoming a sure one, you have any questions. I will answer the most frequent questions about industrial piercing and some other things.

What is an Industrial Piercing

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      Industrial Piercing

They are two perforations that are usually made in the upper cartilage of the ear. They connect to each other, transversely, with a single piece of bar-shaped jewelry. The name of Industrial piercing, sometimes called cross piercing, is originally from the American industrial piercing.

Types of Industrial Piercings

Basically, they are summarized in two, the transversal and the vertical.

Cross Piercing

Conventional Industrial perforation joins two parts of the cartilage of the outer edge of the ear, which is known in anatomy as a helix.

Look at the image that the bar «draws» a transverse line over the ear.

Vertical Industrial Piercing

The Industrial vertical piercing joins two different parts within what is the ear and receives its name because the finish is a vertical bar.

In the picture, I show you how the shell connects with the antitragus or the antitragus with the helix.

Orbital Piercing

Orbital piercing is similar to Industrial but uses a ring instead of a bar to connect two holes. Two holes are usually connected to the lobe or the top of the cartilage.

How is an Industrial Piercing Done? 

One of the most regularly asked questions is about how to do an industrial piercing safely.

What method to choose?

If I had to recommend to my friends how to do it, my answer is clear, with a needle and in a professional center. Doing an industrial piercing at home and with a gun are two mistakes.

The gun is designed for the earlobe. When drilling, it breaks the tissues roughly, so it lengthens the healing time. It has the disadvantage that you cannot sterilize all your pieces, so there is a risk of infection.

What are the steps?

The steps are very simple, and any experienced person does it in less than a minute.

Step 1. Avoid infections

The first thing, make sure that you have disinfected the area and the material with which the perforations are going to be made. To clean the area, use gauze or a cotton swab soaked in a disinfectant or alcohol.

Step 2. Choose the best option

The shape of the ear is different in each person, so you have to see in each case how the jewel is better so that it does not bother.

Since the jewel has to go through two holes, you must first put an overlapping bar in the position it would occupy. With this, we get an idea of ​​how it would look. Marks are made where the earring will pass.

Step 3. Piercing

A hollow or American needle or catheter is usually used to pierce. The recommended needle diameter is 1.6mm. (equivalent to a 14G).

The two perforations are made at once with the same needle and through the two marked points.

How to put the jewel?

Before removing the needle, the jewel is fitted into the hole, and the piece is passed through the newly made holes while the needle is removed.

The first bar that is placed is longer than normal; you will notice that you have leftover. That is good because if the area swells during the first few days, it will have slack, and the slope will not pressure you.

Better watch the entire process in this video:

Is it painful to get an industrial piercing?

The pain is particular to each person, and there are people who have not hurt to do so. If you wonder how much the industrial piercing hurts, I would tell you how much it is in a 6 out of 10.

Tips to Reduce Pain

The experience can be improved with these little tricks.

  • Being nervous makes you more sensitive to pain. If you are not relaxed, you better leave it for another time.
  • It is a resource that piercers use is to tell you to take air while doing the drilling reduces discomfort.
  • When passing the jewel through the newly made holes, it is normal to feel discomfort. You have to put a piece with appropriate measures—an equal or smaller diameter and a length that is loose since the ear will have swelling.
  • Some professionals spray the ear as if you were applying ice. With it, you will notice as a warm in the ear, but you will not notice the needle. Remember that there are two perforations, so some help is not a bad option.

Care and Healing

To avoid infection of industrial piercing, the best advice is always to prevent it. I tell you how you have to do.

How to clean and cure?

  • Wash your hands well before touching the area or before doing the cleaning routine.
  • Clean the area 3 times a day with neutral soap and warm water. You can help yourself with an ear stick or swab.
  • To prevent contamination during the first 24 hours, you can also use physiological serum; I recommend that sold in individual doses.
  • Do not forget to dry the area very carefully.
  • Avoid getting in contact with the hair, especially if you have it long. It could get tangled up and dirt.
  • Do not move the jewel during the first weeks, or it will take longer to heal.

What to do if infected?

  • Do not take off the jewel as it helps in draining the infection.
  • Soak gauze or a swab in a saline solution or physiological serum.
  • Gently rub the infected area and be sure to remove the accumulation of debris and any secretion.

How long does an industrial piercing take to heal?

As it is in the cartilage of the ear, it takes 6 to 12 months to fully quote, although the initial scarring is between 2 and 3 months.

Risks of Industrial Piercing

Like all perforations, the most common risk is infection. In the area where it is practiced, you have the risk of coming into contact with the dirt of the hair.


Some of the symptoms associated with the infection:

  • Swelling and redness of the area that does not improve with the passing of days.
  • Pain in the perforations.
  • Pus secretion

It is important to treat the area, and if you do not notice improvement, you should see a doctor.

Keloid scars

In some cases, the scar tissue develops excessively becoming much larger than the original wound in the form of soft and hard lumps.


There is also the risk of rejection, a natural reaction of our body to a foreign object.

Tips to avoid rejection:

  • Make sure you are not allergic to the jewel material.
  • Do not wear an earring that falls short.
  • Do not use a piece that weighs too much.
  • Prevents the drilling is in a bad place or is done in an unsafe way, better than a person with training.
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How much does Industrial Piercing cost?

It can be considered that at the work level, it is equivalent to doing two, so it is not surprising that it is worth twice as much. The price of doing it in a trained professional with a guarantee of hygiene is about $ 30 for drilling. To this, we must add the price of the jewel.

What Industrial slope to buy

Usually, a simple bar with a ball at each end. But you have more options; there are straight bars with some detail in the middle, wavy bars, spirals, and original designs like an arrow going through the ear.

The usual diameter is 1.6mm, and with a length of the bar that suits you, it is usually between 35 and 40 mm.

The change of the initial jewel can usually be done after 8 weeks.

Pay attention to the material with which it is manufactured, DO NOT wear earrings that contain nickel because it is the most common cause of allergies. I recommend titanium or failing surgical steel.

You can buy industrial earrings made of surgical steel from $3.


I would not do it as the first piercing; two piercings are needed to make it happen; it is clear that it is for daring people. Before doing so, you have to see the helix piercing guide.

It allows you to be very original because the jewelry designs are different, which allows you to make a difference.

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