How To Close Ear Holes Naturally (Here Is What To Do)

How To Close Ear Holes Naturally

Do you know how to close ear holes naturally? Well, you are at the perfect place to find the answer to such a question.

You may have any number of reasons for wanting to close up your ear holes, from mismatched piercings to sagging lobes, or maybe you are tired of your large gauges and want to try something a little different. 

Ear holes that were made several years ago probably cannot be completely closed without surgery. Newer ear holes may close naturally if you stop wearing earrings and keep your skin healthy and moisturized. 

Read on for ideas on how to treat ear holes so they heal nicely, or how to take care of your skin to minimize the size of your ear holes. 


Why Ear Holes Don’t Close

After you get your ears pierced, it takes several weeks for your holes to heal enough that they won’t close up when you don’t wear earrings.

This is because the skin along the hole needs to completely heal around the tube of the piercing, and this takes several months. 

During this time, it is important to keep your newly-pierced ears healthy and clean. Your piercer will recommend the best way to clean out your holes and how often to do so. This will prevent infection of the holes while the skin is healing. 

If you take out your earrings for any amount of time during the first six months to a year after your piercing, your holes may close up totally or partially. 

Once the skin is completely healed around the tube of the piercing, the holes won’t close naturally even if you don’t wear earrings consistently.

The older the piercing, the longer you can go without earrings without the holes closing up. 

How To Close New Piercings

If you got your holes within six months, they will probably close up on their own if you have changed your mind and don’t want holes any longer. 

The key to helping your holes heal naturally is to never wear earrings or damage the new skin that is growing to close the holes.

The skin may grow over the back of the hole first–make sure this is not disturbed. 

How Do I Prevent Infected Ear Piercings?

Piercing holes are more likely to become infected if you remove the jewelry. If you have removed your earrings and are waiting for your holes to heal up, you will need to check everyday to make sure the piercing sites aren’t infected. 

Make sure to keep them clean. You may even want to rub them with a saltwater solution (1 cup water with ½ teaspoon salt) daily to prevent infection.

You can also rub with witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, or rubbing alcohol daily, just make sure your skin doesn’t dry out. 

Keep your ears moisturized while the holes heal. You can rub daily with coconut oil, which also has antibiotic properties. Or just use your favorite moisturizer. 

How Do I Treat Infected Ear Piercings?

If you do notice one of your piercings getting red, itchy, or flaky, you have an infection and it should be treated right away so it doesn’t get uncomfortable.

Rarely do piercing infections require medical attention, though it’s a good idea to get them checked out if they get very painful or if they won’t heal after a couple of days. 

  1. First, wash your hands! This is important whenever you handle any kind of piercing or skin injury. 
  2. Wipe the site of the piercing with a salt water solution of 1 cup water mixed with ½ teaspoon salt. 
  3. Then apply an antibiotic ointment like Bacitracin or Neosporin. You can also use Vaseline.

Can I Close Ear Holes Without Surgery?

The problem with older ear holes is that they are very difficult to heal naturally. Holes over a year old may not heal at all without surgery. 

What you can do with old piercings is moisturize your skin so that the holes close slightly and appear smaller. If your skin is healthy and supple, small holes will almost disappear, and larger holes will begin to look less noticeable. 

Read on for natural remedies for minimizing ear holes–these can be applied to new holes as well as older ones. 

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How Do I Minimize Old Ear Piercings or Holes?

There are a number of recommended remedies for minimizing the look of old piercing or gauge holes. Make sure you start with clean hands so you don’t inadvertently cause any skin irritation. 

One of the keys here is to massage the earlobes gently for a few minutes. Massage improves blood flow to the skin, in addition to just feeling good! Take a minute to relax and enjoy the process!

Oil Massage

If you want to make your skin more supple and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, or ear holes, an oil massage is a great place to start. The oil improves skin elasticity and moisture, both of which decline with age. 

All you need is your favorite oil that is similar to the oil of your skin. This includes coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil. Rub a small amount on your earlobes and let it dry out.

Treat at least once a day. After a few weeks, the hole should look smaller and any scarring around the hole should be reduced. 


Honey is another product you may have around your house that is actually great at minimizing the effects of skin damage or aging. It also removes dead skin cells.

Massage a small amount of honey over your earlobes for a few minutes and then wash with water. You can do this treatment daily as well. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is known to reduce and soothe bacterial infections, but it also helps to reduce the appearance of scarring and skin ailments.

Plus it is cheap and you may already have it at home for cooking or other health uses. 

Rub a little onto your earlobe with a cotton ball and massage your earlobe, then simply let it dry out. No need to rinse. Continue daily until you notice results. 

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel works similarly to apple cider vinegar, but it is also an astringent, which will help tighten and clean the skin. 

Apply the same way as apple cider vinegar, with just a cotton pad and a little massage. This can also be done daily. 

Baking Soda

Baking soda may be the most cost effective option, and you most likely already have it at home. Baking soda will help to exfoliate any dead skin cells, which will help the healthy new skin stay supple and elastic.

Plus, baking soda is antibacterial, which will help you avoid any infection of the holes if they are new or damaged. 

Make a paste with baking soda and a small amount of either water or hydrogen peroxide and massage it onto the earlobe.

Let it dry fully, and then simply rinse off with water. You may want to moisturize after this treatment if it makes your skin dry. 


If you don’t want to use any of the above remedies, you can also simply apply your favorite moisturizer to your earlobes once or twice a day and see if that helps reduce the appearance of the holes.

You can also use moisturizer in conjunction with any of the above remedies for even better effects. 

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How to Prevent Large or Sagging Ear Holes

You may not be able to close up old ear holes, but you can prevent your holes from getting any bigger. 

Don’t Wear Heavy Earrings for Long Periods

Heavy earrings are a great look but take them off when you can so you don’t stretch your ear holes unnecessarily.

Stretched ear holes are difficult to fix naturally and may require surgery if they get too large. Give your lobes a break from those heavy jewels!

Never Wear Any Earrings to Bed

After your holes have healed up, give them a break at night. This even includes just small earrings like studs.

Make sure you can’t accidentally snag on anything while sleeping. 

Moisturize Your Ear Lobes

If you have a lot of piercings or plugs, you want to take care of your ear skin just like you do the rest of your skin.

Give yourself a little massage daily with moisturizer or oil so your skin can stay stretchy and minimize ear holes.  

Avoid Snags or Tears

Watch out for anything that can pull an earring and tear your hole. If you have small children, make sure they can’t pull on long earrings, which may damage the holes.

Be careful when dressing, especially if your earrings might snag. 


If your holes are under a year old, you may be able to close them completely if you don’t wear earrings and take care of your skin.

Older holes may require surgery to close completely, though you can minimize the appearance of holes if you take care of your skin. 

How to Close Ear Holes FAQ

How long does it take for ear holes to close?

It depends on how quickly your body heals and how old your piercings are. For the first year or so, the holes may close up after a few days of no earrings.

If your piercings are more than a year old, it may take several weeks to close up fully, or they may not close fully at all. 

How do you hide a piercing hole?

Use foundation or concealer to hide a piercing hole. You could also try to cover it with a band-aid. If that doesn’t work, try making it into a freckle or birthmark with an eyebrow pencil! 


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Lindsey graduated with an MBA in 2009. Since then, Lindsey has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Lindsey is also the head writer and Co-founder of Lindsey is based in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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