How to Close Stretched Earlobes at Home

Having stretched earlobes, or “gauged ears,” used to be super trendy; it was common to walk down the street and see people with plugs as big as an inch. However, these days, having large plugs isn’t as trendy and many people who had their ears stretched 10 years ago are looking for ways to close their stretched ears. This could be due to numerous reasons, but one of the main reasons is corporate jobs not allowing workers to have stretched ears. While a simple solution is to go to a professional piercer or plastic surgeon and have your ears sutured shut, some people can close their stretched ears themselves and at home.

Stretched Ears at Work

Important Factors to Remember About Closing Stretched Ears

As mentioned above, it is possible for some people to close their stretched earlobes themselves and at home. However, several variables must be factored in when choosing to attempt to close your stretched lobes yourself.


First, it’s important to remember that the longer you’ve been at a larger size, the more difficult it will be for your ears to shrink. If you’ve been at an inch for over a year, it might be best to go to a professional to close your ears. If you’ve been at an inch for only a couple of weeks or a month, it will be easier to start to close your ears.

It’s also important to remember that everyone’s ears are different. Some people will be able to fully close their earlobes that were once at an inch; others will still have a small hole to deal with.

Lastly, if you had your ears scalpeled to a larger size, you will not be able to close them naturally.

Steps to Close Your Stretched Lobes Yourself

The first thing you’re going to want to do if you want to close your stretched earlobes at home is to remove your jewelry and leave your jewelry out. Do not put in jewelry that’s a smaller size, as this will only lead to your lobes closing around the smaller jewelry and not as much as they can.

Next, you’re going to want to massage your lobes with jojoba and/or vitamin E oil.

Benefits of Vitamin E Oil When Closing Stretched Earlobes

Vitamin E oil helps promote blood flow, dissolve scar tissue, and help shrink your stretched lobes.

Benefits of Jojoba Oil When Closing Stretched Lobes

JoJoba Oil for Stretched Ears

Jojoba oil is great for healing. It reduces inflammation and also triggers white blood cells that are vital for the healing process. This will accelerate closure as well as stimulate collagen synthesis. In order for your skin to be elastic and strong, it needs collagen. Therefore, massaging jojoba oil on your lobes will help them become more elastic, which will aid in them closing.

Other Alternatives

If your ears don’t shrink up completely, and you need to have the appearance of a fully closed ear, you can purchase solid silicone plugs that match your skin tone. Kaos makes silicone plugs designed specifically for hiding stretched ears.

Written by Jackie Rachel

Jackie Rachel

Jackie Rachel is a poet and Content Account Manager. She has been getting pierced for over 16 years, while taking the time to learn proper aftercare techniques from the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) members. Always enamored by the jewelry options that exist for body modifications, she one day hopes to assist clientele with picking out jewelry and styling ears.