Where hurts the most to get pierced?

Thinking about getting a new piercing but worried about the pain? When getting a new piercing the pain is dependent on the thickness of the area of skin, the nerve endings and your own pain tolerance. We’ve put together a guide to help you understand where hurts the most to get pierced- 

Septum piercing 

This is arguably the most uncomfortable part of your nose to get pierced – for some its one of the most painful areas and for some it’s just uncomfortable. This is because – depending on your nose and its structure – the piercing will either go straight through the cartilage or through the skin under the cartilage. The skin around the septum there is very sensitive, soft tissue – this can be painful! The cartilage is much less painful but can be very uncomfortable. However luckily, because the septum is so thin, the healing process is usually quite quick in about 3 to 4 months.

Nipple piercing 

Your nipples are one of the most sensitive parts of your body so it is inevitable that you will feel some pain and discomfort if you get them pierced. The pain is connected to the high concentration of nerve endings surrounding the nipple area. Although this type of piercing is very quick to do, afterwards you could experience swelling or tenderness for a few days. 

For a nipple piercing it usually takes 6-12 months to  completely heal – just make sure to stay well away from those mesh loofahs!


Nostril piercing 

Higher nose piercings can hurt less than septum piercings, but they are still painful as they have thick cartilage and will take longer to heal which could also be a painful process. If you don’t keep your piercing in, nose piercings can close up quickly which could result in you needing it re-pierced. You’ve also got to be careful having a fresh nose piercing to make sure that you don’t accidentally rip your nose stud out as it is easily done but can be really painful. 

Usually, a pierced nostril heals completely in 2-4 months. 

Helix piercing 

A helix piercing is placed in the cartilage groove of the upper ear. This popular piercing is painful but bearable, it is the pressure that is the worst part that is needed to puncture the hole. Helix piercings are more painful than lobe piercings because the outer cartilage is harder.
This piercing can take 3 months to heal if kept clean, if not it can take at least 6 months to fully heal. 

Daith piercing 

A daith piercing goes through the lump of cartilage in your inner ear above your ear canal. It’s awkward positioning and the toughness of the tissue can mean it is painful to deal with. It also can take longer than usual piercings due to the thickness of the cartilage. It is essential that the hole is correctly positioned. 

Compared to an earlobe piercing that usually only takes 1 to 2 months to heal, a daith piercing could take up to 9 months. 

Industrial piercing 

An industrial piercing can be considered double the pain as it creates a hole in two parts of your ear and is then connected with a barbell. Similar to other cartilage piercings, the needle needs to go through tough tissue so you may feel a lot of pressure.
Although the healing process could take up to a full year, it should take 4-6 months for the holes to fully heal. 

Numbing the piercing pain with Official TKTX 

If the pain is putting you off getting a new piercing, fear not! Numbing cream can make the experience more enjoyable and you’ll be able to get a piercing without any pain. 

The TKTX black numbing cream  is our second strongest numbing cream and  works well with tattoos and laser removal, not just piercings. It only takes 1-2 hours to numb your skin but takes away the sensation on your skin for 2-3 hours so you will be covered for your whole piercing appointment. The numbing cream works by penetrating the skin to manipulate the nerve endings and blood vessels. 

All application information you need is included in the ‘how to apply’ leaflet you will receive with your order.