You may love your body piercing, but unfortunately, you can’t say the same thing for everyone. Body piercing is still a bit of an acquired taste, and whether you are at work or at the home of a conservative relative, you may find yourself feeling a little nervous about showing off your jewelry. Fortunately, there are answers that suit just about every piercing you may have.
Though septum piercings are definitely a dramatic piercing, you’ll find that they are also the easiest to hide. Some people merely flip their curved barbell up so that the ends are hidden in their nostrils, but it is far more comfortable to choose a septum retainer. A septum retainer is a U-shaped piece of metal that you can flip up and down comfortably and easily. This is a great choice even if you have to hide your piercing for hours at a time.
When in doubt, choose an acrylic retainer. An acrylic retainer takes the place of your regular piercing, and you’ll find that it is essentially a clear plastic plug. They typically come with small clear rings that hold them in place and make them nearly indistinguishable from your skin. The clear acrylic blends in nicely with your own skin, and you’ll find that they can be used in any piercing you care to name. If your piercings are relatively small, no one is going to notice.
Large gauge piercings get progressively more difficult to hide the bigger they get, and it is next to impossible to hide them for an extended period of time. You can choose flesh-colored plugs, but finding plugs that actually match your skin tone precisely can be difficult. When it comes to large gauge piercings, you may be better off simply covering them with a bandage and saying that your cat scratched you. This works well if you are only meeting with relatives or colleagues who you will only see for a short period of time.
If you can avoid it at all, leave your piercings in. Plenty of piercings will close up as soon as they are given a chance. Soft tissue piercings are more prone to this than cartilage piercings, but it still happens.