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If you’ve been paying attention to piercing trends at all, then you already know that surface piercings are all the rage. This piercing style allows you to get pierced pretty much anywhere (as long as your anatomy allows it).

Make way for the third eye piercing!

This piercing style (also called the vertical bridge piercing, the unicorn piercing, and more) provides a pierced look that you probably haven’t seen before. And, it can be decorated with more jewelry styles than you might think.

So, if you’ve been on the lookout for the next big piercing look that’s yet to be discovered, then you want to check out the third eye piercing.

What is the third eye piercing?

This piercing style is a surface piercing that takes place vertically between the eyebrows. As a surface piercing, it will be filled with a curved or surface barbell with the ball ends of the jewelry sticking out of both piercing holes. This creates a beautiful double-pierced look.

woman with third eye piercing

Although there are two piercing holes in the third eye piercing, it’s actually one piercing with a long fistula, otherwise known as a piercing tunnel. The piercer will conduct this piercing by marking the piercing point (which you will then confirm), pinching the skin, and pushing a needle through. It’s quicker and easier than you might think upon first seeing a third eye piercing.

How much does the third eye piercing hurt?

The pain level of a third eye piercing depends on a number of factors including your pain tolerance and the expertise of the piercer. If you get an experienced piercer (which you always should), then they’ll run you through breathing exercises to minimize pain, and they’ll conduct the piercing swiftly and smoothly.

Regardless of your pain tolerance, you will feel a pinch. If you’ve been pierced before, you can expect it to hurt slightly more than a lobe piercing and less than a cartilage piercing. However, as with most piercings, it will probably hurt less than you think.

How long does the third eye piercing take to heal?

Like the pain level of the piercing, healing times will vary depending on your body’s ability to heal itself and how well you take care of it. 

Surface piercings typically take a minimum of 6 – 9 months to heal. It can be tricky to gauge whether or not the piercing has fully healed since the outside of the piercing will heal before the piercing tunnel does. To confirm healing, you should see your piercer before stopping aftercare practices.

Washing hands

If you practice basic hygiene, wash your hands before touching the jewelry, and clean your piercing 2 – 3 times daily, your third eye piercing should heal just fine.

As your piercing heals, you need to clean it 2 – 3 times daily with a piercing aftercare solution or homemade sea salt mixture. It’s also important to take care of yourself by getting plenty of rest, avoiding excessive alcohol and drug intake, and practicing good hygiene. You also need to keep your piercing dry (which means no swimming) and protect it from any and all products—besides the aftercare solution—including makeup, lotion, and even tea tree oil.

As your piercing heals, you need to keep the jewelry as still as possible to avoid scarring and jewelry rejection. Keep hats or other accessories away from the jewelry and try to touch the jewelry as little as possible. Be careful when you sleep; if you sleep on your stomach remain aware of your jewelry.

What jewelry can I wear with my third eye piercing?

The third eye piercing will only take a barbell that’s suitable to your anatomy (possibly a straight or surface barbell). But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get creative with styles. Try out different charms, gemstones, or even pearls and opals for a truly alluring look.

Trying to imagine what your third eye piercing would look like? Here are some straight barbell styles for you to check out.

Do you want a look that’s completely new? The third eye piercing might be what you’re looking for. Talk to your piercer today to find out if you’re a suitable candidate for this stunning style.

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