Source: My ear
Submitter Comment: So I’ve been at 5/8” for about 8 months and thought my ears had dead stretched to 3/4” because my jewelry kept falling out and I could almost get my 3/4” plugs in. I was so excited, istead of just taping my existing plugs like a normal person, I put silicone in my lobes because I figured I was close enough already that it couldn’t hurt. Oh how wrong I was. At least, with my right ear anyway. My left lobe looked fine when I took the silicone out to shower.
What’s Awful: Stretching with silicone. Don’t do it, kids!
How It Can Be Fixed: Not using silicone, for starters. As you can see, I’m leaving my lobe naked and I’ve covered my ear in triple antibiotic ointment. When it’s not so raw and pissed off I’ll start doing sea salt soaks and when I’m able to wear jewelry in it again, I’ll be sure to take extra time and care in getting back to 3/4”
Also DO NOT FORGET 17mm and 18mm!! It will ease your stretching process and help prevent this kind of thing from happening. :)