Internally vs Externally Threaded Piercings

Internally vs Externally Threaded Piercings

Getting a new ear piercing is a pretty big commitment for anyone. And we want to make sure that you have all the important information you need before making the decision! 

When shopping for ear jewellery, you may come across these terms: internally threaded or externally threaded.

After you have decided the placement of your next ear piercing (after consultation with your piercing professional) it is important to know that there are many different types of earrings that you can get pierced with. These include internally threaded and externally threaded piercing earrings. Internally or externally threaded piercings refer to the style of the back piece and how it attaches to the piercing post.

So, what exactly is the difference between them? Let's break it down!


Due to the nature of how the jewellery back inserts into the piercing piece itself, it is a smoother and more seamless fit compared to traditional externally threaded earrings.

This design also minimises trauma to freshly pierced ears and is good for those with sensitive skin. If you had to take it off and put it on, you won't be worried about causing microtears onto your ear.

This flat black design is also great for those that don't plan on changing their earrings out often or for those of you that have many piercings on your ear as it will make the back of your ear look less crowded.

These piercings are also slightly more comfortable to sleep in as they don't protrude out of the ear as much. However, as the internally threaded piece is so tiny is can be difficult to put in yourself which why they are great for long term wear. 


Externally threaded jewellery is still used for fresh piercings and is still commonly used for many piercing earrings. If you are someone that prefers to change out your earrings a lot we would still recommend externally threaded earrings as they are much easier to put on and take off. 

This style of earring backing is still more commonly seen as it is easier to handle. 

 Which one do I choose?

There are many factors to consider before you take the plunge and decide on what's best for you. Whilst we are not a piercing professional, you should consider these points:

  • Are your piercings fully healed? If yes, you can do either!
  • Do you plan on changing your piercings often? If no, we would recommend the internally threaded piercings
  • Are your ears extra sensitive? If yes, then we would also recommend you go for the internally threaded studs.
  • Do you have someone that can assist you in putting your piercing earrings in? If you don't have someone available to help you insert your internally threaded earrings than it might be easier to go for the externally threaded earrings instead!

We wanted to introduce both threaded designs for people with different wants and needs, so that their piercings can be as safe & pretty as possible. S-kin Studio offers a range of beautiful piercings in 14K Solid Gold, Gold Filled and Sterling Silver.

Intrigued already? View our full Piercing Collection here and see if you could spot our internally threaded and externally threaded pieces!

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