I finally stretched my left ear, after healing it from a previous (minor) blowout ,that happened 3 months ago. After PTFE taping my ear halfway and then going the rest of the way with a taper, I've finally got my left ear at a 0g. The thing is though(after 24 hours of stretching), I noticed my ear was bleeding tonight, after removing my plug and swabbing it with a Q-tip(to clean it)... It wasn't leaking or gushing blood; I would have never known it was bleeding until I put the swab through it. My ear is also tender, and if I pull or touch it, there's a slight pinch. I've done some online research and have gotten many mixed answers about stretching from 2-0, but it's not helping. Mind you, my ear has been sanitized, massaged with vitamin E oil, and l decided to put some Neosporin on my plug as well. Am I doing something wrong here? Should I downsize or go naked? I've read that the minor bleeding is normal and the tenderness and pain should go away after a few days, or depending on how my ear's healing process is, and Neosporin is okay. BUT I have also heard the opposite... It's not a blowout, technically, because there is no lip of skin hanging out from behind my plug, which I've checked a million times. May someone give me some advice or let me know if I'm doing something wrong? By the way: I did wait more than 4 months before stretching both of my ears to the next size, I clean them and massage them everyday, and I check them to make sure they're fine.