It’s pretty common for people to experience a bit of difficulty unscrewing their nose stud. Whether it’s because you’re new to wearing one or just never really bothered to learn, we’ve got you covered with this simple guide. Below, we’ll cover everything from what tools you need to the step-by-step process of unscrewing your nose stud.
What You’ll Need
Before we dive into the steps, here are some tools that will make the process much easier:
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton balls or swabs
- Tweezers or pliers with a pointed tip
- Towel or tissue paper
Pro Tip: Use sterile tools as much as possible and wash your hands before handling any equipment.
Step One: Clean The Area
The first thing you’ll want to do is clean the area around your nose stud thoroughly. Take a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol and gently rub around the piercing site.
Pro Tip: Don’t be too rough while cleaning – remember that your piercing is still healing!
Step Two: Get A Good Grip
Using tweezers or pliers with a pointed tip, grasp onto the flat back of your nose stud tightly. Be sure not to grab onto any part of the jewelry that’s actually inside your nostril! If you’re having trouble getting a good grip with regular pliers, try using needle-nose pliers instead.
Note: It may seem like it would be easier to grab onto the gemstone end of a jeweled nose stud, but doing so can easily scratch delicate precious stones such as pearls and opals and smudge highly-polished surfaces meant for light refraction such as clear cubic zirconia . Try gripping only on metal parts next time!
Step Three: Start Turning
Now that you have a good grip on the back of your nose stud, it’s time to start turning. Use a slow and gentle twisting motion in a counterclockwise direction to twist off the nose stud.
Pro Tip: Never force or rush the jewelry out. Don’t apply too much pressure as well since you don’t want to accidentally break your jewelry.
Q: How do I know which direction is counterclockwise?
A: Imagine that you’re looking down onto the piercing site – rotating towards our left/your right is opposite that would be counter-clockwise . It’s more like un-screwing than screwing-in.
Q: My nose stud won’t turn no matter how much force I use! What should I do?
A: First, double-check that you have an adequate grip on the back part and not any other part of the ornamentation if so designed. If you did indeed grip it correctly yet it still can’t budge, we’d advise seeing a professional piercer or dermatologist for help.
Step Four: Remove The Jewelry
Once you’ve twisted off the backing from your nose stud, remove the entire piece of jewelry gently using your free hand.
Pro Tip: Be sure to store your jewelry carefully in a sterile container when taking them out!
Bonus Tips For Nose Stud Lovers
- Using rubber gloves can give you better traction while turning.
- Avoid touching/twisting/moving heeled cartilage piercings for at least 6 months
- Regular cleaning and proper care after removal can prevent infection around new piercings.
- Make sure to only insert properly sized jewelry made from materials suitable for fresh body-piercing sites such as implant-grade metals or biocompatible plastics
Now that you know how easy removing your nose stud can be, make sure never to skip this step again! Remember always maintaining good hygiene and read up on guidelines before any piercings to avoid potential complications.