How Do You Remove A Nose Piercing That Is Stuck?

Not everyone wants to keep the same nose piercing forever. In fact, there may be times when you have to change your nose piercing or take it out for a while.

How Do You Remove A Nose Piercing That Is Stuck?
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Perhaps you’ve gotten bored of looking at the same piercing in your nose all the time.

Whatever the case, it makes sense for someone to want to take out their nose piercing every once in a while. With that being said, it’s usually not the best thing to attempt to do by yourself.

If you do attempt to take the nose piercing out yourself then there’s a chance that the ring can get stuck and it won’t come out at all.

This is a pretty big problem, especially if you put even more pressure onto it.

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The more pressure is put onto the ring, the more likely it is that the dislocation of the piercing will get a lot worse and in some cases you may even get an infection as a result.

It’s not a simple task to pull a nose piercing out, and it’s one of those things that really needs to be done by the person who originally gave you the piercing rather than you just doing it yourself at home.

With that in mind though, here’s everything that you need to know about removing a piercing that has gotten stuck.

Is It Possible To Use Scissors or Pliers to Cut a Nose Ring? 

If you have a pair of old nail scissors or pliers hanging around, it is technically possible to use them to remove your nose ring. It’s a fairly common way of removing a nose ring, actually.

With that being said, it’s vital that you are extra careful if the nose ring has gotten stuck – you need to be very delicate with the tools.

If you are removing the ring using pliers or scissors and your piercing is stuck then it’s very important that you avoid doing this by yourself.

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Instead, you should enlist the help of someone else who can help you to make sure that you are doing it safely. It will help you to ensure that you don’t end up accidentally cutting your nose.

When using this method, first begin cutting a tiny part of the ring using some wire clippers or some pliers.

If you use the proper tool then it also shouldn’t be too difficult to get rid of the jewel or the stud in the ring either – it’s usually just a matter of unscrewing the decoration, or you can pop it out using the fliers. Ultimately it all just depends on the way that the nose ring is designed. 

When you have completed the first step, it will then be necessary to use the pliers to pull the ring in your nose apart.

You are just going to need to create a hole that’s just large enough so your nose ring can come out with ease. It’s important that you are careful while doing this.

You need to be extra careful if you have managed to get the nose ring stuck.

It can often help to put a soaked cotton bud next to the piercing in order to get the stuck wing out of your nose. Simply get the cotton bud and then put it in a little bit of hydrogen peroxide.

This will help to loosen the ring a little bit, and it will also help to sanitize the nose to make it less likely to become infected.

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The Right Way To Remove a Nose Ring

When it comes to nose rings, there are a lot of options to choose from.

This is great for the sake of making your nose look unique, but not so much when it’s time to get the piercing out of your nose since there are different ways to remove them all thanks to the way that they are designed.

If you don’t do it correctly then you can end up getting the nose ring stuck in your nose.

This can make it incredibly difficult to take it out eventually, and it may even result in an infection. You certainly don’t want to get an infection – they can hurt a lot! 

Segment rings are usually pretty easy to remove if you have one of those, though this isn’t necessarily the case with other kinds of rings.

To remove it, just put a bit of the removable part into your one hand, and then hold the rest of the ring with your remaining hand.

To remove the ring, it’s then just a matter of pulling the two parts from each other.

Don’t rush this though – be slow and steady in order to avoid tearing any skin or hurting your nose. 

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If you have a hinged nose ring, you will need to grab the bottom section with your one hand, putting the hoop in between your fingers.

Then, take your other hand and use it to pull out the hinged section in an orderly and slow paced manner.

The clasp will start to release gradually when you have done this. You should then be able to slide the ring out of your nose – again, do this slowly.

Double check that the clasp has released correctly since you don’t want the ring to distort. 

Taking Out A Ring That Has Become Infected

Nobody likes to think about infections when they are getting their nose piercings done, but the truth is that nose ring infections are far more common than you may think.

If they aren’t taken care of properly an infection is even more likely to occur.

This is why it’s important to follow the right aftercare procedures! Sometimes infections can also appear if your nose ring has gotten stuck in your nose.

These can cause excruciating pain if you aren’t careful.

You will have a difficult time not noticing signs of an infection since you will get a lot of redness and swelling on the site of the infection.

If you keep getting more and more pain as time goes on, then that’s an almost sure sign that you have an infected nose piercing on your hands. 

In this case, it’s best to avoid attempting to remove the piercing yourself. Instead, it’s best to speak to the pros – call your doctor and the person that did the piercing for you.

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The piercer will help you to know how it’s best to remove the piercing to begin with to avoid the situation to begin with.

So don’t try yanking out your piercing on your own – call the person that did the piercing and ask them what technique to use.

In some cases they may suggest that you go to them directly so that they can remove the piercing safely. 

A Couple of Methods For Removing Nose Piercings That Have Gotten Stuck

Now you know of one or two ways that you can take out a nose ring that has gotten stuck. We’ve also detailed some of the ways that you can avoid the piercing getting stuck to begin with.

With all of that in mind, keep reading on for a couple of tips and tricks that will make removing your stuck nose piercings as easy as can be in the future.

How Do You Remove A Nose Piercing That Is Stuck

Correct Twisting Methods

If you’re going to try to get a nose ring out of your nose, then you need to ensure that you’re doing it correctly.

Namely, if you are trying to get a nose ring out then you should make a conscious effort to twist the piercing ball out in the right way.

That’s the only way to get your piercing out of your nose without damaging anything if the piercing is stuck.

You should continue to twist it in one direction and then the next.

Finally, stay away from doing this in front of a mirror since it can cause confusion when you’re trying to figure out the correct twisting direction to use.

Piercing Pliers

If in doubt, use piercing pliers! These are ideal when it comes to removing nose ring piercings.

They are very good too since they will grip hard onto the ring and provide some more pressure which enables you to remove the nose piercing much more easily.

Get the right kind of pliers too – they should be designed specifically for jewelry rather than getting any random pair of pliers that you may see on the market.

This will help to ensure that you don’t damage yourself or the piercing any further.

As usual, it’s a good idea to speak to the piercing expert for further advice on the right types of pliers that you can use, since they will give you the safest option for you.

Wearing The Right Safety Gear

The problem with nose rings is that they can slip around a lot when you are trying to put them in or remove them.

This can make it much more difficult to remove them since there isn’t a lot of room on the nose as it is.

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If you have a poor grip then you’re going to be having a pretty difficult time trying to remove the piercing.

As such, you need to do all that you can to ensure that you have a good grip. You will get this most effectively if you wear rubber or latex gloves.

These will give you the amount of grip that you need in order to screw and unscrew the jewelry without any problems.

They will pretty much be a lifesaver to you when you are trying to remove a piercing that has gotten stuck.

This may seem obvious, but ensure that the gloves are clean before you start using them to remove the piercing.

And, as usual, make sure that your nose too is clean and dry before you start trying to remove the piercing.

Get Some Help

Removing a nose ring can be quite a challenge, so much so that you may underestimate just how much effort it’s going to take you to do it.

As such, it’s usually a good idea to get a little bit of help when you are trying to remove a nose piercing.

This is because someone else will be able to help you to figure out the correct technique to use. You can’t look directly at your nose to the degree that you need to, after all.

If you get a little bit of help then it helps to protect not just your nose, but it also protects the piercing so it doesn’t get damaged.

Before you let the other person near your nose, make sure that they have properly cleaned their hands first.

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Let There Be Light

If you are removing a nose piercing, then it’s a good idea to try to do it in a location where there is a lot of light around.

The bathroom is usually a good choice if you are trying to remove your piercing, especially since if it does drop from your ears or your hands in the process it’s likely just to drop into the sink so you won’t lose it, unless the drain is uncovered.


That’s everything that you need to know about removing stuck nose piercings with ease. Hopefully with the help of this article you should also be able to avoid getting your piercings stuck to begin with.

As per usual, ensure that you are using the correct tools for the job and that you are removing it in the correct manner, rather than yanking on the piercing haphazardly.

In most cases it’s usually a better idea to get a professional to remove your piercings for you so that the piercing doesn’t get stuck or you don’t end up with an infection from trying to remove it at home by yourself. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Remove My Piercing Myself? 

While you certainly can remove your piercing yourself, it is not advisable to do so.

If you are able to then it’s better to go directly to the piercer so that they can remove the piercing for you.

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They have much better skills than you do so they can ensure that it’s all done correctly. You also minimize your chances of the piercing becoming infected.

Can I Take Out A Fresh Piercing If You Don’t Like It?

After a while once your piercing has healed, you can indeed take out a piercing.

With that being said, it’s a good idea to avoid taking out a piercing that has only just been done since the wound most likely will not have healed correctly yet and you can end up risking an infection.

Will A Nose Piercing Scar?

They can scar, but you can usually minimize the chances of this happening by going to a reputable piercer who knows what they are doing, and by following the right aftercare procedures once the piercing is done. 

Vivienne Saoki