Nose Stud Vs. Nose Pin

Updated November 21, 2016

Body piercing has been practised for centuries, in many different cultures, and for various reasons. Ear piercing, navel piercing, and nose piercing are the most common, and there are many different types of jewellery designed for these piercings. For nose piercings, both nose studs and nose pins are available in a wide variety of styles of colours.

Basic Care Facts

Any new piercing should be cleaned at least twice a day with rubbing alcohol or a specially-formulated solution. It takes approximately three months for a nose cartilage, nostril, or septum piercing to heal completely and during this time, a hypoallergenic ring made of titanium, 14K gold, or other safe metal should be worn.

Nose Studs vs. Nose Pins

The terms nose stud and nose pin are sometimes used interchangeably. This is because nose studs come in several varieties: straight, which are also called bones or push pins, long studs, and L-shaped studs, designed for a secure fit. The difference between a nose stud and a nose pin is the length, angle, and shape of the back or tail of the piercing, which determines the fit of the piercing jewellery.

Nose Pins

Nose pins, or bones feature a tail that is set at a right angle in order to allow for easier placement. The tails are often very short and either end in a straight post or contain a small bead at the end. Depending on the size of the ball at the end of tail or the length of the post, pins can sometimes be painful to insert and remove, and are usually not recommended for newly-healed pierced noses.

Nose Studs

Long, straight, nose studs are often larger then nose pins. This means that while they are generally easier to put in and remove, particularly in new piercings, they are also larger and may not be a good fit for every piercing.


Unfortunately, infection is a possibility with every type of body piercing. The most common signs of nose piercing infection are swelling, redness and discharge. Some people are also prone to developing small scar tissue bumps around the piercing site. Keeping the piercing clean and using hypoallergenic jewellery are the best ways to avoid infection.

If a piercing does become infected, do not remove the piercing jewellery unless a doctor directs you to. Doing so can cause an abscess to form and actually make the problem worse.

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Hazel Baker has been writing professionally since 2003. She covers e-commerce, technology and legal topics for various online publications. Baker has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in history from Point Loma Nazarene University.