How to insert a nose screw

Updated April 17, 2017

Nose screws look very cool and they are relatively easy to care for. The trickiest part of having a nose screw can be inserting and removing it. The first challenge is getting it in. After you've done it once, you'll likely have the technique mastered. Here's how to insert a nose screw.

Clean the hole thoroughly using an appropriate cleaning solution. You can find cleaning solutions for piercings at your local piercing store or many cosmetic boutiques. You can also order some online from a variety of piercing retailers.

Place your thumb inside your nose and press it against the piercing's inner hole. Try to use the pad of your thumb rather than the tip.

Widen the hole slightly by pressing against the inner hole with your thumb. As you apply light pressure, you should see the hole widen a bit.

Insert the nose screw into the outer hole of the piercing. Make sure you insert the pointed end of the screw.

Turn the nose screw clockwise to get it into the hole.

Remove your thumb from the inside of your nose once you feel the tip of the screw hit your thumb.

Continue to turn the nose screw until it is all the way in place.


Always clean a pierced area daily. This helps to prevent infections.

Some nose screws may turn counter-clockwise rather than clockwise.


See a doctor if you suspect your piercing is infected.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning solution
  • Nose screw
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