What Is the Best Way to Remove Starter Stud Earrings from First-Time Piercings?

Updated April 12, 2017

Getting your ears pierced is seen by many women as a rite of passage performed in one's early youth. The procedure of getting your ears pierced includes not only the process of the piercing but also the threat of the hole closing up while healing. To stop this, starter stud earrings are put in place for six weeks. During this time, the ear will develop skin around the hole, so care is needed to remove the starter studs after these six weeks. The earrings can then be interchanged regularly. The process of taking these starter studs out can sometimes be difficult, but there are ways to ease the process.

Clean your ear piercings. (After the initial piercing, you should be cleaning the ear lobes and the studs at least once a day, every day, for the first six weeks.) It is a good idea to clean the piercings one more time before you remove your starter studs and before the ear is truly susceptible to outside infections. Use a cotton ball dipped in hydrogen peroxide to rub your ear lobes while the studs are still in.

Loosen the stud's bond with the hole by twisting it in a clockwise direction several times until it turns with ease. If this is painful, you may have already developed an infection or you did not leave your stud in long enough. Wait a week--turning the stud daily--until the pain stops. Then proceed to Step 3. If the pain continues, consult a medical professional.

Hold the front of the stud steady with one hand, cupping the bottom of your ear lobe with your finger. Do not pull down on your ear lobe. Use your other hand to pinch the stud backing between your index finger and thumb.

Pull the back out of the earring gently and quickly, keeping the stud in place. Do not attempt to pull the two pieces away from each other simultaneously--this will be more painful and can cause stretching in your ear lobe.

Insert a hypoallergenic earring, preferably a stud or small hoop, into your pierced earring hole. If you do not wear earrings for a while immediately after a piercing, the hole will heal and close up, resulting in the need for a new piercing.

Repeat Step 2 through 5 for the second ear.

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Bailey Richert is a 2010 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a dual bachelor's degree in environmental engineering and hydrogeology, as well as a master's degree in systems engineering. After several years in the environmental consulting industry, she is now attending MIT for graduate school. An accomplished traveler, she has visited 23 countries and published her first book about international travel in 2014.