How to take out a nose stud

Updated April 17, 2017

Wearing a nose stud may provide an edgy look, but removing it -- permanently, to insert a new stud or to clean the piercing -- can be awkward. With a few twists and turns and common items you can master the technique in no time.

Wash your hands thoroughly in warm soapy water and dry them on a clean towel.

Wash your face to remove any make-up or dirt. Make-up and other particles could get into the piercing and cause it to get infected. Pat your face dry with a clean towel.

Squeeze a few drops of saline solution onto your nose and the nose stud. Apply your fingers to the nose stud and gently rotate it. This allows the saline solution to move through the pierced opening and clean the area.

Remove the back of the piercing from your nose with your fingertips. Place it on a clean tray or towel so that you don't lose it.

Grasp the top of the nose stud with one hand. Apply your other hand to your nose and use it to hold your nostril straight and steady.

Pull gently on the nose stud with your fingers straight up as you attempt to get the stud out. Do not force the stud but work at it slowly, moving it up and out of your nose with your fingers.

Apply a pair of sterilised tweezers to the nose stud for an additional attempt at getting it out. The tweezers can hold onto the thin, straight part of the stud that goes through your nose or you can use it to pull out the stud.

Place the nose stud on the tray and use the paper towel to blot away any bodily fluids. Clean the area with the saline solution.


Clean the nose stud piercing everyday with the saline solution to keep it from getting dirty or infected. Sterilise any jewellery that you use before you place it in your nose to prevent the spread of germs.


Stay calm when you remove the nose stud because any sudden jumpy movements could potentially damage your nose. If you cannot get the stud out by yourself, ask a friend to help, contact the person who pierced your nose or a doctor for advice.

Things You'll Need

  • Saline solution
  • Clean towel
  • Tray
  • Sterilised tweezers
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Angela Reinholz is a full-time freelance writer. Reinholz started writing professionally in 2007, specializing in animals and social work with some branching off into legal matters. She has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and an associate degree in network administration from McIntosh College, located in Dover, N.H.