The best way to remove earring studs after the first time piercing

Updated April 17, 2017

The first time you go through the piercing process, a professional body piercer will give you an aftercare sheet detailing the healing time of the ears and how to care for the new piercings. Changing or removing the jewellery in an ear piercing to downsize the jewellery or let the holes close up requires letting the piercing to heal fully.

Removing the Ear Studs

Allow the ear piercings to heal completely. Removing the jewellery from the ears before the healing period has finished could lead to infection, excess swelling or tearing and ripping of the ears.

The studs in the ear will be a length that the piercer has chosen due to the thickness of your ear and room for swelling. Once the initial healing period has passed, generally six to eight weeks, the swelling will be completely gone and the earrings can be changed or removed at this time. It is important to change or remove the earrings at this time, because the extra length for swelling is no longer necessary, and the earrings will begin to catch on clothing, causing trauma to the new piercing.

Wash the piercings and the earring studs in hot water and a gentle soap. Pay special attention to crust that may be attached to the studs. The hard crust is from fluids exuding from the healing piercing and drying onto the jewellery. The crust can be sharp when passing through the piercing hole and will rip or tear the new piercing hole. Remove all of the crust from the earring studs while washing, checking behind the ball and in the disk crevices. Unscrew the ball from the front of the earring stud.

Place the ball of the earring in a sealable plastic bag. While holding the ear lobe, firmly grip the disk on the back of the earring stud and pull back. Pull slowly until the shaft of the earring stud has passed completely through the hole. Place the rest of the earring in the bag. Put a new style of jewellery in the hole or leave the hole empty and clean the holes everyday with mild soap and water until the hole has closed.

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About the Author

Maude Coffey retired after 10 years working as a professional body modification artist in the tattoo industry. She is certified in principles of infection control and blood-borne pathogens. Coffey received additional training and classes, such as anatomy, jewelry standards and aftercare, from the Association of Professional Piercers. Coffey aims to educate about safe tattooing and piercing practices while writing for various websites.