How do you put a corkscrew nose ring in?

A nose screw, or corkscrew nose ring, takes a bit more work to take in and out than some of the other kinds of nose rings. A stud or bone, for example, is just a straight, small piece of material and therefore is pretty straightforward to work with as well. Additionally, a ring also has a consistent shape and style to work with.

A screw, on the other hand, though is really a combination of both of these two shapes. That means it’s a bit of a different process in terms of taking it in and out. Here you will learn how to put in your nose screw or corkscrew nose ring as easy and hassle-free as possible while preventing other problems that could occur.

Steps to Changing Your Nose Screw

The first step, no matter what kind of nose ring that you’re dealing with, is to disinfect the materials. Make sure your hands are clean and clean off your nose as well. Then either rub the corkscrew nose ring with a saline solution, or you could even boil the jewelry for a few moments if you don’t have anything else available.

(Related: Nose Piercing FAQ For All Your Questions).

Stand in front of a mirror to help give yourself as much perspective as possible, and grab the corkscrew nose ring by the top of the piece that will be visible from the exterior.

Begin to insert the screw into the hole. Instead of just pushing it in straight, also twist it in either a clockwise or counterclockwise motion. This will, for one thing, help it to go in easier and smoother, but it will also ensure that you are getting a good, snug fit along with the counters of your nose.

Once the ring is inserted, you should probably check to make sure that it’s in properly and securely and that it won’t bother you in any way. The quickest and simplest way to do this is just to blow your nose. Cover your other nostril and then blow through the one with the piercing. If there’s no pain, irritation, or anything else, then you should be good to go.

Some people put just a bit of Vaseline or KY jelly on the nose ring to help it glide into place even easier. Additionally, other people actually put a bit of a numbing agent on the nose to help dumb down the pain from taking in and removing a nose ring. This won’t completely eliminate the pain, but it can be effective. However, other people want there to be a full feeling so they can notice if anything isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.

Extra Guidelines for Nose Ring Changing and Removal

Of course, never change your nose ring before it has had a chance to fully heal. Some low estimates put this time at six weeks, but it could take up to six months in some cases. You’ll want to wait at least two or three months at a minimum. Changing or removing your corkscrew nose ring too quickly can lead to infection, scarring, pain and irritation, and more, so you certainly want to avoid the problem.

Additionally, make sure that you never take your nose ring out and leave it out. The thin cartilage in your nose will close up very quickly. So if you think you want to take out your stud and then maybe go over the weekend to pick up a new ring or corkscrew or anything else, then you’re going to be out of luck. You shouldn’t leave your nose ring out for more than a few minutes, or you will risk it closing.

That’s all there is to it! Hopefully, by now, you should know how to put in and change your nose screw, and as you can see, it isn’t too difficult once you know the basics. The most important steps are always disinfecting the jewelry and avoiding changing your jewelry too soon before you get your piercing.


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