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A lot of us with nose piercings will jump around a bit, try a few different styles, and ultimately pick one or two go-to nose rings that fit well without very much difficulty... But what happens when you find a bunch of nose rings you like and most of them just plain don’t fit?

If you know your gauge size and the style you prefer but still find your nose jewelry sticking up or sticking out, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. Every nose is different (and every piercing will be a little bit different too), so here’s a few common nose jewelry pitfalls. Trust us, most of them can be fixed!

Q: Instead of laying flat against my nose, why does my nose ring stick up leaving a gap?

A: If the actual gem or decorative portion that’s visible sticks up, you need to look at the "rise" of your jewelry. Rise is the length of the portion between the base of your nose ring’s gem and the curve. 

Many common nose screws or L-shapes have a rise of 6 or 7 millimeters. For those with slightly thinner nostrils, a 5mm rise might be needed for a proper fit, so  look for an item with that smaller measurement.


Q: Why does the corkscrew part of my nose screw stick out at the bottom of my nostril?

A: If this happens, it could mean you either have a slightly smaller nose than average, or that your piercing lays slightly farther down your nostril. Neither of these are a bad thing, but they can make wearing screw style jewelry a little more difficult. If switching to a nose bone style item is comfortable, that can be a quick and easy fix. For those who would prefer to stick to screws, trying an item with a less pronounced curve or one that doesn’t make a full revolution may solve the issue.

Q: I want to wear a nose hoop but my piercing is a little higher on my nostril. How can I get a hoop that will fit without looking over-sized?

A: If regular hoops don’t seem to be quite big enough, but larger universal circulars stick out too much, a good fix is getting a custom bend. In this case, you can purchase a type of extra long and straight nose ring called a fishtail, and take it to your piercer to get a hoop custom bent for your unique nose.

Other nose ring questions? Ask us in the comments!

  • L

    I had a l shape nose ring however my nose was injured and smashed in, its not terrible but the lshape got bent and now it sticks out the nostril please help

    Lyntrina on

  • A

    Hi Diamond,

    After one day, your piercing is probably still pretty swollen… Our best recommendation is to stop touching it for now and let it heal.

    If you’re still concerned after you’ve healed up for a few days, head back to your piercer and have them check it out in person!

    Alley (Body Candy Team) on

  • D

    I got my nose pierced last night and it’s been sticking out from the top but doesn’t hurt nor are there signs of irritation but no matter how many times I push it back in the piercing pushes it self out just a bit

    Diamond on

  • A

    Hey Jennifer!

    Nose bones are held in your piercing by a little ball end that is a part of the stud. They don’t come apart, and although there is a chance of them falling out, most people don’t report an issue. As far as the gauge goes, as long as the jewelry slides in and out with ease, you should be okay!

    As always, if you have any questions about fit for your particular nose OR if you are experiencing any sort of discomfort, stop in and have a quick convo with your professional piercer :).


  • J

    Hi. I have my nose pierced and you guys always have awesome styles. I have always worn an L style. My question is what is the bone one? Im new over a year but confused. I also think i switch sometimes ftom a 20 to a 22 guage.
    Im not sure how the bone thing stays in, does it come apart?

    Jennifer Murrah on

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