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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!

  • I

    Hey, I’m having a little trouble and confusion with the length and gauge size of my nose jewelry. I’m pretty sure I was pierced with a 20g and I think it’s fine, but I just wanted to know, if I switched it down to a 18g would it affect the hole in any way? It’s been at least a month or two now since I’ve pierced it and there hasn’t been much trouble, just that when I remove the piercing to adjust it sometimes it still bleeds a little. Is that ok? The main concern I have is that I’ve gotten an L-shape and a bone because I wanted to replace what they’ve originally given to me with a better one for healing, since the one they gave me slanted a little making the piercing look a little weird, but neither of them where long enough to fit all the way through :/ I don’t know If it’s just like that or if it’s still just healing, making it wider than what the regular length is. The problem is I can’t find a lot, almost nothing, away from 1/4” which is a little too small for me. What should I do?

    Inez on

  • A

    Hi Ann!

    Sorry for your trouble! It’s hard to tell why that’s happening without seeing the jewelry or your nose.

    If you can’t seem to figure out why the ring wont work for you, it might be time to try a seamless ring or a segment ring instead… That will certainly get you the “full circle” look you’re looking for!


  • A

    Hi Chloe,

    It’s hard to know for sure without seeing the jewelry, but it sounds like you downsized accidentally… Unfortunately, it was just too soon in your healing process to swap between gauges like that!

    Our advice – head back to your local piercing professional. If they can’t help you insert the right size, you may have to get re-pierced again with a larger gauge needle.


  • A

    I have purchased a couple different nose hoops and I have the same problem. I put them in correctly and they feel fine but the end of the hoop that isn’t the flat disk doesn’t go inside my nose, it sticks out like a half circle instead of a full circle look. Why?
    I’ve tried 8mm and 6mm and they both look the same just one is smaller. But the non-disk end still stays out side my nostril instead of hiding inside to look like it’s a full hoop.

    Ann Oreo on

  • C

    Hi! I got my nose pierced with a hoop in December and then in February I got it changed to a smaller hoop. Today I took out that hoop to put in a stud (kinda skinny) for a couple hours for a dinner and I then later tried to put my hoop back in and it won’t go in.

    Chloe on

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