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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!

  • A

    Hi Maddie,

    Sorry to hear you’re having trouble with your nose piercing! When it comes to changing a piercing, its best not to make decisions before consulting your professional piercer. Your piercing’s hole is more visible now because you’re using smaller jewelry than you were initially pierced with. If you choose not to go back to a piercer, you will most likely need to stick to 20g jewelry going forward.

    At this point in the process, because of the pain and bleeding you described, it is a good time to contact your local professional and ask them for advice on how to proceed. They are qualified to give you medical advice and can let you know when it is safe to swap jewelry out again.

    Alley (Body Candy Team) on

  • M

    I’ve had my nose pierced for 9 months now so I thought it was time to switch to something else and I chose a hoop and I put the hoop in fine and everything but I realized the whole was really visible almost like it was bigger and now it looks like it’s closing in from the top and it hurts and it bleeds a little and a little skin forms around the nose hoop and I can’t move it around is it just resizing Bc I got a 20 gauge nose hoop because that’s all I could find and I didn’t know that my piercer used an 18 so now my hole is going smaller does it mean I’m going to have to use 20 gauge nose screws if I want to change it again and in how long can I change it

    Maddie on

  • H

    I know nothing about no se rings, and I don’t know the size of my hole. Today I bought a nose ring without realizing I need to pay attention to its thickness, and it is too thick, it only goes halfway in. I spent a lot of money on it and it is beautiful, is there any chance I can get it in? It’s not that much thicker than my usuals, but it just doesn’t go all the way through

    Hagar on

  • L

    I’ve bought multiple sets of nose rings. The bone type, screw type and today I received the L shape. L is my favorite but, why don’t they go all the way through? My bone and L is too short. I spent close to $50.00 and not one fits. I’ve been pierced 5 weeks. Was it too early to try switching out and am I possibly swollen still? The screw type… I just couldn’t figure out at all. Please help.

    Lori on

  • A

    Hey i got a 20 gauge nose bone ring and I’m not sure if i got the right size. Is the ball at the end suppose to show on the inside

    Amaya on

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