How to Keep Nose Piercing Open Without Jewelry? (2 Best Methods)

Last Updated on August 18, 2022

Keeping your nose piercing open without jewelry is not as simple as it appears.

If your nose is newly pierced, the piercing will close up within hours or even minutes, especially if you don’t wear any jewelry.

However, on rare occasions, you will need something to prevent your piercing from closing up after you remove the jewelry. You may have misplaced your stud or your employer doesn’t appreciate nose rings.

So, what can you do? Here is our answer.


How to keep nose piercing open without jewelry?

I’ll walk you through how to keep your nose piercing open without using a nose ring.

Put in a nose retainer

A retainer is a type of piercing jewelry that is inserted into a piercing in order to replicate the look of a nose stud or ring. It’s typically a clear plastic device that covers the piercing. It won’t stand out like a normal nose stud since it is see-through.

A retainer is used to keep the piercing in place. Plastic retainers, on the other hand, are not appropriate for piercings that are still healing. A plastic retainer would do more harm than good for a newly pierced nose.

Aside from that, they are also not a good long-term choice since putting any plastic material in your body may cause it to melt or lose form due to bodily heat.

A glass retainer may not cause any skin irritation, but it might be too much for a new or unhealed piercing. Glass is also delicate; a minor knock may fracture it in your nose.

Use neem stick in your piercing

These days, when you get a piercing, you just put on a piece of jewelry right away. When people got piercings prior to now, they would use leaf sticks to keep the skin free of infections due to the jewelry material.

Curry leaf sticks or neem leaf sticks were the most often used. They will not only keep your nose piercing open, but they will also speed up the healing process.

Both of these leaves are anti-bacterial, with neem leaf being particularly well-known for its healing qualities. Neem leaves also have antifungal properties.

The best alternative to a stud is a curry or neem stick if you’ve lost your stud or are concerned about acquiring an infection in your nose piercing from the material.

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Will my nose piercing close up overnight?

There is no precise timetable because each individual’s immune system and healing mechanism functions differently.

However, if your nose piercing has yet to heal, it will most likely cease up within a few hours.

The healing process for facial piercings can take anywhere from six months to a year. Then you can change your nose piercing if you wish. Because your body will respond much more rapidly to heal the piercing during this time, it will close up.

Also, because the inside of your nose heals faster than the outside, the piercing will be closed from within yet you’ll be able to observe the hole from the outside.

Can a nose piercing close up after a year?

If your nose piercing has been in place for more than a year, it will allow you to keep your piercing open for up to a few days.

If you’ve had your piercing for a long time, you can go without wearing jewelry for up to a few weeks. However, it depends on the body’s healing process and who you are as an individual.

How to care for your nose piercing?

The most serious concern following nose piercing is preventing infection. Infection may lead to scarring and even endanger your health, and many infections render you unable to use your piercing again.

Make sure your hands are clean whenever touching your piercing

Before you touch your piercing or jewelry, wash your hands to guarantee that the healing process goes as smoothly as possible.

Clean your nose piercing

Clean your nose piercing twice a day, every day until the entire, months-long healing process is finished. It’s critical to clean both the inside and outside of your nostrils during this period. Blow your nose as little as possible throughout the healing process unless after cleaning said piercing or in the shower.

Don’t put any water

Don’t put any water (other than saline solution) on your piercing until it has fully healed. Stay away from swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, and baths during the healing phase.

Use saline wipe

Apply a saline wipe to the inside and outside of the piercing. After five minutes, gently wipe away any visible discharge or softened crusting with the edge of the saline wipe or a piece of gauze.

Clean your piercing

Use an antibacterial solution to clean the piercing after each use, and remember that jewelry is not sterile. Clean your piercing with a mild soap. Wash the metal in between washes with mild or delicate soap daily to remove germs and crust from around the jewelry.

Jackie Palmer is a Houston-based coin journalist and fashion enthusiast. She joined Jewels Advisor’s content team after years of experience as a content strategist, managing blogs and social channels for local stores. Jackie mostly collects and studies US coins produced during the 20th century and over the years, published hundreds of articles for multiple coin publications.