Self-piercings are famous for going tragically wrong, causing pain and misery and then getting infected.
It is very true that piercing any body part yourself increases your risk of infection. It is in fact downright dangerous. I would recommend you get all your piercings done professionally, by someone who knows what they are doing.
Still, it’s a fact that some of you will never listen. For those of you with a tendency to engage in reckless activities such as this, I am writing this guide on how to pierce your own nose at home.
Like I said, you would be better off going to a piercer. Perform this piercing at your own risk.
If, for whatever reason, you must perform this piercing yourself though, follow this guide very closely to ensure you do it safely.
Just by reading this article, you have made a step in the right direction. Nice one.
Whilst you read this I hope you will realise that there is a lot more to the nose piercing process than you think. Take care and enjoy the guide below.
Before going ahead and sticking a needle through your nostril, please make sure you have made all the necessary preparations. You should also make sure you have all the equipment you will need. Do not settle for anything less than professional quality.
What you will need:
You can either buy yourself a complete body piercing kit for nose piercings or you can gather all the parts separately.
The tools you will need are as follows:
- Sterilized stainless steel hollow piercing needle in 18G or 16G. A safety pin/sewing needle will not do
- Piercing tapers (clamps)
- Nose Jewelry – titanium is best, but choose stainless steel if titanium is not available
- Safety gloves – latex works well
- Sterilization swabs/cleansing solution for your equipment and jewelry
- Aftercare solution or complete aftercare kit
- A surgical skin marker or a sharpie pen
Make sure you have everything before you get started. Do not use a safety pin or piercing gun. Use hollow needles only!
Step #1: Prepare Yourself and Your Equipment
First off, there are a few things you must do before actually performing the piercing. These steps are very important, so pay attention.
Sterilize all your equipment
Even though your equipment is brand new and arrived in sterile packaging, it is always good practice to sterilize all of your equipment yourself before using it.
There are a number of different ways of doing this.
I would suggest you boil all of the stainless steel equipment (needle, forceps clamps, jewelry).
For any other equipment you should soak it in saline solution (there are instructions on how to make saline solution further down on this page).
Cleanse your skin
You need to make sure your skin is clean and totally free from grease, dirt or bacteria.
The best way to do this would be to use an anti-bacterial facewash. You could use saline solution but the most effective way of getting your skin to be as sterile as possible would be to use anti-bacterial soap.
Mark where you want your piercing
Now, using your specially designed skin marker or sharpie, just mark the desired location for your piercing with a single dot.
Make sure you are happy with your mark. If it is not in the right position, just wipe it off and reapply it until it looks how you would like it to.
Step #2: Pierce Your Nose!
Once you are completely ready, both physically and mentally, it is time for you to go ahead and pierce your nose, finally!
Don’t just jump right in with the needle and stick it through your nostril though. Please continue following this guide, you need to be sure that you get everything right.
Note: Wash your hands before touching your nose or any of your equipment or jewelry.
Position your forceps on your nostril
Now that you have sterilized your forceps clamps, you can proceed to position them over the mark you have made on your nostril.
The mark you have made on your skin should be visible through the hole in the tip on the forceps.
You will need to keep the forceps here in this exact position for a good while, you may want to tie an elastic band around the handles of the forceps.
Breath in… Breath out…
Before you stick the needle through your skin you will want to make sure you are relaxed as you can be.
Being in a calm state of mind steadies the hand and helps the piercing go a lot smoother.
Do whatever it takes to get yourself comfortable with the idea that you are about to pierce your own nose. Remind yourself that this is one of the simplest and easiest piercings that exists.
Count your breaths as you breathe slow and deep. This will naturally slow down your nervous system and release endorphins (chemical responsible for good feelings) into your bloodstream. These lovely little endorphins will rid you of any anxiety you may be experiencing.
Once you feel calm enough, continue on to the next step…
Piercing your nose
Now, for the exciting/scary part!
Your needle should be freshly sterilized and dried using paper towels or some kind of disposable cloth. Do not dry any of your equipment using a bath towel as it may harbour bacteria.
Position the needle so it points directly at the little dot you marked on you nostril.
Note: This is your last chance to change your mind about the position of your piercing, so make sure you are 100% happy with it now!
When you are ready, push the needle through your skin at a perpendicular angle (right angle).
This should be done very quickly to minimise pain. Just shove the needle straight through, making sure the tip comes out the other side of the nostril.
Be careful not to stab the cartilage in the centre of your nose though – don’t go too fast!
Here is a video to help you out:
Insert your chosen jewelry
This way you can line up the angle of your jewelry with your piercing with the greatest of accuracy. Much better than having to wiggle the jewelry through at an awkward angle.
Once the jewelry is in, secure it in place so it does not fall out.
Well done, you have successfully pierced your own nose!
Continue reading as the next steps are very important.
Step #3: Nose Piercing Aftercare
The biggest problem with self-piercing is the increased risk of infection.
The best way to prevent this from happening to you is by caring for your new piercing properly.
Follow these nose piercing aftercare instructions thoroughly so your piercing can heal up relatively quickly and painlessly.
Cleansing your new nose piercing
During the healing process for your nose piercing, you will need to cleanse your piercing twice a day.
There are a number of ways you can cleanse your piercing. Here are some of the best cleansing methods:
Note: Always wash your hands properly using anti-bacterial soap before you touch your piercing.
Saline solution soak
What you will need:
- Warm distilled water
- Sea salt
- A cotton pad
- A glass or cup
Here is the best way to clean your piercing using saline solution:
- Prepare yourself a cup of saline solution. To do this all you need to do is mix a quarter off a teaspoon of sea salt or a tea spoon of table salt into a glass of luke warm distilled water.
- Get yourself a cotton pad and soak it in the salty liquid.
- Use the cotton pad to gently wipe the saline solution on your piercing and jewelry. Make sure not to miss any parts. Try to clean inside and outside of your nostril. Be very thorough.
- Pat the area dry using a clean tissue. Do not use bath towels or any other non-disposable cloth.
Use a piercing aftercare solution
Another highly effective way of keeping on top of your your piercing’s hygiene levels is to purchase yourself a professional piercing aftercare solution.
All of these products work well but the two I mentioned above will always be my personal favourites. I find they just clean healing piercings much better than other products I’ve tried. They are also gentle on the skin and do not cause irritation.
Some Tips on Preventing Infection
Whilst your piercing is healing you will need to be taking very good care of it on a daily basis in order to prevent infection.
There are certain other rules you should follow to make your nose piercing’s healing process as quick painless as possible.
Here are some of my personal favourites:
- Do not remove your jewelry for any amount of time – this will result in your piercing closing up.
- Do not apply makeup directly to the piercing or jewelry.
- Keep yourself hydrated, eat healthily and exercise. At the end of the day, a piercing is a wound so your body needs nutrients in order to heal. This will speed up the healing process and lower your risk of infection through having a boost in your immune system.
- Change your pillowcase every night.
- Do not use any strong chemicals on your piercing such as alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
Watch out for infection
Always keep an eye on your new piercing whilst it heals.
It is normal to experience some soreness, redness and swelling for the first week or so after the piercing was done.
If you notice your symptoms are not getting any better or maybe even worsening, there is chance your nose piercing may be getting infected.
Seek medical assistance as soon as possible if your experience any of the following symptoms:
- Severe pain, soreness or tenderness
- Foul smelling or unusual coloured discharge. This may be yellow, green, brown or grey.
- Excessive redness or bleeding
- Piercing or area around the piercing feel hot to touch
Infections can be serious if left untreated, so get in contact with your doctor!
I would not encourage anybody to do their own piercings, but if you really must, then be sure to do it properly!
Just by reading this guide you have taken a step to performing a relatively safe home nose piercing.
If you have not already done the piercing, I am going to annoy you once more and recommend you get this done by a professional who knows what they are doing!
I hope you found this article helpful, and more to the point I hope this has taught you how much goes into a “simple” nose piercing. As you can see, there is much more to it than just sticking a pin through your nose!
Have you got any tips on how to make this process even safer? If so, let us know by leaving a comment below.