How to Take the Ball Off of a Lip Ring

Lip ring with ball
Lip ring with ball (Image: Photo courtesy of leba j at stock.xchng.)

Piercings are a popular method of self expression among teenagers and young adults. Circular or straight barbells are often used for lip piercings. Similar in structure to the back of a traditional earring, barbells have a ball that is screwed on tightly to keep the ring from coming out. To remove the ring, you must remove the ball from the lip ring.

Things You'll Need

  • Mouthwash
  • Soap
  • Paper towel

Rinse your mouth out with mouthwash, and wash your hands with soap and warm water.

Dry off the part of your lip ring inside your mouth with a paper towel.

Grasp the lip ring with your thumb and forefinger. You must keep the lip ring stationary.

Unscrew the ball of your lip ring using your other hand. Like any object connected by threaded ends, the balls on barbell and circular barbell rings loosen to the left.

Tips & Warnings

  • Since piercers tighten the balls on lip rings to prevent them from accidentally coming loose, you may have difficulty loosening the ball. If you are unable to loosen it with your fingers, try wearing a pair of rubber or latex gloves for a better grip.
  • Do not use latex gloves if you are allergic to latex. If you are unsure if you are allergic to latex, do not attempt to use the gloves while you are alone in case you have an allergic reaction.

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