How to Get Your Nose Pierced With a Needle

Teenage girl with nose piercing.
Teenage girl with nose piercing. (Image: teenage girl looking down image by Galina Barskaya from

Piercing your nose with a needle may be cost-effective, but it is potentially dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Using caution and taking the proper steps will help lower the risk of hurting yourself or hitting a sensitive nerve. Consider consulting with a professional who does nose piercings. Even if you do not use the piercer for this procedure, he might have knowledge you can acquire before using a needle on your own nose.

Things You'll Need

  • Black felt marker
  • Needle
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Ice cubes
  • Small glass dish
  • Diamond, gold or silver stud
  • Latex gloves
  • Cotton swabs

Gather and prepare your tools and supplies. Neatly set them on a table or counter.

Fill a small glass dish with rubbing alcohol.

Place your needle and stud earring piece into the dish. Let the items soak and sterilize for a few minutes.

Put on your latex gloves, then take a cotton swab and dip it in the rubbing alcohol.

Use the cotton swab to clean the outside area of the nostril you will pierce.

Apply an ice cube to your nostril, letting it sit for at least three minutes. This causes the nose to go numb.

Use the black marker to place a tiny dot where you want to pierce your nose.

Insert the needle into the center of the black dot. Force the needle through the flesh of the nostril until it comes out on the other side. Be careful not to go farther and hit the lateral cartilage inside your nose.

Remove the needle quickly, then insert the stud earring piece into the tiny hole you made. Cap the stud with the piece's end.

Tips & Warnings

  • After piercing your nose, clean it twice daily. Water, nonfragrant soap and ear care solution are the best cleansers.
  • Keep the stud piece in your nose for at least six months after piercing.
  • Go to a doctor or health care professional immediately if your nose begins to show signs of redness, infection or pus leakage.
  • Only pierce your nose with a sterile needle if you are comfortable with the dangers and risks involved.

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