Above: Mixture of body piercings and body jewellery materials
Even for healed piercings, you should not take the body jewellery out for an extended amount of time as the piercing is likely to close over. There are three main variants of body jewellery, resulting in three main ways to take out your piercings.
If you are trying a new kind of body jewellery, it’s important that you’re familiar with how to remove it, though you can always return to a piercer if you get stuck!
Always remember to wash your hands before taking out piercings, especially if you’re replacing them with something new.
How do I remove a BCR?
A ball closure ring works entirely on tension between the ring and the bead holding it in place. This means that you must pull gently on either side of the ring in order to allow the bead to come loose. Make sure you are ready for this and don’t lose the bead! Some find it easier to twist one end of the BCR to the side rather than trying to pull each end in opposite directions and others highly recommend a pair of ring pliers, which effectively can be used to pull open a BCR for inserting and removing from the body. Other people recommend gently twisting the bead whilst gripping the ring with your other hand, the bead should easily pop out.
How do I remove a barbell?
Most barbells and labrets feature a screwed ball, which follows the general principle of turn right to tight and left to loose (easy to remember, right?). In the case of barbells, one end or both ends can be unscrewed and you can add a new ball to the end without needing to remove the jewellery (if you wish to accessorise).
How do I remove a stud?
Nose studs are often far smaller than other kinds of jewellery and it’s very easy for people to irritate and even damage the skin around their piercing by trying to pull out the stud with their nails. Instead, use a pair of tweezers and gently ease out the stud in one smooth motion. Ear studs can be difficult to remove, especially if applied using a gun. The most important thing is to not panic and try to rotate the clasp before gripping onto the back, whilst keeping your other fingers steady around your lobe. Gently pull back and increase pressure until the clasp begins to move.
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