Photo of Ryn by Ryn Gargulinski

A nose ring can easily go from a gorgeous adornment to a major annoyance if it keeps popping up, falling out and getting lost or plopping down into your soup at dinner. You can keep a nose ring in place with a few simple tips.

Have the proper backing on the nose ring. Some have a small ball on the end and others have a bent back. In my case, the small ball ring kept sticking out further than it was supposed to. I switched to the bent back and bent the back even further to secure it in place.

Stop touching it. Playing with the nose ring or touching it to make sure it’s still there not only invites infection but may also dislodge it.

Pay extra attention when you wash or dry your face. Nose rings like to get caught on towels or skitter down the drain.

Blow your nose with care. Keep one finger pressed on the nose ring as you empty your nostrils into a tissue.

Remove the nose ring when necessary. If you are going into a vigorous sport, swimming or doing something that may dislodge or rip out the nose ring, take it out. You can leave the hole open or inserts a soft, plastic nose ring plug found at many jewelry stores.


Hoops and heavily adorned nose rings are more likely to get caught on things than simple studs.


Kids like to grab at a nose ring, pets like to lick at a nose ring and shirts and other clothing articles like to get stuck on and pull at a nose ring.