How to Remove a Lip Stud Easily

Remove your lip stud with sparkling-clean fingers.
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If you have a piercing in your upper or lower lip and you're not wearing a captive bead ring, you're probably wearing a piece of jewelry called a labret stud. The outside of a labret stud looks like a ball, gem or spike, while the inside looks like a small, flat disc. The ball, gem, or spike, and the disc, unscrew from the bar that goes through your lip. Take a few precautions and you'll have no problem removing your lip stud.

Rinse out your mouth with antiseptic mouth wash.

Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and rinse them with warm water. Lather your fingertips again and use the lather to wash the skin around your piercing on both sides of your lip. Rinse your skin with warm water and dry your hands and face with a fresh paper towel.

Grasp the bar of your labret stud gently with your front teeth. Do not bite down hard -- only apply enough pressure to hold the bar in place. Keep the disc behind your teeth.

Hold the bead, gem or spike -- that is on the outside of the piercing -- between your thumb and index finger. Twist it to the left until it begins to loosen, unscrewing it until it comes off entirely. Release the bar from between your teeth.

Reach inside your mouth with your thumb and index finger and pull on the disc to remove the bar from the piercing hole.

Rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to clean out the hole. Wash your jewelry with antibacterial soap and warm water, dry it with a paper towel and store it in a small, plastic, ziplock bag until you are ready to wear it again.

  • Do not remove your jewelry if your piercing is swollen, bleeding or oozing pus. Instead, consult your piercer or doctor.

S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.