What Happens If You Keep Piercing Your Nose?

Nose piercings are fun and stylish, but the holes will also close if you don’t have your nose ring in place for extended periods. If that’s happened to you, you probably want to give it another try and wonder, what happens if you keep piercing your nose?

Depending on the kind of nose piercing you get and your skin type, you could have no issues or develop scarring, keloids, and infections if you keep piercing, especially on the same spot. Aftercare and ensuring you don’t keep the jewelry off for extended periods are essential to avoid repeated piercing.

Not everyone gets scarring with repeated piercings since it depends on various factors. Sometimes repeated piercings are necessary for certain people. Find out what causes piercing problems and how to prevent them below.

What Happens If You Repeatedly Pierce Your Nose?

Nose piercings can be fun, whether they are done for cultural or sentimental reasons or you want them as a fashion statement. Nose piercings, as with any other face piercing, can be complex, whether because of a sensitive area or adjusting to society. Due to that, sometimes removing it means the hole closes, or lack of proper aftercare can cause infections.

Sometimes people resort to removing the piercing and getting it redone after some time. Here is what can happen if you repeat a nose piercing more than once to several times:

  • Each time you do a piercing, the skin gets a threat warning because it is a foreign object entering. As it tries to heal, it develops scar tissue. Scar tissue is thicker, and it becomes more challenging to pierce through that same point each time you try.
  • Some people are prone to keloids (raised skin tissue from cuts and damage). It can increase in size and look like a pimple. Having keloids on your nose can be unpleasant because they can get in the way of your eyesight and make you feel conscious.
  • Scarring is also possible. If you have a septum piercing, a scar will not be visible. But a nose-bridge or nostril piercing, while heals quickly from one piercing, can cause a scar if you keep piercing the same spot.
  • Recurring infections can happen if you pierce your nose repeatedly, especially if you previously had an infection or piercing migration in that spot.

How Many Times Can You Pierce Your Nose?

There are different types of nose piercings, and depending on your pain tolerance or reasons for repeated piercings, you can get it done more than once. 

There is no set number for repeating a piercing, but it is necessary to take a minute and reflect on why you need to or want to do that. Here are some things to consider:

  • Your nose is part of your face, visible to everyone, including yourself. You must figure out if you are willing to accept and deal with any keloids and scarring that might occur.
  • Your piercer will likely try to pierce right next to your previous piercing, where the scar tissue has healed. If that doesn’t work out, you will be left with a bigger and more visible scar.
  • Consider precisely why you want to pierce again: if you have tried it on that spot and it didn’t work out due to an infection or lifestyle, it’s unlikely that trying it again will change anything.
  • If you want another piercing because you kept your jewelry out for too long and the hole closed, reflect on whether that was a mistake or if you will need to do that again. If you might need to, you will probably come across the same situation again in the future.
  • If your piercer was unprofessional and didn’t do a great job the first time, maybe consider if you want to go back there or try someone different and more reliable.
  • If you cannot keep up with the aftercare required to ensure your nose piercing will heal correctly, you want to consider whether you will manage it the next time or not.

How To Avoid Piercing Your Nose Repeatedly

If you love your nose piercing but notice that you continue to get infections or your holes keep closing because you removed or lost your jewelry, check out the following points for tips to reduce and prevent that from happening:

Go To A Trusted Professional

Always use a professional, certified, and trusted piercer. The piercer needs to use hygienic tools and quality jewelry. They also need to use the correct techniques and have the proper experience. A slight wrong move on their part can create a major issue for you and cause infections and scarring, or a piercing you hate, which will result in you wanting to redo it.

Proper Aftercare Is Crucial

Many take aftercare for granted; they do it a couple of times and then get lazy. Aftercare for piercing is vital for proper and faster healing, preventing infections, and avoiding scarring. Even though these things can still happen if the piercing does not agree with you, it is more likely to occur if you don’t care for your piercing properly.

One of the aftercare essentials is that you should not remove the jewelry the piercer places in your nose piercing for a few months. The inside of your piercing must be entirely healed before changing the ring or stud. If you change it before it is ready, infections could arise. The correct aftercare would help you avoid reason to repeat piercings unless your hole is closed.

Use The Correct Jewelry

Other than not changing your nose piercing jewelry before you should, you should also ensure that you use the correct types when you do. Some metals can cause infections, and you might need to test what your skin agrees to. Hypoallergenic nose rings are best, but different metals suit skins differently.

Titanium, surgical stainless steel, gold, and niobium are the best nose ring metals. Avoid plated jewelry and look for biocompatible and durable metals. If you use the correct jewelry, there won’t be any reason for you to remove it and redo your piercings.

Keep The Jewelry In Your Piercing

Many people need to keep piercing their noses because their holes close after removing or losing the nose rings. Avoid removing your nose rings and studs unless necessary. If your lifestyle, work, or other commitments does not allow you to keep a nose piercing and you keep removing it, your hole will close as nose piercings tend to close quickly.

When washing and wiping your face with a towel, studs tend to easily fall out and get lost, while rings and other hanging types can get hooked on and tug on your skin. That can cause damage or make you lose your jewelry. Find new methods of cleaning your face and blowing your nose without removing your jewelry to prevent your skin from trying to heal from the piercing.


Piercing your nose a second time will not typically be a big deal, but repeatedly doing it can cause scarring and keloids. If you are prone to infections from piercings, you will likely get them again each time you get a piercing done. Use the tips mentioned to avoid needing to keep piercing your nose.

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