How Getting My Nose Pierced Improved My Skin

Nothing forces you to take care of your skin like a hole in your nostril.
Publish date:
March 9, 2015
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I got my nose pierced about a month ago, and bizarrely, the biggest impact it has had on my life is the way my skin care has changed.

My piercer gave me strict aftercare instructions, and I was really worried about doing something wrong so I've ended up taking extra good care of my skin.

I'm hyperaware that, like with a tattoo, I essentially have an open wound on my face. I'm not going to give any aftercare instructions here, because it varies between piercers and my advice will always be to take their word above anyone else's.

My piercer's advice was simple: don't touch the piercing, don't rotate it, don't do anything except clean it when it needs it with a very gentle soap.

Wait, soap? But I don't want to put soap on my face! I'm super careful with my skin care, and I know that soap's pH is too high to go on my face. The studio recommended Dr Bronner's Unscented Baby Soap, but I still didn't like the idea.

Instead, I went for a different face wash, the Very Gentle Cleansing Cream from Trilogy.

This is an unscented cream that I like to fall back on when my skin is irritated. I figured it would be fine for careful use around my new piercing, and so far it hasn't bothered it at all.

I've made sure to rinse very thoroughly after cleansing, no matter what I'm using, and I think that's change number one that has helped improve my skin.

My nose is the least even-toned part of my face. The skin is oily, I get hella sebaceous filaments, and there's a lot of redness happening. Ideally I wouldn't be putting makeup near my nose piercing, but I just can't bring myself to do that. I'm pretty careful when I put my foundation on my nose, but I definitely get in close proximity of the fresh hole in my nostril.

So on the same, super-clean note, I've been making sure to remove ALL of my makeup at night--every single night. I should be doing this already, I know, but sometimes I take the lazy route and use the baby wipes I keep beside my bed. I'm sorry!

Micellar water removes makeup better than baby wipes, though, and I like the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water as an affordable choice.

Being the skin care junkie that I am, cleansing and moisturizing isn't enough. My skin responds well to some good exfoliation, so I like to incorporate some kind of exfoliant in my routine once or twice a week. Often it's a cleansing tool like a konjac sponge (before I left mine in the shower too long and it disintegrated) or a DIY scrub. The thing is, neither of these are things I want to get all up on my nose wound.

I've had to get more localized (and thus more thoughtful) with my exfoliation. The parts of my face that tend to need exfoliation are my T-zone, particularly on my chin and between my eyebrows. I've been using the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads to hone in on those problem areas and hit them with some AHA action.

The only negative consequence of getting my nose pierced, so far, is how damn much it hurt.

In my experience, it hurt much more than getting tattooed, even in traditionally sensitive areas of the body. It also hurts to blow your nose with a fresh nose piercing, because you can't really do that without applying pressure directly on the piercing site. Now I understand why the studio recommended taking multi-vitamins and keeping an extra eye on your health while the piercing heals.

My nose piercing didn't magically improve my skin on its own; rather, it has acted as a reminder for all the things I should be doing with my face anyway.

  • Have any of you had a similar experience?
  • Anyone have healing issues with a nose piercing? I'm one month into what is meant to be a three-month healing process, and I hope it stays uneventful!