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What Is the Best Way to Remove Starter Stud Earrings for First Time Piercings?

author image Darla Ferrara
Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.
What Is the Best Way to Remove Starter Stud Earrings for First Time Piercings?
A young child with starter stud earrings. Photo Credit: Rachel Mccloud/iStock/Getty Images

When you first pierce your ears, your earlobes need a starter stud to keep the hole open and allow proper healing. Starter studs are generally made of stainless steel or gold and have two pieces: the stud post and the clasp. When the time comes to remove the starter and move on to new earrings, pulling out the post will not be difficult.

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Step 1

Wash your hands with an antibacterial soap. Dry hands with a clean towel.

Step 2

Soak a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol. Wipe down the lobe thoroughly with the swab. Move the ear stud around to clean under it. Let the alcohol air dry.

Step 3

Grasp the front of the stud with the fingertips of one hand. Slide the tips under the ridge of the stud to get a firm hold.

Step 4

Move the other hand behind the lobe and grab the stud clasp. This will be easy to locate with your fingertips. Most studs have a wing-like clasp that is separate from the stud.

Step 5

Turn the front stud in one direction while turning the clasp in the other. For example, turn the stud clockwise while turning the clasp counterclockwise.

Step 6

Pull back on the clasp as you turn it. Be careful: it may pull off suddenly.

Step 7

Remove the stud portion of the earring by pulling it away from the earlobe.

Step 8

Wipe the hole down a second time with an alcohol-soaked cotton swab. Wipe both the front and back of the lobe.

Step 9

Sanitize the replacement earring with alcohol before inserting it into the lobe. Insert the new earring after the alcohol dries. Repeat the process for your other ear.

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