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How do I remove a tragus piercing?

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Remove a tragus piercing at home by unscrewing the ball of the captive bead ring jewelry with a pair of pliers. It is advisable to have your professional piercer remove the tragus piercing if possible.

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  1. Gather all your materials

    You need a pair of ring-opening pliers. If you do not have this type of specialty pliers, use needle-nosed pliers. However, needle-nosed pliers are not meant to remove body jewelry and can cause scratches in the metal. To protect against scratches, wrap needle-nosed pliers with electrical or masking tape.

  2. Open the ring

    Place the needle-nose end of the pliers into the center of the captive bead ring, and slowly pry the ring apart. Hold your other hand underneath your ear to catch the bead when it falls off. Once the bead falls off, it leaves a space in the ring. Make this space larger by using the pliers to pry the ring open.

  3. Remove the jewelry

    Once the space in the ring is large enough, remove the jewelry. Slowly rotate the ring in the piercing. Do not pull on the jewelry. By turning the ring, the space in the jewelry reaches a point where you can gently pulled it from the skin.

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