What Is the Best Age to Get a Nose Piercing?

  • Written By Dan Hunter on October 1, 2021
    Last Updated: February 18, 2022

Nose piercings are a big fashion statement and are increasing in popularity for both girls and boys. However, this is a big commitment as it’s a highly visible body part to get pierced and needs lots of aftercare to heal properly.

The appropriate age to get a nose piercing is dependent on each individual and there are lots of pros and cons. However, you should check the state laws before going ahead. Each state will have its own minimum age for any type of body piercing, especially without parental consent.

We’ll let you know what is viewed as an appropriate age for a nose piercing and what you should consider before going ahead with it.

Should You Get a Nose Piercing?

Nose piercings are highly fashionable and are increasing in numbers as more people become adventurous with their style. A nose piercing can look cute when using a small shiny stud or hoop. However, the bigger the jewelry, the bigger the statement you’re making. 

Before getting a nose piercing you need to understand the responsibility that comes with it. It needs to be properly looked after in order to heal correctly. This means cleaning the pierced area every day. 

You should also understand any limitations that may stand in the way of you getting a nose piercing. Are piercings allowed at school or your place of work? If not, this may cause problems with your teachers or boss, and you may have to remove the piercing. 

What Is an Appropriate Age to Get a Nose Piercing?

We would say that 16 years old would be an appropriate age to get a nose piercing. However, this would depend on the individual and if they are responsible enough to look after the piercing correctly. 

It takes lots of care and attention to look after it properly, if it’s not looked after this could lead to infections and the piercing may have to be taken out and left to heal over. 

Some schools and workplaces don’t allow body piercings and as a nose piercing is visible they may ask that this is removed. You shouldn’t take a piercing out for the first six weeks or until it’s healed, so this will be an important element of your decision.

Piercing Laws

Each state has its own laws regarding piercings and tattoos. Most states allow body piercing for teenagers aged between 14 and 18 years old as long as they have parental consent.

Some states require the parent to accompany their teenager for the piercing appointment, others just require written consent. It’s important to understand what the minimum age is in your state before going ahead with the piercing.

You should never ask a shop to conduct the piercing illegally by lying about their age. The shop could be fined and lose their license if found out. 

Why Do You Want a Nose Piercing?

If your child is asking for a nose piercing be careful to not just shut them down by saying no. Ask them why they want the piercing and why it’s so important. Is it that they want it or are they feeling pressured to have the piercing? 

Getting them to open up to you about why they want it’s the first step to better communication between you. It will help you to understand them and how they are feeling as well as make them feel like you’re listening to them. 


The aftercare with any piercing is an important part of the process and it can’t be rushed or left. A piercing needs to be looked after every day while it’s healing and it needs to be cleaned well. 

Some teenagers are not the best at hygiene so adding another element to their daily routine may be too much for them. 

They need to understand that the aftercare needs to be done for this to heal. This will give them the same pretty piercing that they see on social media and aspire to have for themselves.


The appropriate age for a nose piercing is dependent on the individual person. We would say that 14 is too young to even consider having this done. Aged 16 and over is a good time to start to talk about it if the subject has come up. If your teenager is mature enough to discuss it and accept the responsibility it could be a good thing.

We hope that we’ve answered your question and you now feel more comfortable talking to your teenager about the pros and cons of a nose piercing.