How to Take the Ball Off of a Lip Ring

by Ashlyn Etree

Lip ring with ball

Photo courtesy of leba j at stock.xchng.

Piercings are a popular method of self expression among teenagers and young adults. Circular or straight barbells are often used for lip piercings. Similar in structure to the back of a traditional earring, barbells have a ball that is screwed on tightly to keep the ring from coming out. To remove the ring, you must remove the ball from the lip ring.

Items you will need

  • Mouthwash
  • Soap
  • Paper towel
Step 1

Rinse your mouth out with mouthwash, and wash your hands with soap and warm water.

Step 2

Dry off the part of your lip ring inside your mouth with a paper towel.

Step 3

Grasp the lip ring with your thumb and forefinger. You must keep the lip ring stationary.

Step 4

Unscrew the ball of your lip ring using your other hand. Like any object connected by threaded ends, the balls on barbell and circular barbell rings loosen to the left.


  • Since piercers tighten the balls on lip rings to prevent them from accidentally coming loose, you may have difficulty loosening the ball. If you are unable to loosen it with your fingers, try wearing a pair of rubber or latex gloves for a better grip.


  • Do not use latex gloves if you are allergic to latex. If you are unsure if you are allergic to latex, do not attempt to use the gloves while you are alone in case you have an allergic reaction.

Photo Credits

  • Photo courtesy of leba j at stock.xchng.

About the Author

Ashlyn Etree was all business as a PR professional for 10 years, but she loves rolling up her sleeves volunteering at animal rescues. She writes for various publications, specializing in business, career and pet-related content. Etree earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Central Florida.