Can I Use Tea Tree Oil on My Piercing?

Let’s get down to business here: you should Not Use tea tree oil for a healing piercing.

Confused? Don’t worry, you are not alone.

With essential oils, people can choose more natural solutions to certain minor problems like dry skin, heartburn, or other everyday stress. They can offer fantastic benefits, and many people swear by the improvements they have made through their use.

However, it is important to note that essential oils are not foolproof and should be used with care. Improper use can cause unpleasant side effects.

The same applies to tea tree oil. Although it is widely touted as an excellent product for aftercare of piercings, a large number of piercers agree that tea tree oil should not be used to cure piercings.

Here’s why.

What is tea tree oil?

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that comes from the leaves of the tea tree – or from that Melaleuca alternifolia– A tree native to Australia.

As an essential oil – a concentrated version of the tea tree leaf – it is often used on the skin as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, natural deodorant, insect repellent and more. It is known to help the skin glow and feel healthy. Overall, tea tree oil is pretty handy.

Close up of leaves

Essential oils like tea tree oil are simply concentrated versions of the plants from which they are made.

Since tea tree oil is anti-inflammatory and has antibacterial properties, it appears that tea tree oil is perfect for post-piercing care. After all, the majority of aftercare is aimed at minimizing uncomfortable symptoms such as swelling and keeping the piercing free of bacteria. However, the way tea tree oil works with your skin can produce side effects that can actually hinder healing instead of helping it.

Why is tea tree oil bad for healing piercings?

A main reason why tea tree oil has its antiseptic properties is that it draws moisture from the region. With a healing piercing where the skin is sensitive, this can lead to discomfort, dander, rashes and other complications. It can even promote scarring.

For each healing piercing, most piercers recommend using only one piercing aftercare solution for your piercing and staying as far as possible from everything else, including soap. This is because these products contain tons of chemicals that can irritate your piercing. Tea tree oil is natural, but it also has properties that have the same effect.

What should I use for my healing piercings instead of tea tree oil?

As already mentioned, the piercing aftercare solution is the only thing you should use for your healing piercing.

Saline is good for healing piercings because it uses only two ingredients that are safe for your sensitive skin: salt and water. The best thing you can do for your healing piercing is to make sure that this is the only solution you use for your aftercare.

Salt in a spoon

The only thing you need for your healing piercing is a proper mix of sea salt and purified water.

If you only use a piercing aftercare solution for your new piercing and you still experience problems, you should speak to your piercer. You can better diagnose the problem and point you to a safe solution (often something like reducing or increasing daily cleaning or changing your jewelry). You should never try to diagnose and fix the problem yourself.

When can I use tea tree oil for my piercings?

With a healed piercing, tea tree oil can offer several advantages. Some piercers have recommended it to minimize the appearance of hypertrophic scars or pustules.

Tea tree oil should only be used as indicated. Before you buy something to use for your healed piercing, you should speak to your piercer. They can let you know if tea tree oil is a good solution and they will advise you of the correct dilution and how often you should use it. Essential oils are concentrated versions of their respective plants, so they can be quite strong. Because of this, it is easy to overuse and irritate the area.

Keep in mind that many of the problems that could benefit from tea tree oil usually go away on their own. It is often better to just let your body do its job than to use tea tree oil. The most important thing you can do is get advice from your piercer and listen to their instructions.

While tea tree oil has numerous benefits overall, it’s probably best to keep it away from your piercing. If you have any at home and are tempted to treat a problem with a cured piercing, you should first discuss this with your piercer. Most likely, you should keep your tea tree oil for chapped hands and glowing skin, not for treating piercing complications.

Buy one while you heal

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