Tea tree oil has antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties that making it an amazing remedy in piercing aftercare.

It can be used to care for certain piercings during the healing process. Moreover, it can help reduce irritation and prevent infection.

However, you should avoid using tea tree oil in place of your piercer’s recommend cleansing process. Use only it as a complementary treatment.

Keep reading on to learn more about its benefits.

Tea tree oil has essential wound-healing capabilities. This is due to its natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It may also have antiseptic properties, which can help prevent bacterial infections.

Tea tree oil may also:

  • shrink papules, and other bumps
  • ease redness and irritation around the piercing
  • prevent fungal infection
  • prevent scar tissue from forming


What piercings can it be used for?

When applied topically, tea tree oil is considered safe for most people. This means that the oil is likely safe to use on the external area around most face and body piercings. This includes piercings in your:

  • eyebrows
  • nose
  • ears
  • chest
  • nipples
  • lips
  • back
  • neck
  • navel

Tea tree oil should not be swallowed, so it typically is not recommended for oral use. Ingestion can result in adverse side effects, including dizziness, reduced muscle coordination, and confusion.

It may be safe to use tea oil as part of a mouth rinse or a soak in some cases. It will help if you speak to your piercer before using the oil to care for any oral piercing.

You should also consult to your piercer before using the tree tea oil to care for a genital piercing; internal use of any form may result in side effects.

The bottom line

Talk to your piercer if you are considering using tea tree oil as a complementary post-piercing treatment. They can answer any queries you have and advise you on use.

Discontinue use if you develop:

  • itchiness
  • swelling
  • rash
  • hives

If these symptoms persist for more than a day or two, immediately see your doctor. You should also visit your doctor if the piercing site begins to bleed or leak pus, has a foul odor, or is hot to the touch.