You’ve finally taken the plunge and gotten your very first body piercing.
You’re walking around with a fresh new stud in your ear or nose, and it feels great!
But wait — now you’ve had this piercing for a few days and it’s starting to get infected.
It’s hard to know what to do about that, especially if you aren’t sure how long this infection will last.
Luckily, there are some simple ways you can treat infections at home without making things worse.
And one of the best solutions is tea tree oil.
Yes, tea tree oil—the same stuff you use to clean your kitchen counters (hopefully).
How Many Times a Day Should You Put Tea Tree Oil on Your Piercing?
While there’s no hard and fast rule for how often to apply tea tree oil (every few hours, every day for a week, etc.), the general consensus is that it should be applied as often as necessary to keep your piercing clean.
Many piercers recommend putting the oil on once or twice daily for about two weeks after getting a new piercing; if your skin gets irritated by the oil at any point during this time period, stop using it until you notice that things have calmed down.
When applying tea tree oil to your body jewelry, use just enough to coat the area around your piercing without making too much of a mess—it’s easy to go overboard when trying something new!
Also, keep in mind that different brands of tea tree oil may require different amounts of product per application.
For example: if you’re using an organic brand without any preservatives added into its formula (which helps preserve shelf life), less product will likely be needed than if using an ordinary supermarket brand with artificial preservatives added into its formula (which helps prolong shelf life).
Should You Put Tea Tree Oil on a Piercing?
If you’re looking for an antiseptic to help prevent infection, the answer is yes.
Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that can be used in place of traditional antibacterial soap and water.
The oil has been shown to kill several strains of bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, which causes staph infections, and MRSA (methicillin-resistant S. aureus).
It might also work on other types of skin conditions such as acne or rosacea!
How to Apply Tea Tree Oil to a Piercing
Once you’ve cleaned your piercing and prepared the tea tree oil, it’s time to apply!
- Wash your hands before touching your piercing.
This will help prevent infection and keep the healing process on track.
- Apply a small amount of tea tree oil to the piercing with a cotton swab or Q-tip.
Make sure that you don’t put too much at once, as this could cause irritation or dryness around your piercing site—not what we want!
- Let the tea tree oil dry for about five minutes before applying more if needed (it depends on how often you want to do this).
It should feel like there is nothing on your skin after that time has passed—not sticky or greasy at all!
If you’re thinking about using tea tree oil to treat a piercing, it’s important to know that it can cause irritation on sensitive skin.
If you’re unsure whether or not tea tree oil is right for your piercing, talk to your doctor first!