Tea Tree Oil for Nose Piercing Bumps

  • Written By Dan Hunter on October 1, 2021
    Last Updated: March 21, 2022

Nose piercings may be great fashion statements but if they’re not looked after properly, you can have all kinds of problems. Aftercare is as important as the piercing procedure, and you need to make sure your piercing is cleaned every day until it’s fully healed. 

Tea tree oil comes from the Australian tea tree and has been proven to have natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties so can help with the healing process of your nose piercing if used correctly.

A nose piercing bump can be caused by a number of reasons. Most nose piercing bumps can be easily treated. We’ll let you know what causes them and whether using tea tree oil to treat nose piercings bumps is the right approach.

What’s a Nose Piercing Bump?

After getting the piercing done it’s normal to have some swelling, bleeding and bruising around the area. This can last for up to a couple of weeks as healing gets underway. It can also take a while for the nose piercing to heal completely – up to four months. If you notice any swelling or bleeding that’s getting worse or you have a bump on your nose that you’re worried about you should contact your piercer for their advice.

A nose piercing bump can be one of three things: A granuloma, which is a lesion that generally appears after around six weeks following the procedure. A pustule, which is a pimple filled with pus. Or it could be a keloid; a type of scar tissue that develops at the site of a piercing.

You should speak to your piercer or a doctor and get treatment for any of these bumps as soon as they appear. Don’t touch them or try to squeeze them, this will only make them worse and could cause an infection.

You can prevent these from appearing by making sure that your piercer is experienced and professionally trained. The aftercare process should be followed every day and the area cleaned with a saline solution. If you find it’s difficult to reach some areas, use a cotton swab.

Using Tea Tree Oil on Nose Piercing Bumps

Tea tree oil is an anti-fungal, antiseptic, and antimicrobial essential oil, that has been shown to have antibiotic properties. This can help to prevent infections and can reduce swelling of the piercing area. It contains terpinen-4-ol, which is believed to have antimicrobial effects.

Using tea tree oil on a nose piercing bump can help to soothe and disinfect the area. However, you should be careful when using tea tree oil for the first time, especially on an open wound such as a piercing. The area will already be sensitive and you won’t be completely sure whether the tea tree oil will irritate the piercing further.

How To Use Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a great essential oil that can be used on your body to reduce inflammation and is especially good for piercings and piercing bumps. 

However, you should be careful when using tea tree oil, especially when undiluted as it can be very strong. If you’ve never used it before, we would recommend that you do a patch test to make sure that it’s suitable for your skin. 

If it’s too strong in its undiluted form, you can add it to your saline solution and apply it to your piercing this way. This will still give you the same benefits without the strength and the smell of the tea tree oil. This will also reduce the chances of the tea tree oil irritating your skin.

How to Apply Tea Tree Oil to a Piercing

You should avoid using tea tree oil on a new piercing as it could be too strong and dry out the area. You should clean the piercing with a saline solution three times a day to start the healing process. 

Once the piercing starts to heal you can add the tea tree oil to your daily routine. You should make sure to do a patch test before using it on the pierced area.

Add the oil to a cotton swab and use it to clean around the piercing. The oil can be diluted with a carrier oil such as almond oil if it’s too strong alone. 

Be careful to not move the piercing or dislodge it. You can also add the tea tree oil to your saline solution and use it this way to clean the area.. 


A nose piercing needs good aftercare to heal properly and reduce the chances of developing a piercing bump. 

If you’re unlucky enough to grow a bump around the piercing site, tea tree is a useful essential oil to apply.

You need to be careful when using tea tree oil as it can be strong, especially in its undiluted form. It is ready to use in this way but can be diluted with a carrier oil or in your saline solution to make it not as strong and remove any irritation.

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