Which Molluscum Contagiosum Home Remedy to Use

So you’ve decided to try a molluscum contagiosum home remedy. All that’s left to do now is decide which one to use. So then, which one should you use? Which one will work best for you? (especially since everyone seems to have their own personal favorite and there’s so many different treatments for this common skin disease). Which one will be the worst choice?

Let’s make this decision a little easier for you. Let’s start off by narrowing down the number of choices you have to choose from. I’ve cut down the choices to just three.:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Neem oil
  • Tea tree oil

Why these three? Because I have seen more success stories from these three particular home remedies the most.

We’ll cover their pros & cons and how to use them. After reading through each one, you should have a better idea of which one to use.

Will Natural Home Remedies Really Work for Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus. The unsightly growths (lesions) that pop up are where the infection is. These lesions are where you need to apply treatment.

You can treat these lesions with these natural and easy to find remedies; which are rich in antimicrobial properties.  They can be used to fight the infection with just a few simple items.

Apple Cider Vinegar

acv, a molluscum contagiosum home remedy
Credit: Mike Mozart

ACV is probably the most popular home remedy for mc (molluscum contagiosum). Apple cider vinegar has been responsible for more success stores than any other remedy I have read about so far.

It’s also the cheapest to buy, and the easiest to find. You can easily find a bottle of acv at your local grocery store.

Apple cider vinegar has strong anti-viral properties to fight the infection. It also has a concentration of acetic acid. The acid will aid in destroying the abnormal growth tissues caused by the infection.

You need to be very careful when you use acv though. While it is very effective, there are some drawbacks to using it. Prolonged exposure to acv can cause a chemical burn; potentially resulting in redness, soreness, peeling of the skin, scarring, pain, and/or an infection. Due to the risk of a chemical burn, don’t use acv to treat molluscum contagiosum on the face, or any other sensitive areas.

Each person has a differently level of pain tolerance. If your tolerance for pain is very low, then you’ll want to skip apple cider vinegar and try a different remedy instead.

How to Treat Molluscum Contagiosum using Apple Cider Vinegar

What you need:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Cotton ball
  • First aid waterproof tape

What to do:

  1. Cut, or tear a piece of the waterproof tape. Make sure it is long enough to hold the cotton ball in place. Stick it to a nonstick surface.
  2. Take a piece of cotton ball and add a few drops of acv to it.
  3. Squeeze out any excess vinegar from the cotton ball.
  4. Place the now acv treated cotton ball over the lesion.
  5. Place the tape over the cotton ball.
  6. Leave it on overnight.
  7. Remove the tape and gently wash the area with mild soap and warm water.
  8. Repeat until gone.

Neem Oil

The Neem tree, native to India, has been credited with numerous healing uses—ranging from oral infections to various skin diseases. It has antiviral attributes that may help fight against the molluscum contagiosum virus.

Traditionally, neem leaves would be used. You would boil some leaves in water for about 5 minutes to make a tea. The neem tea would then usually be added to a bath, or be used to wash the affected area. Of course, neem leaves aren’t readily available for us, so we have to settle for the next best thing, neem oil.

Organic neem oil isn’t nearly as cheap as apple cider vinegar, but it’s not too pricey either. You should be able to find it with ease locally. Look of for it in your local grocery store, or healthy/beauty store.

When applied externally to just the skin, there are little known side effects for adults. Children are more sensitive, so neem oil should be avoided for children. You should also avoid using neem oil if you’re pregnant, or breast feeding.

Neem oil is a good choice if you have little pain tolerance. When applied accordingly, it is not known to cause any burn.

How to Use Neem Oil

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Organic neem oil
  • Cotton ball/cotton swab

What to do:

  1. Add a small amount of neem oil to the cotton ball, or cotton swab. Use a new cotton ball/swab each time you need more oil. This is to help prevent contaminating the whole bottle of oil.
    1. Tip: If you don’t want to keep doing this, try pouring a small amount of oil into a small container. Doing so allows you to “double dip” and use the same swab/cotton ball.
  2. Gently apply the oil it to the affected area.
  3. Let it air dry.
  4. Repeat on a daily basis until gone.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil (TTO) is probably the second most popular home remedy for molluscum contagiosum, and many other skin infections as well. It’s believe to have powerful anti-microbial properties to help get rid of mc.

Topical application is mostly harmless for adults, but it’s very toxic when swallowed; so do not ingest it and be very careful to keep it away from children.  Some people may also be allergic to TTO. It may cause itchiness, stinging, and burning for some. Before you use it, it’s best to do a small patch test first.

TTO costs just a little bit more than neem oil and is nowhere as cheap as apple cider vinegar. It’s the most expensive option out of these three. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s not affordable. You can usually get a small bottle for under $20. Try looking for some at your local healthy/beauty store.

How to Use Tea Tree Oil for MC

What you need:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Cotton ball/swab

What to do:

  1. Add a few drops of tea tree oil (TTO) to a cotton ball/swab.
  2. Dab it over the affected areas. Repeat three to four times a day.
  3. Continue to use TTO until all the bumps ae gone. The bumps will begin to shrink first and they’ll get smaller and smaller; they won’t just disappear overnight.

These are just three of the many molluscum contagiosum home remedies. Have you had better success with a particular remedy? If you have, please do share it with the rest of us. I’m confident it’ll help someone out who’s currently dealing with mc.