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Salicylic Acid for Molluscum Contagiosum Review

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Introduction

Treatments for molluscum contagiosum range from over-the-counter products designed specifically for the virus to everyday, at-home products that are commonly found in a family's medicine cabinet. With all of the different treatments for molluscum contagiosum, how do you decide what is best for you? 

Well, a good place to start is by comparing your different options. When I was struggling with molluscum contagiosum, I couldn't find a site that reviewed and analyzed the different treatments available, so I made one to help others like yourself!

This review will look at using salicylic acid to treat molluscum contagiosum. Salicylic acid is commonly used to treat acne, other types of warts, and dandruff - among many others.

If you have any questions, free free to contact us or check out our FAQ section. Note: all ratings are based on reviews and research of the products and treatments. Always consult with your doctor or dermatologist before starting any treatment.

What is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic Acid is a solution that is used for a variety of purposes. The acidity of the solution is often able to reduce swelling and redness, unclog pores to allow skin issues to improve, and loosen dry or irritated skin. There are a few different types of salicylic acid-based treatments, so be sure to know what is in the one you select before using it.

The treatment we recommend is a salicylic acid skin peel. The ingredients are as follows.

Salicylic Acid Gel Peel Ingredients

  • Salicylic Acid (20%)
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Polyacrylamide
  • C13-14 Isoparaffin
  • Laureth 7

The acidity of the solution is supposed to burn the virus, killing it and preventing any further spreading. 

Who Can Safely Use Salicylic Acid for Molluscum Contagiosum?

Salicylic Acid is safe for the following people and areas:

  • Adults
  • Consult with a doctor before using on children
  • On the external body
  • DO NOT use internally

How to Use Salicylic Acid for Treating Molluscum Contagiosum

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The process of using the salicylic acid gel peel for treating molluscum contagiosum is not too complicated. The instructions are as follows:

  • Apply solution to lesions and let dry
  • Leave solution on for 10 to 30 minutes
  • Peel off gel and wash skin with water
  • Repeat 2-3 times a week as tolerated

The process of using the salicylic acid is a little more complicated than others that only require a simple application of a cream or solution. It is, however, still very simple and doesn't take more than a few minutes of time. Also, only a few applications a week are needed versus some other treatments that require a few a day.

How Effective is Salicylic Acid at Treating Molluscum Contagiosum?

At least one study has shown that salicylic acid gel peels can be successfully used to help clear molluscum contagiosum lesions in children. In short, 87.5% of patients in the salicylic acid gel peel group achieved positive results.

There are many reviews online of people who have found similar positive results. People have said that salicylic acid has not only slowed the spreading of the virus, but also has eliminated existing papules.

Other people have found some minor improvements from using salicylic acid based treatments, while others have noticed little to not difference.

​It is important to note that there are many different strengths and types of treatments that use salicylic acid. When looking at reviews and recommended treatments online, it is crucial to note what the actual solution that the person is using. 

Because of the variability in all of the salicylic acid treatments for molluscum contagiosum, it is difficult to predict a timeline of results.

Some people may see results in the first few treatments, while others may not notice results for a few weeks. In the aforementioned study, results were traced over 4 years.

Are there any Side-Effects Associated with Salicylic Acid?

Because salicylic acid is an acid, it may cause some discomfort and skin irritation.

Many users have reported redness and minor inflammation of the skin after treatment. Furthermore, the skin may be tender for a few hours or days after treatment. Though this is expected, if there is any extreme discomfort or irritation, contact a doctor immediately.

After the salicylic acid dries up, you may see a white residue left behind. This is common and should flake off within a day or two.

As with most treatments for molluscum contagiosum, following clearance of the lesions, there may be some scarring left behind. This is usually minor, however, and should fade in time.

Final Thoughts

Salicylic acid has proven to be effective for treating molluscum contagiosum in some cases. It may also be effective as a supplement to other treatments. Some people may not react well to it, however, so be sure to be careful if you do decide to use it. 

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Apple Cider Vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum Review

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Introduction

People have dealt with molluscum constagiosum for years. As with other minor skin diseases, moms and grandmoms everywhere have used natural, at-home remedies to treat the virus - for better or for worse. While some have proven successful, others have done nothing more than give sufferers a false sense of hope.

Out of all of the treatments for molluscum contagiosum, no one has truly set itself apart from the bunch. There are a few that have proven quite effective, such as Conzerol, but there have been a few alternative treatments that have also been successful for some people. These alternative treatments are often preferred over more harsh treatments, such as curettage and cryotherapy, or simply "waiting it out" - both which are commonly recommended by dermatologists.

This article will specifically look at using apple cider vinegar to treat molluscum contagiousm. Apple cider vinegar is widely used ​as an at-home, alternative treatment, and actually has been rumored to be used as early as 400 B.C. From being used as a facial toner to stopping bad breath to cleaning hair - apple cider vinegar is commonly used for a variety of problems, and it is one of the best at-home remedies for treating molluscum contagiosum.

If you have any questions, free free to contact us or check out our FAQ section. Note: all ratings are based on reviews and research of the products and treatments. Always consult with your doctor or dermatologist before starting any treatment.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar, ACV, is exactly what it sounds like: a vinegar made from apples and cider. It is packed with fiber and nutrients and, despite its strong stench and taste, can be extremely beneficial for a variety of things.

The acidity of the vinegar is what makes ACV effective at treating molluscum lesions, among everything else in it. The ACV that we recommend is organic and raw and is mixed with purified drinking water to create a 5% acidity.

Who Can Safely Use ACV for Molluscum Contagiosum?

Everyone reacts differently to ACV. For this reason, we cannot recommend that it be used on children. ACV often causes much more skin irritation and pain as compared to other treatments (even though this is one of the main reasons it is so effective). 

  • Adults
  • On the external body (be careful around genitals)

How to Use ACV for Treating Molluscum Contagiosum

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There are a variety of approaches that have been used to use ACV to treat molluscum contagiosum. Though they do vary quite a bit, there is a general procedure that tends to be used. We recommend doing this at night and is as follows:

  • Apply ACV to a cotton ball soaking it
  • Place the cotton ball on a molluscum contagiosum lesion/lesions
  • Use athletic tape or a band aid to completely cover and secure the cotton ball onto the skin
  • Leave the cotton ball on for 8-16 hours, or until next application
  • Repeat as needed until the virus and papules are gone

This is one of the more complicated treatment processes out of all that we have reviewed. In addition, the ACV smell can be hard to get off of the hands and skin where it is applied, so you may have to wash your hands a good amount after applying the treatment.

Based on your reaction to the ACV and your success with it, you may have to tweak your treatment. ​Some people may find that they need a day or two off between treatments while others may find that more than one application a day works. No matter what you decide to go with, be sure to monitor your skin and carefully watch how you are reacting. It is possible to damage your skin using ACV, so be careful.

How Effective is ACV at Treating Molluscum Contagiosum?

In most cases, ACV will eventually kill some, if not all, or molluscum contagiosum lesions. It is often more dependent on how much the sufferer can deal with, as opposed to the effectiveness.

Many people have sworn by ACV for treating their molluscum contagiosum, stating that is completely killed the virus and eliminated all bumps. Others have seen some clearance but not a complete elimination. In addition, some see a clearance followed by the appearance of new lesions (though this is possible with any treatment). Finally, some people have seen no good results with ACV, or they weren't able to use the treatment long enough to see results.

After applying ACV overnight, you should initially see some skin irritation, often in the form of redness and some swelling. You will know if the treatment is working if eventually you see the center of the bump turns black. This means that the virus has been killed (at least in that one spot), and the bump should soon recede.

As mentioned, everyone reacts differently to ACV. Though many find success, you may not.

Are There Any Side-Effects Associated With Using ACV to Treat Molluscum Contagiosum?

As mentioned, using ACV may cause some significant discomfort and skin irritation. While this is to be expected to some extent, you should be aware that too much can cause permanent damage or unbearable pain.

Following the clearance of lesions, you may notice some skin discoloration or inflammation for longer periods of times as compared to other treatments. This, as well as the initial discomfort, are caused by the harshness and acidity of the ACV.

ACV is the most harsh of all of the common treatments for molluscum contagiosum. It is an acid, so this isn't too surprising, but it is important to know what to expect. If you are considering using ACV for your child's molluscum lesions, please be sure to consult with a doctor or dermatologist first.

Final Thoughts

Apple cider vinegar is a very effective treatment for molluscum contagiosum, though it also often comes with a "physical price tag". The accompanying pain and discomfort is often too much to handle, and is the reason why it is not rated as highly as other treatments. If you decide to give ACV a shot, our best recommendation is to start slow and be careful.

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