There are countless treatments for molluscum contagiosum. From physical removal to freezing them off to apply topical solutions to kill the virus, the options are seemingly limitless. Despite all of these treatments, however, there is no sure-fire cure for the virus.
While many people have found success using over-the-counter treatments that contain multiple treatments, many others have been able to clear up the skin problem using a single product. Though the combinations are typically more effective, there are a few single ingredients that can produce results.
This review will go over one of the best single products you can use for treating molluscum contagiosum - tea tree oil.
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 Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca, is an oil taken from the Australian plan Melaleuca alternifolia. Tea tree oil has been used for hundreds of years in Australia and is now popular throughout most of the world due to its natural antiseptic properties.
Aside from molluscum contagiosum, tea tree oil is used for a variety of things - such as cleaning cuts, fighting bad breath, as an ingredient in DIY deodorant, easing psoriasis, and much more.
The antiseptic properties of tea tree oil make it effective at killing bacteria, fungi, and viruses - such as molluscum contagiosum.
Who Can Safely Use Tea Tree Oil for Molluscum Contagiosum?
Tea tree oil is safe for the following people and areas:
- On the external body including genitals
- On the face including the eyelids
- DO NOT use internally (if gets in eyes, simply rinse with water)
How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Treating Molluscum Contagiosum
There are no specific instructions out there for using tea tree oil for treating molluscum contagiosum. Most users, however, follow something similar to the following:
- Apply the oil to each lesion
- Let the oil dry for at least 3 minutes
- Repeat 2-3 times a day until lesions are all cleared up
- Note: Do not clean or remove cream in between applications
If you decide to give tea tree oil a shot for treating your molluscum contagiosum, it is recommended that you experiment with the number of applications you use throughout the day. If you do not see results, consider increasing the number of applications. As always, stop use if your skin becomes irritated.
How Effective is Tea Tree Oil at Treating Molluscum Contagiosum?
Because tea tree oil has so many uses, it is difficult to find specific reviews for it just for treating molluscum contagiosum. In our search, however, we have found that it does not seem to be nearly as effective as over-the-counter products, such as Conzerol and ZymaDerm.
Some users have found that tea tree oil has helped stop or at least slow the spreading of their molluscum contagiosum. Others have even found that using tea tree oil has helped completely eliminate the virus, though this is not typical.
One reason why other products are more effective than tea tree oil alone is that many of them actually use tea tree oil as an ingredient! Though it may not be too effective alone, tea tree oil is great when used in combination with other ingredients.
Because of the lack of effectiveness, we recommend those with molluscum contagiosum either use tea tree oil in conjunction with other ingredients, or use a product that contains tea tree oil as an ingredient.
Are There Any Side-Effects Associated With Tea Tree Oil?
There are typically no side effects associated with using tea tree oil. It is a proven treatment for a variety of issues, and there are often no issues with using it.
Some users have found tea tree oil to be mildly irritating to the skin, however. In mot cases, this irritation was minor redness or sensitivity.
One thing that we have noticed about tea tree oil is that is has a very strong smell. People have different opinions on whether that smell is good or not, but it should be noted that it may be noticeable when you are using it - especially if the skin where you applied it to is not covered by clothing.
Tea tree oil is a great product that everyone should carry in his or her home. It has countless uses and is very diverse. Though it can definitely help, there are better treatments out there for molluscum contagiosum. At the very most, we recommend using tea tree oil in conjunction with other treatments or ingredients.