As stated in other places on this site, getting yourself some 100% pure tea tree oil is the best means to attacking the molluscum contagiosum virus. Apply twice a day, by applying a single drop on a cotton ball (better this way than using a Q-Tip), and then spread to the infected area. I recommend one application after your morning shower, and then a second before bed. A third in between is okay if you bathe during the day. Just dry off fully, then apply the oil to the area.
I’m often asked if you should dilute the oil in water before applying to the skin when using it for molluscum. The answer is no. Don’t take away from the potency. Just always use one drop only during an application. Spread to the entire affected area (this way the oil can also work on any lesions growing underneath the skin).
As to other uses, the oil comes in handy in other ways. Remember, it’s in essence, a pure and natural skin disinfectant. I’ve used it on zits, pimples, the outside of scratched skin to prevent infection… stuff like that. Just in all cases, apply it super thinly. It’s potent stuff.
I’ve heard some people suggest the tea tree oil as a natural alternative to aftershave. Just dilute it in water, and apply to the face after shaving. I’ve tried it… and I do not recommend it. An aspect that makes the oil powerful – and in fact what makes it so effective against the virus – is that it dries the skin out where applied. When fighting molluscum, that’s perfect, because the virus thrives in a warm, damp environment. Take that away, and the virus dries up and dies. But… as aftershave? No. If you dry out the skin of your face, it’s gonna tight and drawn, and will make you look older. So no, I don’t recommend tea tree oil as aftershave. Yes it helps the razorburn, so if that’s your main concern, just use it thinly, and only where needed.
Note that the 100% tea tree oil works great as a natural combatant of the molluscum contagiosum virus… but unfortunately the same is not true of HPV. The genital wart virus is a different breed… and doesn’t respond to the oil the same at all. So, don’t waste your time on that.
Q. Is tea tree oil safe on children and infants?
A. Yes. It’s all natural. Just apply it super thinly. If you accidentally over-apply and the skin becomes red or irritated, back off the oil for a day or two and use hydrocortizone to soothe the area. When the redness is gone, resume using the oil, very carefully.
I’ve received success stories from hundreds of parents that this is effective. Just also remember to keep the skin as dry as possible. This means no lotions, no creams… and no soaking in the tub. Young ones often love playing in the bath, but to combat the virus effectively, keep the baths SHORT, dry your child off immediately, and apply the oil before dressing them.
Q. Where can I get it?
A. Your local pharmacy or health foods store should have it. Look for Desert Essence or JASON; those are the good brand names to use, in my experience.
Or, if you’d prefer to just order online, I have it handy for sale through this very site. This is for sake of convenience for you, or if you live in an area where you can’t get the stuff easily. I don’t make it myself or anything, just trying to help. CLICK HERE TO ORDER.