What is Molluscum?

Jun 19, 2022 | Conditions, Dr. Norman Wasel

Close up photo of a microneedling treatment done on the forehead of a patient

Molluscum is a very common skin condition. It commonly affects children but sometimes adults can get it too. It is caused by a small virus that affects localized areas of the skin causing small white bumps. These can look like warts or pimples but are in fact a result of a localized accumulation of the molluscum virus. Molluscum can be spread between people and is most commonly spread in either swimming pools or by skin-to-skin contact.

The condition is harmless although many patients choose to have treatment in order improve the appearance. Even without treatment, this condition does tend to go away on its own but can take months or years. There are a variety of treatment options available:

  • Over-the-counter topical products
  • Prescription topical products
  • In office medical procedure


However, even without treatment the problem can go away on its own but it can be quite slow and sometimes take months or years.

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How should I prepare for my treatment?

Before your appointment, it is advised to adhere to the following pre-treatment guidelines: 

  • Avoid sun exposure 2 weeks prior to your treatment
  • Avoid the use of active ingredients one week prior (such as retinoids, glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, or kojic acid) 
  • Avoid abrasive scrubs or exfoliants for 2 weeks prior
  • Avoid cosmetic injections such as Botox, Dysport, or Filler 2 weeks prior 

To maximize results, we recommend discontinuing the following substances at least 3 days before your treatment: 

  • Isotretinoin / Accutane or Epuris
  • Aspirin / ASA
  • Ibuprofen / Advil
  • Naproxen / Aleve
  • Antibiotics
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Vitamin-E
  • Alcohol
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Green Tea extract
  • Omega 3- Fatty acids
Is there any downtime or aftercare?

Post-treatment, the area may feel like a sunburn with slight redness, tightness, dryness, and sensitivity to touch, which is considered normal healing. 

Peeling may occur 3-7 days after treatment, it is advised to not rub, scratch, or pick at the treated area. 

A follow-up appointment with your service provider is essential two weeks after your initial session.

After the appointment, refrain from touching, rubbing, or manipulating the injection areas unless instructed by your physician or nurse injector. Avoid exposure to extreme heat (sun, saunas, hot yoga, tanning beds) and strenuous activities for 2-3 days post-appointment. Refrain from applying makeup for at least 24 hours. Showers are permitted, but gently cleanse the area then pat dry. Do not rub with a towel or washcloth as the area is extremely delicate.


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