What Are the Treatments for Warts on Face?

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Warts that form on the face are known as common warts or flat warts. They are caused by a viral infection and do not pose any health risks. Since they can be unsightly, you might desire treatment to get rid of them more quickly. Home treatment is usually sufficient but certain medical treatments are available to you as well if the warts are numerous, stubborn or recurrent. Your doctor can help you decide the best course of action.

Home Treatments

Many home use wart treatments are readily available in supermarkets and chemists. They contain salicylic acid. This is a popular ingredient in many facial skin care products and is safe to use on your face. Follow the instructions on the product label. Look for products that have at least 17 per cent salicylic acid.

Taping a piece of banana peel or thin slice of garlic over the wart before bed can help. To maximise benefit, apply a few drops of tea tree oil to the wart beforehand.


Immunotherapy drugs stimulate your immune system to fight off the virus. They are normally applied topically and include Aldara and squaric acid dibutylester (SADBE). Severe cases might warrant injections of interferon-alfa, a strong immune-stimulating drug, right into the wart.

Blomycin, an injectable treatment, kills the virus. Retinoids, made from vitamin A, can be used topically or orally to disrupt growth.


Certain procedures remove warts. Cryotherapy, which involves using liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart, is not very painful and is usually successful. In about a week, the dead tissue falls off.

Minor surgery that involves cutting away the wart or laser surgery can be effective but might leave a scar. You should consider these therapies as a last resort due to the risk of scarring.


Certain supplements have immune-strengthening or antiviral properties. They can accelerate healing by killing off the virus responsible for the wart. It is not necessary to take every supplement listed as some offer similar benefits. If you are interested in using natural therapies, it is a good idea to consult with a health care professional experienced in natural therapies. You might want to consider regularly using supplements of this nature if you are prone to warts as this indicates you are sensitive to the virus that causes them.

Probiotic supplements restore proper amounts of the friendly bacteria in your body responsible for fighting off harmful viruses, bacteria and fungus. Take as directed on the label. Grapefruit seed extract has antiviral properties; take 100 mg three times daily or put 5 to 10 drops in a drink three times a day. Cat's claw (20 mg three times a day), reishi mushroom (300 mg three times a day), and olive leaf extract (500 three times a day) are herbs known for antiviral activity.


While warts are not a health concern, they can spread to other parts of your face or body. Taking proper precaution can prevent this from happening.

Refrain from shaving your face; it can spread the virus. Wash your hands carefully after touching your warts and do not pick at them; this delays healing and can spread the virus.


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