How do I remove warts on the face?

Updated February 21, 2017

A facial wart can be embarrassing, painful, and costly to remove when selecting more invasive procedures such as electrosurgery. It's important when dealing with warts on the face that you stay away from products with harsh chemicals as these could cause burning or scarring. Many natural remedies are available though they may take longer to show results. Natural remedies are often preferred because they reduce the chance of scarring and largely consist of products that you already have in your home. Avoid picking at warts as this may cause bleeding and the area many not only scar, but this can cause the spread of warts to other areas.

Soak a cotton ball in Castor oil. Rub onto the wart nightly for several minutes to ensure saturation. This method can take anywhere from three to 10 weeks depending on the size and depth of the wart.

Slice a potato in half. It can be any kind of potato, as the kind is not important. Rub the inside portion of the potato on the wart for 3 to 5 minutes several times daily. This method also takes approximately two weeks, and scarring is less likely than with chemical treatments.

Cut open a raw onion. Rub the inside portion of the onion over the wart for several minutes. This method may be mildly painful as the onion can irritate the wart and cause blood flow to the area. However, this method is largely successful and results are seen right away according to the experts at

Make an appointment with your family doctor. Many doctors will freeze the wart by spraying it with liquid nitrogen. This causes the wart to harden and blister. Usually the wart falls off by itself within one week. This method solves the problem relatively quickly, but can cause scarring.

Purchase an over-the-counter wart treatment cream or kit. These can be found at most pharmacies and general retail stores. These products contain Salicylic acid which can effectively rid of less serious or smaller warts. Each treatment varies so follow the instructions that are included with the product.

Speak with your doctor about electrosurgery. When choosing this method, your doctor will numb the area and will then burn the wart off by sending an electric current through a needle. This method can leave scarring and should be used as a last resort, though warts can even return with this method.

Curettage is sometimes used in addition to, or instead of Electrosurgery. A doctor will use a scalpel to scrape the wart and roots out of your skin. This method also causes scarring but is largely successful when paired with Electrosurgery.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton ball
  • Castor oil
  • Raw potatoes
  • Knife
  • Raw onion
  • Over-the-counter wart remover
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Crystal Lassen hails from Kansas City, Mo. and has been a book critic since 2008. Her reviews have appeared on the Publisher's Weekly website and are largely concerned with current events. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing from The University of Kansas.