Skin as the biggest human organ gives us an insight into our health. Warts on face often are a cause of concern, especially when they are located on delicate areas, such as eyelids and near the mouth.
According to the studies, up to 30% of children and young adults may be infected by human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus responsible for the formation of those unappealing outgrowths on the hands, feet, and face.
Fortunately, the sky is not as cloudy as it may seem. Warts are medically recognized as benign (non-cancerous) formations that can be treated with various medically verified and unverified methods.
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What are facial warts?
Facial warts are medically defined as benign (non-cancerous) outgrowths on the skin caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Science has monitored more than 100 different types of HPV, and some strains cause the distinctive outbreaks on the face, especially forehead, a section where people tend to sweat the most.
Here is a list of 2 types of facial warts you might be having:
- Flat warts are painless, small warts on face usually measuring 1-2 mm. They can be recognized by their skin-tone, brownish, yellowish or pinkish color with a flat top. They are not as protruding and rounded as some other wart types are. With that being said, they are still noticeable because they usually grow in clusters, up to 100 warts in one group. This characteristic makes them visible, as well as highly contagious.
- Filiform warts are long and threadlike formations most commonly seen in the color of the skin. These warts grow individually, not in clusters, usually on the eyelids and around the lips. Their location on delicate parts of the face can cause annoyance and even pain.
Warts are extremely contagious. HPV can spread from one person to another, or from one part of the body to another, when incautiously handling warts and spreading the infection on other healthy sections of the skin.
People get infected when papillomavirus enters the body through openings and cuts on the epidermis (top layer of the skin). Every contact with HPV doesn’t always cause overgrowth of the skin because some people are more prone to warts than others.
Even if a person is infected by HPV, it may sometimes take months for warts to appear on the skin.
People can get infected or are more likely to get infected by HPV when:
- sharing personal belongings (towels and razors) with other people
- having poor hygiene (not washing your hand and face enough)
- being in damp places, where HPV tends to thrive, for in instance, locker rooms, public showers, and swimming pool areas
- petting stray animals
- biting nails or having a bad habit of itching
- having a metabolic disorder
- having weakened immune system, especially in women during pregnancy and in adolescent years
- having a nervous breakdown
Safety comes first
- You should see a doctor when having a wart on a sensitive part of the face, on the eyelid, and around the lips, when noticing pus infection or bleeding, when warts are too painful or change color, or if you are a diabetic or immune deficiency patient affected by warts on face.
- If you are not 100% sure that the outgrowths on your face are warts, visit your medical specialist for reliable diagnosis before starting your self-treatment journey.
- Know that the following wart removal options are general in nature and are not at any means recommendations or substitutes for the treatment provided by you medical specialist. If you are having any doubts or concerns about the listed wart removal solutions, seek advice from your medical specialist.
How to remove warts on face?
Facial warts can be quite stubborn when treating them with homemade remedies and even medically verified procedures. Not to be mistaken, filiform and flat warts on face can be successfully removed, but there is no guarantee that they won’t return.
For some, medical and folk treatments may work immediately and for others not. It is safe to say that the key to success lies in patience, timing, and persistence. If you have been wondering about how to get rid of warts on face for a long time, keep reading, and you might find your solution.
Verified Medical Treatments:
Cryotherapy procedure destroys the epithelial cells of facial warts with the help of cryogenic nitrogen being at very low temperature. While these extreme conditions may eradicate your wart and activate your local immunity, they can also cause redness or subdermal blisters around the papilloma. Fortunately, a water blister can be cut away or burst on its own few days after the procedure. Cryotherapy doesn’t cause severe pain, however, the skin surrounding the wart may scar if frozen.
If you are interested in this wart removal method you should know that the therapy may require 1 to 5 procedures separated 1 to 3 weeks from each other.
Electrocoagulation is a process of removing warts with a high-frequency current. This procedure is rather painful and is executed under local anesthesia. Your doctor may also pair this removal method with curettage, which is a process of cutting warts off the skin with a spoon-shaped tool. In such case, the specialist will probably send the piece of cut skin under histological examination, while scab formed after the therapy will disappear within a week.
This wart removal option comes with high chances of scarring and your doctor may not even recommend you this procedure, because the skin on the face is more sensitive than on other parts of the body.
- Laser therapy
Laser therapy is another effective way of getting rid of the papillomavirus infection on the face. This surgical method requires local anesthesia as well. The laser treatment can cause small depressions in the skin; however, those are not permanent. They usually smooth away within a couple of weeks.
Medicine practices different laser removal methods, but your doctor will most likely recommend you CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser treatment or PDL (pulsed dye laser) laser treatment known for its painless and “scar-less” ways.
- Salicylic acid
Salicylic acid may sound scary, but you shouldn’t worry, as most over the counter wart removal creams and gels contain this effective chemical.
Your doctor may not put your though complicated procedure but may simply advise you to apply salicylic acid to your warts on face.
This wart removal option bears best results when a wart is soaked in warm water prior to application. It is best not to touch the wart and apply the salicylic acid on it with a cotton swab.
Since the skin on the face is more delicate than on the rest of the body, it is best to use mild natural solutions. Remember that these mild solutions may not be as quick and as effective as some medically verified methods. But you should know that “quick effectiveness” quite often comes hand in hand with scars.
Here are some homemade treatments that may help you remove your warts without blemishes.
- Do not treat warts on your eyelid with these homemade methods. These natural remedies may irritate your eye and cause burning sensation.
- Not all types of facial warts should be treated at home or with the same remedies.
- Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel is enriched with anti-inflammatory qualities as well as vitamin A, C, E, and B-12. If you have an aloe vera plant at home, simply squeeze some fresh juice out of its leaves onto a cotton ball. Place the cotton ball on your warts and allow the juice to soak in for 1-2 minutes.
If you don’t have aloe vera plant at home, purchase aloe vera gel in your local drug store. Rub the gel on the affected area several times a day, while in the evening, tape a piece of gauze with gel on warts and leave it on overnight.
- Tea tree oil
Tea tree essential oil carries a powerful antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties strong enough to attack the human papillomavirus. Simply dilute the essential oil with water or aloe vera gel in 1:1 ratio. If you have sensitive skin you can thin the oil with diluter even more. You can apply this blend on your warts several times a day or in the evening. Put a little bit of treatment on the gauze part of the adhesive bandage, apply it on the wart, and leave it on the skin overnight.
Garlic has a high antibiotic and antiviral value that could help you treat your viral infection. Crush one clove of garlic with garlic press or grater. Carefully apply the paste to your wart on face and secure it with the bandage. Leave the garlic compress on for 40 minutes or up to a day. Change the bandage on daily basis.
Make sure the garlic is not in contact with healthy skin because fresh garlic juice may burn your skin! You can protect the skin surrounding your wart with a cream, and if the treatment itself it too strong, dilute the fresh garlic juice with a little bit of water and apply it to your wart this way.
Basil carries anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune-boosting properties that may help you reverse your viral infection. All you have to do is wash the organic basil leaves and crush them with a suitable kitchen utensil, just so that they become juicy. Apply the basil to your wart and secure it in place with a bandage. Repeat the therapy every day for about 1 to 2 weeks.
Another natural way to get rid of your facial warts is to apply finely grated carrot mixed with olive oil to affected areas twice a day for 30 minutes, for 2 to 3 weeks. Just remember that your carrot-olive oil mix should have paste-like consistency.
- Banana peel
Banana contains a proteolytic enzyme that breaks down protein and dissolves facial warts. Put this enzyme to action by adhering a little bit of inner part of the banana peel with surgical tape to your wart. Leave the treatment on your face overnight. It usually takes 1 to 2 weeks to see the results.
Pictures for warts on face
The success rate of listed medically verified and homemade treatments often depends on the timing. When you notice an unusual bump on your skin, immediately seek medical attention. It is easier to treat one wart than a dozen of them! Your medical specialist will evaluate the severity of your condition and recommend you an appropriate solution: a laser therapy, over-the-counter cream, or even homemade remedy.
It is also important to educate yourself about the HPV infections and take a look at the pictures of warts on face available on the internet. The knowledge will help you put your worries to the rest and let you plan a better prevention strategy.