Warts. Those unsightly, stubborn growths that can appear almost anywhere on the skin. They can be disturbing, embarrassing, and depressing. Here's some more information about them, and natural removal solutions that you can try.
What are warts?
They are benign growths on the skin caused by viruses. Most warts come from the Human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus infects the top layer of skin, causing it to overgrow, thus creating a wart.
You are at risk of contracting this virus if you cut your skin then touch someone else who has it. The virus also transfers by sharing razors, towels, or other personal hygiene items.
Children, teens, and people with a weakened immune system are more at risk of developing warts.
Warts come in different forms and show up on different parts of the body.
Common warts: These usually occur on the hands. They are rough, dome-shaped, and gray-brown.
Flat warts: These grow on the face, arms, and legs. They're small, have flat tops, and can be light yellow, brown, or pink.
Plantar warts: These develop on the soles of the feet and are hard and thick with dark specks. They can cause pain when you walk.
Filiform warts: These grow on the face, usually around the nose, mouth, or chin. They have thread-like growths sticking out of them and are the same color as the skin.
Periungual warts: They occur under and around the toenails and fingernails.
Most times, warts will disappear on their own, but sometimes they can remain for much longer.
Ten natural solutions for wart removal
We're sharing several of our top wart removal tips and tricks for you to try- hopefully you find some that work for you. Also, the best bet against new warts is prevention. Don't share personal hygiene items, avoid walking barefoot, and avoid touching warts.
1. BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Since warts are a result of a virus, one of the best ways to get rid of them is to increase your body's ability to fight them. Ensure you're getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and use some potent immune boosters like elderberry, olive leaf, astragalus, vitamin C, zinc, and turmeric.
2. STOP THE SPREAD
Warts can spread from person to person, and also spread around your body through touch. When you touch a wart and then touch another part of your body without washing your hands, you're likely to spread the virus. You'll notice new growths appearing several days later. To mitigate this, wash your hands regularly.
3. USE PINEAPPLE
Rub a piece of fresh pineapple directly onto the wart several times a day. Pineapple has natural acids and enzymes that will help to shrink the growth.
Crush some fresh garlic, then mix it with water and apply this paste to the wart. Put a bandage on top. Re-apply every few hours and repeat until the wart disappears.
5. BAKING POWDER
Combine castor oil and baking powder into a paste, apply to the wart at night, then cover with a bandage. Repeat this daily. Also, you can use fresh crushed basil in place of baking powder, or mix the two.
Crush a Vitamin C tablet and mix it with water to form a thick paste. Apply the mixture to the wart and cover it with a bandage. Alternatively, try Vitamin E—break a capsule, rub the powder on the wart, and apply a bandage.
Use Aspirin in the same way as the Vitamin C tablet and repeat for several nights until it disappears.
8. TEA TREE OIL
Apply this oil directly to the wart, then cover with a bandage. Repeat the process daily. You can also include clove or Frankincense oils for a more potent mixture.
9. BEE PROPOLIS
Honey bees mix their saliva with beeswax and sap from plants to form a resinous substance called propolis. They use it to seal any unwanted open spaces in the hive. Some people have reported success in removing warts by applying bee propolis directly to the growth several times a day. You could also use it at night then cover until morning.
10. ALOE VERA
Fresh gel from the aloe vera plant works best. Break off a leaf, cut it in half and rub the gel onto the wart. If you don't have the plant, buy the purest form of aloe gel available. Cover after each application and repeat until the growths disappear.
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team