Do These 4 At-Home Wart Treatments Really Work?


Warts are a common skin condition, with more than 3 million reported cases in the United States every year. Although common, warts can be bothersome and unsightly, and most people seek at-home or professional treatment to resolve them. So do these common DIY wart-removal methods really work?

1. Topical Salicylic Acid

One of the most widely used over-the-counter wart-removal methods is salicylic acid, which can effectively peel away the wart. Higher strength salicylic acid, such as 40 percent, is most effective and can be purchased over-the-counter.

2. Freezing

You can find over-the-counter freezing treatments at your local drugstore, which work by freezing the wart. Because these at-home sprays don’t get as cold as professional treatments, they may be helpful but are not as effective as the cryotherapy treatments that your dermatologist would use in his or her office.

3. Duct Tape

Long-term overnight application of duct tape to your wart may be a safe and effective way to treat a wart at home. However, this treatment may not work for every wart, and you should consult your dermatologist for professional advice if your wart does not resolve with this treatment.

4. Zinc Sulfate

Results of one study published in the British Journal of Dermatology suggest that high doses of oral zinc sulfate is a safe and effective wart-removal method.

Zinc has long been known for its ability to boost immune system function and to treat a variety of skin disorders, including acne, eczema and other rashes.

In some cases, trying a variety of at-home wart remedies may not be the best treatment method. While warts will typically and eventually resolve on their own, this can take a long time. Discuss your skin care concerns with your dermatologist for best results.