Warts are caused by a virus called HPV or human papillomavirus. There are mainly three types of warts, and one of them is flat warts. Here are some characteristics of flat warts:
- also called juvenile warts because they mostly affect children and teens
- usually appear on the face (forehead and cheeks), legs, and back of the hands
- about the size of a poppy seed
If you have flat warts, then you know that they aren’t really that noticeable because they are usually light-colored (brown, pink, or flesh-colored), small, and smooth [R]. However, you would still want to get rid of them. So, here are a few remedies you can try:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
This type of vinegar contains acetic acid, water, and other types of acids like malic acid. You can easily buy this at any local grocery store.
A study once suggested that excising a wart and applying 99 percent acetic acid was effective in treating warts with only 13.3 percent of recurrence [R] [R]. That’s a pretty impressive number, we would say.
2. Malic Acid
In one case study, malic acid, together with citric acid, were used to treat a man who was severely inflicted with warts [R]. He has tried conventional methods and failed, but a month of malic acid and citric acid treatment is what finally rid him of his warts. Wondering where you can get some malic acid? Aloe vera is a great source!
This herb is used to treat warts because it can help fight the virus that cause it (herpes simplex virus). Herbalists would recommend you to use the juice from a fresh greater celandine (Chelidonium majus) plant and apply it on the wart once a day [R].
Zinc is great for the skin. It helps with a myriad of skin diseases, and warts are one of them. Clinical trials have been done to prove the effectiveness of zinc in treating warts, and they all showed complete clearance of warts afterward [R] [R] [R] [R] [R].
Zinc is also effective against herpes genitals, which are genital warts caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 or type 2 [R].