Wart Removal Techniques

Salicylic Acid for Warts Removal: Stages, Side Effects & Effectiveness

Written by Dave

Salicylic acid belongs to the same class of drugs as aspirin (Salicylates). Salicylic acid is a medication which can be used to treat warts. It causes warts to peel off gradually.

What are the steps to be taken to remove warts with Salicylic acid?

Salicylic acid can help treat plantar warts which grow on the soles of the feet and warts on another common area like the hands and fingers.

Step 1

Wash the wart and the surrounding area and after cleaning, dry warts and make sure it is completely dried.

Step 2

Apply Salicylic acid on the dried surface according to manufacturer’s instruction. You can apply it by soaking an adhesive pad or a cotton wool with salicylic acid, and then you put it on the affected area, or you apply the liquid to the wart and then cover it with a bandage.


Leave the salicylic acid on the wart as directed on the product’s package, and this can be between 24-48 hours. The covering should remain there, and if it should fall off, you can replace it with another until it reaches the time you are supposed to remove it.

Step 4

After it has gotten to the date of removal, wash off the acid and re-apply the acid as directed. Continue the process until the wart is completely removed and this can take several weeks. The use of Salicylic acid as a treatment for warts is less painful than other treatment, but the effect on warts is average. Salicylic acid can come in the form of gels, ointments, and creams etc.

Side effects

Salicylic acid can cause skin irritation; it can cause dryness, burning, stinging in an area where the acid was applied, and it can cause redness of the affected area. These can be aggravated if you are using other medications that contain ingredients like alcohol or benzoyl peroxide.

How effective is Salicylic Acid in removing Warts?

It has been shown from researches done that salicylic acid is just as effective as cryotherapy in the treatment of warts. Salicylic acid is lipophilic, which connotes that salicylic acid can penetrate the oily skin and clogged pores which result in a deep cleaning of the skin.

About the author


Hi there! I'm Dave & our family has struggled with our share of warts. I made this website as a free, online resource for information on the differing types of warts, as well as wart treatments. While I fancy myself a pretty good Dad, I'm no doctor - it goes without saying that this website is NOT a substitute for medical advice!