Face warts get their name from the fact that quite often this skin wart grows in the facial region. However, many other names are given to this type of wart such as flat wart, plane wart, verruca plana, juvenile wart, and facial wart.
A plane wart is best described as round or oval, with a flat smooth top, slightly raised surface, sharp borders, and usually yellowish or skin colored. The color of the warts may also be pink or light brown. These warts are small, usually the size of a pinhead, but can be slightly larger. As with many other types of warts, younger individuals get them more often than adults. The warts may itch and cause discomfort in some cases.
As indicated previously, these warts appear often on the face and neck regions. However, they can also grow on the hands, knees, and arm skin areas. In particular, for adult men, they are found in the beard region of the face and for adult women on the legs. This indicates a possible link to shaving and the irritation that often occurs with the shaving process as a cause. The warts can appear in large numbers and it is not usual to have clusters of these warts of up to one hundred individual warts.
Treatment of facial warts usually requires peeling methods because of the amount of flat warts present. Mild acids, such as salicylic or glycolic, are used on a daily basis. For resistant flat warts or larger ones, more aggressive wart treatments may be required such as surgery or laser therapy.
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