As a young girl, I went swimming a lot. I used to take swimming lessons and would go swimming with the school. This made me prone to verrucas and I have had them in all shapes and sizes - I've even managed to get one in the inside of my big toe! Although I have not had many in the past 10 years, I feel somewhat of an expert in knowing how to get rid of a verruca.
I had used this product many times in my childhood with it having minimal success with my much larger verrucas. I happened to buy this product again though when I had picked up a very tiny one going swimming with my friends when I was 18. I was dubious about buying it with the memory that it would not treat it well. I had a small budget and decided to give it another try. It can be bought for £2.96 currently in Sainsbury's.
This product comes in a small metal 5ml tube of gel that you apply to the foot with a small white plastic nozzle nozzle. The nozzle makes this product easy to apply to the verruca without it getting everywhere. However the tube being made out of metal can mean this product runs out quickly either because it will not stop coming out the tube once you have relieved pressure on it and can break easily leading it to leak. Scholl should really package this in a plastic tube really.
The gel that comes out to treat the tube is clear giving the impression that it will dry clear. It doesn't. It will leave opaque white patches on your feet to 'seal and heal' the verruca. This product dries within a minutes so it means you do not have to be careful with your foot for a long while. Do not pick off this product though (even if it is tempting) otherwise it is not as effective.
Does this work? I found this product very effective if only trying to get rid of small verruca's. My small, flat one with a black dot was treated within a week because I followed the instructions provided. It makes the skin hard and eventually wears it away leaving you with perfect feet. However, I have lent this product to my little sister with bigger verruca's and it has just deadened the verruca rather than got rid of it. I believe if anyone really needed to use this product for a verruca with with several 'heads', leave this on the deaden the skin and pumice the area everyday.
Would I recommend this? Yes I would. This gel provides an effective way of sealing the verruca at the same time as treating it. Since it hardens the skin, it removes small verrucas quickly. I think with extra effort on behalf of the user, this would also be effective over a period of time on bigger ones too.
I have had a stubborn verruca on the bottom of my right foot for several months now. I've no idea how I picked it up as I haven't been swimming for years! It's not painful but as a verruca is hardly the nicest thing on earth, I was pretty keen to get rid of it.
The basic idea behind this gel is that it will form a protective barrier over the verruca to help it heal and stop dirt and bacteria from coming into contact with it. After repeated applications, the protective barrier should come off on its own accord, taking the pesky verruca with it. I liked this concept as it sounded painless and relatively fuss-free.
The gel is a clear one. You don't need to use much of this at any one go so even though the tube is quite small, it should last long enough to have a good go at blitzing the verruca. Be careful when applying the gel as it's not supposed to make contact with your skin. This is a lot easier said than done, and I have often found myself having to wipe excess away as it's quite difficult to get the gel only on the verruca.
When I first apply it, I can feel a bit of a cold tingling sensation around the verruca but it's not uncomfortable. Hopefully this means that it's getting to work! The protective layer forms almost straight away as the gel dries. To be honest, it looks a lot like the type of surface debris that gets left behind when you apply something like this, as opposed to an actual protective layer.
Does It Work?
I have been using this gel twice a day for around 10 days now. My verruca has shrunk in size a little bit but it still looks much the same. The only notable difference is that it now looks like a bit of dead, dry skin rather than a verruca. I've no idea if this is part of the healing process or not, but it doesn't look as bad as it originally did. It has definitely hardened up a lot so I can see how it might just drop off at a later date. The packaging states that it may take up to twelve weeks to work properly so this is obviously not a quick fix that will get rid of your verruca in a week or less.
As well as the main verruca in the middle of my foot, I also have two smaller ones near the toes. After ten days, one of the smaller ones looks like it has dropped off, and the other small one seems like it's going to follow suit soon (hopefully!). Based on this, it seems that a smallish verruca may respond in a fortnight or less, but bigger ones are going to need up to the twelve week window.
I'm giving it three stars for now as it is having a good effect on my small verruca. If it also works on the bigger one, I will come back and update both the star rating and the review to reflect this.
For the treatment of warts, veruccas, callouses and corns.