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I first started off with the one verruca on the sole of one of my feet. Knowing that verrucas can sometimes disappear without interference, I left it hoping that it would go away. Fast forward several years and the one verruca had now turned into many on both feet - including a cluster or two of them. Even at this stage I was still clinging to the hope that they would just disappear, particularly after a very brief trial of salicylic acid applications that did nothing but leave me in pain (and a lot of effort involved).
I found this Wartner pen on Amazon, along with plenty of good reviews about the efficiency of the product. Although the price of just under £10 in Boots was rather pricey for the amount of liquid in the pen, I was getting desperate. So I took the plunge and bought one.
When using any product that comes with instructions, it's generally a good idea to actually read them - this is no exception. The directions state that the gel must be applied twice a day, for 4 days and then have a break for 4 days. Then repeat. On first use it may take many twists of the pen before any gel appears. The application itself is very straight forward. You are directed to apply enough gel to the wart or verruca, so that the entire surface is covered whilst being careful to try and not get any of the gel on the surrounding skin. Although don't panic if you do, it just means that part will also peel off too, but will grow back!
Once the gel has been applied, it is important to let it dry thoroughly. This for me was always a pain. Because all of my verrucas were on the bottom of my feet, it meant that I'd have to try and prevent them from coming into contact with anything until all of the areas were dry. This didn't always work out too well, but it didn't matter too much. After a few lots of applications, I started to notice the area around the verrucas turning white. Eventually becoming hard (like a scab) and falling off. Admittedly I did pick a few of, but some I had to leave and let them fall of naturally. It is rather unsightly during this time but the end result was worth it. Buy the end, there was nothing left but dents in the skin where the verrucas used to be. Then eventually, nothing but normal healthy skin.
The thing with this product is that you may have to be PATIENT. Verrucas and warts are pesky things to get rid of and what this pen essentially does is 'burn' the skin where the verruca or wart is and promote healthy skin to grow in it's place. Because the root of either can be embedded quite deeply in the skin, it will most likely take more than one pen to get rid of them. I know it did for me anyway. I think I purchased two lots before I was satisfied with the results. It does however mention the number of applications you may need to do in the instructions though. I also found that towards the end, I needed to leave it longer than the suggested 4 days before applying more. Mainly to give the 'scabs' chance to fall off, but also to give the skin underneath chance to heal itself. I actually stopped applying the gel near the end and forgot about the leftover holes in my feet, until one day I just happened to look at the bottom of my feet and be amazed at how every single verruca had gone! Not to mention the skin had rehealed and now looked like nothing had ever been there to begin with!
This pen worked wonders for me. Even the clusters of verrucas that I never thought would go away, did so eventually. It did all take time for everything to happen, but still not as long a process as I would have thought (took about a few months in total). Also realising that once the skin turns white and hardens, to cease application (even if longer than the suggested 4 days) so the skin can do the work it needs to do. The results really are amazing. For the first time in several years I can actually feel comfortable about my feet.
The only worry I have now is them returning, although so far so good (over a year). Definitely worth the price looking back now and I highly recommend that everyone try this. Just be aware that patience is key. In return there will be minimal effort required (no filing or covering up of the area needed), no pain (maybe minimal discomfort from initial application of the gel or when the verrucas are in the process of falling off - but not unbearable by any means).
I'm so glad I gave this Wartner pen a go and I think you will be too!
So I spent my £11 or so hoping this would work, especially after seeing the breakdown of £666 per ml underneath the supermarket price tag, -you know how they work out a price per 100mls or per kilo?? Plus I saved up money for this due to what the packet had said and I currently live off pittance.
Anyway, I read the instructions carefully and proceeded to twist the pen to release the gel as instructed. I waited for the gel, nothing. It said it might have to be twisted several times, nothing. And yes I held it so gravity would take effect. No gel. I left it for the the night and tried again the following day. Re-read the instructions, still no gel.
Took it back to the supermarket who said I had to take it up with the manufacturer. Emails have been sent and no reply. Tried calling them (and the number was difficult to get hold of) and got cut off. Tried again and was told maybe I'm not following the instructions (explained I was training to be a health professional myself) and then given another number. Rang that number and got cut off again. Do they have something to hide?
So, I would love to give a review on this but I have not even had the pleasure of using it but one thing I would like to add is that it is certainly not worth the money and I feel completely ripped off :( Shame I have to give it 1/5.
I've had a little wart on my finger for a while but had been ignoring for ages due to memories of my dad laboriously applying Bazuka gel to my verrucas when I was a kid. But then when another little wart popped up next to it I decided it was time to do something about it. I'd seen this Wartner Pen advertised and it seemed like a great idea and far more convenient than the previous treatments so I picked one up in Boots for £7.99.
It comes in a large box with the pen and instruction leaflet inside. The pen is white with a clear lid so you can see the brush tip of the pen. The lid pulls off easily but it fastens back tightly after use.
The pen is for the treatment of verrucas and warts and it is based on the traditional gel method for removal, but in a convenient pen form. The gel promotes skin cell regeneration which causes the skin to peel so that new healthy skin forms and the verruca or wart shrinks and disappears. It can be used by everyone from the age of 4 upwards.
To use it you need to apply it twice a day for 4 days, after which the skin will start to peel and you can remove the peeling skin under lukewarm water. The verruca or wart may be removed after this initial treatment period, or you may need to repeat the treatment after a break or 4 days, and you can repeat this treatment schedule up to 4 times.
To get the gel onto the tip of the pen you need to twist the bottom of the pen until you can see the gel on the brush. Although the pen seemed like a really good idea and like it would be much easier to apply than the gel you get in a tube it's actually no better. This is because the gel comes out in a blob in the middle of the brush and does not go right to the tip, to get it right to the tip you need to turn the bottom of the pen more to get more out, which results in far too much on the brush and a very messy application. Also the brush is too wide to give a very precise, direct application to the verruca or wart, which is what you need as you're not supposed to get the gel on the surrounding skin. Do be careful not to get it on your skin as I made the mistake of wiping the brush on the back of my hand and even though I wiped it off again almost immediately I ended up with a minor burn where it had been.
Despite it being no better than the old style gel in tubes I continued to apply it twice a day as instructed. It takes 15 minutes to dry so you need to be very careful what you do while you're waiting for it to dry or you'll just end up wiping it off. After applying it twice a day for 4 days the skin had turned white and begun to peel, and I was then able to peel the surrounding skin off, but the skin of the actual wart itself would not peel off at all so I ended up filing the skin down with a nail file instead.
The warts I have are fairly small so I would have expected they'd be fairly easy to get rid of, but I have now used this as instructed four times and my warts are still there, it really hasn't had any effect on them at all, so I can't see it doing anything to larger warts or verrucas either. I really wouldn't recommend this at all as it simply hasn't done anything for me.
The Wartner Verruca & Wart Removal Pen is a medical device for the treatment of verrucas and common warts. The pen applicator contains a new highly concentrated gel. The gel promotes skin cell regeneration which causes the skin to peel. As this occurs, new healthy skin forms and the verruca or wart will shrink and disappear. Suitable for use by the entire family, including children from the age of 4 upwards. Read instructions carefully before using .