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How to Thin Compound W

By Kelli Peacock Dunn ; Updated July 27, 2017

Used to remove warts, Compound W can be thinned with water. The key ingredient in Compound W is topical salicylic acid. This powerful ingredient can cause skin to dry. If you have sensitive skin, diluting Compound W before applying it enables your skin to gradually adjust to the drug. The liquid and gel form of Compound W can be thinned gradually by adding a couple drops of water with an eyedropper, stirring, then repeating the process until the Compound W is diluted.

Wash hands with warm water and soap. Dry thoroughly. Squeeze desired amount of Compound W gel out of the tube and into a clean bowl.

Take a clean eyedropper and suction water into the vessel. Release a couple drops into the Compound W gel by squeezing the top of the eyedropper. Stir gel and water with a spoon. Gradually add more water as needed to attain desired consistency.

Pour desired dose of Compound W liquid in a clean bowl. Add a couple drops of water. Blend water with Compound W. Add more water until Compound W has been thinned to desired consistency.

Tips

Wash and dry skin before applying Compound W.

Warnings

Do not use Compound W if you are diabetic. Do not apply Compound W in or around eyes, mouth or nostrils. Never apply Compound W to a wart with hair extruding from it.

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