What Are Skin Tags?
Skin tags are small, usually brown or pink in color, harmless, but annoying. Skin tags can form almost anywhere on your body (where skin rubs against skin or where clothes rub against skin). Common places for skin tags are on your neck, under breasts, in groin folds, and armpits.
Men and women both get skin tags, but obese individuals have a much higher chance of getting them. Most people will get a skin tag sometime in their life, and because of that, most people will want to remove a skin tag sometime in their life.
Luckily, skin tags are harmless. Besides being cosmetically unappealing, they do no harm to the person they are on. They are non-cancerous, non-contagious, and are usually not irritated unless rubbed on constantly. Sometimes skin tags even fall off on their own.
But if you don’t want to wait any longer just for the chance for the skin tag to come off on its own and you are ready to remove your skin tag at home, then here are some home remedies that I hope you find helpful to removing your skin tags.
10 Top Home Remedies For Removing Skin Tags
#1. Tying off the Skin Tag
Skin tags stay connected to the body because blood is flowing through them, keeping them ‘alive’. One easy way to remove a skin tag is to cut off its access to circulating blood. One natural remedy to do this is to get a thin piece of thread, string, or dental floss, and tie it around the skin tag.
Leave the string (thread, floss, etc.) tied around your skin tag. Eventually, the lack of blood flowing through the skin tag will cause the tag to dry up, and then finally fall off.
There are many ways to freeze off a skin tag. Doctors will commonly use some sort of liquid nitrogen to freeze off skin tags, but you don’t need anything quite that powerful.
Although it may be uncomfortable, applying ice to the skin tag may freeze it and cause it to fall off. If you are uncomfortable with that, then medicine used to freeze away warts often works on skin tags as well. Follow the directions on the medicine for the best results.
If you aren’t squeamish, then cutting off your skin tag might be the easiest home remedy. If the skin tag isn’t very large then you can just take some scissors and cut off the skin tag yourself. If it starts to bleed, don’t panic.
Blood has been flowing through the skin tag and it is natural for it to bleed. The bleeding shouldn’t last very long. If it is a bigger skin tag, then some sort of numbing substance should be put on and around the skin tag before you cut it off.
#4. Cutting with Nail Clippers
Like cutting with scissors, cutting with nail clippers will have the same effect. It is best to find a way to clean the clippers before you try to cut. Using nail clippers might help you to get a better grip of the skin tag and be easier to place around it as well. Just like with scissors you may bleed, but that’s okay. This is a safe natural home remedy to get rid of skin tags.
#5. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can be used as a sort of liquid solution to remove skin tags. Soak a cotton ball in water, then put about three drops of tea tree oil on it. Rub the cotton ball on and around the skin tag. Do these two or three times a day. The skin tag should vanish off within two weeks of starting your home treatment. Note that this might not be the best idea for you if you have sensitive skin.
#6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Like tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar is one of the best natural home remedies to remove skin tags. This takes a little longer than tea tree oil though. The skin tag would vanish within a month with this treatment. The apple cider vinegar may sting for a few minutes when you apply it with the cotton ball, but in the end, it will have been effective.
#7. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice contains acids that can help to dry out a skin tag, causing it to fall out. Dip a cotton ball in some lemon juice, and apply it to the skin tag. If you do this daily, then the skin tag should fall off within a week or two.
Banana peels are the best natural remedies can be put on skin tags as a way to dry them out and make them fall off or vanish. Cut the peel into a small enough shape to fully cover the skin tag.
Make sure that the inside of the banana peel is fully over the tag, and then tape or bandage it on. It is best to leave it on overnight. If you do this daily then eventually the skin tag will fall off.
#9. Duct Tape
Like banana peels and lemon juice, duct tape can be placed on the skin tag overnight and allowed to dry it out at the same time. If the skin tag is not in a visible place to other people then you can even keep the tape on during the day.
When the tape starts to get weak or every day or two, check to see if the skin tag has fallen off yet. It should dry out and stick to the tape when you remove it after a few days.
#10. Nail Polish
Putting nail polish on a skin tag will cause it to dry out and fade away. Clear nail polish is best to use especially if the skin tag is in a viable area. Repaint the skin tag every day for a few days. The skin tag should fall off or fade away within a week.
Hopefully these natural home remedies should work for you. Good luck with removing your skin tags!