How to Get Rid of Skin Tags
Skin tags, medically known as acrochordons, are small, harmless skin outgrowths that project from various parts of your body. They are more common in areas like the eyelids, neck, underarms, groin and under the breasts. Although harmless, having a skin tag on your face or neck can be quite embarrassing, playing havoc on your self confidence. There are various remedies for naturally removing the flabby tissues within a few days. You can also opt for cosmetic surgeries and other medical measures.
Skin Tag Removal at Home
These are usually harmless skin outgrowths that may become irritated and painful by rubbing, shaving or regular contact with clothing (collar, cuffs) or jewellery (necklace, ring). Here are some of the fastest and best ways of removing the smaller skin tags yourself:
- Tying off the skin tag at its base with a dental floss or a string to interrupt its blood supply so that the tissues die and fall off. It is the safest way to remove skin tags for pregnant women.
- Duct tape: Cover the tag entirely with a piece of duct tape, keeping it on until the tape loosens after some time. Continue reapplying the duct tape until the skin tag drops off.
- Apple cider vinegar: Take a few drops of apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and apply on the skin tag at least 3 times a day. The outgrowth will start changing color within a few days, eventually falling off entirely.
- Vitamin E and adhesive tape: Apply some liquid vitamin E on the skin around the tag (you may use the vitamin from a vitamin E capsule) followed by a band aid. Keep it on for a few days as the band aid cuts off the blood circulation in the tag, while the vitamin E helps the skin to heal as the tag detaches. Reapply vitamin E and a band aid after a few days if necessary.
- Tea tree oil: Wash the surrounding skin with soap before applying 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil on the tag. Reapply as necessary until it darkens and falls off.
- Lemon juice: Applying some freshly squeezed lemon juice using a q-tip helps to get rid of them within a few days as the citric acid present in lemon juice dries out the tag.
- Baking soda and castor oil: Mix some baking soda with castor oil to make a fine thick paste (you can substitute the castor oil with water if necessary). Apply the paste 3 times daily and allow it to dry. Continue using the paste until you get results.
- Garlic: Cut a medium slice of garlic, press it on the skin tag and secure it in place using tape or gauze. Keep it on all day, removing only before you go to bed. Repeat the procedure for 3 days (using it any longer may burn your skin).
- Nail polish: Apply a coat of clear nail polish on the tag and let it dry. The nail polish dries out the tissues in the tag, eventually making it detach from your skin. Repeat the procedure 2-3 times a day until you get the desired results.
- Using nail clipper as remover: Rub some ice over the area to numb the tag before cutting it off with a sterilized nail clipper. Make sure to apply some more ice and some rubbing alcohol to stop the bleeding and prevent infection. Contact your doctor in case of further irritation, swelling or other similar symptoms in the area.
You may also opt for over-the-counter skin tag removal creams; however, there is no proof for their effectiveness.
Medical procedures for getting rid of skin tags
It is recommended to contact your doctor, especially for removing the larger tags and those located at sensitive areas like the eyelid. These medical procedures are faster as well, removing the bulge within a day.
- Removal with local anesthesia: Your doctor can remove them with a scalpel using local anesthesia. This is a painless procedure and can be used for getting rid of multiple tags at once.
- Removal with scissors: Another option is to remove the tags with a pair of sterilized scissors after clearing the skin area with alcohol.
- Freezing with nitrogen: Similar to removing a wart, application of liquid nitrogen freezes the skin tag, making them fall off within a few days to weeks.
- Electro-desiccation/ electric cauterization: Involves removing the tags with high frequency current waves delivered through a long thin electrode. Additional electronic devices may be used for stopping any bleeding afterwards.