Here are some efficient home remedies you can TRY to remove your skin tags.
Skin tags are raised skin growth and look like a small, soft balloon. They are formed due to the accumulated blood vessels and collagen. Skin tags usually appear on arms, armpits, neck and eyelids, both in males and females. Although they are harmless, they can negatively affect one’s self esteem. More than half of all the population is said to have skin tags at some point in their lives. People in middles ages are prone to get them. Skin tags are likely to increase up to age 60. Kids and toddlers may also have skin tags, particularly in the underarm and neck areas. They are more common in obese people.
Surgery is thought to be the last resort to remove them which include techniques like freezing, threading and cutting. Some skin tags fall off spontaneously while some remain forever once formed on the skin. Before going for surgery, you can try several home remedies to remove skin tags. These remedies are rich in several properties that prevent the cells and vessels.
Here we have rounded up such home remedies to remove skin tags.
Dandelion Stem Juice:
Dandelion stem juice is helpful to treat common skin issues. It is said to be beneficial for skin tags. Take the dandelion with the stem and extract the juice by squeezing it. You will get a milky liquid. Apply it directly on the skin. Now, cover it with a band-aid. Do the process four times a day and keep your skin clean and dry between usages.
However, you shouldn’t use dandelion stem juice if you are allergic to ragweed, daisies, and marigold as dandelion belongs to the same plant category.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar has been used to address various skin concerns and health issues. Even its medicinal uses have been recorded in ancient scripts dating back to 400 B.C. Can it be useful for skin tag removal? Given that it contains acidic properties which can remove the cells in the skin tag, it may fade away the skin tags. Dip cotton balls in apple cider vinegar and apply it directly to the skin tag. You may feel burning sensation for a few moments. Wait for 3 hours and wash it off with lukewarm water. Repeat the process for three times daily to see improvement. Make sure to dilute apple cider vinegar with little water for a sensitive skin.
Lemon juice is also a powerful acidic source like the vinegar. This is why it can work for your skin tag. It dries out the skin tags by breaking out the cells. Take a lemon slice and extract its juice to be soaked by a cotton ball. Apply it on the skin tag and allow it dry naturally. Do this remedy once a day unless the skin tag disappears completely.
Garlic has been an effective remedy for several health concerns, thanks to its antifungal and antibacterial properties. The same properties dry out the skin tags. Take fresh garlic cloves and make thick paste using blender. Apply the paste on the skin tags. Cover it with a bandage for overnight. Wash it off with the warm water in morning. Repeat the process daily to see improvement.
Onion is packed with phytochemicals, chromium, minerals and vitamins to heal the health problems. It can be beneficial for skin tags. Extract the juice and apply it on your skin tags for 2-3 weeks to see improvement.
Castor oil is said to dissolve and remove raised skin without leaving a scar. Besides, it contains several nutrients to keep the skin healthy. Prepare a paste by mixing two parts castor oil with one part baking soda. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of lemon oil or peppermint oil to the paste. Apply this paste on the skin tag. Cover it with a bandage and leave it on overnight. Rinse it off with warm water next morning. Repeat the remedy daily for nearly two weeks or unless the tag is disappeared.
Instant Removal Methods:
Apart from the above given home remedies, you can try these instant mole removal methods.
Duct tape is an efficient method to get rid of skin tags on your neck.
Wash the neck area with water and mild soap, and then pat dry the area. Use a toothpick to gently scratch the skin tag. Secure the area completely with duct tape. Leave it on for a day. Use new tape daily till your skin tag falls off.
It is risky yet instant method to eliminate the skin tag from your skin. This method involves use of sharp and sterile scissors or nail clippers. Needless to say this method is painful. Therefore, use a topical anesthetic or numbing cream before the process. Numbing cream will desensitize your skin against pain or sensation. Let’s see how to use this “invasive” method to remove the skin tag.
(CAUTION: Don’t apply this method for skin tags on eyelids or face.)
- Apply isopropyl alcohol to disinfect the area.
- Apply numbing cream on the area one hour before the process.
- Clean the scissors with a cotton pad dipped in rubbing alcohol.
- Cut off the skin tag as close to the base as possible.
- Apply an antibacterial cream on the area
- Cover it with a medicated tape.
- Change the dressing daily for a few days unless the wound heals.
So these are some home remedies and self-methods to remove skin tag. Discontinue the remedies or the methods if you see no results. It means that surgery is perhaps the last resort for you.