Everything You Need To Know About Getting Rid Of Skin Tags

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Everything You Need To Know About Getting Rid Of Skin Tags
Last Updated: 30th September 2016

You are being invited to a party, or there is an official presentation to make. You are more concerned about the skin tags on your face and neck.

You even avoid wearing certain trendy clothes for fear of skin tags in your armpit.

This may lower your confidence, and you may not be your best self. Have you ever wished to get rid of these tags once and for all?

Then you have come to the right place.

Here you will find valuable information about how to have a clear and smooth skin without any tags.

Dispersed Skin Tags

What Are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are small growths of skin. The tags hang off the skin by a connecting stalk. There is nothing to fear about skin tags because they are not dangerous.

They are formed where the skin forms creases.

You can find them on the neck, armpit, chest, back, under the breasts or in the groin area. They don’t cause any pain.

They become irritated if clothing or jewelry rubs on them or due to shaving and eczema.

Skin tags are also called as acrochordon and fibroepithelial polyp. Skin tags generally occur in midlife.

People who are 60 and above get skin tags more than the young people. Pregnant women may experience hormonal changes due to estrogen production.

They are also prone to skin tags.

People who take steroids alter their hormones in an unnatural way.

They also get skin tags. And of course, genetics has a part to play for the reason behind those tags.

Mostly they are of the size of rice grain.

They may be smooth or irregular in appearance. When you look them under a microscope, they have a fibro-vascular core. Fat cells may be present inside and cover an unremarkable outer layer of skin.

An interesting information is that skin tags are present in 46% of the general population. Skin tags are found more in women than in men.

These fleshy outgrowths may signal an impaired carbohydrate metabolism and risk of type 2 diabetes. This is not to scare you, but skin tags rarely may be linked to acromegaly, polycystic ovaries, and Britt-Hog-Dube syndrome.

Skin tags can increase in number, by an unknown mechanism due to high blood sugar and insulin levels.

How To Remove Skin Tags Naturally

Skin tags cause a lot of discomforts if they become inflamed due to rubbing of the skin.

Whatever the case may be it feels good to have a clear and smooth skin without any tags.

Here we will see some awesome home remedies that will help you get rid of this ugly tags.

Before you try any of these home remedies, pay a visit to your doctor. Check out the skin tag and confirm that it is normal and not dangerous.

Once you are satisfied, then consider these worth trying home remedies.

White Vinegar Treatment

Apple Cider Vinegar

This is the most famous treatment to remove skin tags. Clean the area with soap and water. Dip some cotton into the apple cider vinegar.

Apply it to the skin tag.

The acidity of the vinegar helps to remove the skin tag. You should apply it for at least two weeks on a daily basis to completely remove it.

The vinegar acts on the tissue that causes the tag, once it is destroyed the tag turns black and falls off.

You can go in for organically produced vinegar it will be of much higher standard and safe on skin.

Essential Oils

Tea Tree Oil

This oil is obtained from the leaves of the tea trees and has a camphoraceous odor.

This colorless essential oil is used in several cosmetic and dermatological products. Tea tree oil has stunning antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Before applying the tea tree oil, clean the specified area. Take a piece of cotton ball and soak the skin tag completely with the oil.

Just leave it on. Repeat the process for at least 2- 3 times daily.

To quicken the process, you can use a medical tape or bandage. Apply the tea tree oil as mentioned above and cover the skin tag area with a tape.

The tag will fall off in a few days, but continue the process for about 2 weeks for the growth to be completely removed.

 Crushed and Dried Oregano

Oregano Oil

Oregano oil has antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. It contains carvacrol, thymol, and p-cymene.

Oregano oil has antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. It contains carvacrol, thymol, and p-cymene.

These phenolic compounds fight against bacterial infections.

Dilute 2 drops of oregano oil with 5-6 drops of coconut oil.

Apply this mixture to the skin tags. Do this process thrice in a day. The skin tag will fall off resulting in clear skin.

Always dilute oregano oil with a base oil.

If you use it directly, it may cause skin irritation and redness. Avoid using it near the eyes.

Lemon Acid Treatment

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, which is essential to enhance the skin health. This is an inexpensive home remedy that is readily available in your kitchen.

The citric acid present in lemon juice acts on the skin tag and clears the unwanted tag and erodes it away.

Squeeze juice of half a lemon.

Dip a cotton ball into it and smear it on the skin tag.

Leave it for 1-2 hours. Wash the area with plenty of water. You should continue this process for about two weeks.

Your skin tag will fall off. Be careful when you step in the sun after you applied the lemon juice because it makes the skin more sensitive. So just wash it away.

Crushed Garlic

Garlic Juice

Garlic contains allicin which has antifungal, anti-aging and skin smoothing properties.

Crushed garlic is very useful to remove skin tags.

Garlic contains natural enzymes that shrink the skin tags and dries them off.

Crush two pods of garlic in a pestle. Apply the juice to the skin tags and cover it with a bandage.

Do this process before going to bed. In the morning remove the bandage and rinse the tag with water.

Continue this process for three days because your skin will start to burn. The skin tag will fall off by itself.

Banana Peel Treatment

Banana Peel

Banana is loaded with nutrients and is good for the skin health. The peels are very effective in treating skin tags.

Cut the banana peel into small pieces. Keep the peel over the skin tag and firmly stick a bandage on it. You can do this before bedtime for maximum comfort.

Repeat the process for 10-12 days for the skin tag to fall off.

Fig Stem

Fig Stem Juice

Figs contain germicides. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties, which are vital to improving skin health.

It promotes acid- alkali balance and is used in various skin issues.

Grab some fresh fig stems. Wash it and blend it to get the juice.

Apply the juice to the skin tag. Apply this juice for 4 times a day. You will see the results in 4 weeks.

Castor Oil

Castor Oil

Castor oil is great to clean deep pores.

It prevents the buildup of dirt. You can mix it with olive oil and give a relaxing facial massage.

Castor oil helps to remove skin tags.

The good fatty acids present in it nourishes the skin. Add a little baking soda to a teaspoon of castor oil and make a fine paste.

Add citrus oil to reduce the odor.

Apply it to the affected area and cover it with a band-aid. Continue for 2- 3 weeks and the skin tag will be gone.

How Do Doctors Remove Skin Tags?

Home remedies are best. But for any reason if you want the skin tag to be clinically removed.

Here are some great ideas of how the process is done.

Medical Treatment

Freezing the Skin Tags

Dermatologists use liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tags. This is called cryotherapy.

There is no pain involved, only a mild stinging sensation.

The tag will not fall immediately, but very soon it will fall.

The procedure is costly if you want to remove a larger skin tag.

There are commercial products that you can use at home to freeze off the tag. Consult your doctor before you attempt any such treatment.

Cutting Skin Tags

The doctors use it for larger tags. They numb the area using a local anesthetic and slice it off. There is very minimal bleeding.

It is not advisable to try this on your own. It is safe to get the process done by a professional.

Cauterization Technique

Burning Skin Tags

Dermatologists burn off or cauterize the skin tag. The electric current passes through a wire which burns off the layers of the skin tag.

This process is done at the stem of the tag to prevent it from growing again.

Burning the tag causes a mark, but as days pass by it will fade away.

Chemical Peeling

Chemical Peels

The dermatologist uses a chemical peel which contains the trichloroacetic acid solution. Return visits may be required to peel off the tag. You can also use this process at home which can save you a lot.

Tying the Skin Tags

This process is called ligation.

The skin tag is removed by cutting off the blood supply. This process will take a little longer because the skin tag should dry and fall off.

You can do this process in your home. If not done properly it will lead to infection.

There is a commercial product called TagBand available, which will make the process easier.

Skin clear

Do Skin Tags Grow Back?

Sometimes skin tags can grow back if there is a tiny piece left behind. Skin is an organ, and it always grows.

There is a similar possibility with skin tags. If the tag is not removed properly, it will regenerate and grow to cover up the earlier tag.

Otherwise, a new tag can grow from the same spot.

To ensure that the tag does not sprout again choose a treatment that will soak up the whole nearby area surrounding the tag.

This will completely remove the tag and seals all doors for it to sprout again.

Tea tree oil can be your best option for this treatment.

As a matter of all the home remedies, we saw earlier it can soak up the entire area and prevents the regeneration of skin tags.

Using essential oils on your skin can help prevent the skin tags from growing back. It usually arises due to friction in the skin.

Essential oils greatly reduce friction, and it also boosts skin beauty.

Prevention Of Skin Tags

They may act as a barometer of your overall health. Poor lifestyle choices, saturated food, lots of sugar in diet and obesity may also be the reasons for the appearance of more skin tags.

As we have seen, earlier skin tags may indicate the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Being overweight causes more skin folds and produces lots of sweat. All these may be the causes of more skin tags.

Healthy lifestyle choices, a healthy diet and reducing weight should be your bottom goal to counteract skin tag.

Reduce your sugar intake, do toning exercises for your muscles to reduce loose hanging skin. Consistent lifestyle modification can bring in best results.

Avoid Tight Clothing

Try to wear loose fitting clothes. If you wear tight clothes, it will often rub against the skin. You can opt in for the most relaxed style of clothing where there is minimal skin on skin rubbing.

Heavy jewelry around the neck can lead to skin tags.

It would be in your best interest that you wear heavy jewelry and tight clothes on rare occasions.

Always go in for light and breezy clothes. Adopt a minimalistic approach to jewelry. So that your skin cells can breathe in fresh air.

Medicated Powders

There is a friction reducing medicated powders available in the market.

It reduces the friction in your neck, armpits, groin, and legs and under the breasts when you apply it.

It reduces irritation and keeps the area drier thus it prevents skin tags. Avoid using scented powders they may cause more irritation.

Lesson Learned

To have a clear and healthy skin, make healthy lifestyle choices, cut back on sugar and junk foods. Do a lot of muscle toning exercises.

Dress in airy and comfy clothes with minimalistic jewelry.

And in any case, you do get these tags.

There are some awesome remedies given which you can try out.

Skin tags tend develop around the neck, between the legs, groin, armpits and under your breasts. These are areas that mostly overlaps making it susceptible to friction. In these cases, the use of friction-reducing medicated powder minimizes irritation and keeps the area dry.

Have a positive outlook on life and everything will just turn out to be fine.

Did you find this post helpful?

What have you found to be a great way to remove skin tags? Let us know below!

1 Response
  • Eva
    December 20, 2016

    I also have skin tags on my neck so I am looking for effective skin tag removal treatment. Do this home remedies worth trying or one should consult to dermatologist or any other skin specialist? How much that consultation cost? Any idea?

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