When they appear on exposed areas such as neck and face, skin tags are often an aesthetic concern, but with so many home remedies for skin tags, you should be able to get rid of them without the need for surgical intervention.
Medically referred to as acrochorda, skin tags are small, painless, benign (non-cancerous) and soft outgrowths that may occur the face, neck, chest, eyelids and other parts of the body. Although typically harmless, skin tags are usually a cosmetic concern especially if they appear in areas of the body where they are easily seen e.g. on face.
Although surgery is usually recommended, removing skin tags yourself is as well an option that many people would consider. Here is a breakdown of how to get rid of skin tags at home:
This is one of the most popular and best home remedies for skin tags. It is especially helpful for skin tags on the neck. Apple cider vinegar is rich in acetic acid which is thought to break down the excess cells responsible for the formation of skin tags.
Here is how to remove skin tags using apple cider vinegar:
More tips: If your skin is the sensitive type, consider diluting the vinegar with some little water before applying it to the skin tag. Applying vitamin E or olive oil to the affected area of skin regularly may help you avoid the formation of scar after the skin tag has cleared.
A talk about home remedies for skin tags is not complete without a mention of baking soda, in my opinion. The exfoliating properties of baking soda comes in handy in removal of skin tags at home. To use this remedy:
Applying castor oil to the skin tags is yet another simple but effective home remedy. The oil helps to dissolve and get rid of the collagen and other extra tissues in the skin tags without scarring.
An added advantage of castor oil is that it is rich in nutrients that are beneficial to the skin. It works especially well when mixed with baking soda as follows:
Oregon oil can also help to dry out skin tags. This coupled with its antiseptic and numbing properties makes it a great home remedy for skin tag removal. Here is how to use Oregon oil for the purpose:
Vitamin E has also been found to be effective in removal of skin tags. This is thought to be due to its antioxidant properties. You can use vitamin E capsules for this purpose as follows:
Frankincense essential oil is also a great home remedy for skin tag removal but you should start by dong a patch test as it can be too potent for some particular skin types. It you have a sensitive skin type, you will as well want to use diluted frankincense oil for the same reason.
Apply nail polish over the affected area of skin, making sure that the skin tag is fully covered.Nail polish application is one of those seeming weird home remedies for skin tags but it indeed does work. The method is also referred to as asphyxiation as it involved depriving the skin tags of oxygen which then makes them die and fall off naturally.
Aspirin can also help to remove skin tags. It contains acetylsalicylic acid which shrinks and dry skin tags, eventually removing them from the skin.
Alternatively, you can crush an aspirin tablet into powder and apply it over the skin tags before sealing it in with a duct tape.
As for those looking to learn how to remove skin tags at home naturally, here are a few options that you may want to consider:
This is one of the easiest but very effective natural remedies for skin tags but it is not for the faint hearted as it can be quite painful. Tying skin tags with a string or thread deprives them of oxygen supply then makes them to die and fall off.
Simply tie a string (a dental floss can as well do the trick) around the skin tag tightly and leave it as such for a few days. I most cases, it doesn’t take the skin tag more than a week to fall off.
Another home remedy for skin tags using DIY techniques is to use a duct tape. When pressed with a duct tape for a period of time, skin tags disappear. Simply stick a small piece of duct tape on a skin tag continuously for 2 weeks or until it has vanished.
Garlic is one of those amazing home remedies with a multitude of good uses, including skin tag removal. It is thought that garlic has certain enzymes that shrink skin tags, making them to fall off naturally.
Instead of garlic slices, you can crush a few garlic cloves into a paste and then apply it over the skin tag before covering it with a bandage.
Because of the strong smell of garlic though, it might be a good idea to use such a paste overnight as opposed to during the day, more so if you will be going out to work, school etc.
Pineapple juice also helps to remove skin tags naturally. To use this remedy, apply fresh pineapple juice on the skin tags 2 to 3 times a day over a period of 10 days or so. By then the skin tag will most likely have fallen off. You should not rinse the pineapple juice
Banana peels have strong antioxidant properties and this coupled with the enzymes in banana peels work together to help dissolve skin tags. To use this home remedy for skin tag, follow the following procedure:
The acidic nature of onion juice has also been shown to have beneficial effects in as far as skin tag removal is concerned. To use this remedy,
Below are some of the best and low cost herbal treatments for skin tags that you may as well want to try at home instead of surgery and OTC solutions; the two main treatment options for skin tags:
The acidic nature of tea tree oil makes it a great herbal treatment for skin tags. The antiseptic properties if tea tree oil also gives it an added advantage of protecting the skin from infections after the tag has fallen off. You can always apply tea tree oil directly to the skin tags but if you are sensitive skin, you will want to dilute it before use as explained below:
Aloe vera helps with many skin problems and conditions including skin tags thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Fenugreek seeds have strong antioxidants that help with the removal of dead skin cells ad have also been found to be effective in removal of skin tags. They contract skin tags gradually until they vanish. Here is how to remove skin tags at home using fenugreek seeds:
Try these home remedies for skin tags and that embarrassing tag on your face, eyelid, neck, etc. will be a thing of the past.
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