Skin Tags are also referred to as Acrochordon. Skin tags are benign skin outgrowths, a condition that appears to be a loose piece of skin that hangs off the body. They can show up anywhere but are most common in the areas of skin that rub together like the inner thighs, armpit areas, or under the chest.
Are Skin Tags Dangerous?
Research shows that skin tags are common, and according to the NIH (National Institutes of Health), it is estimated that 46% of people have skin tags.
Aside from being ugly and annoying because of rubbing on jewelry or clothes, most skin tags are harmless, but it is important to have a dermatologist diagnose the skin tag as not cancerous (benign) before you attempt to remove them at home using natural remedies.
There are small moles or lesions commonly mistaken for skin tags that could be malignant, and it would be harmful to try to remove it at home.
The hardest skin tags to remove are those that appear near the eyes or eyelids, because if the remedy you would use for other areas of the body is dangerous to have near the eyes, you cannot use it.
The most common at home safe remedy for skin tags on the body is 35% hydrogen peroxide
A common natural remedy for removal of skin tags in general includes using 35% hydrogen peroxide; unfortunately, this can be dangerous around the eyes and is not recommended.
Hydrogen peroxide 35% should be soaked in cotton and applied to skin tag 3-5 times per day for 1-2 weeks or until the skin tag is removed.
Stores typically do not carry this high percentage of hydrogen peroxide, you may need to order it online and keep the contact with surrounding skin minimal because skin can be very sensitive to this high proof.
Apple Cider Vinegar As Prevention
Apple cider vinegar can also be used in daily routine to unclog pores and prevent skin tags. Make sure you use raw unfermented apple cider vinegar and apply a thin layer to face and let sit for 20-30 minutes and rinse off.
Make sure that you avoid contact with the eyes as it can sting and burn. In addition to unclogging pores, apple cider vinegar can also be used to reduce age spots and fine lines and wrinkles.
Bragg’s apple cider vinegar is high-quality vinegar found in your local supermarket.
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How Can You Remove Pesky Skin Tags Near Or On Eyelids?
It is common for people to wonder why the eyes and eyelids have growths that appear often, they are referred to as calcium deposits, hard pimples, etc. These are also hereditary and can be caused by oil, cosmetic build up over time and sweat builds up.
Not only are they uncomfortable they are difficult to remove. First always get a benign diagnosis from your doctor to be safe.
A homeopathic remedy specifically for eyelids, face, and hands is Causticum. Homeopathic remedies are using a minute amount of a natural substance that in a healthy person would produce symptoms of the disease.
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann developed this medical science on the principle of “like treating like.” Homeopathy is alternative medicine to traditional medical practices, and it can be dangerous without the guidance of a properly trained health professional.
To obtain causticum to treat skin tags you must be under the supervision and/or guidance of a qualified homeopathic professional.
Additional Methods For Skin Tags:
- Aloe Vera – Gently rub into skin tag daily.
- Hydroxide Alkaline Gel – Apply to the skin tag, this will help prevent infection, gently remove it and keep it moisturized AQUA-OH! Is our recommended brand for high quality.
- Raw Ginger – Rub raw ginger directly to the skin tag for a few weeks until it is removed.
- Tea Tree Oil: Dab carefully on infected area with a diluted water and a tea tree oil soaked Q-tip, three times per day.
- Dandelion Root – Apply the liquid of dandelion root on the skin tag. Repeat the process for a few days until removed.
Essential Oils are pure extracts that have many purposes with proper guidance they are very safe. Mix 4 teaspoon of sesame essential oil with 1/2 teaspoon of oregano essential oil and 1/4 teaspoon of basil essential oil.
Soak a cotton ball in this mixture and apply it on the skin tag for 30 minutes then wash off with water only. This is a safe option for eyelids and face. You can also apply a combination of lime essential oil and avocado oil for moisture.
What Lifestyle Strategies Can I Practice To Prevent Any More Skin Tags?
Skin tags may simply be hereditary, but you can ward them off by living a healthy lifestyle specifically your diet, follow these lifestyle tips:
Avoid added sugars. Sugars from natural fruits is fine in moderation but added processed sugars in snack foods like cookies, cereals, or jams, candy, etc. will cause inflammation, weight gain, and increase your risk for developing more skin tags.
Decrease animal fat intake. Heart healthy fats are essential for optimal health and appearance (skin and hair), sources of heart healthy fats are plant based including coconut, avocado, seeds and nuts, olives, and olive oils.
Animal fat sources from red meats specifically should be limited and consumed in moderation, over time these can increase your risk for developing more skin tags.
Consume a diet rich in vegetables and some fruits. Vegetables and fruits contain antioxidants that boost the immune system, provide your daily fiber while also hydrating you.
We recommend a ratio of 3:1 vegetables to fruits to avoid excessive sugar. Aim to eat 9-11 servings per day, and you will notice a difference in your overall health and appearance.
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It is critical to get a benign diagnosis from your doctor before trying any of the above listed at home remedies for removing skin tags. Natural remedies are safe, but they may take a little longer, be patient and consistent with the recommended protocol.
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