They can turn up anywhere on your body; your neck, in the folds of skin, your face, and even your armpits. They are called ‘skin tags, ‘ and they are the most common growth on the skin according to MedicineNet.
These often small and soft tree stem type growths can be bothersome to many but are benign and harmless. Almost everyone will at some point during their lives develop one or sometimes hundreds of skin tags.
Obese and middle-aged adults are the most prone to these. They are also common in people who have diabetes and who are pregnant due to hormonal changes. They can also be hereditary. The cause, however, is unknown.
Some people can be annoyed and embarrassed by them, that they seek medical help to permanently get rid of them. Treatments with your medical doctor may include;
- Freezing: The doctor uses a small amount of liquid nitrogen on each skin tag to remove* it. The spot where the skin tag was, will blister for a few days but will heal quickly.
- Cutting: This is done by using surgical equipment such as scissors or a scalpel. The skin tag is snipped off and the area may need stitches after the procedure is done depending on how deep the doctor had to cut.
- Burning*: This procedure is done by using a wire that uses an electric current to get it hot. Once the wire becomes hot enough, the doctor will use it to burn off the skin tag at the narrow stem to remove* the whole skin tag.
Some people would prefer to find more natural ways to get rid of their skin tags and avoid any medical procedure all together going a less* invasive route. They would prefer to use products that can be easily found in their kitchen or bathroom cupboards.
Remember to test a small area of your skin first, to make sure that you don’t have any allergic reactions to any of the following products.
4 Simple Homemade Remedies to Eliminate* Skin Tags Permanently
1. Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular and multiuse, natural home remedies. To remove* your skin tag, you will need a bottle of apple cider vinegar and a few cotton balls.
- Before you start the procedure, you need to make sure that you clean and dry the area around and in the skin tag.
- Soak a cotton ball in the apple cider vinegar.
- Make sure to squeeze out excess vinegar from the cotton ball.
- Coat the skin tag with the cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar and let the area air dry.
- You will do this procedure 3 times per day; morning, noon and before bed.
- You will then notice that after a few days, the skin tag will have dried up.
- After about a week or so, the skin tag will have turned black and will eventually fall off.
2. Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree Oil is another popular remedy that is used to remove* skin tags. You will follow the same directions as the Apple Cider Vinegar procedure.
There are a few things to note when using Tea Tree Oil:
- When applying tea tree oil to the skin tag, do not rub the oil into the skin too hard. Irritation can occur if you do. Make sure to be cautious around sensitive areas like the eye.
- If you want to really make sure that the oil stays on the skin to work, use a bandage or piece of tape to ensure that the cotton ball stays on the affected area.
- Do not ingest tea tree oil as it can be toxic.
- If irritation occurs on your skin when you are using it, dilute the oil with a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil. This prevents it from being too strong.
3. Castor Oil and Baking Soda: This combination has been found to be very effective because castor oil and baking soda work together to alter the PH balance of the skin tag, resulting in the removal of the tag.
Castor oil has been around for centuries and has many practical at-home uses.
- Mix 1 teaspoon castor oil with 1 teaspoon of baking soda to form a thick paste.
- Apply the paste onto the skin tag and make sure that you focus on the stalk part of the skin tag.
- It’s a good idea at this point to place a bandage onto the treated area to prevent the paste from coming off.
- A few hours later, rinse the area with lukewarm water.
- Do this procedure 3 times per day; morning, noon and before bed.
- Eventually, the skin tag will shrivel up and fall off.
Especially, if you don’t have any of the other products available in your home and need something quick and easy.
They are not as strong as the other products, but they can be just as effective. The same procedure is done with the lemon juice and Aloe Vera as the others.
- Clean and dry affected area.
- Rub lemon juice on, in and around the skin tag.
- You don’t have to rinse the juice off.
- Repeat procedure 3 times per day; morning, noon and before bed.
- Skin tag will dry up and fall off after several days.
Having skin tags can be frustrating to some and perhaps humiliating to others, but the good news, is the knowledge that there are options to permanently remove* them, either medically at the doctor’s office or alternatively, right in your own home, gives you the comfort that you don’t have to live with them for the rest of your life.
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