Top 10 Home Remedies for Skin Tags
Skin tags are soft, small ‘flaps or folds of excess skin found on the body. They are essentially a small, hanging piece of skin, and it can feel like a difficult reality to accept the fact that you may have one, or more than one. They may not be harmful to our health in any way, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy to just forget about them.
There is no one known reason for what causes skin tags, but most doctors and scientists alike state that it has to do with the rubbing of skin against each other. That’s why they typically appear around the eyes, under the arms, and on the neck.
Even though having skin tags on the body is a cosmetic challenge, many people choose to get rid of them as quickly and effectively as possible. After all, they can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness, depending on where they’re located.
Obviously, depending on where they’re located, they can be covered up with clothing. But, others are more noticeable, which can increase the embarrassment.
They can be removed in a variety of ways. There are medical and over-the-counter (OTC) options that include everything from topical creams to surgical procedures. These include cutting them off, burning, tying off, and freezing off a skin tag.
There are also plenty of remedies that can be used to get rid of those pesky little flaps of skin that seem to pop up when we least expect it. While seeing a doctor for skin tag solutions is always an option, it can be much easier and far less invasive to try getting rid of your skin tags at home.
These time-tested remedies have given great results to a lot of people, so don’t be afraid to experiment, and discover which home remedy for skin tags works best for you. We should make it clear that some options, such as Apothecary tea tree oil, are far more effective than others.
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Top 10 Home Remedies for Skin Tags
Tea Tree Oil
This deserves to be at the top of just about any skin tag removal list because it’s one of the most popular natural remedies for skin tags. It has antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, on top of being a natural ingredient that people can feel safe about using.
To use tea tree oil to remove skin tags, simply dip a cotton ball into a bit of water, and add two or three drops of pure, 100% tea tree oil. Rub it gently in circular motions over the skin tag, and repeat twice a day. You can even rinse the area clean after applying the oil, as some people have more sensitive skin than others.
This will gradually dry out the skin tag, helping to prevent its oxygenation. Don’t be afraid to look through reviews of a few different brands, and decide what would be a comfortable fit for you and your needs, that other people have had success with when it comes specifically to skin tags.
Typically, the use of tea tree oil will cause skin tag(s) to disappear within 3 to 6 weeks. This has proven to be the most effective natural treatment for skin tags.
There may be an old stereotypical joke that you can use duct tape to fix anything – well, when it comes to skin tags, that stereotype might just be true By sticking a small piece of duct tape over the skin tag, and leaving it for 10-14 days, you’re essentially cutting off the air supply of the tag, which it needs to survive.
When you remove the duct tape after that extended period of time, the skin tag could be gone. Cutting off circulation and air to skin tags is one of the best methods towards allowing them to ‘fall off’ naturally since skin tags will not fall off on their own.
If you don’t like the idea of having duct tape on a noticeable area of your body, you can mimic the effect with a small bandage, though it may take longer for the process to work, since bandages are designed to ‘breathe’ more than a heavy-duty duct tape.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is known to be a wonderful home remedy for many different things, and skin tags are no different. The acidic (yet safe) properties of the vinegar are believed to help break down the cells that make up the extra skin of the tag, causing it to diminish, and eventually fade away.
To use apple cider vinegar to remove skin tags, simply dip a cotton ball in a bit of the vinegar, and apply directly to the tag. Let dry and leave it on your skin for several hours, before gently rinsing away with warm water. You can repeat this process multiple times a day, and you can expect your skin tag to disappear within two to four weeks.
If you have sensitive skin, you can follow up this treatment every time by applying a bit of aloe of vitamin E to the affected area. This will help to prevent redness and even potential scarring from the vinegar.
There is no medical proof that apple cider vinegar works, but some people claim that it worked for them.
Castor Oil & Baking Soda
Castor oil may be a more lesser-known solution, and lesser known product to most people, but it’s incredibly easy to find in your local supermarket or ‘big box’ store. Not only can castor oil deeply penetrate the skin and help to moisturize, but It’s full of natural nutrients and vitamins that will keep your skin looking radiant, and also can help to remove skin tags.
Castor oil is best used for getting rid of skin tags when it’s combined into a paste with baking soda. Two parts oil to one part baking soda is typically an ideal solution. Once you have the consistency of paste, you can rub it on the skin tag, and cover it with a small liquid bandage. Leave for a few hours, or overnight, take off the bandage, and rinse with warm water. If you repeat this every day/night for about two weeks, it could work.
A little bit of castor oil goes a long way, so you may find that the ‘paste’ you make can be used multiple times before it runs out. Castor oil will absorb into your skin very quickly, so don’t feel as though you have to immediately add more once it gets absorbed – it’s doing its job.
Vitamin E has incredible health benefits and healing properties for many parts of the body, including hair, and fingernails. But it also is extremely beneficial to the skin, actually helping to regenerate and renew skin cells. It’s also a wonderful antioxidant, which gives it even more of a boost.
You can purchase Vitamin E oil, or simply split open a Vitamin E tablet, and rub the oil directly onto the tag. Cover the area with a bandage, and remove the bandage after eight hours or so. Repeat this process every day and night, until the skin tag has disappeared – this will usually take about two weeks.
After the skin tag is gone, you can continue to use Vitamin E in the affected area(s) for several weeks after. This will help to rehydrate the skin, reduce any appearance of scarring, and help to prevent another tag from popping up in the same spot.
Oregano can be used for much more than your favorite Italian dish. It is an essential oil that is a powerful antiseptic, with healing properties that can take away skin tags relatively quickly. Because of its potency, however, it’s a good idea to mix your oregano oil with something more neutral, like coconut oil. This can help to dilute it.
Even with coconut oil, or another neutral oil, it’s a good idea to test out a small area of your skin with the oregano oil first. Although it’s completely natural, everyone’s skin is different, and people with more sensitive skin may have a different reaction.
To use for tags, mix two or three drops of oregano oil with four or five drops of coconut oil, and apply the mixture directly to the tag. Let dry naturally, rinse off with warm water, and repeat several times a day. It should take about 10 days for the tag to naturally fall off using this method.
To find a quality oregano oil, you can use the same method as the tea tree oil. It isn’t nearly as readily available at stores as tea tree oil is, so doing a bit of research online can not only find you the best brands available (always try to find 100% organic), but it will allow you to see what other people are saying, and to find the brand that others have used to help with skin tags.
It has similar acidic properties to apple cider vinegar, but it is actually the citric acid that helps to remove skin tags quickly, and with little effort. All you need to do for this method is simply cut a lemon in half, and rub the exposed flesh onto your skin tag.
Alternatively, you can squeeze fresh lemon juice into a cup, dip a cotton ball into the juice, and apply that to your skin. Whichever method you choose, be sure to use fresh lemon juice, not bottled concentrate, as it could contain other additives that may irritate your skin. Be sure to test an area of your skin first to see how lemon juice may affect it.
The acid levels can irritate some people who may have sensitive skin, and unlike other treatment options on this list, lemon juice doesn’t always ensure that there will be no marks or scarring after the skin tag is removed.
However, it has proven again and again to be a solid home remedy for those looking to get rid of skin tags quickly. Most people already have lemons in their household, making this one of the easiest remedies to use.
Once the lemon juice has air-dried, you’re done. You can repeat this process two or three times a day for the best results.
This can be so much more than just a main ingredient in many popular recipes, and though it may have a certain reputation for being pungent, garlic is actually a great way to remove skin tags. It has antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties that offer up the perfect cocktail for skin care solutions.
To use garlic for skin tags, simply apply a thinly-sliced garlic clove over the skin tag, and secure it overnight with a bandage. Alternatively, you can slice up several cloves and ‘crush’ them into a paste. Then, spread that paste over the skin tag and secure it with a bandage. Whatever method you choose, leave the bandage on overnight, remove in the morning, and rinse your skin with warm water.
This can actually be one of the fastest methods when it comes to getting rid of skin tags, with some people having success in their tags falling off in as little as three days. If your tag doesn’t fall off after three to five days, wait two or three more days, before starting the treatment over again, to give your skin time to breathe.
Onion Juice & Salt
This may sound like an odd combination, but it’s one that really works. Onion juice can actually help to break down the skin cells causing the tag, but it’s the addition of the salt that will really speed up the process and the effectiveness.
To extract the juice from an onion, simply slice it up, place in a bowl, and sprinkle with salt. Leave the onion and salt mixture overnight, and in the morning, you’ll be able to pour off the juice into another container. Simply rub that juice over the tag with a cotton ball, and let dry for about thirty minutes.
After the solution has dried completely, rinse the area with warm water. You can repeat this procedure two or three times daily, until the tag disappears, which can take up to two weeks, depending on how quickly the onion is able to break it down.
If you have nail polish sitting around the house, it can be used for more than just your standard manicure. To really effectively remove a skin tag, you have to essentially ‘suffocate’ it. Some people do this by tightly wrapping a string or piece of dental floss around it, so the tag will lose air and blood flow, and eventually fall off.
But, being able to tie a piece of string around a small skin tag, depending on where it’s located on the body, can be difficult and awkward to do on your own. Nail polish can offer the same effect and can be applied easily with no help from someone else.
Wherever your tag is located, simply ‘paint’ on a small drop of nail polish. Obviously, if your tags are in an area that can’t be covered with clothing, you may want to opt for a clear nail polish. Let the polish dry completely, and leave it overnight before removing in the morning by either gently washing or peeling it off. You can repeat this process every day until the tag begins to shrivel and falls off.
This method works similarly to the ‘duct tape method,’ but can be a bit more discrete, depending on the type of nail polish you use. Plus, with a simple swipe of nail polish, you know you’re getting a secure ‘seal’ over the skin tag, which can help to choke it out that much faster.
It’s important in this particular process to make sure your skin is exceptionally clean before applying the polish.
Much like lemon juice, it’s the citric acid in pineapple juice that helps to break down skin tags quickly, but pineapple juice also has rejuvenating properties thanks to its fibrous nature and can help to heal your skin in the process, which eliminates the risk of scarring. Plus, it ends up being one of the nicest smelling solutions to make this list. While that may not help with getting rid of skin tags, it’s something to consider if you plan on applying it regularly.
Pineapple juice is also less harsh on your skin than lemon juice might be, so you can apply it several times a day without any risk. Just dip a cotton ball into a bit of the juice, and rub it on over the tag. Be sure to let it dry completely, and in this instance, you don’t have to wash off the juice after any set amount of time. In fact, the longer it’s on your skin, the better, as it can begin to break down the skin cells that make up the tag itself.
If you use pineapple juice several times a day, you could see results in anywhere from 10-14 days, where your skin tag will either fall off on its own.
Simple Lifestyle Changes That Help to Prevent Skin Tags
While the above home remedies can be extremely helpful when it comes to getting rid of skin tags quickly, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to choices you can make in your everyday life. More than likely, you’ll experience at least one tag in your life, if not more. There is no set way to completely prevent them, and they can happen to just about anyone.
While skin tags aren’t painful or a symptom of doing anything ‘wrong,’ you can work toward prevention by staying healthy and in shape, losing weight, staying active, etc. Because skin tags are usually caused by skin rubbing together, it is often believed that being overweight can be a contributory factor.
Choosing to get rid of a skin tag in the first place is entirely up to you. Because they’re not harmful, the reasons behind getting rid of them are typically purely cosmetic, but completely understandable depending on where they might be located. But, it doesn’t have to be a complicated decision with medical procedures or prescription creams, ointments, etc.
As you can see, there are many natural home remedies that can help to remove a skin tag completely. The most important thing to keep in mind is that skin tags will not fall off on their own. If the appearance of the tags anywhere on your body becomes bothersome, perhaps due to infection, you will need to utilize some type of treatment to remove them.
While there are plenty of topical solutions, some of the best treatments for skin tags can be found in your own home.