How to Safely Remove Skin Tags
There are many excellent treatment options now available to safely remove skin tags at home. Although the techniques that are used by doctors are 100% safe, they are usually really expensive, hence the reason that so many people are turning to over-the-counter (OTC) and 100% natural treatments. This gives you greater affordability, more control over the process, and an opportunity to develop your personal understanding.
When removing a skin tag is a priority for you, it’s advisable to select an effective option that is least likely to cause you any harm. Before going any further, we strongly recommend applying Australian tea tree oil to tags several times each day. It’s a natural product that works by drying out the skin so that the tag drops off on its own after as little as 1 to 2 weeks. The other thing to remember is that most people have multiple skin tags, or find that they return at a later date, so having a treatment available in your medicine cabinet is likely to be the sensible option.
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Methods Used by Doctors
One method that doctors sometimes use is cutting off skin tags. To achieve this, the doctor will apply a numbing agent to the tag and the surrounding skin, and once it is numb, he will cut the tag away from the surface of your skin using a scalpel or medical scissors. Afterwards, he will cover the area with a band aid and send you on your way. It isn’t much fun and it won’t be cheap, but it will at least be done safely.
It is NOT recommended that you cut off skin tags at home because it’s certain to be very painful and could lead to an infected skin tag. You’d have to attempt to fully numb the area using an ice cube and use scissors to cut it off. Other people bravely (or foolishly) remove skin tags with nail clippers. It just doesn’t seem like a sensible option given how easily and cheaply that a tag can be treated with OTC products.
Doctors also use cryotherapy to remove them. This involves applying liquid nitrogen to the tag which immediately freezes it, destroying the tissue in the process. You may experience a bit of pain, but it won’t be too bad at all. There is no safe way to perform this exact same method of removal at home. However, there is an at-home alternative, called Compound W Freeze. It’s significantly cheaper (less than $15) and it’s 100% safe to apply.
Medical treatment for skin tags is considered a cosmetic procedure so many insurance companies will not cover the cost. Don’t even waste your time asking them because the answer will be no. This is because there are no known health risks associated with tags. If you want to get rid of skin tags fast, you’re going to have to pay for it yourself.
Methods to Safely Remove Skin Tags at Home
You will find a number of over-the-counter removal products, such as Revitol skin tag remover, that will deliver the results you’re looking to achieve. Depending on the product you buy, it can take anywhere from a day to a few weeks to get rid of the skin tags at home. Just make sure that you adhere closely to the instructions.
There are products that will freeze skin tags, but they employ a different technique to that used by doctors. While you won’t get results as quickly as you would if it had been performed by a doctor, you will still see excellent results.
Applying clear nail polish to skin tags is another way you can remove them. You need to apply it two times a day for as long as it takes for it to dry up and fall off. It can take up to two weeks to work effectively, so you definitely won’t see instant results.
Some people like the idea of tying off skin tags with a thin piece of string, such as sewing thread or dental floss. Just tie the string around the base of the tag securely and wait for it to fall off. Keep an eye on it and watch for signs of infection or irritation. This method could take several days to work. You’re just cutting off the blood flow to the tag so that it dies. You could also use a skin tag removal kit, such as the TagBand.
There are also ingredients in your kitchen that can be used, such as apple cider vinegar, to remove skin tags yourself. While these home remedies can sometimes be effective, they take significantly longer to work than over-the-counter products. Much depends on how your body reacts to the treatment as to whether it’ll be effective and how long it’s going to take.
Now that you are more informed about how to safely remove skin tags, you can choose whichever method works best for you and rid yourself of those pesky benign skin growths. If you decide to opt for an OTC product or an at-home remedy, have some patience as they won’t all provide you with instant results and you may need to use the product or remedy for a couple of weeks before the tags disappear.