Skin Tag Under the Armpit or Underarm Removal Methods That Work Fast
A skin tag under the armpit (axilla) is a harmless benign tumor. The bad news is that it/they can become irritated, resulting in pain, soreness, swelling, and bleeding. They don’t look nice, so it’s no surprise that you want to get them removed fast.
You can tell if you have an armpit skin tag (or an acrochordon). They’re soft and loose flaps of skin that are attached by a thin stalk, known as a ‘peduncle‘. They aren’t warts, which are flatter, harder, and cauliflower-like in appearance. The two conditions are often confused.
Touching skin tags under the arm should be avoided because it can lead to irritation or infection. If you can’t stop twisting and touching them, getting skin tags treated at home is highly recommended. Unfortunately, acrochordons rarely go away on their own.
What’s a good way to remove a skin tag from the armpit? One of the best methods is the TagBand, which works well for skin tags that are medium or large in size. The Micro TagBand is a clever kit that can get rid of skin tags in about 7 to 10 days. It’s a modern version of ligation, and it’s delivering great results without the risk of scarring.
If you have tiny skin tags that are hard to see, we recommend that you apply Apothecary tea tree oil 3 times per day until they go away completely. It’s an essential oil, so it doesn’t work as quickly as the TagBand, but it’s the safest and easiest-to-use removal method that we’ve found, particularly for clusters.
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Why Am I Getting Skin Tags Under Armpits?
Up to 60% of us will get at least one skin tag during our lifetime. You’re more likely to suffer from skin tags if you’re overweight, 60+ years of age, currently pregnant, and/or there’s a history of skin tags in your family. They can sometimes be a pre-diabetes symptom.
- Important: They’re a benign tumor, so they’re rarely a sign of cancer in adults. The only risk is a misdiagnosis. If you notice jagged edges or the color looks a bit off, we strongly advise you to get them expertly checked by a dermatologist.
Skin Tag under Armpit Turning Black
Don’t become too alarmed if your skin tag turned black overnight.
This tends to happen when they become twisted. In short, the twisting process has somehow managed to cut off the supply of oxygenated blood. Don’t forget that a skin tag under the armpit is a living part of your body. If it doesn’t receive oxygen, it’ll die and fall off (eventually).
If that doesn’t happen, use an over-the-counter skin tag removal product.
Top 3 Best Armpit Skin Tag Removal Methods
Although we’ll explain how each removal method works, you should still seek in-depth information about each treatment (see links below). Learn about the technique that interests you and use our step-by-step skin tag removal guide to get results:
Tie Off Skin Tags with Floss or String
Ligation, known as tying off skin tags, is a popular treatment. It cuts off the supply of blood to the skin tag with a thin piece of cotton. The skin tag will be starved of oxygen, so it’s unable to survive. While this ‘free treatment’ works well, it also leaves the body susceptible to infection.
Why not get a doctor to tie off a skin tag at his/her surgery? While you could ask a dermatologist to perform this procedure, a doctor’s time is expensive. You could end up paying a dermatologist hundreds of dollars for an initial consultation and removal. Health insurance policies don’t cover cosmetic medical procedures, so the cost would need to be met from your own pocket.
If you do have an infection, please wait for it to clear up completely before you tie off a skin tag, or use any form of treatment.
If you have a cluster of skin tags, use Australian tea tree oil. You don’t need to spend months treating multiple skin tags. Individual treatment is likely to be too slow, expensive, and time-consuming. Perhaps you want an all-natural option?
Natural Tea Tree Oil for Underarm Skin Tags
If you have skin tags and want a 100% natural solution, consider applying tea tree oil.
Just apply the formula to the affected area(s) and it will dry it/them up. It isn’t as quick as the TagBand product, which works in about a week, but most people will see results in about 3 to 6 weeks. There’s no risk of scarring.
Make sure that you apply it to the skin tag 3 times a day (morning, afternoon, and night).
This method has proven to be effective, as evidenced by the feedback it has received.
An advantage of natural tea tree oil is the value for money. You’ll receive a bottle that will last. This is useful because it means that you have a removal method on hand for use in the future, should the need arise.
Read our reviews of the 2 top-rated tea tree oil products:
Trichloroacetic Acid for Skin Tag Under the Arms
A trichloroacetic acid formula is used to take off a skin tag layer by layer. It does work and the reviews are encouraging, but be careful during the application process. You’re applying an acid, and it can easily run onto your healthy skin.
You ‘may’ find it difficult to apply this formula to your own underarm area, but this can be overcome with the assistance of a third party. If you do decide to use this treatment, apply the formula to a cotton bud tip so that you can target each skin tag in turn.
Alternative Treatments That Work
- Cryotherapy – Liquid nitrogen is applied, so skin tags are frozen off.
- Cauterization – Burn off an acrochordon with an electrical device.
- Laser treatment – The removal of skin tags with a laser.
- Creams/gels – The application of a cream can be an effective removal method.
- Essential oils – A natural way of getting rid of armpit skin tags.
When you just want to get rid of multiple skin tags, consider using the TagBand device – it’ll get rid of skin tags in around 1 week.
If you do have painful skin tags under the armpits, you’ve probably got an infection. See a doctor as you need to get this problem resolved before using an OTC product. Once the discomfort has ceased, you’re free to get started with a treatment plan.