10 Easy Ways To Remove Skin Tags For Good
Papillomas or polyps, commonly known as skin tags often plague, especially, women. Although they are not harmful, they are cosmetically undesirable.
They mostly occur on the neck, nose, face, chest, armpits and inner thighs
They can be removed surgically, but there are many methods to safely removing these at home.
Essential Oils – Frankincense:
Frankincense can be applied directly to the tag but a patch test should be done on the skin first to check for sensitivity. The oil can be diluted with a carrier oil for sensitive skin. This may need to be done daily for 1-2 months until the tag falls off. It will continue to shrink during this time.
Essential Oils – Tea Tree Oil:
As with the frankincense, tea tree oil can be diluted for sensitive skin. This acidic, natural antiseptic has a protective effect, even after the tag is gone. Apply the oil to the skin three times daily or more and the skin tag will dry out and eventually fall off.
Form a thick paste using baking soda and castor oil. Apply the paste three times daily for three weeks. This strong remedy will cause the tag to shrink and fall off. Treatment can be continued if three weeks is not long enough.
Although one must use caution with the heat of garlic, it is an excellent natural treatment for skin tags. Slice a clove of garlic thinly.
Take a slice and cover the tag, then cover with duct tape. Replace with fresh slices as needed. Leave application for the entire day, and rinse skin before bed.
Repeat this for three days and the tag should fall off. If it does not, the treatment can be repeated in a few days.
Warm water and baking soda can be used to make a paste that will naturally exfoliate the skin tag, drying it until it falls off. The paste can be applied several times per day, rubbing gently. The tag should be gone in two weeks, or the procedure can be repeated for bigger, more difficult tags. Of note, since baking soda is an exfoliant, it can irritate the skin. This method should not be pursued if the skin is very irritated.
Crushing aspirin into a powder and covering over the skin tag with duct tape is an effective means of shrinking the skin tag so it will fall off. The acetylsalicylic acid in aspirin is the natural ingredient that causes this effect with continued treatment.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Soften the area by soaking with water to soften. Then, a cotton ball with the apple cider vinegar can be applied for 20 minutes and then rinsed with warm water. Repeat this application two-three times daily. This naturally acidic solution will cause the skin tag to fall off over time.
Depriving the tag of oxygen with a non-porous material will help it shrink and fall off. Use of convenient at home materials, such as a band-aid, liquid band-aid or nail polish can be used to accomplish this goal. The application must be air tight to be effective but the tag is expected to fall off in 8-10 days.
Cutting It Off:
Although simple, one must take great care to avoid infection with this method. Sterilize the scalpel or scissors well with a hot flame, boiling water, alcohol or hydrogen peroxide before use. Allow the instrument to cool.
Using ice, numb the area for about 10-15 minutes prior and then quickly cut as close to the skin as safely possible. Clean gauze or cotton balls can help with the bleeding. Use an antiseptic or a little salt for faster healing and to prevent infection.
Tying a thin string or piece of dental floss tightly around the tag will reduce blood circulation. The tag should shrink and fall off within about a week. Of note, this method can cause some pain and skin irritation from the pressure but is quite effective.
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