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How to Treat Skin Tags

Posted on Nov 28, 2014

Skin tags are benign skin growths which usually appear on the face, on the neck, on the armpits or under the breast. There are several ways in which you can treat skin tags, from home remedies to cosmetic products or surgical interventions. Let’s tackle all of these solutions and see which are the ones more likely to produce satisfactory results.

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Home remedies

When home remedies are involved, we think that it is our duty to first warn you how you shouldn’t get rid of skin tags because, in the online world, you can find a lot of dangerous so-called “remedies”. We will start with all the solutions that imply cutting the tag. It doesn’t matter if you use scissors or nail clippers and it also doesn’t matter if you disinfectant those utensils. Cutting you skin tag at home is dangerous as it will cause scarring and you risk ending up with a nasty infection. We also don’t recommend tying floss around the skin tag and leaving the house like that because that is just plain embarrassing and inefficient. Also, avoid applying any chemicals on the skin tag and ignore the people who recommend using nail polish. Burning the skin tag is also out of the question and so is freezing it with a home kit. What you can do instead is apply some natural remedies on the tags such as apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, oregano oil, lemon juice or fig stem juice. Apply either one of these remedies several times a day for a few weeks or months, depending on the size of the skin tag.

Cosmetic products

There is a wide variety of skin tag removal creams on the market for you to choose from. We advise you to only use FDA approved skin tag removal creams, preferably the ones that only contain natural extracts. Some of these creams might have an unpleasant odor. However, as long as the cream doesn’t cause pain, you should use it with confidence.

Surgical procedures

From a surgical point of view, there are three main ways in which you can remove skin tags: by having them cut, by having them cauterized or by having them frozen. All of these procedures come with a scarring risk. Generally, it is best to only choose a surgical procedure for skin tags that are not visible and the ones that are too big to be treated with creams or with natural remedies. Nevertheless, for face skin tags, we advise you to try all the natural remedies available before resorting to surgical procedures because no one wants a scar on their face.