Skin tags are small flaps or growth of skin which are commonly found around the eyes, neck, underarms, groin or breasts. Reasons for their appearance varies from skin irritation, friction, obesity, and genetics. They are completely harmless and about one in four people have them. However, some people may find them annoying, while others want to get rid of them for cosmetic purposes.
While you can visit your
dermatologist to get your skin tags removed, there are also at-home methods that you can try yourself. Here are 8 home remedies to remove skin tags with ease:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
This versatile vinegar is both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, which makes it a great choice for removing skin tags. To use, simply wash and dry the area around the tag. Apply the vinegar to a cotton ball and secure it to the tag for 15 minutes. Repeat three times a day until the skin tag falls off.
2. Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that’s essential for healthy skin. When using to remove skin tags, only use high-quality liquid Vitamin E that is made for topical treatments. Apply the oil to the skin tag and cover with a bandage for a day. Repeat daily for several weeks until the tag is gone.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been used medicinally for a long time now. It’s very effective at treating skin disorders and can remove skin tags in a matter of weeks with daily application. Soak a Q-tip in tea tree oil and apply to the skin tag three times a day.
4. Oil of Oregano
Oregano oil has antifungal properties which can treat several skin conditions, including skin tags. To make a homemade oil of oregano, allow fresh oregano to infuse with olive oil for several weeks, before straining. Apply the oil to your skin tags, three times a day. Repeat until tag dries and falls off.
Liquid iodine, can be applied to skin tags or warts once a day. Some people report skin tags falling off just after few days of use.
This natural herb has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Using the juice released from a crushed clove of garlic is thought to remove both skin tags and warts within a few weeks of use.
7. Dandelion Juice
These garden weeds have many health benefits and uses. They have a rich vitamin and mineral content, which is useful in removing excess skin tissue. Take fresh dandelions, gently squeeze the root to extract the milky sap. Apply three drops, three times a day.
8. Coconut Oil
This wonderful tropical oil contains lauric acid, – a powerful anti-microbial, which kills bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. Rub the oil on your skin tags before going to bed. Repeat for several weeks until the tag is removed.