Skin tags, which are also known as ‘cutaneous papilloma’ or ‘firo epithelial polyp’, or acrochordons, are something that can develop and grow on any part of your skin. These are basically small and benign tumors that typically appear in adults and older people. They are usually as small as a finger nail and don’t seem to sound that bad.
However, while they are usually painless and don’t harm your health in any way, they can cause awkward situations for you if they develop on your face or other visible parts of your skin. Asides from that, certain types of skin tags can cause irritation and annoyance if they are constantly rubbing against your clothes.
To learn how to deal with skin tags that may have formed on your skin, read on.
#1. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil can be extracted from the Melaleuca Alternifolia plant and can be very effective in dealing with skin tags. Once you have bought this oil from your nearest store, wash your skin tag with high quality soap and then wait for it to dry completely.
Now, get a ball of cotton and soak it in plain water and also pour 3 to 5 drops of tea tree oil on it. Once the cotton has soaked it all in, gently press the ball of cotton against your skin for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat this process with new cotton balls 3 or 4 times a day and your skin tag will eventually just fall off.
#2. Nail polish
If you have nail polish, then you can use it to easily remove any kind of skin tag. simply apply the nail polish directly to the skin tag 3 to 4 times every day. Repeat this daily until the skin tag is eradicated.
#3. Tie it with a string
This is a pretty straightforward method. Simply take a thin piece of string or fishing line or floss and tie it tightly at the base of the skin tag. Leave the string tied there for a few days and the skin tag will fall off by itself.
#4. Duct tape
Get some duct tape and cut off a small strip large enough to cover the skin tag or tags that you want to get rid of. Then cover the skin tag with the tape and press tightly so it doesn’t have any air flow into the skin tag.
Leave it on for a few days and eventually, the skin tag will loosen up because it hasn’t been getting any air and you can remove the tape and let the skin tag fall off.
#5. Vitamin E cream
This is another helpful remedy to get rid of skin tags. You can buy Vitamin E cream over the counter from your nearest pharmacy. Also get some band aids along with the cream.
Now take a band aid and rub some vitamin E cream onto it and stick the band aid on top of the skin tag. Leave it there for a few days and eventually, when you remove the band aid, the skin tag will also fall off by itself.
#6. A piece of a potato
Potatoes are very effective at get rid of skin tags. To do this method, first take a fresh potato and wash it thoroughly. Now cut it up into small slices. Take one of these pieces and place it over your skin tag. Wrap the potato peel there with a bandage and wait for some hours and then take it off.
Repeat this process every day until the skin tag falls of on its own.
#7. Castor oil and baking soda paste
Get some baking soda and castor oil and mix them together. Stir vigorously until both of them have mixed into each other and have formed a paste. Now, apply this paste on your skin tags and wait for them to dry out on their.
Once they’ve dried, wash with cold water. Repeat this method 2 times in the same day, making a total of 3 times a day. A few days of doing this will cause the skin tag to fall off.
#8. Apple cider vinegar
One of the best home remedies for dealing with skin tags is apple cider vinegar. Simple soak a piece of cotton with apple cider vinegar and then apply it onto your skin tag. Let the skin tag soak up the apple cider vinegar for over an hour and then remove the cotton and let it dry. Gently dry the skin tag area with a towel.
Next, soak your skin tag in apple cider vinegar directly and leave it there for 10 to 15 minutes until the skin tag has thoroughly absorbed the apple cider vinegar. Repeat this method 2 or 3 times each day until the skin tag falls off by itself.
#9. See a dermatologist
If all of the above mentioned remedies for treating skin tags fail, then you should consult a dermatologist as soon as you can, in case the cause of the skin tags is something serious that needs medical attention as soon as possible.
So book an appointment with a dermatologist and discuss the various options available for you to get rid of the skin tag, such as using steril scissors or scalpel etc.