Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- A String Tied Around the Skin Tag
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Bacitracin Ointment
- Castor Oil and Baking Soda Paste
- Dry Ice
- Essiac Tea
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Laser Treatment
- Lavender Oil
- Nail Polish
- Oregano Oil
- Otc Wart Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Salicylic Acid
- Skin Tag Theories
- String or Blade Method
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Remedies
- The Fingernail Clipper Snipping Method
- The Rip It Off Method
12/16/2012: Patglad from West Chicago, Il: "what is in the plaster that you applied to the area? thanks, ..."
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|Apple Cider Vinegar||13 YEAS|
|A String Tied Around the Skin Tag||10 YEAS|
|Tea Tree Oil||5 YEAS|
[YEA] 06/30/2011: Christine from Lancaster, Ca/ Usa: "I have several tiny skin tags around my neck/collar area. One was getting very irritated from my shirt. A friend told me about oil of oregano for these. I started applying to the skin tags twice a day(morning and evening). I applied one drop to each tag with my finger. In eight days, the tags were gone. Talk about saving time and money."Replies
07/01/2011: Darla from Lisbon, Nd replies: "Maybe I should try that, as I've used frankincense and some have gone but not all."
[WARNING!] 08/18/2012: Bigmoose from Ocala, Florida replies: "Make sure your oil of oregano is diluted to about 10%. Straight oil of oregano will cause severe chemical burns."
Otc Wart Remedies
[YEA] 03/05/2008: Melissa from Walworth, New York: "I took the advice I found on this site, and bought Wart Off for my skin tags on my neck. With in days they fell off and were gone. Cheaper then what I had paid ny doctor to due it in the past."
[YEA] 02/21/2008: Steve from Hernando, MS.: "I have removed a eraser sized black Mole with Wart freeze after 3 applications also works on Skin tags. No Blood it will fall off. works great no scars where tags were."
09/11/2012: Moose from Naples, Florida, Usa: "I have two rather annoying anal skin tags resulting from hemmrhoids. I really want them gone, but cutting off the blood flow with dental floss horrifies me and I don't have time to deal with it anyway, considering I am a student. I have been considering using apple cider vinegar but I was not sure if it (or any other substance) would be safe to use down there. Should I go ahead with it? And if that's not such a good idea, could I try something else?"Replies
09/12/2012: Anon from Raleigh, NC replies: "I think it depends on how bad your hemorrhoids are. ACV is very strong. When I removed my tags I placed a cotton soaked in ACV in the area before going to bed and removed in the morning. After a few days the area was very sore and burnt out, so I gave it a break and resumed once I could handle it again. The tags simply fell out after maybe 5 days total to my amazement, while showering one day. With root and all! I was amazed. That was over 4 years ago. They never returned.
I guess you can do two things: 1) cure the root cause of your hemm and then deal with the tag later; or 2) try the method I described but be very gentle on yourself: alternate application days and dilute your ACV with water. Then increase concentration and how often you apply until they are gone. Good luck!"
09/25/2011: Tinks from Auckland, New Zealand: "I have a skin tag on my eyelid and am hoping someone can give me a way of removing it without surgery."Replies
09/25/2011: Pjaco from Springdale, Arkansas, Usa replies: "Could you please write me pjaco(at)cox.net."
09/25/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "For your skin tag, try putting iodine onto a qstick and putting that onto the skin tag. It should remove it. You may need to do it quite a few times to remove it."
09/26/2011: Larry from Fairfax, Va, Usa replies: "I previously had a skin tag on an eye lid for about 4 years. But, after applying organic coconut oil on the lid for about 5-7 days, it fell off!!"
10/01/2011: Tinks from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "I maybe should have mentioned the skin tag is right on the eyelash part of my eyelid. Don't want to damage my eyes."
10/14/2010: Sian from Cardiff, United Kingdom: "I have a skin tag in an embarassing part of my body. Not sure about iodine method has anyone got any suggestions?"Replies
11/29/2010: Andrea C from Cardiff, Wales Uk replies: "Hi sian x regarding your skin tags, get a reel of cotton, and wrap it as tightly as you can, around the bottom of your skin tag. By this I mean, as near to where your skin tag begins, as near as your root end grows. This will then, stop the blood supply to the skin tag, as that's what its feeding off. This will then eventually make the skin tag die, and then fall off. It also works on skin tags anywhere on your body. Once the blood supply is cut off, its bye bye skin tags!!
Also if you are unable to reach where the sun don't shine, ask someone you can trust to do it for you. I hope this has helped you, and I had to do it for a friend of mine coz she had them in a place were angels fear to tread, and I also wore disposable rubber gloves, and washed my hands and the gloves, in a product called hibi scrub to cut out any risk of infection. This is what surgeons use to kill off any bugs, bacteria, and viruses, before they do any operations. I hope this helps, Nosta cariad. Andrea c X X X"
[YEA] 05/22/2011: Cat from Portsmouth, Uk replies: "I too had a skin tag in an place where the sun dont shine and was worried my new potential partner might think it was related to something else.
I tried the cotton trick - it took quite a few goes, I made a lasoo in the end with the cotton, which enabled me to tighten the cotton once in place.
Yes, you will have to use your imagination - not easy thing to do - but it worked and fell off over a week later. I was so relieved and no sign of it coming back. This was 18 mths ago.
I have many around my arms etc.. and was interest to see the comments on wart remover, I will try that next."
03/23/2010: Flying Frog from Grass Valley, Ca, Usa: "I love this site! Just getting started... The skin on my chest is very rough, numerous flat skin tags & many brown spots (I am 'white' & skin is very light), all from sun exposure no doubt plus posbl hormone imbalance etc (I am 65). I've seen many suggestions for removing skin tags that protrude, & the importance of putting removers ONLY on the tag, but what can I do to remove all these flat ones & the discolorations? Is there something I can just swab over the entire area without destroying too many healthy cells? Thank you, everyone!"Replies
09/04/2012: Fran from Holcomb, Ms. replies: "Pure essential oil of oregano, Works on moles too-"
[YEA] 03/14/2008: Claudia from Sydney, Australia: "Great site, love all the remedies. Salicylic Acid helps remove skin tags! Ok I have been using salicylic acid on partner's skin tags, applied once daily (bedtime) for almost 1 week, most darkend in color and look like they will fall of any day now. He said it stings a little but for a minute or two."Replies
09/21/2008: Marsha from Chicago, IL replies: "where can you buy salicylic acid?? I've looked for years and can't find any over-the-counter."
EC: Aspirin perhaps? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_aspirin
09/24/2008: Janet from Palm Coast, Fla replies: "If you put an aspirin in water to dissolve and place it on tag will that help remove it?"
12/05/2008: Andrea from Lawrenceville, GA replies: "Stridex Medicated Pads contain Salicylic Acid."
05/08/2011: Kathryn from Myrtle Beach, Sc replies: "I bought a solution of high %-age salicylic acid from "Sally's" (Beauty Supply) for callouses on my feet. So try looking in the foot/beauty section of your local pharmacy or supercenter. Decided to use it today to see if it would do anything for my tag. Going to try it for a couple days twice a day and report back just for the sake of this remedy. If it doesn't work - because it burns like fire due to the 'delicate' nature of my tag - I'm going to try iodine and/or AC vinegar and/or tea tree oil - all of which I have on hand already.
LOVE this site! Will report my results."
05/09/2011: Kathryn from Myrtle Beach, Sc replies: "I forgot to report the main reason I was responding:
Salicylic acid is the primary component in 'compound w' or other liquid wart removers. Hope this helps."
09/03/2012: Will from Rome, New York replies: "Salicylic Acid is used as a treatment for Plantar Warts and can be purchased at the local pharmacy
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Salicylic acid - The treatment of warts by keratolysis involves the peeling away of dead surface skin cells with Keratolytic chemicals such as salicylic acid or trichloroacetic acid. These are available in over-the-counter products or, in higher concentrations, may need to be prescribed in a by a physician.
Safety warning:Topically, as a beta-hydroxy acid (and unlike alpha-hydroxy acids) salicylic acid is capable of penetrating and breaking-down fats and lipids, making it capable of causing moderate chemical burns of the skin if at very high concentrations (such as near or actually the majority ingredient) within a solvent. It is capable of damaging the lining of pores in such cases if the solvent is alcohol, acetone, or an oil. Over-the-counter limits are set at 2% for topical left on the face and 3% for those expected to be washed off, such as acne cleansers or shampoo. Caution should be exercised when handling large volumes of salicylic acid, and protective gloves are recommended for any repeat, prolonged exposure. 17% salicylic acid, which is often sold for wart removal, should not be applied to the face and should not be used for acne treatment. Even for wart removal, such a solution should only be applied twice a day."
[YEA] 12/06/2012: Chuck from London, Uk: "I developed skin tags in my armpits some 20 years ago (gawd) and they have always been a source of embarrassment for me. I would say 10-15 on each side; not big and they didn't bother me at all. Actually, I had (hee hee) one big one on each side - big as in 1cm long and thin.
Also, I have (sorry, had :)) one medium one and about 4-6 small ones on my neck.
Anyway, as you might imagine I hated them. I am just remembering now that when I was 29 I went to the GP (Family Doctor) and he pulled a face and said that there were "too many" to do anything with (he should be struck-off - he really failed me; I wonder how many other people he has really failed also. All while taking a big fat salary and pension). If I was embarressed before, I was now mortified... I have been meaning to do something... But what. I have been so busy and they weren't bugging me (until my sister... SISTERS! ... Said on holiday once, in a very loud voice "Ughhhhh... what are those").
Over the years I have tried all sorts - alcohol, Tee Tree Oil, lots. Anyway last week I came across this site (magic! ) and I decided to try the iodine - I had some in the cupboard (I put it on the kids for any scrape / cut). Two days of hiding in my bedroom slathered in iodine... Go on, it is funny (the family were off seeing relatives). They did look a bit bothered, but not anywhere near bothered enough for my liking. Iodine on my shirt, on the floor, pyjamas and the towel... ughhh.
Now, I don't have heaps of time to spend on this. I want them gone, but I can't sit around for hours slathered in this and that; I have kids and a job and a wife etc etc. So, I spied those scissors in a pot in the bathroom... Hmmmmm... These little fellers have bothered me too long. I decided to cut off one of the big boys (1cm, not really big) and see about the pain / blood. I rubbed iodine into the scissors (I am sure that there are better ways - boiling / alcohol, but I was on a roll and there was to be no stopping me) and into/around the skin tag.
'Snip', almost no pain ( not even a pinch's worth) and almost no blood. I put a plaster on it and the.... The mad glint in my eye... this was good, really good (should have done it years ago - silly me).
I snipped all the ones on my neck off (fabidoodah). Yes, a little bit of blood - much less than a cut finger. Probably all amounted to 2 drops. Slapped plasters on. There was one that was half mole and half skin tag... you got it, that came off too (not the mole bit).
Actually, I should have gotten better scissors - I do have some, it's a question of finding them. I had to 'trim' a couple of them back a couple of times to get the whole tag off. And one was a bit tough and needed to be snipped by the sharper bit of the scissor blade. Afterwards I trimmed a bit of my hair... I only mention this (as I had evidently gone mad - joking) as it became about the same level of 'intervention', if you like.
This all happened 10 minutes ago and I am now sitting here with about 10 plasters on and happy, happy, happy.
This is phase 1. The underarmers (phase 2) will go either with scissors (which I am really happy with) or with string (which I am intrigued by).
The big thing is though, I am back in control. And it feels good.
Thank you Earth Clinic - I clearly needed some encouragement.
One last bit of advice - I am an expert now, remember. It would be easier if you could get someone else to do the snipping... I didn't as I am too embarrassed about them and the moment of their demise came and I had to do it then!
Anyway, don't wait - Go for it NOW and in 10 minutes you will be sitting there with a few plasters on and the hugest smile."Replies
12/16/2012: Patglad from West Chicago, Il replies: "what is in the plaster that you applied to the area? thanks, pat"
[YEA] 09/23/2012: Monica from Houston, Texas: "I had one that grew very near the inner corner of my right eye. It became increasingly bothersome, not to mention the embarrassment of having people try to tell me I had an eye-booger and then I would have to explain that it was a skin tag, not eye-crust!?! Super embarrassing! I finally got desperate and decided I would just cut it off myself.... I numbed it with ice and snipped it off with sterilized nail clippers. I didn't feel a thing and it hardly bled at all. My mom was super impressed and grossed out all at the same time! I'll never live with a bothersome skin tag again! I'll just cut the darn thing off!"
[YEA] 08/25/2011: Debbie from Portland, Me: "Skin Tag Removal
Had skin tags for many years in armpit area. After other remedies not working I got up the nerve to take a sharp mini-scissor and snip off one small skin tag to see how painful it would be. To my surprise, I felt nothing. Larger ones felt a tiny bit of discomfort for a fraction of a second. Tiny bit of bleeding. Within 2 days could not even see where they were. Use clean scissors and blot with hydrogen peroxide. Go ahead be brave - a flea bite is worse!!!"Replies
08/26/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Debbie from Portland, once a doctor told me to just pull them out. I didn't have the courage but that goes to show that it is possible to just get rid of them!"
08/15/2012: Cyb34r from Seattle, Washington replies: "How low do you cut the skin tag? Pull it out a bit and cut it at the line where the tag appears to join with the regular skin?"
[YEA] 12/05/2008: Tammy from Oxford, CT: "Just cut the thing off!!! I struggled in the bathroom for hours yesterday with nail clippers in my hand...squirming at the thought of cutting my skin tag off my neck. Every time I would try, it would hurt so much that I would chicken out...BUT....After coming across this web site, it seemed that the best method over all was iodine...so I as all set to go to the store and buy some. But then I came across someones post saying that she held ice on it for 10 minutes and then just cut the darn thing off! I can't believe I didnt think of something so simple! After all, people numb up earlobes to peirce ears...why not numb up your skin to cut off skin tags! Sure enough...I DIDN"T FEEL A THING!!!! Trust me!!! Don't dab iodine on it for weeks, wait for it to turn black and fall off! Just numb it and cut it!!!
P.S. Make sure you first dis-infect your clippers with alcohal...and after its all done...just put some neosporin and a bandaid just in case."Replies
04/05/2012: Ruffnreddy from Oakland, Ca replies: "ICE! I've been struggling with the removal decision for years but, after having been married for 13 years and now dating... I just HAD to get rid of this thing on my neck! I hate it! It's unsightly and I'm convinced it's a turn off.
I sterilized my nail clippers and decided to read up on others methods and experiences... And ICE, totally forgot that I could numb it. Wow, so simple.
Here's goes nuthin'! (snip! )
[YEA] 08/12/2012: Nomoretags! from Washington DC replies: "holy. Crap. I have had one of these in a..... delicate area since I was a kid and as I got older it was always so embarassing in intimate situations. I was too embarassed to go get anything done about it (and to be honest didn't even really know what it was.... I thought it was just some kind of weird mole) and once I found this website within ten minutes it was gone! Ice. Sterlized nail scissors. Neosporin and a bandage. Done. THANK YOU!"
[YEA] 07/23/2008: Julie from Chicago, IL: "After I finished cutting off two skin tags from my thigh, I had to laugh at the remark Anne from Cleveland made -- "just cut the thing off!", because that's what I ended up doing and it was no big deal at all, but I thought it would be until I cut off the first one and the second tag was easy as well. First, cleanse the area thoroughly and let dry. Make sure you have sanitized the scissors you will be using (straight scissors are preferred). I used a small scissors that had never been used before. Also, take ice and numb the tag right before and cut off quickly. Easy! The results were great. A little bleeding which stopped with minimal compression with a cotton ball, cleanse and bandage. Both areas are healing fine (day after) and no problems.
I tried the string method with no luck for a while and grew tired of waiting.
Scissor method is quick and easy with instant results. I an very happy with results."
[YEA] 05/06/2012: Kathleen from Merced, Ca replies: "I had a fairly large skin tag right below my eye that had been there for years and years that I did not like at all. Reading these posts I was trying the apple cider vinegar, also tea tree oil for a week or so, and not seeing any results. I also caught the glint of my finger nail clippers and decided I would do it, though I was scared, so I asked my husband do it. I felt almost nothing, and it was gone!! There was a dot of a scab for a few days. It left no mark! I couldn't believe it could be that simple! I've waited a month to write this but my skin is absolutely fine and it shows no sign of returning. Thank you Earth Clinic and everybody who shared their experiences."
[YEA] 10/29/2012: Mmb from Geneva, Il replies: "DID IT!! Read all the posts re: just cutting the darn thing off. Cleaned sharp hair scissors & tweezers w/ alcohol... Husband gripped and pulled tag away from skin w/ tweezers, and he snipped it off w/ the scissors. I used ice on it for about 10 SECONDS before he did this. I am not kidding you, it did not hurt at all... As a matter of fact, I didn't even know he had cut it off.... A little bleeding, but i'm 'neosporined/bandaded' up! I cannot believe I went this long w/ tags.... Don't hesitate trying this method!"
[YEA] 04/03/2008: Anne from Cleveland, OH: "I had several small skin tags on my neck and a larger one on my breast. Since I am impatient I snipped the ones on my neck with sterilized cuticle cutters. I do not recommend nail clippers as they are all curved and you need something straight. I suppose nail scissors would work but I prefer something that you just compress and it is done. I decided that since the one on my breast was larger and in a more sensitive area I would try a combination of methods. I tried the iodine method along with tying. Within days it did turn dark purple but within a week it started oozing blood. I decided enough was enough. I put ice on it for 10 minutes and then snipped it right off. I didn't feel a thing. I wasn't even sure that I had gotten it until I moved the cutters and found the tag on the cutters. That would be my suggestion . . . just cut the darn things off!"Replies
[YEA] 04/05/2012: Ruffnreddy from Oakland, Ca replies: "Anne-- I used nail clippers with phenomenal success!
I sounded just awful, that little meaty snip but, it's GONE! And only took a split second (plus the hours of nervous deliberation). Relatively painless, a little neosporin, a band-aid and voila!
But, I did it! I cut the darn thing off!
Thanks for the words of "can do! " to everyone!"
[YEA] 06/13/2012: Claire from Williamsburg, Virginia replies: "I had skin tags about three years ago on my inner thigh about three inches away from my private area. Went to the dermatologist and she numbed the area and snipped them off. Got another skin tag around the same area about a year ago. It was getting a little bigger so I knew it was time for it to go. After reading the posts here, I just decided snipping it was the quickest method. I just cleaned the area with rubbing alcohol, pulled the tag away from the skin with twizzers, and cut it off with nail scissors. It did not hurt at all. I dabbed some peroxide on it and applied pressure on the bleeding, then rubbed on some neosporin and put a round band aid on it. Would never hesitate to use this method again-just sorry I waited so long to do it."
Skin Tag Theories
09/23/2012: Uncle Albert from Outland, Mn, USA: "They occur where the skin has been stretched too thin somehow. This is why they are most common in areas which also have stretch marks. I have use ice, dry ice and cryo-wart freeze products to numb them and prevent bleeding, but I would not use a nail clippers. They may crush the tissue more than cut."Replies
12/03/2012: Dianamarie from Tampa, Florida replies: "im so scared to do it I had a skin tag for 4 years and every summer im embarrassed I cant cut it.... too afraid please can someone tell me what to do after cutting it .??"