Last Modified on May 27, 2015
From blemishes to moles and even birthmarks, there are a number of different types of skin conditions that may be bothering you. But one of the most common yet easiest to treat issues are skin tags. While these miniscule bumps are one of the most annoying skin conditions, they can actually be treated quickly and easily right in your home using a variety of treatments like iodine, apple cider vinegar, and tea tree oil.
What Are Skin Tags?
Skin tags, known by a number of different names including soft fibroma and cutaneous tag, are literally just small tags of skin. The tags look like a small piece of skin and are typically soft and hanging. You can develop tags anywhere on your skin, but they are most likely to occur in areas where you skin rubs against itself. Some of the common areas for skin tags include your eyelids, armpits, groin, upper chest, under the breasts, and neck.
Can I Remove a Skin Tag at Home?
While you can often remove skin tags at home quite easily, we highly suggest that you consult a doctor prior to removing any type of skin growth or development. A doctor can help you rule out any potentially serious skin conditions. Once you have been cleared by a doctor, you can easily remove skin tags using at home remedies such as iodine, apple cider vinegar, and tea tree oil. Some people have even had good results using scissors to cut skin tags off and even string tied around the tags for removal.
Iodine is a chemical element that functions to kill germs and other growths. When applied to a skin tag, it naturally breaks down the built-up skin cells and causes them to safely fall off. Apply the iodine directly to your skin tag with a cotton swab once a day. Be careful to avoid the healthy skin surrounding the tag, and expect to see the tag fall off within several days.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is a naturally acidic liquid. The acid in apple cider vinegar breaks down the excess cells in the skin tag and naturally removes them. Apply a small dab of vinegar to your skin tag with a cotton swab. Apply the vinegar daily for a period of two to four weeks to eliminate the tags.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an active ingredient in a number of skin treatments. It helps naturally dry and tighten the skin. Begin by cleansing your skin with water, then add 3 drops of tea tree oil to a water soaked cotton ball. Apply the oil to your tag in a circular motion. Apply the oil 1-2 times a day for a week to 10 days, and you should be tag free.
While these treatments are effective, they aren’t immediate. Be persistent with your treatment, and you’ll get rid of pesky skin tags in no time. Continue reading below to find out what worked best for our readers and let us know which remedy worked for you!
|Apple Cider Vinegar||19|
|A String Tied Around the Skin Tag||10|
|Tea Tree Oil||5|
|The Rip It Off Method||4|
|The Fingernail Clipper Snipping Method||4|
String Treatment to Remove a Skin Tag
- A Piece of Cotton String, or
- Dental Floss
Use a string of cotton or dental floss to tie a tight loop around the base of the skin tag to slowly cut off the supply of blood to the tag. It will fall off on its own in a couple of days.
[YEA] I had to write and thank everyone on the site for yet another great remedy.
I have several skin tags. Most are flat, but a few were raised and itchy. I have to say that I put off dealing with them for quite awhile, but finally got up the nerve to try the string method.
I cleaned the three tags with alcohol. Then, I used plain white sewing thread to form a loop around each and tightened it as much as I could stand. After a few days I repeated the string because the tags shrink and you want to continue cutting off the blood supply. On the fourth day, one had almost fallen off so I clipped it with sterilized scissors. It bled a tiny bit so I swabbed it with alcohol, dabbed on some anti-bac cream and covered it with a bandaid. I was more patient with the other two and they just fell off with no bleeding.
What a simple solution to an annoying problem.
I would appreciate input on flat skin tags that cannot be tied with string. thanks.
[YEA] skin tag cures
For me, the most successful was the cotton-tying method. Tried the iodine and tea tree oil without success. The cotton method worked well, and within just a few days the tags had discoloured, dried and fallen off-amazing! You have to take the time to tie the cotton just right, and I left quite long strings, so that I could pull it a little tighter, after a while. You can tell within a few hours if you have tied it correctly, as it starts to discolour, and 'picks' a bit. If not, take it off and tie again-it's worth the small effort. I had about 10 fairly prominent tags around my neck which have gone, and no scarring! An excellent remedy-thank you!
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Kitty Ville, Ca