Natural Cures for Skin Tags

Iodine
Posted by RM (Montana) on 01/09/2022
5 out of 5 stars

50 year old male. Got some cheap povidone and applied a couple of times a day to the skin tag with a cotton swap. Just a red spot left after a few days.


Iodine
Posted by Stuman (Oceanside, Ca) on 12/29/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Lugol's iodine 5% does remove the skin tags but for me it took over a week of daily application for them to fall off. I put a mini-drop on each skin tag and let it dry to allow the iodine to concentrate on the skin tag. Sometimes the iodine burns but not always.

I believe the skin tags to be caused by a virus because dry ice will remove skin tags. This technique has more risk due to possible freezer burn of the surrounding skin.

Under the thread skin tag theory I found sugar may be the cause. I thought this was important so I'm posting here as well.

It's Dec 29 and I just noticed some new skin tags on my neck. One in particular is large and itchy; it wasn't there last month. The association between sugar and skin tags seems to be true for my body type. During this holiday season, I've been drinking ginger beer soda and eating other foods loaded with sugar.



Iodine
Posted by Es (New York) on 01/03/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I recently noticed a small skin tag on my chest. I'd never had one before. I came right to earthclinic, read about Lugol's and ordered a bottle online for a couple of bucks. I applied it for about 3 days, about 2x a day, I just painted it on with a q-tip. It actually worked, within a few days the thing was gone. It did dry some of the surrounding skin from the breast which flaked off, so perhaps I overdid it a bit. I attempted to put some oil & or vaseline around it as someone here suggested, to prevent the staining etc from the surrounding area, but that didn't work. The skin did come off the area but it wasn't a wound, just a bit raw and sensitive, but it's healing just fine, with a bit of jojoba oil to moisturize and heal the skin. Anyway, the thing may have grown and so I'm really glad this worked, at least I know if I ever get another one (which I hopefully don't) I will know exactly what to do. Thank you for the wonderful solution earthclinic! You rock!!!


Iodine
Posted by Wke (Mountain City, Tn/usa) on 07/07/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Apply topical iodine directly to the skin tag; do not use a bandage. Yes, often it burns, but the skin tag disappears in 48 hours.


Iodine
Posted by Meg (Newcastle, Australia) on 08/11/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I've used Lugol's on a neck skin tag - it's gone entirely in 4 applications. I'd recommend to anyone who has a tag too large for clipping. Thanks so much Earth Clinic and everyone!


Iodine
Posted by Simone33 (Burlington, Nc, Us) on 07/30/2010
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I can't get over the amazing results of this simple remedy! When I read about it here I honestly didn't think it would work at all. Well let me share that it took my tag out in only TWO applications! I have around 15 skin tags on my neck. I got them when I was pregnant (very common) and had them removed by my dermatologist years ago. They all came back (again, very common) and then some. I had one tag that was very painful. It felt like a fire hot needle when my shirt would touch it. I couldn't see it because it was on the back of my neck so I asked my husband to apply the iodine. He said it looked like a stick of wood growing out of the tag! I thought, great! The iodine surely won't work on this bad boy! After the very first application I had immediate relief and vitually no pain afterwards at all. I didn't get my hopes up though. I had him apply it again the second night and when he went to apply it the third, he said it's gone! ! ! I couldn't believe it. I figured the iodine just relieved the pain, I had no clue it would work, and work so fast. But sure enough it was gone! Here's what we did: He took the iodine dropper and saturated the tip of a Q-tip with about 8 drops and simply coated the tag. I'm still reeling from the results and can't wait to get to work on the rest of them nasty little boogers. Thank all of you for letting us know about this simple, miraculous remedy!


Iodine
Posted by Leelannee (Sussex, Nj) on 08/31/2009
5 out of 5 stars

For anyone concerned about irritating the surrounding skin: dip a cotton swab in oil, draw a circle around the skin tag, apply your remedy to the skin tag ONLY (with a q-tip or by using a band-aid)

I had 3 skin tags on my neck, treated all 3 with iodine (I use a natural, clear supplement that has 600mcg iodine per drop).

Two of the skin tags were very tender, so I did not want to try the nail clippers!!!

#1) I put 3 drops of iodine on the pad of a band-aid & applied to skin tag. It burned for a few minutes. When I removed the band-aid 3 hours later, the skin tag had turned grey & lost all sensation (it was irritated just prior to treatment); I was able to pull it off with tweezers with no pain or bleeding. There was a square of reddened skin that returned to normal within 48 hours.

#2) I repeated the above but left the band-aid on overnight. This tag was on the back of my neck & slightly larger. When I removed the band-aid, the tag had again become painless & I was able to pull it off, but there was slight bleeding which stopped immediately upon being blotted with tissue. This time I had a dark line-shaped "burn" from the iodine, the size of the edge of the pad. In less than a week it has faded.

#3) I painted oil around the 3rd tag before applying the iodine-on-a-band-aid. This tag was not painful. After 3 hours, pulled tag off with tweezers, no irritation on surrounding skin!

I just wanted to pass this along because many posters are reporting that they had to paint their tags for several days, and mine came off within hours. However, mine were quite small. Good luck!


Iodine
Posted by Tara (Palmerston North, New Zealand) on 06/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I applied lugols iodine a few times (or when I remembered) on a small skin tag under my arm (that I'd had for a few years) and always had to shave around. I then suddenly noticed about 3 weeks later it was gone! I then tried another skin tag and this time applied a drop or so every day and this time watched it gradually disapear over another period of about 3 weeks. Yeah! No more skin tags!


Iodine
Posted by Tina (Edgecomb, Maine USA) on 02/24/2009
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Iodine has taken care of my skin tags - Ive been using it for about a week on several small tags around my neck and upper chest (treating them once a day )and they're going or gone. - I'm telling everyone about your site I think it's wonderful


Iodine
Posted by KellyK (Little Silver, NJ USA) on 04/11/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I tried the iodine for my skin tags and it worked!! I had about 9 small skin tags around my neck from when I was pregnant.They were really starting to bother me and just looked so unsightly. I spend $1.69 on the iodine at the local drug store, put it on the skin tags twice a day. After 1 week most were gone but the stubborn ones, they took 2 weeks. The area around them also became dry so be sure to use some anti bacterial cream once they fall off. Im so glad I found this site, now i can enjoy the summer and not worry about those annoying skin tags.


Iodine
Posted by Chris (Houston, Texas) on 02/24/2008
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I am 37 years old. I began to get skin tags sometime after 30. Both my mother and my grandmother have skin tags. I have in the past cut them off with nail clippers. That worked, but I have a hard time being brave enough to do that!! I tried the Iodine cure. I bought a bottle of 2% iodine from my local grocery store. I applied it morning and night to three skin tags. Two were inside my belly button and one on my hip. The belly button ones really bug me. After one week, one completely fell off in the shower, and the other one is shrinking and drying up. The hip one turned dark, and is hard, and seems like it will fall off soon. The hip one is bigger, so naturally I imagine it will take a little longer. I am so excited to have found a painless cure! Thank you earth clinic!


Iodine
Posted by Diane (Burbank, California) on 08/15/2007
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I read here something about iodine curing skin tags, so I decided what the heck. I used the iodine twice a day on a skin tag on my underarm, and nothing much happened for a while, other than the skin around it getting red and irritated, but then this morning, the skin tag was black. Later on, when I went to check it, it was gone!! Wow - it really works. Thank you for this informative and fun website.


Iodine
Posted by Erin (Riverside, CA) on 05/22/2007
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I had two skin tags on my areola and being strapped for cash, I couldn't afford to pay a doctor to remove them. So I came on here and read about the iodine cure. It really works! I couldn't believe it. I used it 3x a day, sort of soaking the whole tag with the bottle applicator stick, then going over it with a small makeup brush to cover all the surface area. The smaller tag came off first when I pulled on it in the bathtub. The larger one took almost two weeks, but I was persistent and kept going. It got hard and sort of peeled, and then the "root" of the skin tag got smaller and smaller until it looked like it was going to fall off, but I had to help it by pulling a bit. It stung and bled a little, but all that was left was a tiny scab, which is gone now and there is absolutely no trace of either skin tag. The skin around it was stained for a few days but if that is the only side effect, then so be it! Much better than dealing with the doc and having to get referrals to a dermatologist. It only cost me 3 bucks. I'm amazed. Thanks for your advice everyone!


Iodine
Posted by Olivia (Linden NJ) on 07/05/2006
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After going to a dermatologist and explaining how a skin tag, which I thought was a mole, was constantly getting snatched with the seatbelt each time I buckled up.... The dermatologist told me that she would be right back, at that point her office assistant came in and explained that it would cost $75 dollars to remove that one skin tag, and that for $375 the doctor could remove all of them for me.... I gladly told them I would think about it. After some soul searching and remembering my Mom telling about the Iodine years ago.... I with the luck of fate, found this site and tried decided to give it a try. I applied the clear Iodine for a week, once in the morning and once in the evening.... I need to note that I noticed a tingle so I just keep at it and in one week my skin tag just fell off. Car rides are a dream, no more ouch.... Thanks for being here, what a wonderful resource, I will use this website and recommend it to all I know.


Iodine
Posted by Stephen (Houston, TX) on 05/18/2006
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A skin tag had developed on the side of my neck about 2 maybe 3 years ago. It was a rather small protrusion but in the last 2 weeks I noticed that it seemed to have increased in size and I became a bit more concerned than I had been previously. I read a few testimonies your website how some people used iodine to remove moles so I thought what's the worst that could happen. I applied iodine for about 3 days and what can I say... it worked.



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