Natural Skin Tag Removal: 7 Home Remedies for Skin Tags

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Phoebe (Manchester) on 04/30/2015

I've had what I can only assume to be an anal skin tag/sentinel tag for a few years now. it started off small, but gradually got bigger and I'm certain it's due to struggling to pass stool, so the skin stretched and never stretched back, leaving a hanging skin tag at the top of my anus.

Its not painful at all, has never been sore but it bothers me what it looks like down there!

I would never consider surgery and I'm far too scared to try anything like cutting it off or tying it off with thread or floss just in case it complicates and becomes worse, so I'm trying the apple cider vinegar method.

Day 1: I got a cotton wool pad and soaked in apple cider vinegar. I squeeze out excess and folded in half, small enough to fit over my anal tag.

I got a second clean, dry cotton wool pad and secured it over the top of the first. I then stuck it on with medical tape and kept it there for 1 hour.

I removed the apple cider pads every time I went to the toilet and re applied them. After 3-4 hours it started to sting a little which is when I took it off.

Results: I have not yet noticed any results but I am planning on repeating this process (maybe prolonging the tags exposure to the vinegar) everyday until I get results.

I will keep you updated! Wish me luck.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Glori (Uk) on 01/23/2015

Embarressed Girl LA ..Any update?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sewak (Uk) on 12/28/2014

Hi, I have a skin tag that is about 6mm, will apple cider remedy or the cotton thread methods work on tag this large. The tag is just above the groin area. Appreciate any advice - thanks.


The Tweezer Method
Posted by Art (California) on 09/01/2014

I recently noticed two small skin tags on my neck. I cleaned the area and my pointed tweezers with hydrogen peroxide and then tweezed them as close as I could to the normal skin by squeezing the tweezers hard and pulling at the same time. Both skin tags came off easilly and then I cleaned up the tiny amount of blood with a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide and that was it.

That was about two weeks ago and you can't tell where those skin tags used to be. Art

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Pd (Oregon, US) on 08/13/2014

I am 62 and a skin tag / mole popped up on my right shoulder out of the blue --- so I had my husband ruff it up with a emery board -- just slightly and then put a drop of hydrogen peroxide on it and within doing this for a week --- IT IS GONE ---- easy and no surgery --

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lamotz76 (Ohio, US) on 07/26/2014

I have had this skin tag on my underarm for years. I thought I was stuck with it. It was bothersome because of shaving. Well I nicked it a couple days ago and decided to make an appointment to get it removed. But then had a thought to look on earth clinic. I tried ACV with much skepticism last night. I soaked gauze in ACV for about 20 minutes. and again this morning. A little while ago I peeked at it. It was black and shriveled. I touched it , it rubbed right off!! I am a believer!! ACV is slightly irritating, not too much. I won't be needing that appointment!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Embarrassed Girl (La) on 07/02/2014

I am hoping that this post isn't too old as I really need some advice! I attacked my decade old anal skin tags with ACV because I noticed they had grown even more untolerable!

A week into ACV and they have gone whiteish and hard. I think they have shrunk but the ACV has literally burned my tag skin revealing a bright red tip/stalk thing. Before ACV I pinched them quite hard trying to feel for sensitivity but felt only a small pinch but now I am wondering what the hell has been exposed. The ACV almost brought me to tears earlier but prior to this there was no pain. I am 100% certain it can't be a hemorrhoid as no pain before, except the occasional soreness due to rough wiping of fecal debris being trapped. I am wondering if it could be something else. Did anyone have a similar experience with ACV? I almost cried this morning! I need these thjngs gone ASAP but I live abroad and don't speak the language. Really don't fancy a doc trip with my butt exposed whilst interpreters try to help?! Also, they are stopping me sexually. It is just a real pain in the butt ... whichever way you look at it! :(

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lb (Oregon, US) on 06/08/2014

Hi, I came across this site and can't tell you how excited I am I tried the apple cider vinegar for removal of a skin tag I had under my arm for YEARS. I hated it and wanted to try another method other than snipping it off. I used regular Apple Cider Vinegar from the store - nothing special. It took mine just under 2 weeks to work. I wet a cotton ball with the vinegar and held it under my arm for about 5 minutes 3x a day. After a couple of days, the tag would turn white right after applying vinegar and then would be deep red. The stuff just disintegrates them - sometimes would sting a little, but not bad. Slowly parts of it turned black. At the end, it had shrunk and turned black and then one day I just pulled it off. So easy! Wish I'd done it long ago. It works!!!!!

A String Tied Around the Skin Tag
Posted by Cb (Ny, US) on 06/08/2014

I had a skin tag on a...uh...shall we say private area...and it made me feel incredibly self conscious. Originally tried the nail clipper method but it hurt way to much when I tried to clip it off fast. I saw the idea to tie a piece of string or floss around it and the tag would simply fall off with no pain in a few days so I gave it a try. I used a piece of thread, tied it securely around the tag, and left it there overnight and by the next afternoon around 3pm (after tightening the string in the morning) it had turned brown and just fell off - just like that gone! No blood, no pain, no marks. Awesome! It works!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Butterfly (Uk) on 05/09/2014

Does an anal skin tag turn white before it turns black (using ACV)?

The Rip It Off Method
Posted by Eladapinio (Ny) on 03/27/2014

The Rip It Off Method for skin tags is a?fantastic method! I was reading the entire page as recently a small skin tag grew on my neck, above shirt line area, and I was considering what methods other than the string (which seems the most secure but requires you to walk around with a string hanging off your neck) I could use. I had already decided to give the oregano and tea three oils a try, may be some garlic juice too, but knew I would have to wait for days for what may be no results at all...Then I got to the rip it off section, immediately decided I wouldn't do it as it scared me, but proceeded to read other people's posts on it. Then, as I was reading, I suppose subconsciously, I grabbed the skin tag, twisted and slightly pulled it and BOOM- it came right off! As I looked at it (the size or a rice grain) I couldn't believe my eyes, and touched my neck to confirm, then I saw a tiny bit of blood on my finger. Went to the bathroom, and sure enough- no skin tag, blood was less than a picked at pimple would bleed and stopped immediately. Zero pain. The tag was only about 10 days old but grew very fast. I recommend this method.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Shawn Marhsall (Raleigh, Nc) on 03/14/2014

Oh My Gosh!!! All of my co-workers called me crazy!! Or cheap because I was trying this. First maybe I am cheap but I would much rather spend my $25.00 co-pay on a cute pair of wedges.... Ever since I turned 40 a few months ago it seems like about four of those hideous things just popped up over night!! I was so embarrassed by them. Let me just say I only did a test run on just one that was located right above my collar bone and I have only been doing it for one and a half days. I put the ACV on a cotton ball and kept it in place with a band-aid once in the morning and one time last night before bed, I put fresh on on this morning, and that sucker is almost gone. I figure maybe another day and a half and no more ugly!!! I a a true believer in this method!!!!

Posted by Vanessa (Ontario) on 02/26/2014

I had a skintag in my arm pit that had been bothering me for a while. I read posts above and decided to try.

I just iced the area for three minutes with an ice cube and sterilized a regular pair of scissors. The skintag was kind of wide at the base so I decided to twist it. Everyone was right! Very little pain and small amount of bleeding!! Yay!!

Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Lilly's Mom (New Jersey) on 01/23/2014

I have a few flat, mole-like skin tags that I have had for years, but I recently developed one not quite under my arm that had a stalk and was tender to touch. I applied oil of oregano a couple times a day, alternating with tea tree oil whenever I thought about it.

It's been maybe two weeks, and I just noticed the thing is gone! I can't even tell where it was. I'm going to try it on the larger ones. I wouldn't try this for anything around the eye. I hadn't seen anyone mention oil of oregano, but since it has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, as does the tea tree oil, I figured the two together couldn't miss.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Earth Clinic Friend (Forster, Australia) on 01/04/2014

I had 2 very large skin tags one under my right arm pit & one large dark one on my right sholder near my neck & I applied Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) twice a day for about 4 days & they both fell off leaving no scars. Thank you Earth Clinic.

Posted by Dan (Uk) on 12/30/2013

Had a tag on my groin for years. Recently became tender and annoying from friction. Looked on here and thought sod it I'm cutting it off. Couple of minutes ice, pulled it and snipped it off. Applied antiseptic. Bleeding stopped with a minute and there is no visible trace of the tag bar an extremely small red cut. Absolutely painless and not all all messy. Dont hesitate, wish I had done this years ago.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dee (Melbourne) on 12/17/2013

I want to share my story. I had that skin tag on my eyelid for the last five years. Use to annoy me a lot because I could never put eyeliner straight. So after reading here on this website I started pressing and kind of squeezing the bottom of skin tag where it was on my eyelid for a week then I put apple cider vinegar for maximum five times carefully not getting into my eye and voila it came off itself.. Am so pleased and amazed.. This site is truly amazing and people who taking their time out to help others.. Thank you so much everybody.

The Rip It Off Method
Posted by D.r. Jones (California) on 12/12/2013

I also used the rip it off method with at least 3 tags. The worst one being under my arm pit, I say that because some hair is also pulled out with it. Here is my method of removing them; I just got as close to the base as I could, pinched them as hard as I could between my finger nails (more like cutting them) then pulled them off. It was for the most part painless, maybe just a little pinch. I also took one off my eye lid the same way. None of them ever came back. I hope this will help you.

A String Tied Around the Skin Tag
Posted by Whitney (Austin) on 08/20/2013

What I do is put a small bandaid over the tag. No one can see either the tag or the string, so they don't know what I'm up to. Hope that helps.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Nidhi (Edison, New Jersey) on 06/19/2013

Can you please tell me which apple cider vinegar can I use? I am afraid of buying a diluted version which won't work on skin tags.

Scissors, Nail Clippers or String
Posted by Gwen (New York) on 06/17/2013

For years I have had about 9 skin tags on various parts of my body, and they have always driven me nuts. Four of them are large-ish (about 1cm), 3 are small, and 2 are tiny. Two of them are "down there, " around my pubic hair, and one is right in the middle of my cleavage, so I am particularly self-conscious of those ugly ones. Well, I should say "were", not "are" because some are already gone, thanks to the posts here which inspired me!

Since I found the experiences of others so helpful and inspirational, I'll share mine in detail as well in the hope that it can help someone else.

I really wanted them gone but could not afford to have a doctor do it since it's not covered by insurance. So I came to earthclinic. I first tried tea tree oil, as recommended here, because I had some in the house and I do not mind the smell at all. I applied twice a day to all 9 skin tags and covered with a band-aid for 3 days. I didn't notice any change whatsoever. No drying, no discoloration. Nothing.

I was next going to try to get some ACV and try that, but I was emboldened by what others wrote here and so I figured I would try the scissors. Believe me, I figured I was the LAST person who could do something like that--I get extremely squeamish about cutting and bleeding and stuff. But I wanted them gone SO badly and other posts here were very reassuring and said it really was no big deal.

I decided to first try the one in my cleavage and the one on my VERY upper thigh/pubic area, for two reasons: (1) they were both on the largish side and I REALLY hated them, and (2) although the tags were large, they both narrowed dramatically near the skin and were actually attached to my body by a rather tiny flap of skin. So I figured they were a good place to start.

I first tried the cleavage one with a nail clippers cleaned with rubbing alcohol. I thought the nail clippers would make it easier and feel sort of more "removed" from the process. But the curve of the clippers was totally wrong for the job and completely mismatched the curve of my body, and it actually mangled the job a bit. Nothing that won't heal, just more drama than necessary--the clippers scraped the skin to the left and right of the tag, creating an even bigger place to heal. BUT... They did do the job, and quickly. That one is GONE! There are lots of people here who said there was practically no blood, but I did not have the same experience. There was blood. Not a lot, but not a little either. I pressed a cotton ball soaked with alcohol on it for a few minutes, then applied neosporin and a band-aid.

Next up--the one on my thigh. This time I decided to pass on the clippers and go with scissors. I used nail scissors that were pretty sharp. This one was a piece of cake. One quick snip and that hated thing was GONE TOO! This one bled about the same, but again an alcohol soaked cotton ball and a band-aid did the trick.

Those were 4 days ago. Both spots are almost completely healed--the thigh one even more so than the breast one because of the extra damage done by the nail clippers. I can not believe I don't have those skin tags any more. I have been looking at them and hating them for years. I am SO happy.

So then, I wanted to tackle the largest one, which is (was) just at the top of my pubic area. I REALLY wanted this one gone, but did not think I could deal with cutting it because the base of it--where it attached to my body--was not narrow but wide. So for this one I decided to try the string method.

I used dental floss and it was slightly uncomfortable, but I could deal. I added new floss each day, making it a bit tighter each time, for three days, but saw very little change. There was no discoloration as others had reported. Perhaps if I had had more patience and kept going, it would have worked. But I was so happy having the others gone, that I wanted quick results with this one too.

It did seem like the tying had narrowed the base a bit, so I decided to go for the cutting, this time using a scalpel-like tool I have for working with leather. I sterilized the scalpel with rubbing alcohol and this time, because of the size, I iced the area for about 10 minutes and gave a little spritz of numbing spray. The tag was still tied off so I just grabbed it firmly in one hand, held my breath, and sliced quickly with the other.

It didn't hurt a bit, and in a flash it was gone. Now, this one DID bleed, more than a little. Comparable to a bad cut. But I pressed the alcohol-soaked cotton ball on it for a few minutes, then dressed it with a gauze bandage covered in neosporin and taped down with surgical tape.

That was about 3 hours ago. The numbing stuff wore off at least 2 hours ago and while it is VERY slightly sore, I really barely feel anything. I'll change the dressing in the morning--this one left a small hole, about the size of a lentil, so it's going to actually take some healing. But that horrible thing is GONE GONE GONE!!! I am beyond thrilled. The whole enterprise was entirely worth it and I am so glad I did it.

I just have one more on my back that I really want to get rid of. I *think* I can reach it with my scalpel or scissors and it is not too wide at the base so it should be pretty easy. I also took off the very tiny ones which were actually harder to do because they were so small, but virtually painless. Then there are just the three on my side, by my ribs, which will be the last to go. But go they will--I now know there is absolutely no reason to live with these things. If you can stand the tiniest pinch and a little bit of blood, all of which is over in an instant, then you can do it too. Just be sure to keep everything super sterilized.

Good luck!

A String Tied Around the Skin Tag
Posted by Lilli (Kenmore, Wa) on 06/13/2013

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ct (Somewhere in Texas, Usa) on 05/28/2013

I think what I had was a skin tag! The tag was on my back and I could only see it by holding a hand mirror above sholder level and viewing my back in the bathroom mirror. The tag was in the middle of my back, slightly to right (or to the left looking in the mirror! ). It had been there some time, and I paid it little attention. However, as it grew, I could feel it when leaning back in my office chair. It had grown to about the size and shape of a No2 Pencil eraser.

Fortunately, I could just reach it by extending my left arm over my right sholder, and so I taped a cotton ball soaked in ACV over it each night before going to bed. I did this every night for about sixty days (two - thirty band aids - packs) by which time the tag dissolved, leaving just a small spot about the size of a freckle or mole.

I learned early on to sleep on a towel as the Apple Cider Vinegar stained my sheets when I rolled over on my back during sleep. Marvelous stuff this ACV!

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