Natural Cures for Skin Tags

Posted by Leelannee (Sussex, Nj) on 08/31/2009
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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!

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.

Posted by Nomoretags! (Washington DC) on 08/12/2012
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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!

Posted by Mmb (Geneva, Il) on 10/29/2012
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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!

Posted by Debbie (NA, CA) on 02/04/2008
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You can still buy it at: !! But it comes in 2 parts and you have to mix it yourself. Very helpful also. I don't think I read this source here, but I didn't read every single post either. Just in case:

My husband did try it on a rather large skin tag. It was difficult to cover w/bandaid. It got really gross also but one day it turned BLACK!! and eventually fell off. I guess the tag was too large (about 1/2 inch long???) so he had to do it again. Both time it definitely was painful. But it now is just a little bump but always pink. I don't think he wants to try it anymore. He cut off another one that was smaller and that was the easier way to go.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sandy (Mancheter, Lancashire) on 06/29/2012

Update-- a week in and I have had to stop using the cider vinegar, it was just too painful. It was definately working, the tags have gone hard and started going black but have now just gone red. I have now tied off the largest tag wtih dental floss today and it is already turning a darker red --the cider vinegar has helped to dry them out so it's made thme much easier to tie them off. It's very difficult to operate with one hand in that area but I managed after several attempts to make a slipknot and loop the floss over the tag and push it down to the base. I left very long strings so that I could tighten it all up from the front. Seems to be working and not too painful so far, just stinging a little. Will update in a day or so.

Posted by Lisa (Lafayette, La) on 09/26/2010

Lauren, I beg to differ with you. I just noticed last night that the mole that I had been applying iodine to on my torso (side) had disappeared after using the iodine for about 2 weeks. It is gone. Gone.

The Tweezer Method
Posted by Homebody (USA) on 12/04/2021
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Another tweezer method for removing a skin tag is to grasp the tag and begin rotating the tweezers around in a circle to break the “stalk”. This can be tricky, as it requires coordination. Go about your life. In several days you will notice the skin tag has fallen off.

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Angie (Georgia) on 05/07/2020
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Tea Tree Oil worked for me.

I had a skin tag under my eye for a few years and it suddenly started growing. That's when I decided I had to try to get rid of it. I used a cotton swab with a drop of tea tree oil and dabbed only the skin tag because I knew from a past experience the tea tree oil could redden the surrounding skin. In just a couple of days it scabbed over and I just scratched the dry skin off. It was small after that so I continued dabbing and a couple days later the rest scratched right off.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Suzanne (Norman, Ok) on 09/04/2017
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Rub skin tags with tiny amount coconut oil twice a day. It works slowly but it does get rid of them.

Dry Ice
Posted by Stuman (Oceanside, Ca) on 12/29/2016
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Dry ice is effective for removal of skin tags. When applied, I crack the larger piece of dry ice to make a pointed piece that I can hold in a towel. I touch the dry ice to the skin tag until it becomes white and frozen - about 3-5 seconds. The skin tags usually fall off within the week.

This technique has risks for 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 which has a lot of sugar.

Dry Ice
Posted by Ckeller (Lake Placid) on 09/02/2017

I think you maybe right about the sugar and skin tags. I used to have some and they were itchy. I cut out using any sugar because of cancer and since then the skin tags have all gone away.

Rubbing Alcohol
Posted by Cristy (Wisconsin) on 05/18/2016
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I am having a hard time getting rid of a skin tag that is on my eye lid. It is directly on top of my lower eye lashes. I do not want to go to the eye doctor and have them cut it out, (which is what they want to do). I have been using rubbing alcohol on it for a couple days and it has shrunk. I am fearful of freezing it and cutting it just because it's so close to my eye. Any other suggestions on what I can do?

In the picture, it appears that one is already turning black, the other one is slowly getting there.

The Fingernail Clipper Snipping Method
Posted by Rose-marie (North Island, Nz) on 09/22/2015
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The nail clipper method is easy and simple (and fun! ). I make sure the clippers are sterilized, just one snip and its done. No worse than a pin-prick really!

I always swab it with iodine afterwards.

Yes, it does bleed, but thats a good thing too. A tiny scab forms where the deed has been done.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Phoebe (Manchester) on 05/01/2015
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UPDATE so, I applied the apple cider vinegar pads again, for the THIRD time yesterday and it burnt like CRAZY. I read that when it was burning it was working, so I sat uncomfortably for another 2 hours which were agony.

Day 2: I had a look at me behind and noticed a complete disaster. my tag wasn't white, black, shrunk or anything like I'd been expecting it to be - just bright red, swollen and very angry. all the skin around my anus has been BURNT by the apple cider vinegar which is complete pain, its scabby and dry. surprisingly the the tag itself doesn't hurt so much when I touch it, it's soft fleshy skin, not burnt.

I'm slightly confused? I am giving it a rest for today and will have a bath to soften the dried out and sore skin the ACV seems to have given a chemical burn to. I have a feeling I'm going to abandon this remedy and opt for another that I have seen on a different forum: Silicone Scar Gel.

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

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

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

Skin Tag Theories
Posted by Dianamarie (Tampa, Florida) on 12/03/2012

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 .??

Posted by Monica (Houston, Texas) on 09/23/2012
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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!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Skin Tag Worrier (LA, CA) on 06/03/2012
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Let me start off by saying that I don't usually look to home remedies and don't necessarily believe in all of them. Apple cider vinegar, however, has me totally convinced. Those who are looking for a skin tag remedy, look no more! After reading hundreds of posts on how to get rid of a skin tag without cutting it, I decided to go with the apple cider vinegar method.

Before I actually used the ACV, I played around with the skin tag for a bit, twisting it often. Eventually, the tip of the skin tag turned a little bit black. This was when I decided I really wanted to remove it. So, I took a cotton ball and applied some ACV on it (without diluting it), placed it on the skin tag, and covered it with a bandage. I slept with it on for the first night. After removing it, I began to see the skin tag turning gray. During the day, I covered it with a band-aid. The second day, I only applied the ACV for a few hours since it was irritating my skin. I took a day off from the ACV and applied it the following day for a few hours. During the times the ACV was not on my skin tag, I covered it with a band-aid. Eventually, the skin tag turned completely black and dry and it just fell off! No pain (except soreness from twisting it and the acidity from the ACV which lasts only a second)!

In all, it took me about one week for the skin tag to completely fall off.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Debbie (Geneva, Il) on 06/03/2012
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ME TOO... I have been doing the ACV for 2 moles. Yesterday morning the first one just fell off. I applied it twice a day for 4 days. The other one is much bigger so I know it will take longer... BUT, I am such a believer now. I am a holey moley mess... But not for long. I figure 2 per week should be fine.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Linda (York County, Southern Maine) on 04/25/2012
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Another YEA for ACV.... I had a very small skin tag on my neck - about the size of a grain of rice, if it was even that big.... It itched at times, and just knowing it was there made me a little nuts. I put some ACV w/the Mother on a cotton ball, covered it with a Band-Aid overnight and the next day the tag had turned dark but was still attached. It's been a couple of days and just now I realized the skin tag is gone! I can see the spot, still, where it was.... It's just a bit red, but the fact that it's gone makes me a happy kid!! EC is such a great forum for sharing ideas, I can't imagine not being able to tap the information offered here! Thanks to all who share.... Thanks to all who administer this site!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Juli (Cloverdale, Ca) on 03/24/2012
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I have read on here so many great things about ACV! I want to explain how ACV worked for me for my skin tags. I have always had small skin tags on my neck and some around the thin skin at my ribs. Lately I noticed a cluster of about 6 tags on the left side of my neck just above my collar bone. Tags have never really bugged me, but this area sort of stuck out and my husband noticed it after I did and kinda wrinkled his nose at them. I remembered reading on here how people wrote how they would apply the ACV three times a day and some had some success, some didn't. I personally don't have the time or memory to make sure I did it throughout the day, plus my clothes would be in the way and wipe it away. So, I tried something different. Two nights ago I purchased large square bandaids. I used organic ACV and two cotton balls. I shook the ACV very well and dabbed the cotton balls and placed them in the center of the bandaide and placed it over the group of tags on my neck and went to bed. In the morning in the shower the bandaide came off without a fight. The first morning I noticed the tags getting darker. I have done this only FOR TWO NIGHTS, this morning in the shower I rubbed my neck just a little with my scrubby. I looked in the mirror and 3 OF THE TAGS WERE GONE! By the way, in this same area is a small mole, it has not been affected at all, only the tags. My skin is only slightly pink for about 30 minutes and then normal. I will continue this for another couple days till this area is clean, then move to the tags on my ribs. I will post again, i'm sure with further success!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jennywren (Perth, Western Australia, Australia) on 02/18/2012
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I had a skin tag on the inside of my arm, which didn't look that unsightly but I'd keep picking it, it would bleed, scab, etc etc. So I tried some ACV on a cotton wool ball, held it on the skin tag for around 2 mins. That was that. The next day it went darkish red, then it just disappeared. Not even a scar! Thanks EC! :)

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