Skin tags are very common soft skin growths. They are quite harmless. They tend to occur on the eyelids, under breasts, armpits, groin folds and neck. Normally, a person can have around 100 skin tags all over the body. It is so common that almost everyone will develop them at some point of time in their life. Mostly, middle aged and obese adults are more prone to getting skin tags. Studies have shown that obesity is directly associated to skin tags. However, some individuals are prone to get skin tags. They are some what mole like that appears through the adult life. They consist of stalk and head and have an irregular appearance. There are many methods for skin tag removal at home as well as by consulting a dermatologist.
Home Remedies for Treating Skin Tags
- Oregano oil
Oregano oil contains arvacol, thymol and p-cymene that have strong antibacterial properties. They also have anti inflammatory, antispasmodic, antimelanomic, anti oxidative and antiseptic properties. It can cure skin tags within a month.
- Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a painless way to remove skin tags from the body. This oil has anti-fungal, anti viral and antibacterial properties. It also dries off the skin tag so that it falls off on its own. Soak a clean cotton ball in water and add few drops of tea tree oil on it. Apply this on the affected area and wash off after few minutes.
- Dandelion stem juice
This is a multi purpose stem which can be used to treat many skin related diseases including skin tags. You can take dandelion stem and extract juice from the stem by squeezing it hard. A milky white liquid will come out. Apply it directly to the affected areas and cover it with a bandage.
- Lemon Juice
Lemon juice has many medicinal properties and is a powerful antiseptic. It also contains citric acid which helps to dry out skin tags by decomposing the cells. Mix half lemon juice with little water and apply it directly to the affected area. Leave it on for few hours before washing it off.
- Apple cidar vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can destroy the skin tag tissue so that it vanishes completely. Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and soak a cotton ball. Apply it to the skin tag after completely cleansing the skin and drying it.
Fresh garlic juice has anti fungal properties which improve over all health of skin. Ground four fresh garlic and apply the paste directly to the skin.
Treatments Suggested by Doctor
Usually small tags can be removed easily without anesthesia; however larger growths may require some local anesthesia before they can be removed. You can also apply topical cream prior to removing it surgically. Generally, dermatologists are the doctors who treat skin tags. Some of the methods that dermatologists suggest are as follows.
- Tie the skin tag at its base with the help of string or dental floss and pull it apart.
- You can freeze the tag by using liquid nitrogen
- Burn the tag using electro desiccation
- Remove skin tag with scissors.
Daniel is a well known dermatologist and has conducted many skin tag removalprocedures. He likes to impart knowledge on various scientific topics. In the above post, he is giving information on treatments of skin tags.