Skin tags are soft, noncancerous growths that usually form within the skin folds of the neck, armpits, breasts, groin area, and eyelids. These growths are loose collagen fibers that become lodged inside thicker areas of the skin.
It’s unclear exactly what causes skin tags, but they may develop from friction or skin rubbing against skin. Skin tags are also extremely common, affecting almost half of the population.
What they truly are:
Skin tags are a build-up of blood vessels and collagen in thick areas of the body. They resemble tiny, fleshy growths and can vary in size and are colorless as well. Men and women can get these and they often appear in areas under the arm, neck, face, eyelids and lower part of the breast. They may also appear in places where friction occurs. Friction may be caused by the rubbing of clothing, jewelry and from skin rubbing against skin, particularly under the arm. It generally starts off small in size and is likely to grow bigger from the constant friction and rubbing. Other factors like genetics, hormones, age and excess weight can also contribute to the growth of skin tags. They are surface growths and not contagious at all.
Major causes of skin tags
- Hormonal imbalance
- Human papillomavirus
- Steroid usage
- Friction from jewelry, shaving and clothing
Apart from surgery, there are safe and effective treatments to remove these, twelve home remedies to remove skin tags are discussed below.
Twelve ways to get rid of skin tags
1. Oregon oil:
Oregano oil contains thymol, arvacrol, and p-cymene three types of phenolic terpenoids components and these have powerful antibacterial properties. They also contain antimelanomic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and antiseptic properties. This oil has the potential to quickly take care of skin tags, and on average it takes about a month.
Create a mixture of four to six drops of coconut oil and two to three drops of oregano oil and apply this directly to your skin tag three times a day. This should dry out the skin tag so that it falls off on its own. Make sure to always use a carrier oil to dilute the oregano oil or else you risk redness and irritation. This oil also must never be used near your eyes.
Aspirin is known to also effectively rids the skin of tags, Acetylsalicylic acid a derivative of salicylic acid in this solution is said to make this skin irregularity fade with time. Dissolve aspirin in water and dip a cotton swab in this solution. Apply to the cluster of tags and cover with a bandage overnight. Repeat till the tag dries out.
If you want to get rid of skin tags fast, this is your method, but it requires consistency and bravery. Tie a small string or dental floss around the tag as tightly as possible and leave on. Keep an eye on the string and tighten as the blood supply to the tag diminishes. In a few days, the growth will change colors and fall off.
4. Manuka honey:
Of late, Manuka honey has gained a lot of popularity in the beauty world for its amazing skin-loving properties. This is because Manuka honey is non-peroxide, which means that it has amazing antibacterial properties. When you apply Manuka honey on a skin tag, it helps in restricting oxygen supply to the area and prevents the bacteria around the tag from thriving. This is what makes the skin tag fall off and this is why Manuka honey works as a great home remedy for skin tags. Additionally, the wound-healing and moisturizing properties of honey help in quick skin-healing and prevent the tag from leaving behind a scar.
5. Vitamin E:
Aging may contribute to skin tags. Since vitamin E is an antioxidant that fights wrinkles and keeps the skin healthy, applying liquid vitamin E over a skin tag may cause the growth to vanish in a couple of days. Simply massage the oil over the tag and surrounding skin until it falls off.
6. Tea tree oil and castor oil:
Tea tree oil, as well as castor oil, provides a painless way to remove skin tags from your body. This oil has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties and it also works to dry out the skin tag so that it falls off on its own. Soak a clean cotton ball in water and then add three drops of tea tree oil or castor oil to it. Thoroughly clean the skin tag and the surrounding area with soap and water and then completely dry the area.
Use the cotton swab that has water and tea tree oil on it and gently massages the skin tag and the surrounding area three times a day. It is important to use the water because tea tree oil should always be diluted or else you are at risk for skin irritation.
Take a dandelion with the stem and extract the juice from the stem by squeezing it. A milky liquid comes out, and you apply this liquid directly to the skin and then cover the area with a band-aid to keep it in place. Do this up to four times a day, making sure to thoroughly cleanse and dry the skin between applications. This works to dry out a skin tag so that it falls off.
Do not use this remedy if you are allergic to daisies, marigolds, ragweed, chrysanthemums, and other similar plants because there is a chance that if you are allergic to one of these you will also be allergic to dandelions.
8. Lemon juice:
Lemon juice is a powerful antiseptic, and it also contains citric acid which helps to dry out skin tags by decomposing the cells. Squeeze half of a fresh lemon and apply the juice to a cotton ball. Apply this directly to the skin tag and leave it on without washing it off. You can apply this up to three times a day and continue the routine until the skin tag falls off.
9. Apple cider vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar can destroy the skin tag tissue so that it goes away completely. Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and soak a cotton ball with this. Apply it to the skin tag after completely cleansing the skin and drying it.
Make sure to squeeze the cotton ball while you massage the skin tag so that the skin tag is saturated with the vinegar. This can be done three times a day until the skin tag is gone. Keep in mind that apple cider vinegar is acidic and it can cause some mild itching and stinging for a few minutes when you do this treatment.
Fresh garlic has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties which help to improve skin health and dry out skin tags. You need four fresh garlic cloves and then ground these up into a paste and apply the paste directly to the skin. Place a bandage over this to keep the paste in place.
11. Fig stem juice:
Fig stem juice similar to neem oil is widely used for skin issues because it helps to balance the alkaline-acid balance. To create this juice, grab some fresh fig stems and blend them to extract the juice. You can apply this juice to the skin tag up to four times a day. On average, you will notice results within four weeks.
12. Banana peel:
Once you’ve eaten a banana, don’t trash the peels away. Rubbing banana peels onto your skin keeps it younger and glowing. It has rich, antioxidant properties and the enzymes in a peel can dissolve a tag.
Cut and place the peel in the affected area, use a bandage to cover it and make sure the inside part of the peel is in contact with the skin. Repeating this process overnight over a few days will dry out the tag and help it fall right off.
When skin tags are large, inconveniently located, or otherwise bothersome, a person may want to use a home remedy or professional treatment.. See a doctor if skin tags change in appearance or cause other symptoms, such as pain or bleeding.