Home remedies to remove skin tags are an attractive idea to most. They offer a simple solution to an annoying problem and usually don’t cost any money. Many of them are surprising to find out about because some of them use food and personal hygiene products. In addition, when you read about how to do some of them, they seem so easy and fast to do. But in the long run, are they worth it?
Are skin tag home remedies worth it? The majority of skin tag home remedies are ineffective or don’t work at all. Some of them require you to apply the solution everyday , or a few times a day, for weeks. This repeated process with no results at the end can be frustrating and to me is not worth it.
In this blog post I’ll tell you about some of the most popular home remedies, that some are claiming works, to remove skin tags at home. I look at these methods like some of the medical devices used back in the 1800s for certain ailments that we laugh about today. They don’t have any scientific proof of working and in today’s age people should not be falling for them. Because skin tags are something everyone wants to get rid of, I can understand why and have tried them myself.
Skin Tag Home Remedies
Disclaimer: Prior to using any skin tag home remedy, you should visit a dermatologist for an exam and consultation.
Duct tape: Yes duck tape. That ugly, wide tape, mostly gray or black in color, that is stickier then your average tape. The method says to tape your skin tag and leave it on over night. The next day rip it off, and your skin tag is supposed to come off with it.
Banana Skin: This removal method will drive you bananas. It did to me because I tried it and it failed to work for me. I cut off a square piece of banana skin and placed it over my skin tag. I held it in place with a bandage over night. The best part of trying out this method was I used a banana skin from a banana I made an ice cream sundae with. At least the ice cream sundae did its job of satisfying my sweet tooth.
Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is supposed to dry out the skin tag until it falls off. Long drawn out repeated applications will tire you out more than anything. Similar to apple cider vinegar, I would avoid this method and probably some skin irritation.
Apple Cider Vinegar: This method is similar to lemon juice. Most say to apply it to the skin tag and cover for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then remove it and wash off the area. Apple cider vinegar can be irritating and dangerous. There is a story of a mother who used it on her 8 year old son which resulted in chemical burns and possible scarring (resource). There are other stories similar to this one. It seems, their mistake is leaving the vinegar on over night.
Tea tree oil: This is similar to the other methods but you are using tea tree oil. Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the tea tree from Australia. It is believed to be antibacterial and some use it to treat acne, nail fungus and athlete’s foot. CAUTION: Tea tree oil can be poisonous when taken internally (resource). Keep it away from children and pets!
Toothpaste: Yes, freshen your breath, clean your teeth and remove skin tags? Applied similar to the other methods here, but in the end I still had my skin tag. For whatever reason, it seems everybody uses the Colgate brand, but no one explains why.
Castor oil and baking soda: Mix these two ingredients together until they form a paste. Apply it to the skin tag and cover with a bandage. You are supposed to repeat this process until the skin tag falls off.
Another home remedy: This home remedy worked for me and my partner when she needed it the most. It’s safe and has worked in as little as 3 days. If you want to read about it, see my review in this same website by clicking right here.
Home Removal Safety Tips
- The majority of these methods should not be used for skin tags around the eyes or on eyelids. Some of the liquids can be irritating to your skin and the last place they should be is near your eyes.
- Do not leave these solutions on your skin for a length of time or overnight. Apple cider vinegar has caused chemical burns on people’s skin when left on too long (resource).
- If you decide to cut a skin tag off at home, which is not recommended, be aware of the following. Depending on the size of your skin tag, there will be bleeding. Sometimes a doctor will have to stitch their surgical cuts when cutting off a skin tag. You may not be able to control the bleeding and may need to visit a doctor anyway. There is a risk of infection when cutting off your own tags. A doctor’s office is a sterile environment and uses sterile equipment designed for surgical procedures.
- What you think is a skin tag may not be. Some people get confused between skin tags, moles and warts. If you have a mole and it has changed shape, size or color, you need to have it checked by a doctor. Cutting a cancerous mole off, that you thought was a skin tag, can lead to disaster.
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