You may be wondering what tea tree oil is and how does it remove skin tags. Just about everything is being touted on the internet to remove skin tags. Home remedies are so much easier than going to a doctor and paying money. I know how difficult it is trying to get rid of skin tags and that’s why I’ve used home remedies myself.
What is tea tree oil? Tea tree oil is an essential oil that comes from the leaves of the native tea tree to Australia. Tea tree oil has been used in traditional medicine for various types of treatment. It is poisonous when taken internally and should be kept away from pets and children.
If it’s poisonous, why do people want to use it as a treatment? Because it has been shown in studies to be effective against different skin problems, preventing certain viruses and kill infection-causing fungus (resource). But, before you use it for skin tags, you should be aware of the warnings published by the Poison Control Center shown below.
How To Remove Skin Tags With Tea Tree Oil
Disclaimer: It is not recommended to use tea tree oil for skin tag removal. Always consult a dermatologist prior to using any skin tag removal method.
While researching tea tree oil, I found scientific studies showing it to be effective against certain conditions. I couldn’t find sufficient evidence for removing skin tags. If you would like to give tea tree oil a try, follow the precautions. The following is needed for using tea tree oil for skin tags:
- Tea tree oil
- Cotton balls
- A dropper
First apply a few drops of tea tree oil on the cotton ball and apply the cotton ball to your skin tag. Hold it in place with a bandage for about 10 minutes. Remove it and immediately wash your skin with warm water and soap. Repeat this application for about 2-3 weeks until the skin tag falls off. Do not leave the oil on your skin for a longer length of time. If your skin becomes irritated, do not continue using any longer. I tried using tea tree oil on a skin tag on my neck. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me.
Another home remedy I used is natural, safe and has worked in as little as 3 days. Check out my blog post on this method by clicking here.
What Is Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil comes from the leaves of the tea tree. This Tea Tree is unrelated to the common tea plant used to make green and black teas. The tea tree is native to Australia in Southeast Queensland and New South Wales (resource). It’s been used as a natural remedy for almost 100 years and lately for skin conditions like acne, toenail fungus and athlete’s foot.
In one study tea tree oil was found to be as effective in treating toenail fungus and the antifungal drug clotrimazole. In another study tea tree oil was found to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide in treating acne. A 1992 study showed tea tree oil improved the patient’s symptoms the same as the antifungal drug tolnaftate in curing a fungus infection (resource). Another study (resource) showed tea tree oil activated the immune system’s white blood cells.
Tea tree oil is being used for non-medicinal purposes. It’s found in some household cleaning products and being promoted as natural and better for the environment. If you’re using any of these cleaning products, please follow the label instructions. The oil is found in some over-the-counter skin products, including lotions and soaps.
Tea Tree Oil Precautions
Poisoning: Tea tree oil can be poisonous if swallowed. A child, who swallowed some by accident, went into a coma. Fortunately, he recovered. Don’t use tea tree oil around the mouth or eyes for any reason. An elderly man swallowed a teaspoon of tea tree oil for an unknown illness. About 2 hours later he was vomiting and complained of dizziness. In another case, a woman used tea tree oil in an enema. 12 hours later she was in the emergency room with bloody diarrhea (resource).
Pets: It has been reported by veterinary toxicologists, large amounts of tea tree oil applied to the skin of dogs and cats caused poisoning. The animals displayed multiple symptoms including tremors, low body temperature, weakness and difficulty walking (resource).
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