Research has shown that all skin tags are benign and in most cases can just be left alone and not pose any danger or threat. However this is not easy for skin tags that are in awkward positions or those that are rather large. Such skins tags tend be knocked, bumped or even scrapped and therefore cause people to look for ways to remove them. Since skin tags do not pose any threat or danger it is safe to try removing them using home remedies.
However, before you try to remove a lesion at home make sure that it is just a skin tag and not something more serious. If the skin tag tends to change color or is growing too fast seek medical attention since it may be a sign for something dangerous. If you are sure that the skin tag is benign you can explore some of the following home remedies that are cheaper than over the counter medication or surgery.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been used for many generations to cure many skin conditions at home and has had a positive impact. Here is how you use it a skin tag.
- Properly clean the skin tag
- Soak some cotton in clean water.
- Add three drops of the oil to the soaked cotton ball.
- Rub the concoction on to the skin tag in a circular motion.
Repeat this for a week or up to ten days until the lesion falls off.
The citric acid found in lemons and other fruits can be able to decompose off the cells in a skin tag.
Squeeze some lemon juice into a cotton ball and apply the juice on the skin tag; leave the juice to dry. You will be able to see some change in the skin tags after a few days and eventually the skin tag will dry off.
Cut the banana peel into reasonable pieces. Now use a band to secure the peel onto the affected area, make sure the inside of the peel is the one in contact with your skin.
Leave the peel on overnight and repeat the whole procedure on a daily basis until the skin tag falls off.
This is one of the most preferred home remedies for many people because it can be used on any part of the body. To use this method simply tie the floss around the base of the skin tag ensuring that you are as near to the body as possible. The knot you make should be tight. You will observe that the skin tag will become smaller in a few days and within a period of 2-3 weeks it will eventually disappear. Some people opt to cut the skin tag but other leave it to fall off on its own.
Castor Oil and Baking Soda
A mixture of baking soda and castor oil has been used to remove skin tags at home.
- Mix the baking soda into a thick paste and apply it on to a clean skin tag.
- Cover the area with a band and leave it overnight.
- In the morning remove the band and clean the skin tag with warm water.
- Repeat the procedure for a week or 10 days until the lesion falls off.
Apple Cider Vinegar
It has been used for the removal of skin conditions such as acne and warts among many others.
- Clean the skin tag with some soapy water and leave the surface to dry naturally.
- Apply the vinegar directly using a cotton ball in circular motions.
- Do this often during the day for a week until the skin tag falls off.
Chop an onion and leave it in a container that has some salt overnight, so as to extract some juice. Apply the onion juice in the evening on the skin tag and cover the area. In the morning rinse the area with warm water; repeat the procedure every night for at least a week.
Apply pineapple juice two to three times every day without rinsing and after 7 to 10 days the skin dag will fade way.
Crush some garlic, apply the juice onto the lesion and cover the area with a band. Make sure that you change the garlic and the band three times in a day.
Aloe Vera Gel
Massage aloe Vera gel onto your skin every day. If you have a plant near just apply the juice on the skin tag. Aloe Vera has been used in many skin care products due its ability to heal.
This is cryotherapy where by the lesion is frozen off. Some people claim that using compressed air in a tin has the same effect as cryotherapy and that after one or two applications the lesion will change color and eventually fade off.
Freezing can cause damage to the surrounding tissues and break the cells down so if you choose this method be ready for its negative impact.
Paint the polish onto the tag and completely cover it, leave it to dry on the tag. Repeat the procedure using fresh paint two to three times every day and eventually the tag will fade of in just a few days.
People argue that leaving a patch of duct tape on the skin tag for a period of seven days will cause it to drop off when the tape is removed. The method can also be used in mole removal, however, usually people use this home remedy for wart removal and it is proven to be really effective.
Rub a small amount of the vitamin on to the affected area twice a day and within two weeks the skin tag will disappear. You can also combine the treatment with garlic and leave overnight.
If you rub raw slices of ginger on the lesion it has been claimed that the skin tag will eventually fall off in two weeks.