Skin Tags: What They Are and How to Get Rid of Them

 

What  Are They?

Skin tags are actually benign tumors, but don’t let the word “tumor” scare you – they’re usually completely harmless. Generally, they’re caused by skin rubbing against skin. Though tags can vary in size, they’re generally about the size of a grain of rice.

Where Are They Found?

These can develop in many places on the body, but are often found where there are natural folds in the skin, i.e. on the eyelids, neck, groin, armpits and under breasts.

Is It Normal to Have Them?

Skin tags are actually very common. In fact, nearly everyone will develop at least one skin tag in their lives.

 

How Do We Get Rid of Them?

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Skin tags are benign, treatment isn’t necessary at all. But if they become irritated, maybe by jewelry, clothing or shaving, then you should always consult with a dermatologist or doctor first. This is also the case if you’re not sure that what you have is a skin tag.

If you’re just annoyed by the appearance of your skin tags, then there are definitely some easy removal methods you can try. Here are a few tried-and-true ways to get rid of them:

  1. Recommended: Doctor or Dermatologist:The quickest and safest way to remove skin tags is to have them cut off by a dermatologist. If you multiple skin tags or skin tags that are in tricky spots like on the eye lid this is your best option.
  2. Apple cider vinegar: Simply soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply to the skin tag, directly, 3 times a day. Repeat this every day (usually takes up to 2-3 weeks) until skin tag falls off painlessly.
  3. Duct Tape: Completely cover the tag with a piece of duct tape. Keep it there until you notice the tape start to loosen. When it does, check to see if the tag has also loosened. Repeat this method, replacing the tape, until the tag falls off with the tape.
  4. Vitamin E and band-aids: Crack open a vitamin E capsule and rub the liquid all over the skin tag. Then cover the skin tag with a band-aid. Leave it be for several days before checking if tag has fallen off. Repeat as necessary until it falls off.
  5. Tea Tree Oil:Wash and dry the tag thoroughly. Then apply 1-3 drops of tea tree oil to the skin tag with a cotton swab. Do this 3 times a dry until the tag darkens and eventually falls off.
  6. Nail Clippers and rubbing alcohol: This one sounds a little painful, but has also been used to great effect. Make sure you sterilize your nail clippers before attempting this. Basically, you use the clippers to clip the clear skin on top of your skin tag. Then, take a rubbing alcohol-soaked cotton ball and apply to tag. Your tag may bleed a bit, but since there are no nerves in skin tags, it shouldn’t be too painful.
  7. Dental Floss: This method will temporarily block blood flow to the skin tag, eventually killing it completely. Just grab a piece of dental floss, tie it around the skin tag, and pull lightly. Don’t be too aggressive with this – you just want to pull little by little every day. After trying this for a couple of days, the color of the tag will start to change. And a few days after this, it should just dry up and fall off.

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