Tips to remove skin tags

Skin tags are very common skin growths, which appear in the form of soft and tiny pieces of skin that hang loosely. These skin tags are benign, which means that they are basically harmless growths. Some people are prone to the development of skin tags and may develop anywhere between 50 and 100 of them all over the body, whereas others may not even have one. These skin abnormalities can be seen in both men as well as women; however, as people age, they are more likely to develop them. The most common places on the body where skin tags can make an appearance include the face, eyelids, neck, armpits, genitals and the groin. Although this problem is not a particularly serious one, most people choose to use a skin tags home remedy or undergo skin tags treatment, mainly because they look unattractive. There are also several men and women who worry that they may cut off the skin tags, when they shave or wax and therefore, are interested in options on how to get rid of skin tags under arms and on the face. However, before suggesting any options on how to get rid of skin tags, it is important for people to understand what the exact causes of skin tags are, especially if they want to keep any more from cropping up.


Studies indicate that at least 50% of the overall population gets skin tags at some point or the other. Some of the most common known causes of skin tags occurring include heredity, obesity, pregnancy, skin irritation, hormonal changes or the presence of certain microorganisms on the skin. It has also been seen that people who are overweight have an increased chance of developing skin tags on their body. In case of women who are within their normal weight range, but have large breasts, it is possible for the skin tags to crop up mainly under the breast. However, there could be other unknown causes of skin tags too.

Home Remedies

Although it is best to consult a dermatologist on how to get rid of skin tags painlessly, there are many people who prefer to try skin tags removal at home first. The most common method of skin tag home removal is using a scalpel, or even a pair of scissors. However, people need to ensure that the blade is sharp and has been sanitized either with hydrogen peroxide or with some rubbing alcohol. After cutting the skin tag, it is normal for a small amount of bleeding to occur, but is should stop within a couple of minutes. Unfortunately, people may experience some amount of pain and discomfort through this method, which is why it is best to numb the area with some ice.

Another one of the most common home remedies for skin tags is the use of liquid nitrogen for freezing them. This is also known as cyrotherapy, where liquid nitrogen is applied directly on the skin tag, so that the cell tissues are destroyed. This method may also involve some pain, as well as scarring. Therefore, it should not be used more than once a week.

When asked for methods on how to get rid of skin tags naturally, many skin care experts recommend tying the skin tag with some thread or a piece of string to cut off the blood supply to the area. This usually causes the tag to fall off eventually. This technique may not be ideal for getting rid of the skin tags on the face.

Before using any of the above mentioned methods on how to get rid of skin tags on eyelids, face, neck and under the arms, it is best to consult a dermatologist.

answered by G M

Skin tags are not at all harmful. It is just a growth of skin which hangs on the surface of the skin. Skin tags never go until they are removed. Other then removal there is no remedy for skin tag.

Tips to remove skin tags with the help of home remedies -

  • Apply bloodroot (Sanguinarea canadensis) in the form of poultice and cover it with bandage for few days. The skin tags are removed.
  • Apply a pack of bloodroot, aloe vera, comfrey and extract of black walnut on skin tag. Put bandage to cover. Keep the bandage till the skin tag fall away on its own.
  • Tie dental floss around the tag tightly. When the blood supply is stopped to the tag it will fall.
  • Dabbing tea tree oil on tag is also helpful.
  • You can tie horse hair around the tag. Within 3 days it will fall.
  • Skin Tag can be cut with the help of sterilized nail cutter. After cutting put some antiseptic on it.
  • Tie thread around the tag for few days. Skin tag will fall off eventually.
  • Band aid also works. Put a band aid on the tag. Remove after few days. It works.

answered by R S

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