How to Get Rid of Warts, Moles & Skin Tags

Updated April 17, 2017

Skin tags are benign growths of skin that look like skin-coloured raisins hanging from the body. Moles are clusters of pigmented cells on the surface of the skin. Warts are growths on and in the skin caused by the human papillomavirus infection. A number of remedies exist for such conditions, from liquid nitrogen treatment to actual surgical removal of the area of skin. One remedy involves the use of fresh garlic.

Obtain a piece of garlic and cut it into slices.

Press a single slice of the garlic over the skin tag, mole or wart.

Use gauze and tape to secure the garlic slice to your skin. Leave the strip firmly secured all day.

Remove the strip at night before retiring to bed. Wash the area with water.

Press a fresh strip of garlic to the mole, skin tag or wart in the morning and secure with gauze and tape, as before. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for three days (but no longer, since your skin may begin to burn after this period). The skin tag, mole, or wart should naturally fall off, either by scraping against something or by your own light scratching. If it remains, wait a week or so and try the three-day garlic remedy again.


Do not give in to the temptation to keep the garlic on for more than three days or overnight. The proper time frame: three days and no nights, then a break for your skin of around a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Garlic
  • Gauze
  • Tape
  • Water
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