Remedy for skin tags

Updated July 19, 2017

Skin tags are benign skin growths that occur mostly in middle-aged people, according to the National Institutes of Health. Skin tags are usually painless and don't grow or change. Most commonly, skin tags are found on the eyelids, cheek, neck, nose, armpits, chest and groin. For some people skin tags become painful as clothing rubs on them, or can be unattractive and make a person feel self conscious. Skin tags aren't normally removed, because they do not cause any serious risk to your health. However, if they bother you, they can be removed very easily.


A popular method for skin tag removal is freezing---cryotherapy---with liquid nitrogen. Freezing causes the skin tag to fall off in a short time but can leave some skin discolouration. Freezing is a relatively safe method of removing skin tags. According to Katherine Lim, Dr. of Dermatology at The Mayo Clinic, it's best to have a physician make the diagnosis and evaluation, and to guide treatment.


A simple and often effective treatment for skin tags is to cut them off using scissors or a scalpel. To avoid unnecessary health risks, this should be done by a physician. The skin around the tag can be numbed first, and then the tag is pulled up and cut off at the base as close to the healthy skin as possible. Some bleeding usually occurs. The area will need to be kept clean after this procedure to avoid infection. Use an antiseptic ointment on the skin where the tag was removed to reduce scarring.

Tie Them Off

A home remedy, not often used by physicians but very effective, is to cut off circulation to the skin tag, which kills the tissue and causes the tag to fall off. With this method there is less pain, less scarring and no bleeding. Wrap a small piece of clear fishing line or cotton around the base of the skin tag and tie the line tightly. This works best on bigger skin tags; for smaller ones, have someone help you. After four to six days the skin tag will turn black. You can twist it or slightly pull on it. If it's ready to come off it will fall off easily, and the string will come off with it. Usually you can't even tell the tag was ever there.

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In the hot desert of Arizona, Nadia Benavidez has been studying hearing instrument science since 2002. After leaving a clinical practice, Benavidez has put her talent to work writing informative articles related to health and wellness. Currently Benavidez is working on her first book.