Home remedies for removing skin tags

Updated April 17, 2017

Skin tags---also known as acrochordons, papillomas, soft fibromas, and fibroepithelial polyps---are benign growths of skin that resemble, perhaps, small skin-coloured raisins hanging off of the body. They usually appear usually around the nose, cheeks, neck, eyelids, armpits, groin area and upper chest area. Skin tags, though harmless, can nonetheless be quite unsightly. Removing them---even at home---is very possible by employing one or more simple home remedies. Avoid conventional removal options such as freezing, surgery and the use of sutures.


Cut a slice of garlic and press it over the skin tag's area. Secure the slice of garlic to the skin with gauze or tape. Put the garlic in place as soon as you wake up every morning, and remove it (then rinse off the area with water) before retiring to bed. Repeat this process for three days but no longer, because your skin may begin to burn. The skin tag should simply fall off. If a part of the tag remains, try the garlic again in a few days.

Castor oil

Consider using castor oil to remove your skin tag at home. To do this, you'll need to make a salve by combining some baking soda to your castor oil until the mixture has the consistency of a paste. Apply the paste to the skin tag in question at least three times each day for two or three weeks. The salve you've created should serve to kill the skin tag, resulting in it naturally falling off.


A slightly more painful but ultimately easier and quicker home remedy for skin tags: simply cut it off. Ice the area for around 10 minutes first in order to numb the skin. You can use scissors or a scalpel to carry out the procedure. Whatever you employ, make sure it is properly sanitised either with rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or an open flame. Use the scissors (or the scalpel) to carefully but quickly cut off the skin tag as close to the healthy skin as possible. Have a paper towel or wet rag ready to apply to the area right away, as you can expect a little bleeding but not much. This should immediately take care of the skin tag problem.

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William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.