Skin tags can be annoying and unsightly. Many people have them, and they can appear anywhere on the body, including the eyelids, genitals, arms, legs and even the scalp. Although unsightly, they do not pose a health hazard. Because some insurance companies consider removal of skin tags cosmetic, having a doctor do it can be expensive. Inexpensive, do-it-yourself ways to remove skin tags are available.
Skin tag removal products
One product designed specifically for the removal of skin tags is Dermisil for Skin Tags. It is an ointment that is applied directly to the skin tags. The product description states that it is painless and attacks only the skin tag, causing it to dry up and flake off. Dermisil is available online, where it sells for £51.02. An alternative system, Dermatag, sells for £19.95 and Skin Tag Remover sells for £7.99.
Nail polish is an inexpensive product that causes skin tags to dry up and fall off. Cover the skin tag with the nail polish. This has to be done twice a day over a period of about two weeks.
Thread or dental floss can also be used to remove a skin tag. Wrap the thread or floss around the tag and tie it securely. In a couple of days the skin tag will dry up and fall off.
Castor oil and baking soda mixed in a thick paste can be applied to the skin tag three times a day until it dries up and falls off. Some commercial products designed to remove skin tags contain one or both of these ingredients.
For instant results but a good amount of pain, skin tags can be cut off with nail clippers or scissors that have been sterilised. The skin tag has to be cut at the base for complete removal. Be warned -- if this method is used, there will be blood, and there is a possibility of infection if the clippers or scissors have not been sterilised. An easy sterilisation method is to boil the nail clippers or scissors for a few minutes. Using cotton balls, apply a generous amount of rubbing alcohol to the cut.