Skin tags are benign and sometimes unsightly fleshy growths on the skin that most everyone experiences at some point in their lives. They can usually be found on the neck, eyelids and underarms, but they can appear virtually anywhere on the body. In many cases, skin tags can be removed without a visit to the dermatologist. Here are some simple techniques that can be used at home to get rid of this pesky, excess skin.
Snip Them Off
Cutting a skin tag away from healthy skin is the most popular form of removal. Use a pair of scissors or nail clippers that have been sterilised with alcohol. Simply snip the excess skin away at the base. If the tag is particularly thick, there may be some bleeding. Be careful not to puncture the healthy skin. After you are done removing the tag, rub some alcohol over the affected area and apply an antibiotic ointment. There may be a stinging sensation at first, but it should disappear within a few seconds.
If you cannot bear the thought of cutting off the skin, tie a piece of floss or string tightly around the base of the skin tag. Keeping this on for a couple of days will cut off the blood supply to the tag. Eventually, it will wither away and disappear.
Apply a cotton ball doused with apple cider vinegar to the skin tag for one minute at least three times a day for five days. The tag will shrivel up and disappear. Wash your hands after every application, and do not use this method if the skin tag is located near your eyes.
Another option is to mix together some castor oil and baking soda to form a thick paste. Apply it to the affected skin for the same length of time as the apple cider vinegar to achieve the same result.
There are a few methods that aren't natural and are a little more severe than the aforementioned but work quickly. Liquid nitrogen can be bought at most chemists and used to remove skin tags. It is sold as a wart medication and should not be applied more than once a week. Hand sanitiser is another item that can be found in most chemists and supermarkets for skin tag removal. Soak a cotton ball with hand sanitiser, apply it to the skin tag, and place an adhesive bandage over it. Keep it there for one to two days, and the tag should fall off.
See Your Doctor
If you have a large or thick skin tag or have several of them, it is best to have a doctor remove them professionally. An electric needle will likely be used to eliminate them promptly and safely.