Skin tags or acrochordon or cutaneous papilloma are benign, non-cancerous skin growths that look like a small piece of soft, hanging skin. However this growth is harmless.
These skin tags can be seen on any part of the body, generally caused in the places where there is rapid rubbing of skin with skin. Some common places where skin tags generally occur are eyelids, armpits, lower portion of breasts, groin, upper chest portion, and neck. Their appearance is commonly irregular in shape, brownish fleshy color hanging from the skin. The size varies from 2.5mm diameter to larger sizes; sometimes they may grow up to size of a grape approximately 5 cm in diameter. They are composed of nerve cells, fat cells, core of ducts and fibers, covered with epidermis.
Skin tags are commonly caused in the people who are suffering from obesity or overweight, diabetes, and women who are pregnant. Sometimes heredity will also be a reason for skin tags. These skin tags equally affect males and females.
Usually skin tags are not harmful, but commonly people want to get rid of them for cosmetic and aesthetic reasons. Large ones should be removed as they frequently cause irritation.
These removal procedures should be done by a trained medical professional or a dermatologist. Procedures that are used to remove skin tags are:
- Using heat to remove the skin tag, by burning off using electrolysis. This process is called cauterization.
- Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze off the skin tag using a probe. This process is called cryosurgery.
- Interrupting the blood supply to the skin tag. This process called ligation.
- Cutting out and removing the skin tag using a scalpel, called excision.
Before applying these, it is always advised to check for the skin tendency in terms of the color changes that the tags are growing. However, always consult your doctor before going ahead with these remedies.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil helps you control and cure many skin disorders, including skin tags and moles. Clean the skin tag and take a cotton ball soaked in water, add 3 drops of tea tree oil to the soaked cotton ball and apply it directly to the skin tag in circular motions. Repeat this 1-2 times daily for a week or 10 days until the lesion vanishes.
Castor oil can be used both internally and externally. It can be used as an external ointment by mixing it with a little baking soda to create a paste. You can also add some citrus oil to the paste as it will be very stinky. Apply this paste on the affected area and use a band aid to cover it. Repeat this for 2 – 4 weeks or until the skin tag disappears.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is very effective in removing skin tags. Apply a small dab of vinegar on cotton ball or a Q-tip and apply it on the skin tag. After application, it causes a stinging sensation for a few minutes. Use it for two to four weeks for the skin tags to vanish.
Cut the banana peel into small pieces. Put the peel on the affected area and hold it securely with a bandage. Take care that the inside of the peel comes in contact with the affected skin area. Let it rest overnight and repeat this process daily until the skin tag falls off.
In order to use this dental floss, tie a knot tightly around the base of the skin tag close to your body. After a period of 2 – 3 weeks the skin tags will become smaller and will disappear in due course. This helps in killing the skin tag by blocking blood flow temporarily to the affected area.
Slice onion into small pieces and soak it in a container with salt overnight. Now extract juice from this soaked mixture. In the evening, apply this onion juice on the affected area or skin tag and cover it. Leave it overnight and rinse if off in the morning with warm water. Continue this process every night for a week.
Pineapple is a good remedy to get rid of skin tags. Apply the pineapple juice on the affected area for twice or thrice each day for 7 to 10 days without rinsing it off, this makes the skin tag to fade away.
Apply some crushed garlic juice onto the affected area and cover it with a band. Take care that you change the band and the garlic juice at least thrice a day.
Cover the lesion completely with nail polish and leave it on until it gets dry. Repeating the same procedure for 2–3 times using fresh paint daily will make the tag fade off in due course.
Duct tape applied on the skin tag for 7 days will help the skin tag to drop off while removing the tape. This method is usually used in mole removal, and is an effective natural home remedy for removal of warts.
You need to rub the vitamin on to the lesion two times a day. This will help you remove the skin tags in 1–2 weeks. Combine vitamin E with garlic and let it rest overnight for better results.
You can remove skin tags with scissors or nail clippers, but it may cause bleeding and infection, so sterilize the clippers and surrounding area of the skin tag with isopropyl. Now make the skin numb with an ice cube. Pull the skin tag away and cut it with clippers. Now press it firmly with a sterilized gauze pad until bleeding ceases. Once the bleeding stops, apply an antibiotic.
These are some of the herbal treatments which may help you in getting rid of skin tags. Have patience for a couple of weeks so that you can naturally treat the skin tags with these home remedies.
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