Skin tags are quite common and they are not dangerous but most people don’t like having them. They can suddenly show up almost anywhere on the body but the most common places they are found are on parts of the skin that rub against clothing. To call them tumors might incite fear but they are completely benign. Here we’ll take a look at some strategies to remove skin tags at home.
What Precisely Are Skin Tags?
They are a totally benign and non-cancerous type of tumor that grows out from the skin. They are capable of showing up almost anywhere but some common places include the armpits, the upper chest area, the eyelids, around the genitals, and the neck. Some of these can go unnoticed for a long time but those that are in places that are very noticeable are often considered a nuisance.
There are times where the skin tags can suddenly fall off on their own and completely painlessly. If a skin tag is extremely large it might burst if it comes under a lot of pressure. The appearance of these tags can be irregular while others can be smooth. Their color is typically that of skin but some are a slightly darker brownish color.
What Causes Skin Tags?
It isn’t yet known the exact causes of skin tags. What is known is that there are certain types of people that are more likely to develop them than others. If someone has diabetes they are more likely to get skin tags. As people become more and more overweight or obese then they increase their chances of this condition.
If someone in your family has skin tags then you are more likely to get them as well. Some doctors suggest that those who are undernourished can have these develop. That is likely the reason that people who are overweight and obese get them. It may also be why those with diabetes get them. It is more likely that someone who is overweight consumes foods that increase levels of insulin and that have fewer nutritional components that would nourish them better.
This condition is also found in those who have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. If someone is insulin resistant then they are more likely to develop this condition. All of these factors demonstrate that good nutrition and eating habits are important if someone is trying to prevent the outbreak of skin tags.
Some medical professionals have concluded that when skin tags appear, the person is at a higher risk of having or developing insulin resistance. They may also be at risk for cardiovascular disease. Others are at risk of having metabolic syndrome.
Can Skin Tags Be A Problem?
This condition is not considered to be a problem. Although they are a type of tumor they are completely benign. The one thing to be careful about is not to just cut them off with a knife or scissors because this could cause bleeding and it may leave a scar. There are far better ways of removing skin tags. It can be done by going to the doctor’s office and there are a number of ways that someone can remove the tags at home.
Natural Remedies For Removing Skin Tags At Home
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a natural remedy that does take a little bit of time. The way it works is by applying some apple cider vinegar to a cotton swab and then placing it firmly on the skin tag. You might need to use something to pinch it to hold it there or you may even find that a rubber band or something similar can work to hold the swab on and then keep it there for 20 to 30 minutes. This will need to be repeated each day over a 10 to 14-day timeframe. Overtime the acidity from the vinegar will cause the skin tag to break down and allow it to fall off.
2. Tea Tree Oil
This oil is a natural antifungal and antiviral. It’s completely safe to use on the skin. To get the benefits of this remedy you simply clean around the skin tag and then dip a Q-tip into the tea tree oil and apply the oil all over the skin tag. You will then take a band-aid and put it over the area and leave it overnight while you sleep. This process should be repeated 4 to 7 days and often the tag will completely dry out and fall off on its own.
3. Raw Garlic
Garlic is well known for helping skin and for its anti-aging qualities. This remedy requires that you crush some garlic and tape it with a bandage over the tag. You’ll then let it remain there during the night while sleeping. In the morning remove the bandage and the garlic and wash the area. You’ll need to repeat this several times and you’ll begin to notice that the skin tag starts to shrink and it will ultimately disappear.
Over The Counter Products For Removing Skin Tags
1. Removal Cream For Skin Tags
At many drugstores, there are kits that have a cream along with an applicator that can be used to remove the skin tags. Very often it is only necessary to use the cream once to successfully remove the tag. The kit will come with instructions and they will usually recommend that you clean the area with some alcohol before you use the cream. It is usually important that the area can absorb the cream fully. It often causes a slight stinging feeling and although you use the cream only once it will take a couple of weeks before the tag falls off.
2. Dental Floss
This very often will require a device or the help of another person. It’s very difficult and almost impossible to do by oneâ€™s self. Using the dental floss you wrap it around the skin tag in a way that cuts off its blood flow. Once the skin tag has no blood flow to it, it will essential a die and fall off. It is often necessary to retighten the dental floss once each day. The area should be cleaned well before applying the dental floss.
3. Over-The-Counter Freezing Kit
Liquid nitrogen is becoming very common and it can be found in pharmacies and drugstores in the form of a freezing kit. A fairly small amount can be used to successfully remove a skin tag. It is important that you carefully read the instructions and follow them to ensure success and to prevent any potential hazards. Because this is an over the counter measure, it may require your use several times before you successfully remove the skin tag.
It’s important to keep the spray from touching other parts of the skin. You might consider applying some petroleum jelly around the skin that does not have the skin tag but is close enough that you might get some of the nitrogen on it when spraying. It can protect that part of the skin from the nitrogen.
Times When Home Remedies And Over The Counter Measures Should Not Be Used.
Skin tags can show up in areas of the body that are very sensitive. When this is the case then it may not be a good choice to use any of the home remedies are over the counter measures mentioned above. Such situations include when the skin tags are very close to the eyes, in the area of a person’s genitals, or when they are extremely large or long.
If you find that you have some skin tags in these areas and you’re unsure whether or not you should use any type of home methods for removing them, then you should consult with a healthcare professional. They have a few very easy ways that they can remove the skin tags. In fact, when you go to the doctor they can typically remove the skin tags in mere moments and you won’t have to repeat the visit.
The procedures can be done in the doctor’s office and they are typically painless. The doctor may choose to cut it off or freeze it off but they will do it in a way that’s completely safe and with little or no pain. It also means that the doctor is there so that if there are any concerns then those can be addressed while at the doctor visit.
One common procedure used by the doctor is cauterization. This is when heat is used to remove the tag from the body. A process called cryosurgery is another choice which uses liquid nitrogen. Similar to the home kits that can be purchased at drug stores, this will use nitrogen to freeze off the skin tag. The difference is that the doctor will usually be able to perform this procedure and completely remove the skin tag in one go.
It’s also possible that they can perform in-office surgery by sniping the tag off with surgical scissors. If the skin tag is big enough this could end up resulting in the need for stitches. The other methods mentioned are the ones most commonly used by a doctor.