Freezing Skin Tags

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There are two methods of freezing skin tags – one of which can only be done by a medical professional and one of which can be done by yourself at home. If your skin tag is very large (bigger than 2cm/1 inch in diameter) you might want to consider paying for a skin tag freeze procedure – referred to medically as cryotherapy – privately instead of freezing it yourself at home.

If you go down this path, a doctor will apply liquid nitrogen to the skin tag via a canister attached with a nozzle. The treatment only takes 20-30 seconds, but due to the extremely cold temperature of the liquid nitrogen, the skin tag freeze procedure can often feel very uncomfortable. After the liquid nitrogen has been applied, the skin tag will darken in colour and drop off completely.

Since skin tags react much more favourably to freezing than warts do, which makes this a very effective way of removing them. However, having a doctor freeze a skin tag off is also one of the most expensive ways of removing skin tags. Fortunately, there are now several products available to buy which allow you to carry out your own skin tag freeze procedure in the comfort of your own home. Many skin tag sufferers choose this at home method over the liquid nitrogen procedure because it is significantly cheaper and much more convenient.

How much does freezing a skin tag from home cost?

The most popular products for freezing skin tags at home cost between £8/$12 and £17/$26, making them one of the cheapest options for removing skin tags at home and much more cost effective than having a skin tag freeze procedure carried out privately by a doctor.

What are the common ingredients in skin tag freeze removal treatments?

Salicylic acid is the most common active ingredient found in products for freezing skin tags. This ingredient usually makes up approximately 17% of the whole product and is effective because it breaks down skin tissues and encourages the shedding of dead cellsDimethyl ether is the most common inactive ingredient used in products designed for freezing skin tags, which acts in a similar way to liquid nitrogen, dropping down to temperatures of -41°C/-42°F when dispensed.

Are skin tag freeze removal treatments suitable for using at home?

Freezing skin tags at home is a perfectly easy and safe thing to do, as long as you follow the instructions exactly and do not apply the product for any longer than stated. Another thing you need to be aware off when freezing skin tags at home is not to let any of the removal product get on any other part of your skin – it should touch only the skin tag and none of the healthy skin around it.

Can I buy skin tag freeze removal treatments over the counter?

You can buy products for freezing skin tags over the counter at your local chemist without needing a doctor’s prescription. If you can’t find the exact skin tag removal freeze product you want or you want a better price, we recommend you purchase the freezing treatment online.

Are skin tag freeze removal treatments suitable for small, medium and large skin tags?

Skin tag freeze removal treatments can be used on skin tags of all sizes. Keep in mind that if you have a large skin tag, you might need to treat it several times before it falls off. Additionally, if you have several skin tags, you might go through the skin tag removal freeze product faster than indicated on the package. Therefore always make sure that you buy enough of the product so that you’re able to complete the treatment in full.

If you have a very large or deep skin tag bigger than 1cm/0.5 inches, it’s not recommended to treat it at home with a skin tag removal freeze treatment. You’ll achieve much faster results if you visit a private GP and have the skin tag removed surgically or by cryotherapy.

How long will a skin tag freeze removal treatment take to work?

The time it takes for skin tag removal freeze treatments to work depends entirely on the size of your skin tag. Whilst some skin tags will only need one application, others will need several applications over the course of weeks or even months. On average, it takes 10-14 days after the initial application for skin tags to fall off completely. If you do not see any results after using the skin tag removal freeze treatment as indicated for the maximum period of time stated, we recommend that you stop using it and choose an alternative skin tag removal treatment.

Do skin tags grow back after using a skin tag freeze removal treatment?

Providing you follow the instructions carefully on your skin tag freeze treatment and remove the skin tag fully, it’s very unlikely that another skin tag will grow in its place. In the unusual case that a skin tag does come back, you can easily remove it once again by using the same skin tag freeze removal treatment which proved successful the first time, or choose a different skin tag freeze treatment which may be more effective for you.
Sadly, removing a skin tag from a certain part of your body doesn’t lower the odds of another skin tag growing on a different part of your body and the more you age, the more prone to skin tags your body becomes.

What are the side effects associated with using skin tag freeze removal treatments?

The only side effect associated with using skin tag removal freeze treatments is the possibility of developing a small blister after the skin tag drops off. However, this should in no way put you off thinking about freezing skin tags, as the blister is only temporary and will last up to six weeks at the most.

Is using skin tag freeze removal treatments painful?

There is a small amount of discomfort associated with freezing skin tags. During the 20-30 second application process, you may feel a slight burning or tingling sensation as a result of the cold salicylic acid and dimethyl ether combination destroying the skin tag. However, this discomfort only lasts for the duration of the application and it should never be painful or unbearable. If the freezing sensation does become intolerable, you need to stop the application immediately and clean the skin tag thoroughly to remove product residue.

Does using a skin tag freeze removal treatment cause scarring?

Unlike skin tag removal creams which almost never result in scarring, products designed for freezing skin tags can sometimes cause small scars to appear after the skin tag has dropped off. These scars are usually the result of improper product use – such as applying the freezing solution for longer than the specified time or allowing it to touch the healthy surrounding skin and not just the skin tag. If you do have visible scarring after you’ve used a freeze treatment, there are many products available on the market today which can largely reduce the visible signs of scarring, leaving you with practically no mark at all.

Almost everyone sees some redness, blistering or soreness of the skin immediately after using a skin tag freezing product, but this goes away completely within a couple of days.

One thing you need to keep in mind before freezing skin tags is that all our bodies react differently to this sort of product. Whilst some people might scar very easily when using a skin tag freeze removal treatment, others will experience absolutely no scarring at all. There is no way of finding out how your body will react before you use the treatment, but the best way of keeping your chances of scarring down to an absolute minimum is to follow the instructions exactly.

Are skin tag freeze removal treatments suitable to use on all body parts?

Skin tag removal treatments can’t be used on skin tags anywhere on the body – this type of product is too harsh for some sensitive places. If you’ve got a skin tag on your face, groin (not genital areas), arms, armpit, back, neck, under breasts, chin, cheeks, ears, feet, fingers, inner thigh, jawline, stomach, shoulder or toes, you should be able to remove it safely with a skin tag freeze removal treatment.

However, if your skin tag is located on a very sensitive part of your body, such as on your nipple, anus, labia, vulva, foreskin, eyes or scrotum, using a skin tag freeze removal treatment is highly unadvisable. Not only is putting the ingredients found in this sort of treatment close to these sensitive parts of the body dangerous, but the cold sensation you get during application would likely be too much to bear.

Around the eyes and on the eyelids are other sensitive places you need to be careful with when removing skin tags. If you use a skin tag freeze removal treatment on these parts of your body, there is a high chance you could get the product in your eyes.
This information should only be used as a rough guide. Before you apply your skin tag freeze removal treatment, it’s important that you read the instructions carefully and only use the product as specified.

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Recommended skin tag freeze removal treatments

The two best treatments for freezing skin tags are Compound W Freeze and Dr. Scholl’s Freeze Away. Both of these products are very cost effective – they’re much cheaper than having a private doctor freeze your skin tag off – and although they’re not specifically designed for removing skin tags, they do the job very well with minimum discomfort and scarring.