How to Naturally Remove Skin Tags

It’s not only over-the-counter treatments and procedures carried out by medical professionals that can be used to remove skin tags. There are many natural products that most of us already have at home which have been proven to successfully remove skin tags in a safe and natural way. The key to removing skin tags at home naturally is to have patience. Whilst most over-the-counter treatments work in a matter of days or weeks, it can take much longer to remove skin tags with natural products found in your home.

Natural remedies for skin tag removal

Using Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a common staple ingredient in most households. Not only is it useful for cooking, but it is also a great way to treat a number of mild medical conditions at home, skin tags included. It’s the acidic quality in the vinegar that helps break down the skin tag and cause it to drop off, without affecting the healthy skin on the body.
To remove a skin tag with apple cider vinegar:

  1. Wash the skin tag and the surrounding area thoroughly with soap and water then dry.
  2. Dip a cotton ball into the apple cider vinegar and squeeze out the excess.
  3. Press the soaked cotton ball onto the skin tag and hold it there, making sure the whole skin tag is exposed to the apple cider vinegar.
  4. Remove the soaked cotton ball and thoroughly wash the treated area.

There is some debate on how long you should press the soaked cotton ball onto the skin tag. Some people state that a few minutes is long enough, whilst others argue that you’ll achieve faster results if you keep the soaked cotton ball in place for several hours or overnight. Everyone reacts to this sort of treatment differently, so in order to find what works for you, you’ll need to experiment.

Removing skin tags with apple cider vinegar will leave no scarring of any sort and you should feel no pain at all during the process. This makes this method suitable for using in sensitive parts of the body, such as the face, anus and genital area. However, because of the acidic quality of apple cider vinegar, this treatment should not be used on the eyelids or vulva.

Using Lemon juice

Lemon juice is another natural ingredient most of us use on a regular basis in the kitchen that can also help to remove skin tags. The juice from this fruit eradicates skin tags in a similar way to apple cider vinegar – the citric acid works to decompose the cells of the skin tag by drying it out.

To remove a skin tag with lemon juice:

  1. Wash the skin tag and the surrounding area thoroughly with soap and water then dry.
  2. Cut one fresh lemon in half and squeeze some juice onto a cotton ball.
  3. Hold the cotton ball onto each skin tag for a couple of minutes, making sure the whole skin tag is exposed to the lemon juice. Do not rinse.

If you repeat the lemon juice application on your skin tags on a daily basis, they should shrivel up and drop off in a matter of months. Removing a skin tag with lemon juice won’t hurt at all and you won’t be left with a scar when the tag falls off. Because there is no pain involved, you can safely use lemon juice to remove skin tags from sensitive parts of your body, but use extreme caution when using it around your eyes.

Using Baking Soda

Not only is baking soda great at cleaning tough stains in your kitchen and adding height to baked goods, but it’s also an effective skin tag removal treatment. Whilst many people have succeeded in removing skin tags through the use of a baking soda and water combination, others recommend a baking soda and castor oil combination, stating that the castor oil helps to fight inflammation and generally improves the look of the skin.

To remove skin tags with baking soda:

  1. Wash the skin tag and the surrounding area thoroughly with soap and water then dry.
  2. In a small bowl, combine baking soda with either water or castor oil, until you’ve got a thick paste.
  3. Apply the paste onto the skin tag, making sure it covers it completely. Leave the paste to dry and do not rinse off in between applications.

The baking soda paste should be applied three times each day and you should begin to see results within the first week. After around two months of regular applications, your skin tag should drop off. As with most natural skin tag removal methods, there is no pain involved in removing skin tags with baking soda and the chances of scarring are minimal. Whilst this treatment is suitable to use on all parts of your body, you might want to avoid it for highly visible places, since you need to leave the paste on in between applications.

Using Dental floss

If you don’t have the time to apply oils or pastes to your skin tags several times each day, the dental floss method could work for you. Instead of removing the skin tag by drying it out, dental floss works to cut off the blood circulation to the skin tag, after which it will shrivel up and die off.

To remove skin tags with dental floss:

  1. Take a piece of dental floss and tie it around the base of the skin tag. Try and tie it as close to the skin as possible and make it as tight as you can for the best results.
  2. Cut off the excess dental floss.

After a few days or weeks of receiving no blood supply, the skin tag will fall off on its own without the need of any further attention. It’s important to remember to check the dental floss every day to make sure it’s still tight. If it loosens up enough to let blood flow to the tag, it will continue to thrive. If you choose to remove a skin tag with dental floss, you might feel a tight or numbing sensation shortly after the blood flow stops, but it won’t be overly uncomfortable. There is a small chance of scarring with this method, but the scar will only ever be as large as the skin tag stem. Just like the baking soda removal method, the dental floss removal method is mild enough to use on all parts of your body.

Using Nail polish

Although there is no scientific backing behind nail polish being an effective skin tag removal treatment, many people swear by it. However, overall, the results are fairly mixed and there is an equal chance that the treatment will do nothing for your skin tag.

To remove skin tags with nail polish:

  1. In the morning, wash the skin tag and the surrounding area thoroughly with soap and water then dry.
  2. Apply a small amount of clear nail polish into the skin tag, making sure you cover the whole tag.
  3. Just before bed, wash and dry the tag and surrounding skin again and apply a second coat of clear nail polish onto the skin tag.
  4. The next morning, use nail polish remover to get rid of the two previous coats and repeat the process.

Removing skin tags with nail polish takes at least two weeks for most people to see results, which makes it a rather quick removal method compared to others. And even though there is absolutely no pain or discomfort involved in removing a skin tag this way, there is a chance that you could be left with a scar. Because the nail polish needs to dry in between applications, this method is best left for parts of the body exposed to the open air.

Using Aloe vera gel

Regularly applying tea tree oil is the preferred skin tag removal method by many sufferers, but using aloe vera gel works just as well. The gel obtained from this plant has been used to treat a wide variety of skin condition for thousands of years and many people have had great success in using it to remove skin tags.

To remove skin tags with aloe vera gel:

  1. Wash the skin tag and the surrounding area thoroughly with soap and water then dry.
  2. Take a small amount of the aloe vera gel onto your finger and rub it onto the skin tag until it has been absorbed. Do not rinse.

For the best results, you’ll need to apply aloe vera gel to the skin tag at least twice each day for several weeks. There is no pain involved in removing skin tags this way and the possibility of scarring is almost nil. Because aloe vera gel is a mild, natural product, you can use it to remove skin tags from almost any part of your body.

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