Skin tags are small, flesh-coloured and smooth skin outgrowth in a number of locations in your body. The most common locations of skin tags are underarms, neck, and groin, eyelids where the skin is fold or expose to excessiveness. The main cause for skin tags is unclear but there are variety of factors that poses one person in a higher chance of getting a skin tag, including: obesity or overweight, diabetes, aging, heredity, Human papillomavirus (HPV) exposure and pregnancy-related hormonal changes. Even though, these tags are benign and pain free but most people finds it annoying due to its’ ugly appearance. You can consult with your doctor for some removing procedures, such as: excision, cryosurgery, ligation and cauterization. But if you afraid of potential complications due to these procedure and want something organic so here are 8 home remedies for skin tags that you can try at home effectively.
- 1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Thanks to antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, apple cider vinegar is a powerful remedy for skin tags, especially those on the neck. First, you dip a cotton ball with the vinegar and apply it on the dry, clean skin tag. Let it sit for few hours before wash it off with warm water. To complete the removal process, repeat the procedure at least three times a day in a month. If you are hypersensitivity then dilute apple cider vinegar with a cup of water before you apply it.
- Tea Tree Oil
Acid in tea tree oil helps to dry the skin tag and remove it gradually. Besides that, tea tree oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect protecting skin after the removal that makes it one the best method to remove skin tag at home. Add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil in a wet cotton ball then apply it over the affected area and massage slightly in circular motions. You should apply this for at least 2-3 times a day until the skin tag is removed. In case of irritation, dilute tea tree oil with the same amount of water before apply it on the skin.
- Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E has been well-known for its’ powerful antioxidant properties. It promotes skin regeneration that makes it one of the best methods for skin tag removal. You apply the pure oil on the affected area and cover it with a bandage. Then reapply and change that bandage with a new one after cleansing the skin with clean water in the next morning. Repeat this procedure before bedtime and for the next 10 days for better outcome.
- Castor Oil
Castor oil not only helps to remove skin tags but to maintains a healthy skin. It because castor oil contains a numerous nutrients that are essential for your skin health. To eliminate the skin tag, you mix castor oil with baking soda in a ratio of 2:1. You can also favor your paste with a few drops of peppermint oil or lemon oil. Then applying the paste on the affected skin and cover it with a bandage. You leave it on for a whole night and change the bandage in the morning. Apply this method for one-two week until it’s gone. This is useful for blepharitis.
- 5. Nail polish
Nail polish can also be used to eliminate skin tags except those near the anal, eyes, lips and nostrils area. Apply it topically on the skin tag and let it sit for a while until it dry. You should apply this procedure three times daily until the skin tag vanished.
Garlic is one of the most widespread natural herbs used as a home remedy for common alignments. It has a fantastic effect of antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. Enzymes presented in garlic help to remove skin tags slowly within a couple of weeks. First, soak a cotton ball with crushed garlic cloves and apply it on the tag or you can apply directly the crushed one on the skin and bandage it. Leave it in overnight then wash it off next day. You need to repeat this process for a couple of days until the tag vanished.
- Banana Peel
Banana Peel contains many enzymes which have a great effect on dissolving the abnormal skin outgrowth like a skin tag naturally. Apply the inside part of a small piece of banana peel on the skin tag and wrap it with a gauze. Leave the gauze until the next morning and wash the affected area with water.
- 8. Fenugreek seeds
Fenugreek is famous for it’s’ antioxidant properties. It helps to eliminate dead skin cells and shrink the skin tag. Until now, there is no clear explanation on the effectiveness of fenugreek seeds on removing skin tags. You can either chew it directly or drink its’ juice. Remember not to take it more than 100 g per day and do not consume any drink or food in 30 minutes toward the seed consumption.