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Skin tags are harmless and do not usually cause pain or discomfort. You can have skin tags removed if they affect your self-esteem, or if they snag on clothing or jewellery and bleed. BestLifeTips would like to share with you steps on removing skin tags with nail polish and others home remedies to remove skin tags.
What is a skin tag?
A skin tag is a small, soft, skin-colored growth on your skin. It can vary in color and size, from a few millimetres up to 5cm wide.
Skin tag is benign, noncancerous, tumors of the skin. It consists of a core of fibers and ducts, nerve cells, fat cells, and a covering or epidermis.
Skin tags can appear anywhere on the body, such as the neck, armpits, around the groin, or under the breast. They can also grow on the eyelids or under the folds of the buttocks.
Skin tags are harmless growths that can vary in number from one to hundreds. They are very common and generally occur after midlife. They affect men and women equally.
The surface of skin tags may be smooth or irregular in appearance. They often raise from the surface of the skin. Some people may have skin tags and never notice them. In some cases, they rub off or fall off painlessly. Very large skin tags may burst under pressure.
What causes skin tags?
It is not clear exactly what causes skin tags, but it may occur when clusters of collagen and blood vessels trap inside thicker pieces of skin. Collagen is a type of protein found throughout the body.
Since they are more common in skin creases or folds, they may be caused by skin rubbing against skin. Some people appear to inherit to skin tags.
They tend to appear in older people, people who are obese or have type 2 diabetes or pregnant women.
Skin tags are associated with hyperinsulinemia, when there is too much insulin circulating in the blood.
See more: All you need to know about skin tags
Removing skin tags with nail polish
Many people find home remedies to remove skin tags themselves. One of these remedies is using nail polish. Here are steps on removing skin tags with nail polish.
Step 1: Wash the skin tag area with mild soap and warm water. Use a towel to pat dry the clean area. The skin tag must be dry before you apply the nail polish.
Step 2: Dab the nail polish onto the skin tag, coating the tag thoroughly. Try not to get it on the surrounding skin. Let the polish dry on the skin before touching it. Place a bandage over the area. Repeat this process in the evening.
Step 3: In the next morning, remove the bandage, then remove the polish with nail polish remover. Repeat step 1 and step 2. Apply this method until the skin tag has gone away.
If you have any irritation, redness or pain, stop the process.
- Warning: Always have your doctor evaluate your skin tag before trying to remove it at home. Do not remove a skin tag if you have diabetes or poor circulation, and do not try to remove a skin tag near the eye or in a sensitive area, such as the groin or anus.
Other ways to remove skin tags
Removing skin tags with apple cider vinegar
People have been using vinegar as a natural remedy for centuries. Some people believe that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can help to break down the tissue surrounding skin tags, making them eventually fall off.
To apply apple cider vinegar, follow these steps:
Step 1: Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar.
Step 2: Secure the cotton ball to your skin tag with a bandage.
Step 3: Remove it after 10-15 minutes.
Step 4: Wash the area with soap and warm water.
Step 5: Let the area dry. Do not put the bandage over the skin tag.
Step 6: Repeat daily for 2 weeks or until the skin tags fall off.
Removing skin tags with tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil derived from the leaves of the Australian tea tree. Tea tree oil is considered a natural remedy and is well known for treating skin. It is scientifically proven to be an effective skin treatment.
Tea tree oil can be used in many different ways. Here are some examples of how you can use tea tree oil on your skin tags.
- Tea tree oil compress
Step 1: Soak a cotton ball in tea tree oil.
Step 2: Use a bandage or a piece of tape to secure the cotton ball to your skin tag. Let it sit overnight.
Step 3: Repeat nightly until the skin tag falls off.
- Vinegar mix
Use a combination of 100% tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar:
Step 1: Soak a cotton ball in the apple cider vinegar. Add a few drops of tea tree oil.
Step 2: Use tape to secure the cotton ball to your skin tag. Leave in place for 10-15 minutes.
Step 3: Rinse the area with soap and water. Repeat up to three times per day.
Do not use this vinegar mix near your eyes.
- Diluted tea tree oil
Instead of using pure tea tree oil, try diluting it with a carrier oil, such as coconut or jojoba oil.
Step 1: Mix 1 tbsp of carrier oil with 3-4 drops of tea tree oil.
Step 2: Apply the mixture to your skin tag at least twice per day until it falls off.
- Tea tree oil salt soak
Step 1: Add 3-4 drops of tea tree oil to 1 cup of clean water. Add 1/2 tsp of fine sea salt. Put the mixture in the microwave for about 1 minute.
Step 2: Soak a clean cloth or paper towel in the solution and then hold it on your skin tag for 5-10 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times per day until your tag falls off.
Notice: Tea tree essential oil can be very harsh and may cause skin irritation. So be careful when using it. Discontinue if you experience irritation.
Removing skin tags with liquid bandage
A liquid bandage is a colorless mix of chemicals that people can spray or apply directly to a wound. Some people have successfully used liquid bandages to remove skin tags. Here is step-by-step removal guide on how to remove skin tags with liquid bandage.
Step 1: Make sure the affected area is completely clean.
Step 2: Dab the affected area with a cotton ball that’s been soaked in rubbing alcohol and wait for 15-20 minutes for it to air dry. Do not wipe it with a towel, or try to hand dry it.
Step 3: Once your skin is clean and dry, apply the liquid bandage directly over the skin tag. Be sure to follow the direction from the box.
Step 4: Wait until the bandage is completely dry before touching the skin underneath it.
Step 5: After a few weeks, you can remove the liquid bandage. If the skin tag comes off with it, you’re all set. If the skin tag remains, you can repeat the process with the bandage until it’s ready to come off.
Over-the-counter (OTC) products for skin tags
Along with home remedies, several OTC products at grocery and drugstores can safely remove a skin tag.
Dr. Scholl’s FreezeAway wart remover
It rapidly freezes skin tags for removal. It can remove skin tags with just one treatment and is safe to use on kids as young as 4 years old.
Compound W skin tag remover
The Compound W is designed to adhere lightly to the surrounding healthy skin, protecting it and making it easy to target just the skin tag with the foam-tip applicator.
Claritag Advanced skin tag removal device
The Claritag Advanced skin tag removal device was developed by dermatologists with unique cryo-freeze technology that is designed to effectively and painlessly remove skin tags.
Samsali skin tag remover pads
Samsali skin tag remover pads can remove skin tags within a few days after first use. The adhesive bandage-style pad has a medicated patch in the middle to cover the skin tag.
TagBand works by stopping the skin tag’s blood supply. Results may be seen within days.
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