Skin tags are harmless growths on the skin, which are in fact benign tumors of connective tissue, by definition. They look like small, soft balloons on the surface of the skin. Skin tags usually grow a few millimeters in diameter and can vary in number from one to hundreds. They are most often in the color of the skin, but can also have a light or dark pigment. These changes are not cancerous, but they can become more common throughout life and are often an aesthetic problem.
Skin tags are most typical for middle age and occur in places where skin rubs against skin or clothing, therefore they usually form in the neck, armpits, groin, under the breasts, belly and eyelids, but can occur elsewhere on the skin. In fact, almost every person has at least one skin tag, which makes this phenomenon pretty common.
Skin tags can often be a problem, because they occur at inconvenient places and can sometimes cause inflammation or even bleeding. Their number and size increase with age. There is no known cause of their occurrence, but genetics and weight are important factors in their development. Their number varies on average from a few to several hundred. The best time of year for removing skin tags is winter, when there’s no too much sun and sweating.
How to remove skin tags
There are several effective medical ways to remove skin tags, including surgical removal (applanation), burning (medical electrocautery) and freezing with liquid nitrogen. However, freezing therapy is not recommended when it comes to skin tags on the genitalia and feet, because this treatment damages the surrounding skin.
Apple cider vinegar for removing skin tags
It is believed that the apple cider vinegar is one of the most effective home remedies. It can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions, and the removal of skin tags is one of them, thanks to its acidity. Remember, you should never use this treatment for removing skin tags on eyelids, because it can irritate your eyes.
- Carefully wash the area around the skin tag using water and mild soap.
- Take a cotton ball, soak it with water and place it on the skin tag. Hold for 15 minutes and then dry it out.
- Take a cheesecloth, soak it in apple cider vinegar and squeeze out the excess.
- Apply it to the skin tag and wrap it with a bandage to make sure it is secured.
- Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse with water.
Repeat this process 3 times a day, a few days to a week, or more if needed (there’s no need to repeat the second step).
After a while the skin tag will darken, a scab will form and eventually it will fall off. Depending on the size and position of the skin tag, a small scar may appear, but you can treat it with aloe Vera gel and it will disappear.
Don’t put ACV around the skin tag, because the skin will turn red.
Stop with the treatment once a scab occurs.
Do not pick the scab off. Wait for it to fall off!
Other home remedies to remove skin tags
Chop the onion, add a little pepper and salt and let it sit overnight. The next day collect the juice and apply it to the skin tag, twice a day.
Take the juice from unripe fig and apply it to the skin tag. Let it dry and rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat the process until the skin tag falls off.
Soak a piece of cheesecloth in beer foam and apply it to the skin tag. Repeat the procedure every day until it disappears.
Sea water is the best natural cure for warts and other skin diseases. Salt, iodine and other minerals dry out growths of this kind: it is good to spend some time in sea water or use a soaked cheesecloth and apply it to the skin tag, the result will be surprising.