If you’ve noticed those fleshy little growths on your skin and tempting to pick at, you’ve likely developed the skin tags. With the scientific name ‘achrochordons’, these skin tags occur due to friction of the skin around the areas like neck, under arms or the groin and often cause irritation from skin rubbing on the skin or on the clothing. These raised small little bumps or flaps are completely harmless, but they’re probably annoying if you don’t like their look. They may tempt you to yank them off, but you should never do that.
Skin tags are mostly caused to the people having diabetes and obese or overweight people. They are composed of fat cells, nerve cells, core of ducts and fibers covered with epidermis. The size of these skin tags may vary from 2.5 mm to 1 cm or even as big as 5cm in diameter and the color ranges from brown and flesh-colored to dark pigmented skin.
Although the skin tags are completely harmless, most of the people opt for skin tag removal due to cosmetic and aesthetic reasons.
Common Procedures For Treating Skin Tags
Cryosurgery: In the process of Cryosurgery, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze off the skin tag using a probe which is a blunt-ended surgical instrument.
Cauterization: In this process skin tag is burned off using electrolysis where electric current is used to apply heat and the skin tag is removed off burning by the heat.
Ligation: Ligation process refers to binding base of the skin tag with something that interrupts the blood supply to it. Due to that, the skin tag dries off and falls in few days.
Excision: This is a process of literally cutting off the skin tag by a scalpel.
The above-mentioned procedures should always be followed or done by a medical professional or a dermatologist, but there are some natural home remedies which you can do yourself. These are the herbal treatments which are surely less invasive and completely safe.
Natural & Effective home Remedies To Get Rid Off Skin Tags
Tea Tree Oil: This oil is helpful in curing many skin disorders like skin tags, moles etc. In order to remove the skin tag with this remedy, clean the skin tag with a cotton ball soaked in water. Add 3 drops of tea tree oil to the cotton ball and apply it directly on the skin tag in circular motion. Repeat this 1-2 times daily for 8-10 days until the lesion vanishes.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apply a small dab of cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it on the skin tag. It may cause a stinging sensation for few minutes but you can see the skin tag vanish in 2-4 weeks.
Lemon Juice: Lemon juice contains citric acid which helps in decomposing the cells in skin tags. Dab few drops of lemon juice on a cotton ball and apply it directly on the affected area. Repeat this daily till the skin tag dries up and falls.
Banana Peel: Cut the banana peel into small pieces and place one small piece on the affected area and hold it firmly with a bandage. Remember that the inner part of the peel comes in contact with the affected area. Leave it for overnight and repeat this process until the skin tag falls off.
Aloe vera Gel: This natural herb is very good for any skin condition. You can massage it on the skin daily or apply aloe vera juice directly on the skin tag. Because of its healing ability for any kind of skin disorder, aloe vera is used as a main ingredient in the skin care products. To get a more effective result, make a paste using black walnut hull and aloe vera gel to remove the skin tag faster.
Besides, there are some simple and conventional home remedies such as applying nail polish to the skin tag or using duct tape to remove the skin tag. Nail Clippers are also used to pull the skin tag and cut them off, but it may cause bleeding and skin infection. So, sterilize the scissors and clippers and the surrounding area with isopropyl and once the bleeding stops, apply an antibiotic.
So, these were some of the natural home remedies for effectively removing the skin tags permanently.