5 Effective and Safe Home Remedies To Remove Skin Tags

Almost everyone gets annoyed and worried about their skin tags. Skin tags are mostly benign and painless, but are not pleasing aesthetically. In fact, for many people, it is seen as a deformity and they are always looking for ways to get rid of them. If you are one of such people, this article is for you.

Skin tags appear as small growths on the skin surface, where the skin folds. They are usually found over the eyelids, around the neck, under the breasts and under the armpits. You may opt for conventional creams or cosmetic procedures to remove skin tags, or settle for low cost, simple methods of getting rid of them with easily accessible ingredients in the home.

These ingredients may take longer to produce results, they are however safer and produce long-lasting effects. Let us take a look at these simple home remedies.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar
The acidity of apple cider vinegar is known for breaking down skin tissues, which makes it great on skin tags.

What you need:

– Apple cider vinegar
– Cotton
– Bandage or duct tape

How to apply:

Take a swab of cotton and soak in apple cider vinegar, then place the swab over the skin tag.
Then hold the cotton in place with either a bandage or tape for 30 minutes to an hour or two, then remove the cotton and wash the area with water.
Repeat this routine twice daily for a few weeks. The acid in the apple cider vinegar will begin to break down surrounding tissue on the skin tag and in time cause it to fall off.

2. Banana Peel

After eating your bananas, don’t toss away the peels as they are very useful for removing skin tags. Banana peels have been proven to be effective against warts because of their enzymes and acids, and are just as effective on skin tags.

How to apply:

Cut a small section of the banana peel, then apply the fibrous part of the peel on your skin tag and keep in place with a bandage or tape for up to an hour, then wash off. Repeat this process nightly for up to a month and your skin tags will begin to fall off.

3. Garlic

Garlic is also another great home remedy for skin tags. It is anti-fungal and antibacterial in nature and has anti-aging compounds that help improve skin appearance leaving it smoother.

How to apply:

Get 1-2 garlic cloves, grind the fresh garlic cloves into a paste, then apply the ground garlic over the skin tag and cover up the area with clothing or bandage. Keep it through the night and wash it off in the morning. Repeat this nightly for a few days until you start noticing the tags shrinking and eventually disappearing.

4. Baking Soda

Baking soda when mixed with castor oil and applied to skin alters the PH of the skin area and makes the region non-conducive for outgrowths like skin tags and even warts.

What you need:

– A teaspoon of baking soda.
– Castor oil.

How to apply:

Mix a few drops of castor oil with baking soda and stir till it makes a paste. Note that the paste can be very sticky, so stir till it softens to a form suitable for your delicate skin. Then apply the paste to the skin tag. Rinse off after it sits for 1-2 hours. Follow this process for up to 4 weeks and you will find your tags withering and disappearing slowing.

5. Bloodroot

Bloodroot is native to the United States and Canada and is a strong herb remedy for removing skin tags, moles and warts. Some herbalists even recommend it for removal of tumors. It acts by cutting off blood supply to the skin tag, making it fall off on its own after just a few applications.

What you need:

– Bloodroot paste
– Bandage or tape
– Hydrogen Peroxide
– Cotton

How to apply:

Dip a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide and clean the skin tag and the area around it. Then apply the bloodroot paste on the skin tag and cover with a bandage or tape. Leave for a few hours, then wash off. Repeat this 3-4 times a day for 3 days only and the skin tags will dry up and begin to fall off.

Caution with Bloodroot salve:
When you purchase bloodroot salve paste, get the one that contains only bloodroot and water. Those with additional ingredients might contain substances that might cause adverse reactions. Bloodroot is poisonous, do not ingest!

The remedies suggested in this article are effective and low cost options to remove skin tags, but at the end of the day, it all boils down to your decision to either sit on the dermatologist’s table or to try removing them on your own at home.