From blemishes to moles and even birthmarks, there are a number of different types of skin conditions that may be bothering you. But one of the most common yet easiest to treat issues are skin tags. While these miniscule bumps are one of the most annoying skin conditions, they can actually be treated quickly and easily right in your home using a variety of treatments like iodine, apple cider vinegar, and tea tree oil.
What Are Skin Tags?
Skin tags, known by a number of different names including soft fibroma and cutaneous tag, are literally just small tags of skin. The tags look like a small piece of skin and are typically soft and hanging. You can develop tags anywhere on your skin, but they are most likely to occur in areas where you skin rubs against itself. Some of the common areas for skin tags include your eyelids, armpits, groin, upper chest, under the breasts, and neck.
Can I Remove a Skin Tag at Home?
While you can often remove skin tags at home quite easily, we highly suggest that you consult a doctor prior to removing any type of skin growth or development. A doctor can help you rule out any potentially serious skin conditions. Once you have been cleared by a doctor, you can easily remove skin tags using at home remedies such as iodine, apple cider vinegar, and tea tree oil. Some people have even had good results using scissors to cut skin tags off and even string tied around the tags for removal.
Iodine is a chemical element that functions to kill germs and other growths. When applied to a skin tag, it naturally breaks down the built-up skin cells and causes them to safely fall off. Apply the iodine directly to your skin tag with a cotton swab once a day. Be careful to avoid the healthy skin surrounding the tag, and expect to see the tag fall off within several days.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is a naturally acidic liquid. The acid in apple cider vinegar breaks down the excess cells in the skin tag and naturally removes them. Apply a small dab of vinegar to your skin tag with a cotton swab. Apply the vinegar daily for a period of two to four weeks to eliminate the tags.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an active ingredient in a number of skin treatments. It helps naturally dry and tighten the skin. Begin by cleansing your skin with water, then add 3 drops of tea tree oil to a water soaked cotton ball. Apply the oil to your tag in a circular motion. Apply the oil 1-2 times a day for a week to 10 days, and you should be tag free.
While these treatments are effective, they aren’t immediate. Be persistent with your treatment, and you’ll get rid of pesky skin tags in no time. Continue reading below to find out what worked best for our readers and let us know which remedy worked for you!