9 Easy Ways For Safely Removing Skin Tags Yourself At Home

Date February 2, 2018 18:30

What are skin tags?

Skin tags are benign growths that can form anywhere on your body and are mainly harmless. They develop in areas where the skin is rubbing against the skin, so they are more common in skin creases and folds. Mostly found in areas such as the groin, neck, and armpits, as well as the face, especially around the eyes, skin tags are painless unless irritated by shaving or jewelry.

Almost half of the human population, 46% to be exact, has skin tags, but there are underlying illnesses that increase the risk. Diabetes type 2 has been linked to the formation of skin tags as well as a certain causal genetic component.

Home remedies

When it comes to home remedies, it goes without saying that most of them have not been clinically confirmed. Also, they seem to be prone to subjectivity as you may find that they don't have the same effect on different people.

We chose home remedies that you can easily find inside your homes or at the local market. Most of them work by simply drying out the skin tag until it diminishes enough to fall off.

1. Oregano oil

Being a potent antimycotic, oregano oil can offer relief from various skin conditions, including skin tags. You can go full DIY by placing fresh oregano in olive oil. Leave it for a couple of weeks, then strain it, and you'll have your domestic oregano oil. Of course, you can buy essential oregano oil and dilute it with sweet almond oil.

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Apply oregano oil three times a day by letting it dry by air before you place a bandage or a piece of cloth on the area.

2. Iodine

Iodine works by safely breaking down skin cells, which makes it perfect for treating warts and skin tags. Liquid Iodine can be easily purchased at the nearest pharmacy, and it doesn't require any special preparation.


Be careful when applying Iodine not to cover any surrounding skin. Use a Q-tip to get that level of precision which is required. Apply daily until the skin tag falls off.

3. Apple cider vinegar

The acidity of the vinegar darkens the skin and dries it out, which, in turn, causes the skin tag to fall off. General stores sell apple cider vinegar as a part of their usual assortment.


Use a cotton swab soaked in vinegar and place it on the desired area. Keep it there for circa 15 minutes and wash the skin after each treatment. Apply it daily for a couple of weeks. It is best not to use vinegar around eyes because of possible irritation.

4. Garlic

Well known for its many health benefits, garlic is one of the healthiest vegetables you can keep in your kitchen. It is said that its juices are capable of removing skin tags in a matter of days. Crush the garlic to a pulp and soak the juices with a cotton ball.


Put the cotton ball on top of the skin tag and cover it with a piece of a bandage. Keep it there overnight. Every third night, skip the process to avoid skin irritation.

5. Coconut oil

Coconut oil includes lauric acid which has proven effects on alleviating skin conditions. No wonder it is often used in the production of soaps.


Each evening before you go to bed, rub coconut oil on the area with skin tags. After a few weeks, skin tags should dwindle and even fall off.

6. Dandelion juice

Easily found in gardens around the world, dandelions are, in fact, rich in vitamins and minerals. Pick a couple of plants and squeeze the white sap out of its root.


Three drops three times a day should be enough to remove the skin tag after weeks of continuous use.

7. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an effective antioxidant that can be used for wrinkles and to keep the skin healthy. Do not use vitamin E intended for oral use; instead, find a bottle of liquid vitamin E which you can purchase in any pharmacy.


Massage the affected area with the liquid or place a bandage over it and keep it there overnight.

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8. Bananas

Banana peels are great for drying out skin and removing skin tags. If you love eating bananas, don't throw away the peels.


Coat the skin tag with a banana peel and place a bandage over the lot. Do this every night until the skin tag is dry enough to fall off.

9. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is used medicinally for hundreds of years because of its known properties in treating various skin conditions.


Apply the tea tree oil gently on top of the skin tag by using a Q-tip. Do this three times a day and keep it in place for 10 minutes at a time. Do not touch the surrounding area as it can cause irritation with people that have sensitive skin.

Note that home remedies are not 100% failproof and if you feel any discomfort or pain regarding skin tags, you should immediately consult the doctor.

Source: Livestrong, HealthlineNaturalLivingIdeas

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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.