6 Ways to Eliminate Skin Tags Naturally

25 August, 2020
Although surgical removal is the most effective way to eliminate skin tags, some people choose to use natural methods.

Skin tags or cutaneous papillomas are small protrusions that are caused by friction, chaffing or general trauma. While they don’t pose a risk to your health, they can become an aesthetic issue for some people.

Skin tags are benign and non-infectious, and can be removed with surgery.  However, there are those who prefer to give natural remedies a try first.

Experts at MAPFRE state that “when correctly applied by a dermatologist, any destructive method can be used to eliminate skin tags: surgery, electrocoagulation, cryotherapy or laser therapy are all good options. They may even disappear if a thread is carefully tied around them and left for a few days.”

Natural ways to eliminate skin tags

According to popular belief, some natural remedies can help to eliminate skin tags. Take a look at some of the most common methods.

Note: If you suffer from sensitive skin or a chronic dermatological disorder, such as dermatitis, rosacea, psoriasis, for example, always consult your doctor before applying any type of home remedy to avoid exposing yourself to adverse reactions.

1. Apple cider vinegar

Using apple cider vinegar is one of the tips for skin tags

Some people say that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can help to eliminate skin tags and warts. It’s recommended to apply it over a prolonged period of time until the growth disappears.

Ingredients

  • 1 toothpick
  • 1 cotton ball
  • A roll of medical tape
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (10 ml)

Directions

  • Wash the skin surrounding the skin tag with warm water and mild soap.
  • Dry thoroughly and gently scratch with a toothpick.
  • Wet the cotton ball with some apple cider vinegar and apply directly to the affected area.
  • Bind with medical tape and leave it to work overnight.
  • Rinse the following morning and apply again before going to sleep.
  • Repeat these steps until the skin tag is eliminated.

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2. Castor oil and brewer’s yeast

Combining brewer’s yeast and castor oil results in a paste that some people say can help eliminate skin tags.

Directions

  • Mix the castor oil with the powdered yeast to make a sticky paste.
  • Once ready, apply to the growth and cover with medical tape.
  • Let work overnight and rinse in the morning.

3. Pineapple and lemon

Using pineapple juice is one of the tips for skin tags

Ingredients

  • 1 chunk of pineapple.
  • 1 cotton ball.
  • 3 drops of lemon juice.

Directions

  • Mash the pineapple chunk and add the 3 drops of lemon juice.
  • Soak a cotton ball in the liquid and apply to the affected area.

4. Tea tree essential oil

Another home remedy that’s often recommended for eliminating skin tags and small warts is tea tree essential oil diluted with water.

Ingredients

  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • Water (however much you need)
  • 1 cotton ball

Directions

  • Soak a cotton ball in water and clean the area around the growth.
  • Apply 2 or 3 drops of tea tree oil to the affected area.
  • Leave on without rinsing and apply twice daily until the tag is gone.

5. Oregano oil

Using oregano oil is one of the tips for skin tags

You can also use oregano oil
. It’s believed that its active compounds can eliminate fibromas and prevent them from appearing on other parts of the body.

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon oregano oil
  • 1 cotton ball

Directions

  • Soak the cotton ball with the oregano oil and apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat twice a day, every day.

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6. Salt and onion juice

The sulfur compounds and antibacterial properties in onions can also be good for combating this issue.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 1 bandage
  • A tablespoon of sea salt

Directions

  • Finely chop an onion and place in a container with the sea salt.
  • The following day, extract the onion juice and use it to treat skin tags.
  • Apply to the affected area, cover with a bandage and allow to work overnight.

What if they don’t fall off?

Keep in mind that it may take a while for effects to become noticeable and will vary from case to case.

If these remedies don’t work for you, remember that it’s best to go to your dermatologist for proper treatment. A professional may recommend a surgical treatment to eliminate them quickly and with 100% effectiveness.

Plus, some skin tags can be a sign of other health issues, such as high levels of insulin and type 2 diabetes. Consult a specialist for a full examination as soon as possible.

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