We live in a world which scrutinizes the human form – be you a man or a woman, there is no escaping the pursuit of physical perfection. It is why we spend time on sunbeds, buy expensive cosmetics, and read style tips in glossy magazines. So, what happens if you suffer from something as common skin tags, which are entirely harmless, but rather unsightly?
Well, the first thing to realise is that skin tags really are harmless. They take the form of small, benign, flesh colored lumps or flaps of skin which are soft to the touch. These ‘tags’ can develop at any time, on any kind of person, without warning. For the vast majority of people (40-50% of the population), they only ever appear in small amounts and are not a problem.
If you are one of the lesser population of people who have a multitude of skin tags (upwards of ten), which group around areas like the neck, shoulders, back, and eyelids, you might be interested in finding out how to remove them. They can sometimes catch on clothes, so it might be worth looking into some of the following home remedies for removing a skin tag.
Apple Cider Vinegar
If you can get your hands on some apple cider vinegar, you can eradicate unsightly skin tags quickly and with the minimum amount of effort. First, take two tablespoons of the vinegar and saturate a small cloth with it. Now, apply the vinegar to clean and dry skin – do not be afraid to completely cover the skin tag. It might be a little smelly, but it will be worth the hassle later.
The only downside is that this rapid method for removing a skin tag can cause a bit of mild irritation at first. You have to remember that vinegar is an acid and it will sting a little when it makes contact with the skin – do make sure that you have no open cuts or scratches around the area which is to be treated.
Dandelion Stem Juice
Whilst this might sound like an unconventional choice, it has been used as a natural remedy for removing a skin tag for many years. To get at the juice, you need to pick a tall dandelion (with as much of the stem intact as possible) and remove the substance by gently squeezing down the length of the tube. You should find that a milky juice starts to flow from the stem.
It is this substance which you can squeeze onto a cloth or cotton swab and then use to treat your skin tags. The best approach is to cover the offending area and then place a band aid over the tag to keep the stem juice where it needs to be. You can do this as many as four times every day and after a few weeks, you should see the skin tag start to dry and fall off.
This all natural ingredient contains three kinds of powerful bacteria fighting substance. It also contains an anti-inflammatory, an anti-oxidative, and an anti-septic component, so it is quite the wonder stuff. It is a great method for removing a skin tag, but you will have to be patient – it takes around a month.
First, combine five drops of coconut oil with three drops of oregano oil. You need to apply this solution to your skin tag three times every day. After four weeks, the skin tag should have dried up and fallen off without any discomfort whatsoever. It is important that you add coconut oil, because oregano oil on its own can cause a rash.
This is another ingredient with remarkable anti-septic characteristics. It is filled with citric acid too, which is a great substance for drying up skin tags quickly – this works because the acid degrades the cells within the tag. Plus, it is a super easy method to follow as well.
All you need to do is pick up a fresh lemon, halve it down the middle, and squeeze its juice directly onto a small cloth (you can use a cotton swab, if necessary). The juice needs to be passed over the skin tag, so that it covers the unwanted flesh. The best approach is to do this three times every day until the skin tag drops off on its own.