Skin tags form as a result of friction between your skin and clothing or other body parts, and they can be a serious annoyance if you don’t know how to remove them. These unsightly buggers can develop in unwanted areas, get black and shriveled if the blood supply is cut off, or even become cancerous.
So if you’re dealing with these growths, here are nine easy ways to get rid of them yourself.
1. Visit Your Doctor
Always start by visiting your doctor. After examination, the doctor might determine to do a biopsy on the skin tag area to ensure that the skin tag is not cancerous. Plus, the doctor can easily remove skin tags in the office if you want.
2. Use Tea Tree Oil
To apply, clean the area, place three drops of tea tree oil to a cotton ball, and lightly massage it into the skin in the area of the skin tag. Do this three to four times a day until the skin tag is removed.
3. Use Lemon Juice
Clean the area around the skin tag and apply fresh lemon juiced directly using a cotton ball. Do this two to three times a day for a couple of weeks, and you should notice the skin tag starting to slowly decompose.
4. Use Garlic
Crush two to three fresh garlic cloves into a paste. Using a cotton ball, apply the paste to the skin in the affected area. Cover with a bandage and leave the garlic overnight. Repeat this process for two to three nights. It should start to smooth your skin in a couple of days.
5. Use Banana Peels
Cover the skin tag with a small piece of banana peel, white side down, and cover it with a bandage overnight. Repeat this procedure until the skin tag falls off.
6. Use Iodine
To protect the surrounding skin, use coconut oil directly around the skin tag. Apply a few drops of iodine using a Q-tip, repeating twice a day until the skin tag comes off.
7. Use Aloe Vera Gel
Massage aloe vera juice or gel into the skin two to three times a day.
8. Use Oregano and Coconut Oil
Mix two to three drops of oregano with four to five drops of coconut oil. Apply to the skin tag using a cotton ball, repeating two to three times a day. Eventually, the skin tag should darken, dry up, and fall off.
9. Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar. Apply the cotton ball to the skin, secure it with a bandage, and leave it overnight. Repeat this process each day until the skin tag falls off.