Skin tags are soft, non-cancerous skin outgrowths that may appear on various parts of the body. These are caused when the skin is rubbed against skin. Skin tags usually occur on eyelids, neck, arms, lower part of the breast, and armpits. These fleshy outgrowths are very small in size and appear deformed in shape. Scientifically, skin tags are called as achrochordon. Skin tags can occur both in men and women. Instead of rushing to the doctor, skin tags can be easily removed at home by trying out some simple home remedies.
Causes of Skin Tags
Skin tags are caused due to the accumulation of blood vessels and collagen in the thicker parts of the skin. This is mainly caused due to the rubbing of skin, which mainly occurs in skin folds and creases. Skin tags are mostly caused to people, who suffer from:
- In pregnant women, due to hormonal changes
- Human papilloma virus (HPV)
- Excess use of steroids
- Scratches due to shaving, jewellery and clothing
Symptoms of Skin Tags
The symptoms of skin tag are:
- Small skin outgrowths, which are pink or brownish in colour.
- Irregular in shape.
- Not painful.
- Mostly appear in armpits, neck, and area under breasts, groin, upper chest, and eyelids.
Basic Home Remedies are:
1. Tea Tree Oil :
Tea tree oil is one of the best natural methods for skin tag removal at home. Soak a cotton ball in water and then, put at least 2-3 drops of tea tree oil on it. Now, lightly rub it over the skin tag in circular motions. Repeat this daily at least twice a day for about a week until the skin tag completely vanishes.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
This is one of the best home remedies for skin tags on the neck. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it over the skin tag. Use this remedy for about a month for complete removal of skin tag.
3. Onion Juice
Cut an onion, and leave it overnight in a vessel containing some salt. Extract the juice from it, the next morning. Apply this juice every night on the skin tag for at least 10-12 days. It will completely remove the tag.
4. Castor Oil & Baking Soda
This is an easy skin tag removal method. Mix baking soda and castor oil and form a thick paste. Apply this paste on the skin tag and cover it. Leave it for a night. Wash it with warm water, the next morning. Repeat this process for about 10 days until the tag totally vanishes.
5. Pineapple Juice
This is one of the simplest ways to remove skin tags on skin. Apply pineapple juice every day at least 2-3 times, but don’t rinse it off. Repeat it for at least 10 days, until the skin tag is completely scraped off.
Apply garlic juice over the skin tag at least 2 times a day. But, make sure you change the garlic every time you put it on the skin tag.
7. Nail Polish
Nail polish is also a good way for removing skin tags at home. Cover the skin tag with nail polish, and let it dry. Repeat it for 2-3 times a day for a few days until the tag completely fades off from the skin.
8. Aloe Vera
Apply aloe vera juice and gently massage it on your skin tag. Repeat it daily. This is a good home remedy as it will help in eliminating the skin tag in a few days.