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Can I Remove Skin Tags at Home?

A lot of people will develop skin tags; especially as they get older. These blemishes are perfectly harmless, but they can make people a bit self-conscious. If an individual has noticeable skin tags it might damage their self-esteem and make them a bit less confident. This is why a lot of us who develop skin tags will want them removed. The standard thing to do is to visit the doctor and get them to remove the tags, but this can be a real hassle. The good news is that there may also be the option to remove these at home; although this probably isn’t going to be a good choice for everyone.

What is a Skin Tag?

Before we go on to discuss how to remove skin tags at home it is probably best to first describe what they are. Skin tags are just bits of skin that have overgrown and now project from the rest of the skin on what looks like a stalk. They are almost always benign and don’t usually cause any type of health problems. People who are obese are a lot more likely to develop them. If skin tags are just ignored they will sometimes fall off themselves, but this can take a long time and this is why people often want to hurry the process along.

How to Remove Skin Tags at Home

The most important thing to say about removing skin tags at home is that you must be certain that it is a skin tag. If you have any doubts in your mind then you will need to go and see a doctor just to insure that it isn’t something more sinister. Even if you are certain that it is a skin tag you still might want to have your doctor remove it – this would be the most sensible approach. Some of us though, just aren’t always as sensible as we should be and so will remove the skin tag at home if we are confident of doing so safely.

There are a number of options for removing skin tags at home, but we will just examine two of these here. The first option can take a bit of time but it is the safer of the two I’m going to mention here. It involves making a paste by mixing baking soda and castor oil and applying this to the skin tag frequently throughout the day. It can take up to a fortnight but this should cause the tag to dry out and consequently fall off.

Another option is a bit more invasive because it involves cutting the skin tag off with a sharp scissors or nail clippers – these should be sterilised first by leaving them in boiling water for at least 10 minutes. You tie the bottom of the skin tag tightly with dental floss and then cut it off with the scissors. After you have finished it is vital that you apply anti bacterial ointment to prevent infection. This option isn’t too painful and it is certainly effective.