Although harmless, the quickest and safest way to remove skin tags would be to see a medical doctor. A medical doctor or dermatologist is in the best position to recommend the best skin tag removal option. However, there are also natural and equally safe alternatives but they take a little longer to remove skin tags. Read on as we examine some ways to remove skin tags.
What Is a Skin Tag?
Skin tags are noncancerous and soft growths that form on skin folds. This growth is most common in certain body parts than in others. Some of the places most susceptible to skin tags include the:
- Eyelids (especially behind the hair of the eyelid)
- Groin area
Skin tags are not painful. However, pain can be felt when skin tags get snagged by clothing or jewelry. Certain people are also more likely to have skin tags. Those that are overweight fall into this category. This is why information on how to lose weight is important.
What Is the Quickest and Safest Way to Remove Skin Tag?
Seeing a doctor or dermatologist is the quickest and safest way to go about skin tag removal. One of the reasons is that you are certain it is a skin tag. Some skin-appearing cancer can look like skin tags, but they are not.
So, seeing a health care expert is strongly recommended. Skin irregularities like moles can also look like a skin tag. So, it takes a health care expert to truly ascertain if you are dealing with skin tags. If it is confirmed that you have skin tags, some of the surgical ways to go about removing skin tags include:
- Cryosurgery – freezing skin tags to a point where they would not find the body conducive. This is done using the right measure of liquid nitrogen
- Ligation – A skin tag exists because there is blood supply to its base. Ligation aims at ceasing the supply of blood to the skin tag
- Cauterization – This involves the use of heat for skin tag removal
- Electrocautery – The right kind and measure of electric current is used to remove the skin tag
- Surgery – Surgical scissors are used to snip off this growth from its base in the skin. This might require the use of a bandage
Are There Over-the-Counter (OTC) Products for the Removal of Skin Tags?
There are OTC solutions that can be used to remove skin tags. Once again, you need to run checks with your health care expert before using any of them. This is to avoid skin irritation or anything that will threaten your health in any way.
For example, a medical doctor can help you better understand that skin tags are one common sign of pregnancy. Having made all these clear, some of the OTC options include:
These creams have chemical and therapeutic properties that help in removing skin tags. They also help in removing moles and warts.
Using these kits exposes skin tags to very low temperatures that destroy them.
Natural/Homemade Skin Tag Removal Options?
There is a long list of natural and homemade remedies for skin tags. However, clinical studies have not made final claims on some of them. These natural options also take a little while to remove the skin tag. Some of the natural/homemade remedies include:
Both Apple Cider Vinegar and White Vinegar have been reported to help when dabbed on the affected skin.
Garlic offers several health benefits. One such is reducing inflammation. To remove the skin tag with garlic, you have to blend the garlic first. Afterward, apply the blended content to the affected part using a cotton board. You should then secure it using a bandage.
There are antioxidant properties in banana peels that can help with skin tag removal. You can put the banana peel over the growth and secure it using a bandage.
It is not news that Vitamin E improves the skin and contributes to good health at large. Its antioxidant properties have also been reported to help in the removal of skin tags.
Tea Tree Oil
Other than this oil, other oils help with skin tag removal. Castor and coconut oil are examples. Specifically, Tea Tree Oil can help because of its antifungal and antiviral properties.
Seeing your health care expert remains the safest and most effective approach to terminating skin tags. However, we have also made you aware of OTC and homemade options that can help. For more skincare and health information, you can visit the beauty section of the Alzdem Health platform.