Commonly mistaken for moles because of their color, skin tags are benign skin growths. Caused by the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), they normally appear on the neck, chest or armpits and multiply when exposed to sun or when immunity weakens. Although they aren’t painful, they can bleed and even become infected if torn by jewelry or clothes. Last, but not least, skin tags can be a major cosmetic issue for some.
If you don’t feel comfortable with having them removed surgically, these efficient natural remedies can help a lot.
TEA TREE OIL
Due to its strong antiseptic and antifungal properties, tea tree oil has long been used for treatment of many skin conditions, including skin tags. What this oil does is dry the skin tag from the inside to the outside. Start with cleaning the affected area before treatment. Then soak a cotton ball in water and add a few drops of tea tree oil to it. Rub the skin tag gently. Do the treatment 3 times a day until the skin tag withers and falls off.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
ACV is another effective home remedy for skin tags due to its high acidic content. Apply some apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and apply on the skin tags. This may burn a bit for a few minutes, but it’s completely normal as acv is high in acidity. Repeat the treatment 2-3 times a day until the skin tags disappear.
The antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties of garlic are widely known and used. For treatment of skin tags, crush some garlic cloves and extract their juice. After you apply this juice on the skin tag, cover it with a band-aid. Repeat the treatment 2-3 times a day always anew.
Lemon juice is an effective skin tag remedy due to its high content of citric acid, which makes it a powerful astringent. Apply some lemon juice on a cotton pad and rub the affected skin with it three times a day. Leave the lemon juice on until it dries. The results will be visible in less than a month.
Banana peels have a variety of uses, among which effectively removing skin tags. Simply, cut some banana peel in small pieces. With the inside of the peel, cover the skin tag securing with a band-aid. Let it act overnight. Repeat the treatment before going to bed every night until the skin tag falls off.