As you get older, changes in your skin are inevitable. We all know that wrinkles and fine lines come with aging. Did you know that skin tags are something that surfaces with age as well? The growth of extra skin is, unfortunately, another skin condition that many have to deal with. Skin tags are more common than you think and are usually harmless. Fortunately, there are many options for removing them.
What Are Skin Tags?
Skin tags are an excess growth of skin. The growth is connected to the skin by a small thin stalk. They usually are noncancerous and painless. Irritation may occur when the skin tag is in an area that is prone to rubbing against something. Skin tags can appear anywhere on the body but are more commonly found in skin folds such as the armpits, groin, thighs, eyelids, neck, and the area under your breasts. Most tags are small, around 2 mm - 5 mm in diameter. In some cases, they can become larger, up to half an inch.
Tea tree oil - Apply tea tree oil on the skin tag and cover with a bandage. This process will cause the tag to dry and fall off. Repeat for several days or weeks until the skin tag is gone.
Apple Cider Vinegar - Soak a cotton swab with apple cider vinegar and place it over the skin tag. Let it sit for 15-30 minutes, then cleanse the area. Repeat daily for a couple of weeks until the tag is gone. The acidity of apple cider vinegar breaks down the tissue surrounding the skin tag, causing it to fall off.
Vitamin E - The antioxidant properties helps to combat wrinkles and keeps skin healthy. Massage the liquid vitamin E over the skin tag. Continue the use of the vitamin E until the skin tag falls off.
Skin tags can also be removed with over-the-counter freezing kits. Freezing kits use cryotherapy (the use of extremely low temperatures) to destroy unwanted skin tissue. Look for products that will reach the lowest temperature when used appropriately.
A doctor or dermatologist can also remove the skin tag. There are several different procedures the doctor may use after numbing the area. One method is cauterization, where heat is used to remove the skin tag. Cryosurgery uses liquid nitrogen to freeze off the growth. Surgery involves the doctor snipping off the skin tag with scissors.