Although usually harmless, skin tags can be embarrassing and frustrating for many people. Also called acrochordons, they’re increasingly common as people age, but they can occur in younger people, as well. Some of the most common places they’re found are on the neck, eyelids, armpits, groin and under the breasts. In most cases, the best way to remove them is with professional treatment from Dr. Levine, but there are a few home remedies you can try first if you aren’t in a rush.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has become a sort of miracle elixir used for many ailments and conditions. Be sure to purchase organic, raw apple cider vinegar and apply it to the skin tag several times a day. You can also soak a cotton ball and tape it in place overnight.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural antiviral, antimicrobial and antibacterial agent. Not only can it help remove skin tags, but it also helps keep the skin protected from infection in the process. It’s best to mix it with a carrier oil such as coconut oil at first and apply two to three times a day for several weeks.
Oregano oil is great for its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities. It can help remove skin tags and warts and even help clear up acne. Mix with coconut oil and apply several times a day for a few weeks.
Baking Soda and Castor Oil
Mix baking soda with a few drops of castor oil to create a paste that may help remove your skin tags. Apply the paste and leave on for a few hours before rinsing off. Try to do this a few times a day for several weeks.
Manuka honey is one of the newest trends in organic, natural remedies. It’s a strong antiseptic and antibacterial and works by cutting off oxygen to the skin tag. After applying the honey, cover the area with a bandage to keep it in place and avoid sticky situations.
Many of these home remedies take several weeks to work. Sometimes, the only way to remove a skin tag is with professional help.