Skin tags are small, soft skin growths. One of the most common bumps on an adult’s skin, these skin tags are harmless. But while harmless, skin tags are unsightly. Growths can occur anywhere on the body, but the most common areas are:
- Skin folds
People may have one skin tag, or People can have hundreds – everyone is different. The good news is that, unlike other growths, removing skin tags does not lead to more growth. Peoplecan confidently remove skin tags and not worry about them reappearing due to removal.
There is always a chance that you’ll develop more skin tags in the future.
Easy methods of removal allow anyone to remove your skin tags as they occur. Three easy methods to remove growths without pain, include:
1. Ligation / Tying Off Skin Tags
Ligation is a proven way to remove skin tags. Results take 5 – 10 days, and smaller growths in dry locations tend to fall off faster. Ligation requires a person to:
- Tie dental floss around the growth
- Sterilize the area daily until the growth falls off
Ligation results in blood flow not reaching the growth. When blood flow ceases, the growth will dry and fall off. It’s important to keep the area sterilized and ensure that the area doesn’t get infected.
Ideal for growths that can be concealed, people often choose one of the other two methods when removing skin tags on their eyes.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil offers a no fuss solution to remove skin tags. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, tea tree oil is easy to apply. Skin Tags Gone recommends applying tea tree oil by:
- Soaking a cotton ball in the oil
- Applying the tea tree oil to the skin tags
- Repeat several times per day
You’ll need to continue applying tea tree oil to the skin tags for several weeks until the tags dry and fall off. Tea tree oil makes it easy to remove skin tags, but the process is lengthy. Cryotherapy may be an option if you don’t have success with tea tree oil.
3. Cryotherapy / Freezing Off Skin Tags
Cryotherapy is the freezing of your skin growths. What this involves is using liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tag off. A localized treatment, cryotherapy targets the skin tags directly so that other areas of skin aren’t impacted.
Dermatologists will perform the procedure.
A small instrument, called a hemostat, is placed in liquid nitrogen before being applied to your skin tags. The instrument is applied to the stalk of your growth for 10 seconds. Patients often feel a mild stinging sensation.
Skin tags will fall off in 7 – 10 days at most with this method.