Your physician may recommend an in-office procedure where the skin tag is removed with a scalpel. This will involve a topical anesthetic and little downtime.
In researching how to remove a skin tag, freezing often comes up in search engines. However, it requires more than just the application of an ice cube at home. A liquid nitrogen compound is carefully applied to the affected area. This procedure is best for those with lighter skin and in areas where there is little hair growth.
Burning off a skin tag should never be attempted at home. This is a procedure that must be conducted by an experienced medical professional. Electrocauterization requires a special tool that is heated and then carefully applied to the skin tag; the skin tag may not come off immediately. It may fall off in the hours or days following the procedure.
4. Tying a String
For an elongated skin tag, your physician may tie a sterile string around the base to cut off the blood supply, causing the skin tag to die. As skin tags do have a blood supply of their own and doing this technique improperly can cause excessive bleeding, it is not recommended to do this yourself. When deciding how to remove skin tags, there are other safe and effective at-home treatments you can try.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
This incredibly versatile fermented vinegar is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, making it a great choice for removing skin tags.
First, wash and thoroughly dry the area around the tag. Apply some apple cider vinegar to a cotton ball and apply to the bump. You can secure or hold the cotton ball in place for up to 15 minutes. Repeat this procedure three times a day until the skin tag darkens, dries, and eventually falls off.
Avoid using apple cider vinegar to treat skin tags located near the eyes.
6. Vitamin E Oil
A powerful antioxidant with important properties for skin health, Vitamin E can be applied topically to skin tags.
Use a pure, high-quality liquid Vitamin E that is formulated specifically for topical treatment (rather than breaking open a capsule intended for oral use), such as this bottle of Jason Vitamin E Oil.
Apply the liquid to the skin tag and cover with a bandage. Change the bandage and Vitamin E oil every day after cleansing the affected area. Repeat this process daily for several weeks or months until the tag is gone.
7. Tea Tree Oil
An antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic oil, tea tree has been used medicinally for centuries to fix all manner of ailments. It’s particularly effective at treating skin disorders and is known to remove skin tags in a matter of weeks with daily application.
Simply soak a Q-tip in tea tree oil (such as this bottle of Plant Therapy Tea Tree Oil) and gently apply it to the skin tag three times a day, holding in place for up to 10 minutes. Using a Q-tip means the oil won’t come into contact with the skin around the tag. This is especially important for those who have sensitive skin, as they may find undiluted tea tree oil is irritating. Most people, however, won’t have any reaction.
If tea tree oil is causing you irritation, blend it with a soothing carrier oil like coconut, before applying topically. Be aware this may extend the treatment time.