Skin tags, medically known as Acrochorda, are commonly seen on the armpit region, neck, chest, groin region, eyelids and also the inner thighs. Until now, the exact cause of occurrence of skin tags is not known. However, some say that it is due to friction between the skin and clothing or jewelry. Obesity, hormonal changes, HPV, diabetes and use of steroids are also stated as other possible causes. Although skin tags do not cause any pain and are harmless, we all want smooth healthy skin, don’t we? Undergoing surgical treatments for these could be dangerous and also, expensive. So, why not resort to home remedies instead? Caution: If you have skin tags on your eyelids, consult a physician. Here are a few home remedies to get rid of skin tags.
Oregano oil contains the compounds thymol, carvacrol and p-cymene which are known to contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It also has anti-oxidant properties which help in getting rid of the skin tags. Mix oregano oil with coconut oil. This method is efficient as direct application of oregano oil onto the skin might cause irritation to some people. Apply this mixture all over your skin and let it dry completely. Do the same thrice a day. You could also use almond oil or jojoba oil instead of coconut oil.
Baking soda is an excellent exfoliant that helps in getting rid of dead skin cells without affecting the rest of your skin. It helps the skin regain its elasticity and dries out the skin tag, making it fall off. It also has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties, all of which are effective in getting rid of skin tags. Take baking soda in a bowl and make a paste by adding some warm water to it. Apply the paste on the affected areas and gently rub in circles. Leave it on for a few minutes before washing it off. Repeat this thrice a day for effective results.
Castor Oil is an excellent detoxifier and is effective in cleansing the skin. It works by taking away all the moisture from the skin tags and making them shrink. Moreover, castor oil contains nutrients which make the skin healthier. In case you’re afraid that you might develop scars, you can scratch that off of your mind because castor oil doesn’t leave behind any scars. All you gotta do is apply castor oil on the affected regions. Let it dry for a couple of minutes. Repeat this multiple times in a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature and helps remove skin tags without leaving any scars behind. Instead of attacking the skin tags directly, it attacks the tissues that form it. This way, it breaks down the extra cells. After the tissues are destroyed, the skin tags automatically fall off. Since ACV treats the skin by going deep in, the skin tags are less likely to return. Apply apple cider vinegar on the skin tags and let it dry. Do this around 3 to 4 times a day.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil also contains anti-septic and anti-microbial properties. It has a drying effect and deprives the cells in the skin tags of blood and oxygen, causing them to reduce in size. It is very effective since it penetrates deep into the skin. If you have sensitive skin, dilute tea tree oil with water. You can also use it undiluted on the skin tags. Mix 3 drops of tea tree oil with water and apply on the affected area. Massage for a few minutes and wash it off. Do the same three times a day.