Wednesday, 01 September 2010 00:00
Most everyone gets some of those pesky skin tags somewhere on their body from time to time. They bother you but mostly skin tags are harmless. They generally occur in folding areas of the body such as the neck, under the breasts and armpits as well as skin that is frequently in contact with clothing. Skin tags do not have to be removed for any health reason, but they can be removed with some simple natural remedies.
Nail polish can help remove skin tags by applying a clear coat of polish up to three times a day. This process may take three to four days or even up to two weeks. Tying the skin tag will help cut off the blood circulation to the tag. Just use dental floss, thread for sewing or fishing line to tie onto the base of the tag. Once it is starved from the blood flow, it will fall off. This tying of the skin tag will take a few days to work. Cutting off skin tags is the quickest but it can be a little painful. Disinfect the tag as well as the surrounding skin with rubbing alcohol, then use disinfected nail clippers or scissors to cut the tag away at the base. After cutting apply hydrogen peroxide to the affected area. If there is excessive bleeding apply pressure with a clean dry cloth until bleeding stops. Blending equal parts of baking soda, water and castor oil to make a paste that can be applied on top of a skin tag is also very effective. Cover the skin tag with a band aid after applying this paste and leave on as long as possible each day. This process may take a couple of weeks to see results.
Natural remedies can be helpful at getting rid of skin tags but as always seek the professional treatment of a doctor if you have any doubts as to the nature of your skin tag. Some skin growths can be malignant or an indicator of underlying health problems.