How To Get Rid Of Skin Tags

The methods used to get rid of skin tags are simple and really quite painless. Anyone who has had skin tags knows how irritating they can be. They get caught on jewelry, cut by a razor, and pinched by a bra or waistband.

They can make waxing your bikini line difficult, men may be embarrassed to take their shirts off, and it can certainly be bothersome to have a large skin tag on your eyelid. So, it is not surprising that people want to find ways to banish them forever.

Skin tags are a very common problem and they are usually very easy to remove. The amount of treatments needed will depend on the method used as well as the size and number of skin tags.

What Are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are soft, jiggly, fleshy bits of skin or bumps that can vary in size. Although most begin as very tiny spots, some will continue to grow and can become as large as a grape. Skin tags can appear on any part of the body but are most commonly found on the neck, face, eyelids, groin, underarms, or under breasts. Most often they are flesh colored but can also be slightly brown.

In most cases, skin tags are harmless, but aside from being unattractive, they can be irritating and even painful when they are rubbed or become caught on clothing and jewelry.

What Causes Skin Tags?

Skin tags are usually caused by friction – when skin rubs against skin such as underarms or breasts, or when skin rubs against clothing, particularly around shirt collars and undergarments.

Some people are more prone to develop skin tags than others and doctors believe that it may have something to do with genetics since they tend to run in families. They seem to be more prevalent in overweight people and also tend to increase during pregnancy due to changing hormones.

How to Get Rid Of Skin Tags

Home Remedies: There are a lot of home remedies available, but you should be careful when using any of these methods to get rid of skin tags as they can sometimes cause scarring. Some people suggest tying a thread or dental floss around the tag to cut off the blood supply, or simply using a small pair of scissors to cut them off yourself.

It is not recommended that you try removing large skin tags on your own since they can bleed and there is also a risk of infection.

Some companies also manufacture over-the-counter skin tag removal kits; however, they are often quite expensive and many people are disappointed with the results.

Some people may have success with home remedies, but if you have a lot of skin tags or they are larger in size, it may be necessary to seek professional or medical help. A doctor or clinician will usually use one of the following methods to remove your skin tags.

Cutting: Sometimes it is possible to snip the tag off with a pair of surgical scissors. While the results are immediate, larger tags can be painful to remove and may bleed.

Cryotherapy/Freezing: Skin tags can often be removed by freezing them with liquid nitrogen. While this method is usually painless, it may take a few days for the tag to fall off, and repeat treatments may even be necessary.

There may be some temporary skin discoloration, but this should disappear shortly after treatment. If you are considering cryotherapy, it is important that you find someone who is experienced in this procedure as scarring and permanent discoloration can result if it is not done correctly. 

Advanced Electrolysis/Cauterization: While freezing is often successful, it can be quite costly with no guarantee that the skin tags will not return. Many people have found that using an electrolysis needle to cauterize the tags is much more effective.

This skin tag removal procedure causes minimal pain so most skin tags can be removed without using anesthesia; however, a topical anesthetic may be applied for larger tags. Although temporary discoloration may occur, there is no permanent scarring with cauterization.

Some people believe that removing skin tags will cause more to grow, but there is no evidence to show that this is true. However, some people are more prone than others to develop skin tags so regular removal may be necessary.

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