Skin tags which are medically known as acrochordon are concern for most of the people, especially the women. Any benign growth that hangs like a soft skin is called a skin tag. They can grow anywhere on the skin, but are commonly seen in areas like groin folds, underarms, neck and in cases of women beneath the breasts.
In general they are harmless and there is no reason for skin tag removal except for cosmetic reasons. Sometimes they fall off naturally. Also, every person may not have a skin tag while some other is more prone to getting these tags.
Obesity, heredity and many other causes may give this unwanted growth and people can get them irrespective of gender.
Home Remedies For Getting Rid of Skin Tags
Though these skin tags do not cause any harm, or rarely have chance of turning into anything harmful, people often want to remove them just because they do not look good on the exposed part of the skin. Here are some easy treatments for skin tags that you can do at home.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil proves great in various types of skin problems and it is equally effective in removing skin tags. First, wash away the dirt and grime from your skin using any suitable face or body wash. Now leave the skin to dry out.
Now all you have to do is take a normal sized ball of cotton wool and soak it in water. Add about three to four drops of tea tree oil to it and dab on the skin tag. Repeat this three times a day. It will take around two to three days for the skin tag to fall off. If it does not fall off continue for some more days.
Baking Soda & Castor Oil
This is another of the common home remedies for skin tags. As in the earlier case you need to remove the oil and dirt from your skin and let it dry. Now make a gooey paste by mixing baking soda in castor oil.
Apply this paste to the skin tags thrice a day. The tags dry out and then fall off. Usually this treatment yields result in two to three weeks.
Using Dental Floss or Thread
Often people cannot wait for the skin tags to dry out and fall off. So they prefer a more instantaneous treatment. One of such treatment is using thread and dental floss.
In this method the dental floss or thread is used to bind the base of the tag tightly. The binding is kept there for a few days to cut off the blood supply to the skin tag.
When the blood supply stops, the skin tag falls off naturally. Make sure that you bind the string strongly enough to ensure that the blood supply is stopped completely.
If the skin tag still remains then use a pair of scissors to cut off the tiny piece of flesh. Then any antiseptic cream or lotion should be applied on the wound. The operation, though seemingly painful, actually does not cause anything more than a sting. However, there is a chance of getting infected if the cutting tool is not properly sterilized.
If you still face problems with the skin tags or if the skin tags are not small enough for any of the above treatments, then you should consult a doctor to get rid of skin tags.