Some people often have a skin protruding outwards from a few areas on their body, which may either be small and not too noticeable or have a comparatively large size and become highly visible.
The small skin bumps may possibly be ignored but the skin bulging out that causes irritation, filled with blood or have fluid oozing out of them may result in a major setback in the overall appearance, shattering one’s confidence.
Skin tags are absent during childbirth and their recurrence increments with age. They can be seen in around 25% of grown-ups. Studies have demonstrated a hereditary inclination to the advancement of skin tags. In this way, they can keep running in families.
In view of the expanded skin-to-skin contact and grating, skin tags are more typical in overweight or large individuals.
In spite of the fact that skin tags can now and then be found in kids, they tend to increment with age and are most regular in moderately aged and more seasoned people.
Skin tags, medically known as Acrochordons, are outgrowths or flaps that erupt from the skin. They are small and have the color of your skin. They are benign in nature and may sprout out from your skin at any time.
What can cause Skin Tags?
The main reason behind the outburst of the skin tags may be any of the following:
- Diabetes (Rarely)
- Irritation of skin
- Skin allergy
- Genetic issues
The skin tags do not look good on and may negatively affect your overall outlook, but they are completely painless. Although they appear on only one in four people, yet, are so common that almost 60% of the individuals are prone to have them, sometimes in life.
Studies have proposed an acquired defenselessness to the improvement of skin tags. In individuals with Crohn’s sickness, they around the butt-centric opening (perianal skin tags) are normal.
The hormonal changes of pregnancy can likewise animate the development of skin tags, especially amid the second trimester of pregnancy. Skin tags are not tumors.
How To Get Rid of Skin Tags?
You may visit your doctor to get the skin tags cut or burned off. They will either perform laser treatment for the removal of skin tags or prescribe the ointments or creams, depending upon the nature and intensity of the problem.
Here are a few common steps followed by the dermatologist:
Procedure 1: Minor op
- Numb the area from where the skin tags are to be removed, through needle pricks using lidocaine or by using the numbing ointment.
- Snip off the skin growth with a medical-grade scissor or Use a cautery chemical or device to stop the bleeding.
Procedure 2: Using use liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tags off
Procedure 3: Using a chemical peel
Dermatologists commonly use Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Solutions for the removal of skin tags. Mild and strong versions of the chemical (8% – 30%) may be used, depending on the need. The more concentrated the chemical is, the faster it would be to remove the skin.
- Dip a Q-top on the chemical
- Apply the skin tag directly
- Let it stay for five to ten minutes
- Rinse off the skin with clean cold water
- Repeat the steps if required, until a scab is formed.
- Do not touch if the scab is formed otherwise it may leave a scar.
Since it is an acid, therefore special care must be taken for its proper handling and the risks must also be taken into account.
The chemical peel must not be applied if the skin tag has an infection or the outgrowths on sensitive areas like the face, anus or testicles. Never pour the solution directly on the skin, always use a Q-tip for the application.
Natural Solutions or Home Remedies
Methods and procedures that can be followed at home, with ease, are usually preferred as they are more cost-effective and can be done with the items available at home.
Few of the affordable and most effective home-based solutions are enlisted below:
- Cover the skin tags with a nail polish coat or duct tape
- Using Essential Oils
- Australian Tea Tree Oil
Procedure: Apply on the skin tags three times a day. Repeat the process until it turns to black color and sheds off on its own.
The treatment with the potent and 100 percent natural Tea Tree Oil normally takes up to three weeks to get rid of the skin tags. In case of any irritation, blend the tea tree oil with coconut oil before application.
- Vitamin-E Oil
It is a potent antioxidant that is used, in its pure form, for the treatment of skin tags. It is available in the form of capsules, as well as in a bottle.
- Oregano Oil
With anti-fungal properties, this oil can be used to bring relief to various skin problems, including the treatment of skin tags.
- Coconut Oil
This oil contains Lauric acid which acts as a potent anti-microbial. It is best for the prevention and curing of skin tags as well as warts.
Rub a few drops of coconut oil on the skin tags before going to bed, every night, for a few weeks until the skin tag gets reduced or disappears.
- Castor Oil (Ricinus communis seed oil)
Procedure: Make a paste of castor oil with baking soda and apply on the skin tags. The effectiveness of this paste is greatly acknowledged by various practitioners of medicine.
- Cedar Leaf Oil/ Thuja Oil
- Other Natural Solutions
- Aloe Vera
Snip off an Aloe Vera stem from the plant or purchase a bottle of aloe vera gel and apply it on the tag using a swab. Keep repeating the method until the skin tag comes off.
- Dandelion Stem Juice
This juice is rich in Vitamin and minerals, making it very effective for skin tags removal.
Pull out few fresh dandelion plants from the ground.
Wash and then squeeze the milky sap from its roots. Apply almost three drops on the skin tags thrice a day.
It takes almost four weeks to get rid of the skin tags by continuous dedicated treatment with dandelion juice.
- Fig Stem Juice
- Lemon Juice
- Pineapple Juice
- Using Apple Cider Vinegar
It is well known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Wash and dry the area around the skin tag, thoroughly. Apply apple cider vinegar using a cotton ball onto the skin tag. Let it stay for almost 15 minutes.
Apply every day, almost three times. Repeat the process until the skin tag darkens in color, dries off and eventually fall on its own.
This herb may have a pungent smell but it has been used as a natural medicine for centuries as the best antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiviral.
Extract the juice from fresh garlic.
Soak the juice on a cotton ball and apply it on the skin tags. Leave it overnight after covering with a dressing. Rinse off in the morning with water. Repeat the steps for two nights and then give a two-night gap before reapplying.
- Liquid Iodine
Iodine is said to have special properties that help get rid of the skin tags and warts, naturally. It breaks the skin cells down making the tags fall off. It is so effective that, often, the just one-time application is enough as treatment.
Risks and precautions:
Although various methods for the removal of skin tags at home have been explained, Dr. Nguyen recommends that they are removed by an expert, with special care and precaution they may bleed or become infected, upon removal.
Because skin labels are viewed as innocuous, the tissue is not normally broken down after it’s expelled the way a regular tumor would be.
The special case is if a skin tag happens on a youngster since it could be the start of a condition called nevoid basal cell carcinoma disorder, an uncommon hereditary condition including skin malignancy.
There is no recuperation time required, and skin label treatment typically leaves no hint of the tag, there shouldn’t be any scarring. In any case, in spite of the fact that that skin tag doesn’t become back, new skin labels may frame.
While not in the least unsafe, skin labels can be a disturbance or corrective hardship. Be that as it may, if yours don’t trouble you, it’s splendidly fine to overlook them.
As with any progressions on your skin, if the presence of a skin label changes, have it taken a gander at by your specialist or dermatologist.
What Else Can You Do?
To prevent the outburst of skin tags on the skin, it is necessary that you avoid the skin irritation, rubbing or friction of any kind e.g. from jewelry on neck etc. The best solution, however, is a healthy diet for a healthy body by avoiding obesity and exercising regularly.