7 Fastest Remedies for Removing Skin Tags at Home

Removing skin tags may not be necessary according to your doctor, but you probably want to get rid of them for your own personal reasons. My reason is to avoid those embarrassing moments where people just seem to stare forever. Fortunately for us, there are many home remedies to remove unwanted skin tags. These 10 natural remedies seem to produce the fastest, and most desirable results.

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A skni tag turned black. A good sign it’ll fall off soon. Credit: Grook Da Oger

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (acv) is a popular home remedy for all sorts of common skin problems. You see it praised all the time because it works. Being acidic allows it to break down skin tissue; making it a good and all natural choice for burning off unwanted excess skin growths.

However, if you choose to give apple cider vinegar a try, ACV needs to be used with caution. It isn’t selective, so it will also burn the area around the skin tag. While you can be very careful where you apply the vinegar, and you can take some preventative measures, it’s still very hard to completely avoid unwanted burning.

How to use ACV to remove skin tags

Let’s start off with the list of what you’ll need for this remedy. It’s actually a very simple list. You’ll only need:

  • Apple cider vinegar (organic, unfiltered, acv is preferred)
  • Cotton ball
  • Waterproof first aid tape

What to do:

  1. Tear a piece, or two of the waterproof tape. You want it long enough to hold the cotton ball in place.
  2. Take a cotton ball and tear out a portion just big enough to cover the skin tag.
  3. Soak it in apple cider vinegar.
  4. Squeeze out any excess acv.
  5. Place the soaked cotton ball on the skin tag.
  6. Hold the cotton ball in place with the piece(s) of tape from step 1.
  7. Leave it on overnight.
  8. In the morning, remove the cotton ball and wash it with warm water and soap.
  9. Let it air dry for the day.
  10. Repeat again until the skin tag turns dark and it falls off, or you are able to pull it off with no pain and no bleeding.

Castor Oil for Skin Tags

Castor oil is easily absorbed by the skin, and it also possesses germicidal and disinfectant properties. When used as directed, it’s fairly safe; it’s even approved by the FDA for oral use as a laxative. Make sure you use 100% pure organic castor oil to get the best results.

To use castor oil for skin tags removal, all you have to do is apply a thin coat of the oil onto the skin tag. You have a few options for applying the castor oil:

  • Use your fingers to massage the oil on the skin tag.
  • Apply the oil with a clean cotton swab.
  • Use cotton pads (used for cosmetics) to apply the oil.

Regardless of what you use to apply the oil, how you do use it is the same.

  1. Add 2-3 drops of castor oil to your fingers, etc. You might need a couple more drops if you’re using cotton swabs/pads.
  2. Massage the oil onto the entire skin tag. Make sure to get around the base of it as well.
  3. You can either leave the oil on to air dry, or cover it up with a clean band aid.

Garlic

Allicin, the stuff that gives garlic its potent anti-microbial properties—and odor–can also be used to remove skin tags. Allicin is powerful stuff and prolonged skin exposure can lead to burns (especially for those who are more sensitive). You need to use it with caution and be aware of the risks.

Garlic will also burn the healthy skin surrounding the treatment area. You can do your best to control where the garlic is applied. However, despite your efforts, it’s difficult to completely avoid unwanted burns.

To use garlic for skin tag removal, here’s what you’ll need and what you’ll need to do:

  • Fresh garlic
  • Band-aid
  1. Peel a clove of garlic and crush it using a heavy object.
  2. Using a knife, mince the crushed garlic up into smaller pieces.
  3. Place just enough minced garlic to cover the skin tag.
  4. Hold it in place using a clean band aid.
  5. Leave it on overnight.
  6. Wash it off in the morning.
  7. Repeat until the skin tag turns black and falls off easily.

Removing Skin Tags With Floss

Don’t like the thought of using oils, garlic, or vinegar? How about removing skin tags with floss? Yep, we’re talking about dental floss (the stuff you use to clean your teeth).

  1. Take a piece of floss and tie it tightly around the base of the skin tag.
  2. Leave the floss on until the skin tag turns dark and can be pull off with no pain/bleeding.

It’s really as simple as that. By tying it, you cut off the blood supply to the excess skin growth. Cutting off the blood supply eventually leads to the skin tag dying off.

Of course, tying the floss tightly around the skin tag might be somewhat of a challenge if you aren’t handy with knots. If you’re like me and you aren’t very good at making fancy knots, then ask someone for help. Having someone else do the tying will make it a lot less frustrating.

Oregano Oil for Skin Tags

True oregano essential oil—wild harvested—is rich with the phenol Carvacrol; which can make up to about 70% of the oil. What does that mean for those of us trying to get rid of unwanted skin tags? It means oregano oil for skin tags can be the solution that will finally get the job done.

Carvacrol, being a phenol, is corrosive to skin tissue. It can be used to burn off skin tags. Of course, this can work against you because it will burn the healthy skin surrounding the skin tag as well. You can minimize this by being very careful where you apply the oil, but it’s something that can’t be avoided entirely.

The most important thing when using oregano oil for skin tags is to get the right stuff. Once you have the right stuff, all you have to do is apply it to the skin tag.

A few things you’ll need:

  • Oil of Oregano
  • Band-Aids

How to treat skin tags with oregano oil:

  1. Add a drop of oil to the top of the skin tag.
  2. Gently massage the oil all over the skin tag and at the base of the skin tag. Be very careful not to get the oil on the healthy skin surround the base.
  3. Use another drop if you it is really needed.
  4. Let it air dry and then cover it up with a clean Band-Aid.
  5. Do this up to 3 times per day.

Manuka Honey

What is Manuka honey? Manuka honey is a natural remedy that won’t leave you with a funky odor–which is more than capable of drawing unwanted attention by itself. Manuka sounds like some fancy honey, doesn’t it? Well it certainly is quite special compared to the plain old stuff you usually find.

Manuka honey is a special type of honey produced in New Zealand; where the bees there pollinate the native Manuka bush. What makes it so special? The high concentration of methylglyoxal (MG), an antibacterial component, is what makes it special. This is only possible thanks to the nectar of the native Manuka bush.

What’s needed:

  1. Manuka honey (Medical grade, UMF 10+, a.k.a active Manuka honey)
  2. Band-Aid

How to get rid of skin tags using Manuka honey

Removing skin tags with Manuka honey is actually quite simple. All you have to do is apply the honey topically on the skin tag(s).

  1. Add a small amount of honey to your one/two of your fingers.
  2. Massage the honey onto the skin tag. Don’t forget to do the same for the base of the skin tag.
  3. Leave the honey on (overnight, etc.) and cover with it clean bandage.
  4. After a night/day, remove the bandage and clean off the honey with warm water and soap.

Using Tea Tree Oil to Remove Skin Tags

Tea tree oil is another popular remedy for removing skin tags. That’s probably because it works and it works well. Its unique properties give it the ability to break down skin tissue and it’s also rich with anti-microbial properties.

All you’ll need is:

  • A bottle of pure, organic, tea tree oil
  • Cotton swab

How to use tea tree oil to remove skin tags:

  1. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a clean cotton swab.
  2. Massage the oil on to the skin tag. Make sure to get the base of the skin tag as well.
  3. Let it air dry.
  4. Repeat several times per day.
  5. Continue until the skin tag disappears.

Be careful not to ingest tea tree oil. The reason why is because TTO (tea tree oil) is toxic when ingested; so make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before you touch food.

TTO can also cause a chemical burn to surrounding healthy skin. If you expose unwanted areas to TTO, wash it off using soap and water if possible. If not, wipe it well using a wet, warm towel.

Other Skin Tags Removal Info You Should Read

These are just 7 remedies for removing skin tags at home. If you’re still a little unsure of which one might be best for you, check out the pros and cons of 3 of the most popular options (acv, oregano oil, and tea tree oil). I’m sure there are other great home remedies that were not covered here. Do you happen to know of one? If you do, please share it with us in the comments.