Uisng a skin tag removal home remedy is popular because it can be done in the comfort of your own home. The problem is, there are a bunch of remedies out there; each being claimed to work better than the others. Which one is the best for you? Which one is the worst?
To help you decide which one is the right one for you, I’ve narrowed down the list to just three of the best:
Deciding Which One is Best for You
You’ll only be able to confidently choose which remedy is the best for you after you know more about them. There’s a lot of information available for each remedy. But who has the times for that? That’s why I’ve simplified it to just the pros, the cons, and the risks.
The first thing you need to do is determine your pain tolerance level. The list is listed from most painful (apple cider vinegar) to least painful (oregano oil). Determining your pain tolerance is important because it really does hurt for some. If you use a remedy that is too painful, or uncomfortable then you are less likely to follow through. If you don’t follow through then you won’t get the results you want.
After pain level, you need to look at the other risks such as allergic reactions, etc. if you are allergic, or especially sensitive to a particular ingredient then you would want to avoid it. Not only will it cause you much discomfort or even pain, but it might lead to other problems.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (acv) is probably the most popular skin tag removal home remedy for many common skin problems like skin tags, moles, and warts. Some people swear by it and claim it to be the miracle solution that worked when everything else failed.
Prolonged exposure to acv causes tissue destruction. This is probably why it works so well for many. When controlled and concentrated on just the skin tag, we can burn it away with acv.
The cost of apple cider vinegar is definitely a pro. The cost for a bottle of acv is very low (probably the lowest overall compared to other home remedies). You can also easily find a bottle of acv at your local grocery/health food store store for around $5 or less.
Another great thing about acv is it seems to provide faster results compared to some of the other skin tag remedies. Of course, that comes at a price, so make sure you read about that right below.
Apple cider vinegar works, and it works faster than other remedies. However, it isn’t all pros; it carries some drawbacks. The cons might even be far too great for some; so much that it might be better to choose a different solution instead.
The biggest drawback to using acv is the fact that it is not selective. It will burn everything it makes contact with—including the healthy skin surrounding the area you are trying to treat. There are things you can do to reduce this, but it’s almost impossible to completely avoid it.
Using acv can also be very uncomfortable. For some, it can be unbearably painful. It really depends on how much pain you can tolerate. If you’re tolerance is high, you’ll probably just feel some mild stinging, or discomfort. If your tolerance is low, you’ll have a hard time following through with this treatment. Some have claimed that the pain was so great, it kept them up all night. It has been described as a burning sensation; like the skin was on fire.
With that said, if you’re pain tolerance level is low then you’re better off considering a different remedy or a safer, all natural skin tag formula like this one available for purchase.
Because of acv’s high acidity, using it carries a chemical burn risk. As mentioned above, you run the risk of burning the healthy skin around the area you are attempting to treat.
The burn can cause discomfort for some; while for others, it can cause severe pain. There is also the risk of an infection. This risk is much higher if you don’t keep the treated area clean, or if you don’t practice clean hygienic practices (like washing your hands every time).
How to use Apple Cider Vinegar
What you need:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Cotton ball
- Waterproof first aid tape
What to do:
- Tear off a piece of waterproof first aid tape first. This is to make things easier later on. I like to stick a small portion of it onto a non-stick surface (like glass).
- Pull out a small piece of cotton ball just large enough to cover the skin tag.
- Pour a little acv onto the cotton ball piece.
- Give the cotton ball a good squeeze to remove excess acv.
- Place the acv treated cotton ball on the skin tag.
- Hold the cotton ball in place using the piece of waterproof first aid tape earlier.
- Keep it on overnight.
- Remove it in the morning and wash it with warm water and mild soap.
- Dry it and place a clean Band-Aid over it for the day.
- Repeat again at night and continue until the skin tag comes off.
There’s one more thing you should also do (or rather, a few things you should also do). You have to avoid common mistakes that either will make the remedy less effective, or in some cases, completely useless.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil (TTO) is almost as popular as apple cider vinegar. It’ some pretty amazing stuff. It’s ant-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. The phenols that makes it’s so amazing is the key to tea tree oil’s effectiveness.
Phenols will break down tissues (in this case, skin tissues). This is what makes tea tree oil work so well for removing skin tags. The phenols in the oil will break down the excess skin and eventually end up breaking down the blood vessels that supply the necessary blood and oxygen to the skin tag. Once this precious supply is cut off, it will begin to die; where it will change colors from to blue, and ultimately black.
The nice thing about TTO is you don’t have to leave it on overnight. All you have to do is massage some oil on to the skin tag a few times a day.
Some people can be allergic to tea tree oil. Pure tea tree oil can also cause a chemical burn.
Compared to apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil is more expensive. You can often find a bottle of tea tree oil for around $10 to $20 (depending on the amount).
Tea tree oil used undiluted may burn your skin. Leaving tto that is too concentrated on for too long can also cause a burn.
If you have sensitive, or dry skin you are much more likely to be burned by TTO. Before you use it, do a small patch test first. Do not use this oil on sensitive areas like the face, eyes, and genitals because of the risks it carries.
TTO is also toxic if ingested. Don’t use it on areas that may be making contact with food. Keep it away from children. Remember these common mistakes with tea tree oil as well.
How to use Tea Tree Oil
What you need:
- Tea tree oil
- Cotton swab
What to do:
- Clean the skin area using warm water and mild soap.
- Dry it.
- Add between two to three drops of tea tree oil to the cotton swab.
- Gently massage the oil onto the skin tag. Try using a circular motion.
- Continue to massage for a few minutes.
- Wash off the oil and dry it.
- Repeat at least three times a day.
- Repeat steps one through seven until the skin tag is gone.
Oregano oil is also rich in phenols that give it its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Just like tea tree oil, it causes the wart to dry out and fall off. It’s not quite as popular as a skin tag removal home remedy, but it works great.
Oregano is easy to find and not too overly expensive (although nowhere near as cheap as acv). You can often find a small bottle between $10 to $20. Of course, at that price range, I would much rather spend the money on a natural skin tag formula like this one instead (especially when it is backed by a guarantee).
When used as instructed, it can be safely taken orally. Of course, that doesn’t mean it is free of negative impacts from use/abuse. It isn’t free of risks either. It’s just nice knowing that you can actually ingest it safely.
While the price of oregano oil isn’t too overly expensive (especially when compared to how much it’ll cost to have it removed by a medical professional), it’s still much more than acv. Also, there are far less skin tag removal success stories compared to tto, or acv (from what I’ve seen). That doesn’t mean that it’s less effective, but it does make me wonder about the possibility that it could be less effective. After all, who would want to use something that is less effective? I know I don’t.
The general rule of thumb for using essential oils on your skin is to never use it undiluted. It’s always recommended that an essential oil be diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil. Using it without diluting first will often result in a chemical burn. That’s because the phenols that make it so great are acidic in nature and they will break down tissues from prolonged exposure.
Some people are also allergic to oregano oil. Always try a small patch test first before you use it.
How to Use Oregano Oil
What you need:
- Oregano essential oil
- Cotton swab
What to do:
- Using a clean cotton swab, dip it into the oregano oil—making sure it is wet with the oil.
- When removing the cotton swab from the bottle, hold it over the opening of the bottle for about 10-15 seconds. This remove excess oil from the cotton swab and it helps you prevent waste.
- Apply the oil onto the skin tag. Start at the bottom of the skin tag and work your way to the end. Make sure to cover the entire skin tag with the oregano oil.
- Leave it on for about 5 minutes then wash with warm water and mild soap.
- Let it air dry.
- Apply between 3-5 times per day.
- Repeat steps 1-6 until the skin tag is gone.
These are three of the more popular remedies; there are other options for skin tags. While one may work particularly well for someone, it might not work as well for you. If you try a remedy and do not notice any progress within three to four weeks, then it might be best try a different skin tag removal home remedy.