Tea Tree Oil for Skin Tags: 6 Mistakes to Avoid

Using tea tree oil for skin tags work, but there are 6 critical mistakes you have to avoid. Most people who failed to get results from TTO (tea tree oil) made one, or more of these mistakes. Removing skin tags with tea tree oil works great if you don’ make any of these mistakes and follow the methods further down the page.

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Using Tea Tree Oil for Skin Tags

Avoiding these 6 mistakes commonly made when using tea tree oil to remove skin tags will greatly improve your success rate. Don’t forget the details about how to use the tea tree oil remedy further down.

Don’t Have Unrealistic Expectations

Yes, you’ve heard great stuff about how well tea tree oil works. However, you still need to keep your expectations real. Don’t expect to get instant results. Don’t expect your skin tags to be gone over night and don’t expect them gone in just a few applications.

Accept the truth that it takes time to get results. It takes time to even see positive signs that its working (the skin tag turning black). It takes many many applications of tea tree oil for its magic to happen.

Be honest with yourself. If you don’t have the patience to wait, then you need to consider a faster option like this one.You’ll only be setting yourself up for disappointment if you aren’t honest to yourself about this (right here, and right now).

Having unrealistic expectations will just lead to you jumping from remedy to remedy way too soon. Even worse, you could end up just giving up completely. Understanding that it takes time will allow you the patience needed to follow through with the treatment and finally get rid of those skin tags.

Giving Up Too Soon

Ok, so maybe you went in being fully aware that it takes a bit of time. What happens if you don’t start seeing anything in the two weeks’ time that’s mentioned almost everywhere? Many people give up when they hit that two weeks mark and see nothing. That would be a mistake.

You need to have a little persistence when using home remedies. The golden rule is what worked for one person may not work the same for you. That means it might not be as effective for you. It also means it might take longer/shorter for you. Don’t give up right away. Give it a little bit more time. Maybe another week or two.

Of course, if you don’t see anything after having given it extra time then you’d want to move along. Wasting too much time on a remedy that is obviously not working for you will only delay you from getting the results you want.

Being Inconsistent

Being inconsistent at applying the tea tree oil (TTO) can be the very reason why it doesn’t work for you. You need to apply TTO several times a day and you need to do that every single day until the skin tag being treated is gone.

If you skip a treatment, it can delay our progress by a day, or two. If you skip a day of treatments, it will delay your progress even further. Skip a few days in a row and you’re right back at square one.

Using Too Little

Don’t be afraid to use a few extra drops of tea tree oil. You want to avoid applying it on healthy skin, but make sure the skin tag is thoroughly covered. Clean up is easy, so make sure to clean up excess oil on unwanted areas.

Not using enough could delay your progress. Sometimes, it might not work at all. So make sure you’re using enough TTO with each treatment.

Buying the Cheap Stuff

Avoid buying the cheapest bottle of tea tree oil you can find. You want quality, pure, 100% tea tree oil to get the most of its abilities to remove skin tags. The cheaper stuff can sometimes be diluted with unwanted and useless ingredients. That can lead to a much less potent tea tree oil, or even worse, a completely useless oil.

Thinking There’s Only One Way

Just because most instructions for using tea tree oil for skin tags say to rub on a few drops of TTO, that doesn’t mean it’s the only way to use it. There are a few other methods out there to try. Learn about the different options available to you. If one method isn’t working very well for you, it might be worthwhile to try a different method before you give up on tea tree oil.

Also, don’t forget that there are a lot of other remedies, and products for removing skin tags. Some work slower and some work faster. You may need to test a few different treatments before you find something that works well for you.

What other methods could there be? The ones known to be effective include:

  • The plain old rubbing tea tree oil on the skin tag
  • Mixing tea tree oil with a beneficial carrier oil like castor oil
  • Soaking a piece of cotton ball with TTO and taping it over the skin tag

How to Use Tea Tree Oil to Remove Skin Tags

Now that you know which mistakes to avoid, let’s get down to the details of how to use tea tree oil for skin tags. Like I said, there are three methods and I’ll be covering each one.

Plain Old Tea Tree Oil

tea tree oil for skin tags plant
This wonderful remedy is made from this plant. Credit: Herbolario Allium

This method is the one you’ll probably find talked about everywhere else. All you need are a bottle of high quality tea tree oil and clean cotton swabs.

  1. Take a clean cotton swab and give it a dip into the tea tree oil. Give it a second or two for it to soak up enough TTO.
  2. Rub the TTO on the skin tag and around the base of the skin tag; making sure the entire skin tag is covered in TTO.
  3. Let the oil air dry.
  4. Repeat application at least 3 times a day.
  5. Continue every single day until the skin tag turns black falls off.

Removing Skin Tags with Tea Tree Oil Mixture

This method involves mixing tea tree oil with a carrier oil (coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, or castor oil). If you’re using this method because you’re sensitive to pure tea tree oil, then any of the carrier oil will work. If you want to try this method because pure tea tree oil isn’t working very well then you’ll want to use castor oil.

Why mix tea tree oil with castor oil? Because castor oil will help your skin absorb the tea tree oil easier and quicker. Some people recommend mixing the two using a one to one ratio. That’s where you should start off. If you think you need to use more TTO, you can go up to a 2 to one ratio.

For this remedy, you’ll need:

  • Carrier oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Cotton swabs
  • Clean mixing container
  1. Mix one-part tea tree oil and one-part carrier oil in the mixing container.
  2. Use a clean cotton swab and soak it in the oil mixture for a few seconds.
  3. Apply the oil mixture on the skin tag and around it.
  4. Using your hands, gently massage the oil mixture into the skin tag.
  5. Apply at least 3 times a day. You can do more if you want to.
  6. Repeat all the steps every day until the skin tag is gone.

Overnight Soak

If the first two methods just aren’t working for you, you can step it up and give this more extreme method a try. This method for skin tag removal with tea tree oil involves exposing the skin tag to TTO overnight (it’s the same concept as with ACV, but you use TTO). Because of the prolonged exposure, there is the risk of unwanted chemical burn to the healthy surrounding skin. You can help reduce that risk by applying some Vaseline to the healthy skin.

Make sure you have:

  • Cotton balls (cotton squares and rounds also work great)
  • Eyedropper
  • High quality tea tree oil
  • Duct tape
  1. Cut the piece of cotton ball to a size just big enough to cover the skin tag.
  2. Cut a few strips of duct tape. Make sure they are long enough to cover the area that’s to be treated.
  3. Use the eyedropper and add a few drops of tea tree oil to the piece of cotton. Make sure it’s soaked thoroughly for the best results.
  4. Place the piece of cotton soaked with TTO on top of the skin tag.
  5. Hold the cotton in place with duct tape.
  6. Leave it on overnight.
  7. Repeat every night until the skin tag is gone.


You can also combine the second method with this method. Use an oil mixture of tea tree oil and castor oil instead.

Remember that sometimes you need to experiment a little to find a remedy that will work well for you. Keep on three methods in mind and avoid all 6 mistakes mentioned here and you’ll have a much higher success rate at using tea tree oil for skin tags. Do you know of any other mistakes that should be avoided? Or maybe you have some tips that might help out other readers? Please share them with us in the comments below.