Skin tags can be irritating and unattractive, especially when they seem to pop up continuously. Making frequent trips to a physician to remove skin tags can be just as irritating. You can remove skin tags at home, however, and there are several ways that you can do it. No matter which method is used, if you notice a possible infection in the area where a skin tag was removed, be sure to consult a dermatologist or your usual medical doctor about the problem.
Identify the Growths
Before you attempt to remove skin tags, you should be completely certain that you are dealing with skin tags rather than more serious growths. A skin tag is very small and grows slowly, never reaching a size greater than half an inch (1.27 cm). It might appear to be a flap of skin or a small, round mass attached to the skin by a peduncle, or stalk. The skin tag should be soft and movable, with a pigmentation that is similar to the rest of your skin or slightly darker.
After you have established that the growths are skin tags, you can begin to remove them. One way to do this is to tie a piece of thread or dental floss tightly around the base of the skin tag. Then, with thoroughly cleaned, sharp scissors or a nail clipper, cut the skin tag off above the material that you tied around the base.
After you remove skin tags using scissors or clippers, make sure that you keep the areas clean with peroxide or antibacterial ointment until they are healed. This procedure is relatively painless and is similar to the procedure that a doctor might perform. A skin tag should not appear again on the same site, but if it does, you should consult a physician.
Drying Paste Method
Another method to remove skin tags that does not yield immediate results — but is far less intrusive — involves creating a mixture of castor oil and baking soda. Mix these two ingredients together to form a thick paste and apply it frequently, as often as several times a day, to the skin tags. Eventually, usually within two weeks, the skin tags will dry up and disappear.
Some people remove skin tags at home by purchasing and applying solutions that are designed for wart removal. Many people who try them find these products more effective at removing skin tags than they are at removing warts. There also are many over-the-counter products that are specifically designed to remove skin tags at home. You can try these products to determine whether they are effective, or you can try the quicker method of snipping off the skin tags yourself.