Why Get Rid of Skin Tags?

skintagsSkin tags, or acrochordons, are small, harmless tumors that appear on the body, most commonly around the neck, groin, armpits and eyelids. It is believed that they appear in areas that tend to fold and push skin cells together, forcing them to erupt through the top layer of skin as a growth. More common on women than men, skin tags can become irritated over time if they grow too large and are most often removed once they appear. They are not painful which makes them incredibly easy and quick to remove but since they’re completely benign, harmless and painless, why remove them in the first place?

  1. Appearance:

Skin tags are not attractive. They appear on the skin like a blemish and often grow in size as time passes, becoming elongated or bulbous. They are often a darker pigment than the rest of the body’s skin tone, which makes them very noticeable causing many people embarrassment. Unsightly bumps and growths are unappealing as they are associated with warts, rashes and other skin ailments. Skin tags are not contagious or infectious in any way but can render other wary of skin-to-skin contact.

Smooth and clear skin is a quality that is found universally attractive because it often indicates a healthy body and mind. When skin is burdened with blemishes, it is common to feel dirty or unattractive. Removing skin tags can increase confidence as skin is restored to its best and healthiest appearance.

  1. Potential for problems in the future:

Skin tags are initially harmless and painless. However, if the skin tag becomes large or long enough, it can begin to rub or catch on clothing or jewelry. It can then become irritated, leading to redness or swelling of the area. It can also be accidentally torn off, causing a painful wound that could leave a scar or worse, become infected and require medical attention.

If skin tags are not properly removed when they initially appear they often continue to grow, becoming more and more visible.

  1. Growths aren’t always skin tags:

There are multiple types of warts and growths that look a lot like skin tags but are actually the result of viral skin infections. Warts, unlike skin tags, are contagious and can be harmful. Much worse than warts, cancerous tumors can plague the skin as well and require serious and immediate medical attention.

The only way to ensure that what looks like a skin tag is indeed a skin tag is to consult your doctor. If the growth is a skin tag, it can be safely removed at most medical clinics by freezing the tag with nitrogen. In the event that the growth is not a skin tag, consulting your doctor is a crucial step in diagnosis.

  1. There are several completely painless methods of removal:

When you spot a skin tag on your body, there are a few different ways that it can be removed. Freezing it with nitrogen at a medical clinic or with an at-home kit targets the skin tag at its root, lessening the chance of it growing back.

Skin tags can be snipped off with sterilized scissors for quick removal, however because the root of the tag is untouched it can grow back in the same spot.

There are several skin tag removal creams and oils that are available online made of completely organic materials. Most use natural oils that dry out the skin tag with consistent application, leaving no scars or blemishes after the tag falls off naturally. While this method is appealing to those weary of the harsh chemical nitrogen it does take a couple weeks to see complete results.

 

 

Wow Are Skin Tags Ever Annoying

removethetagWhen you suffer from something as annoying, and sometimes embarrassing, as skin tags you want to use a product that will kill those suckers and get them off your body. Skin tags can be found on any person at any time, although they do seem to prefer the skin of newborns and the elderly. They like to pop up in the folds of skin where it’s moist which can be really uncomfortable if you’ve got one sprouting in your armpit. They don’t discriminate against any skin colour and they don’t discriminate with gender. A single person can have anywhere from 1 to 100 skin tags on their body at any given time. While skin tags are generally small and don’t grow to larger than 3mm in diameter they’re just not something a lot of people can love.

There are several options when it comes to removing the pesky little brats and it’s important to choose the option that is most comfortable for you. You can cut the skin tags, use a topical cream or freezing product, and you can thread them. Threading involves wrapping a thread or a piece of dental floss tightly around the base of the skin tag, thereby cutting off the blood flow, until it falls off on its own. You can do any of these options from the comfort of your own home, however it is recommended to meet with a healthcare professional if you have any skin tags around your eyes that you want to get rid of. You really don’t want to mess with your eyesight.

Many people choose to go with the topical creams. A lot of the reasoning behind this is because many, if not all, of the creams currently available use natural ingredients and tend to be less chemical. This usually helps calm any fears on how the skin will look after using this product to remove the tag. Two of the more popular skin tag removal creams are the Pristine Herbal Touch® and Tag Away®. Both of these products claim to use natural ingredients in their solutions and both claim that it is easy and simple to use them from the comfort of your own home. They are both very different products, however.

Pristine Herbal Touch® comes with what feels like your entire first aid kit in its packaging. Along with the removal cream and some anti-bacterial solution you will also receive cotton swabs, an emery board, scratching implements, application sticks and a container for the cream. With this large kit comes some pretty specific instructions. The nice thing about this product is that you only have to apply it once and it takes around 2 weeks for the skin tag to fall off on its own. The downside to this particular product is the fact that many people have reported that it is painful. You need to apply the cream directly to the skin tag and leave it on for almost twenty minutes for it to be affective. Some people have even said they had a scar afterwards. Every person is different so it is very possible that those who saw a scar was because they were picking at the scab it might leave which can lead to scarring.

The other cream product people recommend takes a bit more time than Pristine Herbal Touch®. Tag Away® requires daily application for 3-8 weeks or until the skin tag falls off. The process with this cream is a lot simpler, however. Tag Away® does not come with a multitude of implements nor does it come with several sticks and swabs. You simply purchase the cream and using a cotton swab you probably already have in your house, you apply it to the skin tag. There is no pain associated which this cream but there is quite a bit of time until you see results.

Therapeutic Homeopathic Remedies to Remove Skin Tags

remediesAre you experiencing what is known as a skin tag, or skin tab? Skin tags are small benign growths of the skin that look like little balloons or mushrooms of hanging skin. They can vary in color and typically appear in areas of the body where the skin rubs together.

Unfortunately, both males and females equally share this condition. If you are overweight, you may experience a higher incidence of skin tags. The medical name for skin tags is acrochordon. They typically appear at the base of the neck, in the underarms, on the eyelids, under the breasts and in the fold of the buttocks or groin.

Sadly, there is not a whole lot that can be done to prevent skin tags, and if they appear in a high traffic area, it is possible that once you remove the skin tag, it will reappear again. See your doctor to verify that you, in fact, have a skin tag as some cancers of the skin can look very similar. He or she will go over your treatment options. If you don’t have the ability to see a doctor and want to remove it yourself I would highly recommend using a time tested, well proven DIY remedy.

The number one ingredient in most topical skin tag removal products is Calendula officinalis. It is an evergreen coniferous tree in the cypress family. You will want to make sure whatever product that you buy, it is a therapeutic grade oil of calendula officinalis. This will ensure that it will remove the skin tag quickly and easily. Ideally the product will contain other natural homeopathic ingredients that will speed up the removal process and care for the skin in the surrounding area.

You can buy any number of skin tag removal products online. Be sure to read the product reviews prior to purchasing it to see what others have experienced. Be aware that some skin tag removal products may have a foul smell. You may want to implement it during periods of the day when you won’t be around other people. With a diligent daily effort, you will shrink the skin tag and eventually it will fall completely off.

Another proven effective remedy is tea tree oil. Again, therapeutic grade oil is what you want to buy. You will save yourself a significant amount of effort and heartache by starting with a high-quality product. If it is low quality, you could apply it to the skin tag for a considerable amount of time and see no results.

Once you find the product that you feel comfortable with, apply it by following the instructions from the manufacturer. You should apply the oil using a Q-tip or cotton ball. Some treatments include a brush that you can use to apply it to the skin tag. You only need a very small amount, just a drop or two. The product will begin to work immediately, and is gentle and effective. Please check with the manufacturer or your doctor before applying either of these oils to skin tags on your eyelids. You do not want to damage your vision in any way.

You will begin to see results fairly quickly if you diligently use the product every day. Usually within a week or two. It varies for each individual, and depends on where the skin tag is located and its size.

During the process, the skin tag will change forms and may become hard and scaley. Do not pick at it, but just allow the removal product to do the work for you. If you pick at the skin tag, you could cause permanent damage to you skin resulting in a scar. Be patient and if you stick to your regimen, you will see fast, lasting results.

ElimiTag Skin Tag Removal Cream

tagremovalcreamSkin tags, also known as acrochordons, are an unattractive nuisance that seem to pop up on nearly everyone at some point in their life, more women than men. They are commonly found in creases and folds of the skin, particularly on the neck, armpits and eyelids. They appear as small, 1 cm to 1 inch long, completely benign and painless growths of excess skin cells and often become bulbous or darkly pigmented as they enlarge. They erupt above the surface of the skin but root underneath the layers, ready to grow back if they are cut off or improperly removed. The cutting of skin tags, especially if the tools are not properly sanitized, can lead to an infection that is far worse than the skin tag itself. The easiest way to avoid the risk of infection, is to avoid cutting your skin tag off by any means. The safest way to remove skin tags is to use a naturally-derived skin tag removal cream or oil that doesn’t contain questionable or harsh chemicals.

While they are completely harmless, many people choose to remove skin tags because they are unsightly, appearing much like contagious warts do. Additionally, skin tags can grow large enough to rub or get caught on clothing and jewelry, tearing the skin and causing scarring. Although there are several different methods of skin tag removal, the use of natural oils and creams is the only guarantee that you will not be left with a scar or blemish in place of the skin tag.

ElimiTag is a natural oil-based skin tag removal cream that relies on the drying and healing powers of Cedar Leaf Oil, Tea Tree Oil (found in almost all skin tag removal creams), and Lemon Oil which is known to dry out skin tags quickly because of the natural citric acids. Derived from plants, these natural oils work quickly, with consistent application, to dry out the skin tag from the tip to the very root, ensuring that once it falls off it won’t grow back. The active ingredient in this cream is Thuja Occidentalis, another type of natural evergreen tree oil that is also very common among skin tag removal creams. ElimiTag is 100% all-natural and guarantees results with consistent use.

ElimiTag is slightly cheaper than other skin tag removal creams that contain virtually the same ingredients. The product is $19.99 for a 15ml bottle that generally lasts for 4 weeks of applications. The company often provides special offers that ship additional products at no extra charge. Because the results can take up to 6 weeks to see, more than one bottle is often necessary for the complete removal of the skin tag or tags. Also, ElimiTag offers a longer money-back guarantee of 90 days to ensure that if results aren’t seen after 12 weeks, your money will be fully refunded as the product clearly is not right for you.

Because ElimiTag is completely natural, there is no risk of irritation unless you already are aware of an allergy to any of the ingredients. It is perfectly safe for sensitive skin and sensitive areas of the body where skin tags commonly appear like the groin and eyelids. Unlike many other skin tag treatment oils have “trade secret” ingredients that are not disclosed to the consumer, ElimiTag provides a full list of all of its ingredients. The complete list of ingredients is as follows; Thuja Oil, Cedar Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia Oil (Tea Tree Oil), Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Castor Seed Oil), and Lemon Oil, all of which have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

The Dandelions of the Dermatologist World

tagawayAs the seasons change one of the best things to do in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to simply go for a walk. You can walk down your street, perhaps find a nature trail in your city or town or maybe you can even head to the gym and walk a few laps around a track or on a treadmill. If you choose to take a walk outside I want you to pay attention to the lawns you pass. I’m sure you’ll notice that most lawns are mowed short and the grass is green, if they have any grass. But I want you to look at the state of the dandelion infestation. You’ll notice that some lawns have zero dandelions while others right next door can have over one hundred of the little buggers. Dandelions don’t discriminate and will show up on anyone’s lawn. You can cut them, you can pull them out from the root or you can apply a weed killer to the top of them in the hopes of getting rid of them. Sometimes it works for a long period of time and some treatments are only temporary. If you think about it, dandelions are a lot like skin tags.

No, I’m not crazy. Think about it. Skin tags don’t discriminate and they will grow on anyone. A single person can have anywhere from one to over one hundred skin tags on their body at any given time. There are several treatments like cutting, using liquid nitrogen or other topical creams. Some treatments are permanent and some are only temporary. Do you see it now? Dandelions are the skin tags of the dermatologist world.

There are several methods to remove a skin tag; you can cut it off, thread it, use a topical cream or use a topical freezing product. Cutting is the most instant method as once you cut it the skin tag is gone. The remaining three methods all take time but some are quicker than others.

Two of the better known topical cream products out here are Tag Away® and Pristine Herbal Touch®. Both use natural ingredients and both are applied topically to the skin tag itself. While they have similarities they also have differences. It’s important to compare all products before you make a decision so that you can ensure you are getting a product that will do what you want.

Tag Away® is applied daily. It uses a lot of plant extracts that are proven not to burn, blister or peel your skin which is really important to know. Just because you don’t want a skin tag anymore doesn’t mean you want a scar instead, right? It is easy to use no matter what colour your skin is or what kind of complexion you have. It’s very easy to use from you own home and doesn’t require a lot of materials to apply it. Just use a cotton swab to apply the solution to the skin tag and you’re good to go! It will take about 3-8 weeks for the skin tag to fall off however.

If we look at the other product I mentioned, Pristine Herbal Touch®, we can see a lot of similarities and some differences. It too is a topical cream and it claims to be made with plant extracts, hence the ‘Herbal’ in the title. There are a lot of differences though. Where Tag Away® needs to be applied daily for 3-8 weeks Pristine Herbal Touch® only needs to be applied once. The kit it comes with is quite extensive with cotton swabs, an emery board, applicator sticks, the vanish cream and the anti-bacterial solution. Phew. That’s a lot of stuff! Another issue with Pristine Herbal Touch® is that many people have complained that it is very painful when it’s applied. But at least you only need to apply it once and it only takes up to 2 weeks for the tag to fall off.

Cutting off Skin Tags

cuttongoffskintagAcrochordons, also known as skin tags, are unattractive but tiny growths of skin cells that erupts on the surface of the skin. They are often a darker pigment that the rest of the body’s skin tone and can be anywhere in size from less than 1 cm to almost an inch. Although skin tags are neither harmful nor painful, they are often considered unsightly which leads many people to have them removed. There is no medical reason for removing skin tags beyond cosmetic and aesthetic appeal, however they can grow large enough to get caught on clothing or jewelry. There are several methods for removal but the fastest way to remove skin tags is to simply cut or snip them off. In the case that a skin tag appears in a sensitive area like groin or on the eyelids, cutting can be performed by a medical professional but it is obviously a longer process.

First, choosing the correct tools for removal is essential. The best choice is a surgical scalpel, as they are easy to sanitize and generally very sharp. The sharper the tool, the easier and quicker the tag will be removed. In the likely event that a scalpel is not available, any pair of sharp, clean scissors will do. A smaller pair will be the easiest to manoeuver and get close to the base of the skin tag which will help ensure that the tag is fully removed. A knife is not recommended because unlike the scalpel, the blades are large and long allowing for a greater chance at cutting an unintended area. A small, sharp tool can remove the tag without pulling or tearing while allowing full visibility of the procedure.

Once the tool has been selected, it must be sanitized before use or you risk infecting the area as skin tags are rooted deep within the layers of the skin. The tool can be boiled for 1 or 2 minutes in fully-boiling water or soaked in saline (water and sea salt solution) and then wiped with a clean towel. A high alcohol concentration can also be used to sanitize the tools alone or can be used in addition to the boiling method or the saline solution.

Some people choose to tie thread or floss around the base of the skin tag, as close to the skin as possible. This helps during the actual cutting process when the tag might be covered with scissors and not clearly visible. Placing the scissors or scalpel below the tied string helps to ensure that you are snipping the tag as close to the base as possible. This is important because cutting off half or only part of the tag guarantees that it will grow back and continue to enlarge. Cutting as close to the surface of the skin as possible removes the bulk of the tag, giving it less of chance to grow back.

When using this method of skin tag removal, it is pertinent to note that the root of the skin tag is not being removed. This means that the tag may grow back within a matter of weeks. The absolute best method for skin tag removal is freezing with liquid nitrogen because it destroys the root of the tag and nearly eliminates the ability for it to grow back. However, freezing can be expensive, slightly painful and also can leave a scar or blemish in place of the skin tag. Cutting is definitely the fastest method of removal, and even though there is possibility of the tag growing back, it’s absolutely free and painless.

 

A Comparison of Tea Tree Oil Products for Removing Skin Tags

teatreeoilSkin tags are common growths that look like tiny, soft balloons of hanging flesh. While unsightly, they are completely benign, and a single person can have anywhere from one to hundreds of individual skin tags. Men and women are equally likely to develop them. Skin tags are typically about 2 mm-5 mm in diameter, but may grow as large as a grape (1 cm in diameter) or even a fig (5 cm in diameter). They are most commonly found on the base of the neck, armpits, eyelids, groin folds, buttock folds, and under the breasts. Of these, the neck and the armpits are the most common.

While they are sometimes confused for warts, skin tags are not related to warts, which are caused by the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV. Skin tags are not contagious, generally not cancerous, and do not generally cause pain or discomfort. However, they may occasionally require removal when they become irritated and red from bleeding or black from twisting to the point where blood flow to the tag is interrupted and the skin dies. If you are concerned about your skin tags, or just want to get rid of them for cosmetic reasons, read on to learn about how to use tea tree oil to remove unsightly skin tags.

Tea Tree Oil, also known as melaleuca oil, has become an extremely popular product for treating not only skin tags, but other skin conditions like acne and dandruff. Tea tree oil is used in everything from soap to shampoo to lip balm.

The steps for using tea tree oil to treat skin tags are as follows:

  1. Clean the area around the skin tag with soap and water. Scrub gently to avoid irritating the skin tag.
  2. Remove any excess water from the skin tag and let it dry.
  3. Apply a few drops of oil to a cotton swab, cotton ball, or other cotton-based fabric.
  4. Using the cotton swab, apply the tea tree oil directly to the skin tag.

Repeat this process several times a day. It will typically take between 14 days and one month to see any results.

If you’re going to use tea tree oil to treat your skin tags, you will want to purchase 100% pure tea tree oil. There are dozens of companies that sell bottled tea tree oil online, and you can also find it in pharmacies and other stores that sell cosmetic and natural health products.

An internet search for pure tea tree oil reveals that the price fluctuates wildly for the same product. The average price of 1 fl oz. of pure tea tree oil is about $6 to $8. Therefore, you should avoid purchasing any product that sells for much more than that, since there are unlikely to be any real differences between them.

For example, there is a product called AromaOils 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil that retails for about $30. It markets itself as being the best for skin tag removal, but there is nothing really to differentiate it from other products and justify such an inflated price.

Instead, here are three other tea tree oil products that have high reviews and much more reasonable prices.

Now Essential Oils Tea Tree Oil, 100% Pure – $5.78 for a 1 fl oz bottle – 5 star rating out of 27 reviews

Desert Essence 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil – $6.49 for 1 fl oz bottle – 4.5 star rating out of 81 reviews

Jason Natural Tea Tree Oil, Pure Oil – $9.97 for a 1 fl oz bottle – 4.5 star rating out of 48 reviews

Don’t get ripped off when purchasing tea tree oil. There’s no need to spend more than $10 on a 1 fl oz bottle, which should last you for a very long time if you’re only using it to treat skin tags.

Skin Tag Removal Products

dr-scholl-freeze-awayWhen dealing with skin tags there are a wealth of products on the market that are available for you to use from the comfort of your own home. If you aren’t familiar with what a skin tag it, it’s a piece of excess flesh that sticks up from the body in places where the skin folds. These places include the neck, eyelids, armpits, groin and under breasts. They are generally harmless and a person can have anywhere from 1 to 100 skin tags at any given time. Just because a skin tag is removed doesn’t mean that it will stay removed. Depending on the method you use, some removals can be more permanent than others.

The most common methods that one can do from their home include threading and cutting. Threading is achieved by tying a piece of thread or floss to the base of the skin tag until it falls off. This can be less painful than other methods but isn’t really the most comfortable. Cutting is just that; taking a pair of sharp scissors or a scalpel to the offending protrusion and lopping it off. Both of these methods are fine, but they are less permanent than others. If you want the skin tags to go away for as long as possible (hopefully forever right?), the best thing to use is either a cream or a freezing product.

Creams have been getting a lot of publicity lately so we’re going to focus on one of the freezing products.

Compound W® Skin Tag Remover is one of them, but there is another one called Dr. Scholl’s® Skin Tag Remover. It uses the same idea as Compound W® but it’s made by the same company that makes those lovely shoe inserts. Dr. Scholl’s® has a pretty influential name and some heavy backers. All their products boast that they are doctor-approved and the Skin Tag Remover is no different.

But how does it work? Well let’s take a look:

By using something called Derma-Freeze TechnologyTM Dr. Scholl’s® Skin Tag Remover uses a foam applicator with a slanted tip. This allows you to slide up to the base of the skin tag right where you want to get at. By using the Derma-Freeze TechnologyTM the formula is applied to the base of the skin tag. The skin tag may even turn white upon application.

After holding the applicator there for around 30-40 seconds the cryotherapy agents penetrate the base of the skin tag and attack the cells from the inside. They work by freezing and slowly killing the cells from the inside out. The skin tag takes considerable damage from this, even if you can’t notice the effects immediately.

Of course, this isn’t 100% pain-free but that also depends on your own personal threshold for pain. If you’re a pretty tough cookie this should be a snap for you. If you wince at the mere mention though, you might want to have someone help you out.

The great thing about Dr. Scholl’s® Skin Tag Remover is that you should only need to use it once and the skin tag should fall off on its own within 1 to 2 weeks of application. You don’t have to make an appointment to see a doctor or take time off work. The only cost to you is the cost of the product which is better than paying for a product and the doctors time.

Another really great thing about this product is that if you use it on an area once, you are pretty much guaranteed that you won’t see a skin tag in the same spot again. That’s the best benefit Dr. Scholl’s® Skin Tag Remover could possibly give you on top of total removal.