Pristine Herbal Touch Vs. Tag Away – One Works, One Doesn’t

Nov 26

Pristine Herbal Touch Vs. Tag Away – One Works, One Doesn’t

Ok, so we all know that skin tags are a pain. A real pain. They’re pretty freaky looking, as well, and can be in tough, uncomfortable spots. But they are very removable, and it can be done without the help of a doctor. Most importantly, skin tags and moles can be removed without the PRICE of a doctor 😀 People spend a lot of time obsessing about skin tags, as well as moles, which frequently leads them to purchase good (and bad) skin tag removal products. Products that work, and products that are snake oil. Products that are effective, and products that are a giant waste of time. This article deals with one of each. So, we have the two most popular products for skin tag removal, Pristine Herbal Touch’s Wart & Mole Vanish and Tag Away. So first, let’s talk Tag Away. This is a very well advertised “as seen on TV” type of product, and one that you’ll probably have passed an infomercial for if you’re somebody who stays up late at night watching TV. The infomercial says “buy, buy, buy”, and that this is a fabulous product, but does it actually work? Well, the answer to that is no. A big no. The Tag Away Test My skin tag was on my neck. A biggie, I’d say, but perfect for what Tag Away claims to do, which is remove the skin tag. This stuff is pretty much available everywhere (I got mine from CVS), and for $20, is not really that badly priced. It touts itself as having “homeopathic ingredients”, which I’m guessing is their way of saying, “hey, this isn’t harmful!” Only to skin tags, I guess. So I decided to use this, as the instructions noted, for six weeks. I promised myself that I would stick with it, no matter what. So why would I stop, you ask? I mean, it’s just a cream, right? Just a magical ointment that will take this ginormous skin tag and attack it until it dries up and falls off, right??? Well at least that was the claim. But there’s one thing you should know about Tag Away right off the hop: IT STINKS Yes. It seriously stinks. I...

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Revitol Skin Tag Remover Review: Milder Choice, Still Effective

Nov 10

Revitol Skin Tag Remover Review: Milder Choice, Still Effective

Nearly all of us will get at least one skin tag at one time or another during our lifetime. Most of the time they are in an area normally covered by clothes, but eyelids are an area which are prone to developing them. And this is where many products fail: they fail to address the areas that are quite sensitive to chemicals. So while we still recommend Pristine Herbal Touch (review here) for about 95% of skin tags, we do not recommend it for using near the eyes, mouth, ears, or, ahem… let’s just say the nether regions. Revitol Skin Tag Remover would be our recommendation in that case. And the bonus??? It’s cheaper. The downside? It takes longer to work. I have had skin tags quite a few times. The first I had for many years and to be honest it didn’t cause me any problems at all. I was having a general medical checkup for insurance and the doctor noticed a skin tag on my back and offered to remove it. It wasn’t causing me any problems; it was on my back so I hardly ever noticed it but, as I was there I thought, why not? He froze it off with liquid nitrogen (Cryosurgery) and he was right, that didn’t hurt. A few hours later, though, it started to become an irritant. It wasn’t very painful at first but soon it hurt, and then caused me irritation for days. When I noticed another tag under my arm, which was getting snagged in my clothing from time to time, I decided to look for an alternative treatment to remove it. Skin Tags – What Are They and What Causes Them? Simply put, a skin tag is a small tag of soft, hanging skin which may, or may not, have a stalk (or peduncle) covering some collagen and fed by blood vessels. The short answer is that there is no definitive answer. There are several theories though. Possibly they are caused by skin rubbing against skin. Which would explain why, in general, they are found in skin creases and folds. Eyelids, armpits, under breasts, the groin, and neck are areas commonly affected. Removing Skin Tags – Beware of...

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The Safety of Skin Tag Removal Creams

Apr 16

The Safety of Skin Tag Removal Creams

Are skin tag removal creams safe? There are many products available today with many different formulations and claims, but are the ingredients in them safe for us to put on our skin? As more people are becoming more aware of the ability to remove skin tags without surgery by using relatively inexpensive creams, the market for skin tag removal creams has grown rapidly. Unfortunately, as with any market that is experiencing high growth, there are some elements who are trying to cash in with products that are nothing more than a cheap,  repackaged face cream. Are they safe? Probably, I say probably because there are so many products advertised in so many places that no one person can know about everything that is offered. If the product that is being sold on a mass market place by a sole trader operating from home selling some concoction that is imported from some place where safety concerns aren’t as high as we are used to – how would we know? Fortunately, there are key products that work. As with every product that we put on our skin or ingest, although it is safe for the vast majority of the population to use, there will always be some people who have an adverse reaction to it. Even pharmaceutical drugs that undergo the most rigorous testing and gain government approvals have unwanted side effects for a very few. Just think of something like penicillin: for most people this is a very effective antibiotic but some people have a strong allergic reaction to it. So before you use any skin tag removal cream, try a small amount on a small area of skin and leave for a while to see if there is any adverse reaction. This is highly unlikely, especially with products made in North America and Western Europe, but it is worthwhile carrying out this check just to make sure. Many skin tag removal creams use similar active ingredients, often oils and some inactive ingredients that are necessary to actually make the oils into a cream. So in addition to the active ingredients you will often find the following; An emulsifier – this is needed to thicken the active ingredients and hold...

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Dermatend – Pulled By the FDA?

Apr 12

Dermatend – Pulled By the FDA?

Dermatend was for some time a highly popular and very effective treatment for the removal of moles, warts and skin tags. Dermatend claimed to work by attacking the root of the growth and thereby encouraging the body’s immune system, in the form of antibodies, to attack and kill the growth. Many users have written glowing testimonials about their very successful experiences using Dermatend. On August 28, 2014 Solace International Inc., who were the manufacturers and main distributors of Dermatend, which was promoted as a skin tag, wart and (critically in this case) as a mole remover was, after consultation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voluntarily withdrew and recalled Dermatend. Although in the letter that was sent to Solace Int. Inc., on July 3, 2014, the situation, should they decide not to voluntarily recall the product was made abundantly clear. The main reason cited by the FDA is that the claims made that Dermatend claims that it was able to treat and remove moles was contrary to the advice issued by the FDA that all moles should be removed under the supervision of a physician. The use of Dermatend could have resulted in the delayed diagnosis by a physician if a mole should prove to be cancerous. Although the FDA initiated the voluntary withdrawal of Dermatend due to its claims of treatment of moles it made no judgement as to the efficacy of Dermatend itself for the removal of moles, warts or skin tags just that it had not been tested and approved to FDA standards. Despite the withdrawal of Dermatend on the grounds of mole treatment alone, a quick search on the internet shows sites still promoting Dermatend and there are many, many sites promoting mole removal treatments, including Amazon and eBay. The Dermatend website is functioning only on the contact us page. All other pages have either been removed or are dead links. Furthermore the FDA continue to say in its press release regarding Dermatend that “Dermatend is not FDA approved, thus has not been shown to be safe and effective for the uses suggested in the labeling”. Whilst no one can argue that the FDA were correct in encouraging Solace to withdraw Dermatend due to...

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How Do Skin Tags Form?

Apr 11

How Do Skin Tags Form?

Skin tags are small growth of skin that in themselves are harmless and in many cases can be ignored. In fact, many people have skin tags in places on their body where they cannot easily see them and as a result they are totally unaware that they even have a skin tag at all. Often the reason why these tags are even noticed is because larger ones tend to get caught in clothing or a piece of jewelry and then they bleed. Sometimes this bleeding gets excessive, and infections can occur. This is one of the rare instances where skin tags can actually be a health hazard. Medical Terms There are a number of medical terms for the simple skin tag, and among them are acrochordons, cutaneous papilloma, cutaneous tag, fibroepithelial polyp, fibroma molluscum, fibroma pendulum, papilloma colli and soft fibroma. You can see why “skin tag” caught on. 😉 These are tumors, yes, but are not cancerous, and as a result even using the “tumor” term gets people’s backs up. It should not. I have talked with several experts, and it seems that there is no definitive answer as to how skin tags are formed. There is, however, a great deal of informed speculation as to their cause but no single answer. Skin tags can form at any age and affect both sexes equally but it is believed that there are certain issues that make some people more susceptible than others. Although the simple fact is that anyone can get a skin tag at any time without any apparent reason. Factors that may cause a skin tag to form One suggestion is that they are formed by skin (or clothing sometimes) rubbing against skin. They are commonly, but certainly not always, found on eyelids, in the armpits, under breasts, in the groin area as well as on the upper chest and the neck. Middle aged people who are obese have found to be particularly susceptible to forming skin tags due to the excess skin rubbing against skin as they move. If there is a history of skin tags in the family that will add slightly to the possibility (but by no means makes it certain) that a person...

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Skin Tags On Your Face: Be Careful!

Apr 10

Having been the webmistress of this site for a few years now, I have been a bit shocked by some of the questions I receive from readers, either via the comments or just straight up email. Don’t get me wrong: most comments are really sharp, and questions are important, but I have found that there is a certain section of visitors that is actually quite surprising to me. Why? Well, it typically breaks down to the fact that they have skin tags on their face or even better, their eyes. This is not strange in itself. What is strange, unfortunately, is the continual want to “cut them off”. To put whatever cream on them that they can, despite any warnings. As someone that has never had one on her face, I can probably understand, but there is something you must always consider before you take any rash action: Scarring. It’s For Life Now, certainly, most people who come to this site do so because they want to get rid of their skin tags. I certainly understand this. But you also have to understand that I’m not a doctor. And you should also understand that while you can save money by using creams or products (and yes, I’m NEVER going to recommend you cut yourself: it’s just simply an awful idea), I think it is important to note that sometimes you just simply have to buck up and see a doctor. Yes, most skin tags can be removed quite easily in only a few days using Wart & Mole Vanish, or some other product. But when you’re dealing with your face, a physician is the only recommendation I can make without actually seeing the tags! What’s more, when it comes to eyes, why would you even ask?? Your eyes are one of the most critical organs (is that the right word?) in your body. This site will never recommend using a cream within an inch of your eye! It’s just not a good move. It’s also a scary move, and something you just have to have common sense about. I Understand Hey. I understand what’s going through people’s heads when it comes to removing skin tags, because it’s been something...

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Amoils Skin Tag Removal Formulation Review

Apr 04

Amoils Skin Tag Removal Formulation Review

There are plenty of theories put forward as to why skin tags occur but in reality there is no definitive answer. Believe me. I’ve asked a million doctors, and no one really has any idea why. A popular theory is that they are caused by skin rubbing against skin. This would help explain why skin tags are generally found in the creases and folds in the skins.  This does not explain why skin tags are found in other areas though. Amoils is the latest product to address this rather important cosmetic issue, and it does a pretty decent job considering its mild formulation. Homeopathic Remedies: There’s A Million Of Them! The problem, as many of us are aware of, is that there are several remedies for all sorts of ailments available and the trick is always to pick the best one. After some time spent researching, I came across a substance called Thuja Occidentalis. This is an oil made from the leaves of the Thuja tree. The Thuja article also contained several peer reviewed articles from professionals with no hidden agenda. So far, so good. A second substance that I came across, while actually looking for something unrelated, was an extract from marigold flowers, Calendula officinalis. Calendula extracts have been shown to be anti-viral, anti-genotoxic (I didn’t know what it meant either – but it means that it doesn’t damage genes), and have anti-inflammatory properties. I did find a couple of remedies with these extracts in them but based on the number of positive reviews I had read, I settled on reviewing Amolis Skin Tag Removal Formula. Did Amolis Skin Tag Removal Formula Work? This is really the most important question, does it work, or is it just another batch of chemicals in a bottle promising but not delivering? Well for me Amolis Skin Tag Removal Formula did work. I followed the instructions carefully and applied it three times a day. This was easy in the morning and evening but I had to remember to take it to work with me so I could apply it mid-day. For the first few day it seemed as if absolutely nothing was happening but gradually, over a few days, I stated to...

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