How To Remove Skin Tags Effectively

Skin tags or acrochorda (singular acrochordon) are small fleshy skin growths, which nine times out of ten cause no pain and are generally harmless. In some cases, they can get irritated by shaving, metal jewelry or constant rubbing with clothing. Some people espouse do-it-yourself ways on how to remove skin tags but medically approved procedures are best applied for treatment. Keep in mind using a product that’s FDA approved, such as Wart & Mole Vanish by Pristine Herbal Touch (review here) can also work wonders and save you a doctor visit. Meanwhile, for sensitive areas like near the eyes, nose, mouth or genitals, your best bet is Revitol Skin Tag Remover (review here). But remember that skin tags are MAINLY COSMETIC – in other words, it’s not necessary to remove skin tags because they are of no danger to you.

In fact, most people choose to remove skin tags because of their pretty unsightly appearance. They normally grow in the neck area, on the eyelids, nose, face and the armpits although they can grow anywhere on the body.

Here are some quick tips on how to remove skin tags effectively:

Using A Skin Tag Removal Product: Easily the safest way of removing a skin tag is to use a tag removal cream like Revitol Skin Tag Remover. Meanwhile, a harsher, but much stronger and faster acting product is Pristine Herbal Touch. These creams tend to remove the skin tag with much less risk of bleeding, pain, and most importantly, scarring. The downside of some products is that NOT ALL PRODUCTS WORK. In fact, if you check the link above, you can read my review about a product that doesn’t work (and smells bad, and is just a rip-off), Tagaway. Avoid my mistake, and just get yourself some Pristine Herbal Touch, or if you’re trying to remove a tag in a sensitive area, Revitol.

burning01Burning The Skin Tag Or Cauterization: Technically, this is the process of burning the soft tissue. This is the most common answer to the question on how to remove skin tags. Although there are other methods of cauterization, the prevalent method used in treating skin disorders like warts and skin tags is electrocautery. The growth is burned with the use of a metal probe that is heated by running electric current. Doctors and specialists usually have these machines.

Cutting Off The Growth Or Excision: Excision literally means cutting off. It is a surgical procedure where the growth is removed completely by cutting it off from the surface of the skin. Do-it-yourself advocates of how to remove skin tags sometimes resort to this method. It is not uncommon for people to perform excision of skin tags by themselves regardless if it is by accident or not. Some skin tags are accidentally cut off while shaving. It is not uncommon for people to just cut it off with a blade or scissors and then treat the wound after incision. BUT: cutting off skin tags yourself without the help of a health practitioner may cause problems like infection or unusual bleeding.

Some skin tags can bleed uncontrollably, which is why using a cream such as Pristine Herbal Touch tends to be a LOT safer. But, if you must cut off a skin tag, always make sure that the blade you use is properly sanitized to prevent infection.

Freezing With Liquid Nitrogen Or Cryosurgery: Cryotherapy is used in the treatment of different growths in the body. The exact method used in the treatment of skin tags is called cryosurgery. This is a procedure where the growth is frozen with the use of liquid nitrogen. The low temperature destroys cell tissues, effectively destroying the skin tag.

Cutting Off Blood Supply To The Skin Tag Or Ligation: This method requires the use of a thread, the ligature. The ligature is tied tightly around the base of the growth to completely cut off the flow of blood to the growth. If you are wondering about how to remove skin tags at home without a cream, this is probably the safest method to use. Cutting off the flow of blood would cause the destruction of the growth tissues and the skin tag will fall off after a while. It may grow back, however, which is why this method is not the best for long term removal.

For the best long term removal, read this review.

Procedures To Remove Skin Tags

nailcliper02You do not have to be a slave to skin tags because there are plenty of ways you can effectively remove them. If you do not want to go to a dermatologist to address your problem, you can also try some home remedies to get rid of skin tags.

We have read a lot about using lemon juice to get rid of skin tags. Lemon is said to have citric composition, which can decompose skin tag cells. All you need is a cotton ball and lemon juice. Apply lemon juice on your skin tags twice or three times a day. You will be able to notice skin tags coming off within 2 to 4 weeks. Avoid sun exposure when applying lemon juice on your tags as it can darken your skin. If you need to go out, see to it that there are no traces of lime juice on your skin.

Unfortunately, we have not proven this method to work, and certainly cannot recommend it from experience. Just know that other articles on the web have noted it as a potential solution.

Can You Cut Off A Skin Tag Without Getting Infected?

Skin tags may affect your confidence because they can get pretty dang unsightly. They can appear on visible areas, but you can definitely remove them. Unfortunately, the chance for infection is incredibly high when attempting to “clip” these tags. Unfortunately, hundreds of people each year end up in an ER with either an incredibly infected tag, or even worse: the bleed out.

If you’re looking for instant results, the absolute key reason for having a professional remove a skin tag instead of cutting it is very simple: sometimes these tags bleed out. Like not just minor amounts of blood. We’re talking gushing here. I have heard accounts of people having incredible difficulties getting their “cut” tags to stop bleeding to the point that they had to see a doctor.

So we NEVER. NEVER recommend cutting your skin tags. It’s a recipe for trouble, especially when it’s so much easier to go out and buy a relatively cheap product like Revitol (for sensitive areas), or a stronger, more industrial strength product like Pristine Herbal Touch.


  1. Jesse /

    I wanted to let people know that cutting their skin tags is a bad thing! I tried it once, and the infection I got was really bad. I wish they would have had skin tag removal creams back when I did that, because let me tell you it was one of the worst things I’ve ever done.

    Don’t do it!

  2. Harriet /

    Thank you very much for this article! I was leaning towards cutting my tag off, but decided to get Pristine Herbal Touch after reading your advice.

    The stuff is amazing. No scar! Keep up the great work!

  3. Years ago I developed 9 or 10 skin tags circling my lower neck. My doctor said to go ahead and cut them off. I used a nail clipper and some bled a bit. A couple were heavy-bleeders. It was not too painful at all and they healed with not a lot of scarring. Oh, but there was scarring.

    Just a note for those thinking about “clipping” their tags.

  4. rosa /

    What if your tag keeps bleeding how do I stop it?

    • taglady /

      Yikes, Rosa! See a doctor if it continues. This is why this site is here. To provide SAFE ALTERNATIVES to bad ideas like “slicing it off”.

      Good luck!

  5. matt /

    I’ve been using tag away now for 8 weeks and nothing has happened; I was hoping it did but nothing. It’s turned them red maybe but that’s it… do I need something stronger ?

    • taglady /

      Yep. Frankly, Matt, TagAway is a massive waste of time. See this article here.

      • TAGAWAY DID NOTHING..I USED PRISTINE HERBAL TOUCH, worked just fine, they were gone within 2 weeks, 1 application.

  6. How do you get rid of a skin tag without medicine, cutting it, string, freezing it, and without fire or burning it off?

  7. Nathan /

    Figures I’m the dumb one that looked this up after cutting mine off with an unsanitized fingernail clipper. *sigh* hope the triple anti-biotic cream I put on afterwards works.

    • taglady /

      Yikes! Good luck, Nathan, and stay vigilant with the antibiotic. I’ve heard many a horror story about these situations.

      Next time, remember: SAFETY FIRST!

  8. Looking for a safe way to remove a tag I have under my eye. Its ugly!

  9. July Song /

    Revitol Skin Tag Remover was pretty hugely effective for me. Thanks for your review of it!

  10. Maryjan Milki /

    Thanks for all the comments and reviews about skin tags removal,I am concerned one because i have it even on my face, belly,armpits(alot)..I will try to get Revitol or Prestine Herbal they sell over counter??? Not sure..

  11. My husband’s skins tags he has had since a teen now in his fortys were just gone one day. Should we worry. No treatment was done.

    • taglady /

      Hmm. Not sure if the “wait for 20 years”-method of skin tag removal is something I would recommend, Nadine. But thanks for the input! 🙂

  12. tag be gone /

    Really good important info on removing skin tags here. This site is a game-changer for me!

  13. Kimberly /

    Hi taglady! Is Revitol safe for infants? My baby has two near the ear on both sides and we are thinking of the best and easiest way to have them removed without scarring and growing back. We will be seeing a doctor in 3 wks but I wanted to have more knowledge on this so we can make the best decision when its time. Thank you so much for this article. It really helped!

    • taglady /

      Hi Kimberly. Yes, I would say that considering the location, Revitol is safe to use. Obviously testing it for a few days in case your child has sensitivity is strong is a good idea. I can’t say I’d totally recommend it (if only because I’m not a doctor, and a child’s needs are always best addressed by a licensed practitioner!), but having used this product, I can definitely testify to its mildness.

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