How To Remove Skin Tags Effectively
Skin tags or acrochorda (singular acrochordon) are small fleshy skin growth, benign tumors that cause no pain and is 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 Dermatend (review here) can also work wonders and save you a doctor visit. 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 Dermatend. These creams tend to remove the skin tag with much less risk of bleeding, pain, and most importantly, scarring. The downside of these 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 Dermatend.
Burning 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 Dermatend 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.
Procedures Of How To Remove Skin Tags
There are several methods on how to remove skin tags. One of the most used methods is by receiving medication from your doctor or undergoing a minor operation to get rid of the skin tag. Secondly, one can receive some over the counter medicine. Skin tags can also be removed at home by the individuals themselves. The procedure for the removal of skin tags by use of nail clippers involves a number of steps.
Also, you can freeze the skin tag area by using ice. The ice is held on the tag area for some duration of time. These preparatory stages help in the end to ease the sting when the tag is removed. The clippers are then carefully put over the tag and very near the skin and the tag is cut off. The pain that comes with this method is quite momentary and bearable.
The next method on how to remove skin tags involves the use of dental floss. In cases where there is lack of dental floss, you can use a clean sewing thread. These are tied around the skin tags tightly and very close to the skin. The knot tie around the tag cuts off the supply of blood. After twenty minutes, the skin tag changes its color to blue. You should stay with the tag for around two to three days. The skin tag automatically drops off after 24 to 36 hours. This is a good method especially for you who do not want to go for the medical procedure. It also has the benefit of reducing the pain that one feels during the process. This method is very good because it is painless and applicable to those with large skin tags. The materials used are also readily available since no household lacks a piece of thread or a dental floss.
Compound W, a mild acid can also be a way to remove stubborn skin tags. This mild acid can be bought from the local drug stores or the malls around you. First, apply the Compound W solution on the area of your skin affected by the tag. Second, cover your skin tag with a Band-Aid to keep the solution intact. You should be patient in using this method since you will have to apply this solution more than once for it to act. It can literally take weeks unfortunately, but that is why “specialist products” like Dermatend were created in the first place!