Q. I recently began using a castor oil pack (castor oil and a heating pad) on my tummy for abdominal pain on the advice of my acupuncturist. To my surprise, after about 10 applications, an itchy skin tag I’d had there for over 20 years has vanished. Apparently castor oil can also cause skin tags to disappear.

A. Thank you for sharing this new approach to getting rid of skin tags.

Skin tags are not dangerous, but they can be bothersome. They are benign fleshy growths that may be most likely to appear in skin folds. Dermatologists can remove them surgically, but many people would prefer a less expensive way to eliminate them, especially since they pose no medical danger. (If you think you have a skin tag, have a doctor check it to make sure of the diagnosis.) 

Readers have reported success getting rid of skin tags with remedies as varied as tying thread or dental floss tightly around the base of the tag, applying liquid bandage to the tag or smothering it with clear nail polish. Some have found applying zinc oxide (such as diaper cream) or apple cider vinegar helps speed the disappearance. 

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  1. Tyler T.
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    Definitely, castor oil can be used to treat skin tags. And there are plenty of other ways to treat and remove skin tags. Getting a rid of skin tags permanently can be achieved easily and conveniently by getting proper treatment from a dermatologist.

  2. Donnie
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    I use natural d-alpha liquid Vitamin E oil on skin tags and other benign growths. I rub it on the tag a couple times a day. After awhile, the growth will fall off. Sometimes it will turn dark before it does. Works quite well for me, and some relatives with tags. I’m also interested in the castor oil info.

  3. DS
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    Liquid bandage smells so awful that despite its price I threw the whole bottle away.

  4. MR
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    I used castor oil successfully to get rid of some small, flat bumps that appeared on the skin just below the inner corner of my eye. I just rubbed a tiny bit of castor oil on them once or twice a day, and in about a month they were gone. A friend of mine had the exact same experience.

  5. oualum
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    Is this newsletter the one I receive each week? I love this column.

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