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Topical Castor Oil Helped Banish Skin Tag

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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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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We used castor oil on an large ugly, flat, dark skin tag my husband had near his temple that the doctor had already removed once (it grew back in a few months). He applied the CO a couple of times a day for about a month and it started to flake and come off. It’s been a couple of months and the skin tag is completely gone except for a small indentationin his skin. He has another similar skin tag on his face that is taking longer to disappear, but it looks like the CO is working on that one as well. He had tried using the liquid bandage on the tags for many months before, which didn’t work at all. So glad we saw this on The People’s Pharmacy. Another inexpensive, natural remedy that worked. Thank you.

Does baking soda and castor hurt your eyes if u get it in ur eye? I had closed my eye to put it on and if it gets on your eyelid where the skin tag ain’t will it hurt my skin?

Has anyone used Tea Tree oil to get rid of the tags?

I tried tea tree oil but it only irritated my skin and did not dry up skin tags.

Has anyone ever tried this remedy on a dog? My dog has lots of the moles (fatty tissue called lampomas (sp).

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.

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.

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

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.

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