Skin tags are tiny (or sometimes not-so-small) growths on the skin. Although they are not dangerous in themselves, doctors regard them as potential markers for metabolic problems like diabetes (Clinical Dermatology, Jan-Feb. 2018). Although dermatologists have several techniques that work to remove skin tags (surgery, freezing, shaving, electrodesiccation), many people would prefer to get rid of them without medical intervention. Can you make skin tags disappear?
Apple Cider Vinegar to Make Skin Tags Disappear at Home:
Q. You recently responded to a reader’s inquiry on skin tag removal. I use apple cider vinegar. The acidity breaks down the tissue surrounding the tag, causing it to fall off.
- Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar.
- Secure the cotton ball to your skin tag with a bandage.
- Remove it after 10 to 15 minutes.
- Wash the area with soap and warm water.
- Allow the area to dry.
- Repeat daily for two weeks or until the tag falls off.
A. Thank you for sharing your step-by-step instructions. It sounds safer than some methods for skin tag removal.
Although some readers recommend tying off the skin tag with dental floss or thread, one reader shared this cautionary tale:
“As to tying string around a tag, it sounds good. But when I tried it, the tag got sore, then got infected. I had to go to the doctor to get it removed surgically. It was under my armpit. Ouch!”
Physicians have investigated vinegar for treating swimmers’ ear (otitis externa) and a few other skin conditions (American Family Physician, Dec. 1, 2012). However, we could not find any published studies of apple cider vinegar to help skin tags disappear.
Other Home Remedies:
People have used some other approaches to make skin tags disappear. Some have applied adhesive bandages.
Others like to use liquid bandage:
“I have used liquid bandage on skin tags with good success. Brush on twice a day. They will fall off within 7 to 10 days.”
Certain individuals have substituted household instant glue for the liquid bandage, while a few prefer clear nail polish. It does make sense to have a doctor check your skin tag, just to make sure it is not something more serious.