A skin tag is a small, benign tumor of the skin. It is painless and appears as an irregularly shaped, berrylike bump. Once identified, smaller skin tags can be removed safely at home using a number of products. Larger skin tags or bumps suspected of being another skin disorder should be assessed and removed only by a dermatologist.
Dermasil contains the natural herbal extracts of the plants Melaleuca alternifolia, Thuja occidentalis and Ricinus communis. According to "Natural Healing Wisdom and Know-How," these plants are known for their ability to repair skin lesions and skin diseases. Dermasil should be applied to the skin tag as directed on the enclosed product instructions.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural essential oil derived from the plant Melaleuca alternifolia. It is available in most pharmacies and herbal outlets. Tea tree oil has the advantage of removing the skin tag without harming surrounding skin. Place a few drops of the oil on a water-soaked cotton swab or cotton ball, and rub it onto the skin tag several times per day until it falls off.
Castor oil is derived from the seed of the castor bean, Ricinus communis. This vegetable oil has many uses and can be used to effectively remove skin tags. However, castor oil must be mixed into a paste with baking soda in order to use it. Rub the paste onto the skin tag several times daily until the skin tag falls off.
Extract of bloodroot, also called bloodwort, is derived from the plant Sanguinaria canadensis. This extract should be used with caution; while effective as a topical skin tag remover, it also can harm adjacent healthy skin. It therefore must be applied delicately and with caution.
Compound W Freeze Off is not specifically indicated for skin tag removal, although it is commonly used for this purpose. The problem is that there is the possibility of harming the healthy surrounding skin by freezing it. Thus, if care is taken to apply Compound W Freeze Off only to the skin tag itself and not to the surrounding skin, it can be an effective skin tag removal option.
Numerous Internet forums and sites tout fingernail polish as a folk remedy for skin tags. Cover the skin tag three times per day with fingernail polish until it falls off.
Duct tape is not a skin tag removal product, although it is another folk remedy that anecdotal evidence supposedly supports. Use a small piece of duct tape, just enough to cover the skin tag. Check the skin tag in two days. If it is has not fallen off, reapply another piece of duct tape until the skin tag comes off with the tape.
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- “Natural Healing Wisdom and Know-How”; A. Rost; 2003
- “Botanicals in Dermatology and Skin Health”; Botanical Medicine; J. Reuter, et.al.; 2009
Dr. Christian Walker began writing professionally in 1982. He has published in the fields of surgery, neurology, rehabilitation and orthopedics, with work appearing in various journals, including the "Journal of the American Osteopathic Association" and "European Neurological Society." Walker holds a Doctor of Philosophy in medical physiology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.