Skin tags, or skin-flappies as we call them in my family, plague a vast number of people. They like to crop up in the folds of skin so the neck, armpits, groin area and under breasts are their most favourite places to live. Sometimes people will even discover they have some in the folds of their eyelids!
Now these skin tags are generally harmless. They tend to be very small and they are not cancerous. But the fact of the matter is that they are not attractive. A single person can have anywhere from one to one hundred of the little devils growing somewhere on their bodies at any given time. This can lead to some embarrassment and potential lowering of self-esteem, which is not a good thing.
The good thing that does exist is the fact that you can remove these little pests in a variety of ways. All of the removal methods I’m about to talk about can be done in your own home but they will depend on your personal comfort-zone and possibly your pain threshold.
One of the more popular and easier methods of removing skin tags is by cutting them off. You do not need to go to the doctor for this if you don’t want to, unless of course the skin tag is by your eye. I would not recommend bringing sharp instruments close to your eyeballs as you don’t want to make a mistake and lose one. But if you have a skin tag on your neck or under your arm you could take a pair of sharp scissors, nail scissors are good for this or a scalpel, and remove the offending protrusion at the base. It may bleed a little bit but you should be fine. If you do not do well with blood, or if even the tiniest prick hurts you, do not do this yourself.
Another method of removal that can take some time is tying the skin-flappy off at the base with a piece of thread or dental floss. The nerves at the base of the skin tag will slowly die and the skin tag will eventually fall off. The downside of this method is that it can take weeks and if you have the skin tag on a very visible part of your body you probably won’t want to do this one.
A discreet method that a lot of people are enjoying is using a removal cream. This process can usually take about 2-3 weeks before the skin tag falls off but it is virtually invisible. Most of the creams are made of holistic ingredients or are very gentle on the surrounding skin. This may be a good option if you have the skin tag on a very visible part of your body such as your neck or face.
A final method that has been gaining popularity is using a home removal system that employs a freezing liquid to remove the skin tag. This method has been available for quite some time as a wart removal option but only in the last five years or so has it been gaining attention as a skin tag removal system as well. This method involved skin shields to protect the surrounding area and with a foam-tipped wand the freezing liquid is applied to the skin tag. This is not instantaneous and it can still take 2-3 weeks before the skin tag finally dies and falls off, but many people like this option because they feel it is faster than creams.
There are a variety of options available to you if you want to part with your beloved skin-flappies. Do your research and really figure out which option is going to work best for you based on the location of the tag and you will have no issues removing that pesky little bugger.