Since any one person can have anywhere from one to one hundred skin tags on their body at any given time it’s safe to assume that they aren’t really something people talk about. Those who suffer from skin tags generally keep that information to themselves as it can be a bit embarrassing for others to know. They like to crop up in the folds of skin like you’ll find in the neck and groin area as well as the armpits and sometimes near the eyes. As embarrassing as they may be, if you want to rid yourself of them, you’re in luck! There are several over-the-counter methods available. No doctor visit or prescription required. The only time you;d really want the help of a medical professional is if the skin tag is somewhere sensitive like by your eye or in an area you can’t reach on your own.
The methods available to you are pretty straightforward. You can cut the skin tag off using a pair of nail scissors or a scalpel if you happen to have one. Keep a steady hand and cut the tag off from the base. Just make sure you sanitize the instrument first and have some bandages and such available. Another option you can use is to thread the skin tag. This is achieved by tying a thread or a piece of floss tightly around the base of the skin tag, effectively cutting off the blood supply and killing the tag. It should fall off on its own within a week or two with this method.
If you aren’t comfortable taking a sharp implement to your body or dealing with a thread hanging off your neck, for example, don?t worry. There are some options you can use with products you can buy from your local drug store or by ordering online. A very common method is freezing the skin tag. This can be done by purchasing the freezing product, such as Compound W or Dr. Scholl’s Skin Tag Remover and following the instructions in the package. They most often consist of applying the freezing liquid to the base of the skin tag at least once and the skin tag will fall off on its own.
A lot of people like this option because the two brands previously mentioned have a very good history and are well known. If you aren’t into using that kind of product there is one other option available to you. You can order this type of product online and there are some available in drug stores. You’ll want to look out for a skin tag or a wart removal cream and read critical reviews of the products. Both can generally do the same job. There are several creams on the market like Revitol which if you can’t find them in store you can order online through an outlet like Amazon.
Skin tag removal creams generally require twice daily application for approximately two weeks. A lot of people like this option because it?s not something that draws attention to itself. The cream is absorbed by the skin and doesn’t leave a noticeable trail. The freezing option can sometimes make the skin tag turn black which can turn off a lot of people. This doesn’t happen to everyone of course.
Using a cream may be less noticeable visually but since some of them are made from organic ingredients they can come with a strong smell. This can be off-putting so if your cream doesn’t require twice daily application people tend to put it on once a day and at night.
None of these options require a prescription or even acknowledgement by your doctor. You can do them in the safety of your own home and not worry about a hefty medical bill for a tiny skin tag.