Unlike moles, skin tags are completely benign. Despite being harmless, skin tags can be a source of consistent pain & irritation especially when they are at a location where they are rubbed against clothing or get stuck in jewelry.
Skin tags occur at places on your body where there is skin to skin friction and most common areas are neck, groin, armpits, eyelids, under the breasts etc. There are other factors as well that contribute to the growth of skin tag.
The removal of a skin tag is purely for cosmetic reasons and most cosmetic removals are not covered by insurance and hence, you’ll have to bear the entire cost of removal.
You might want to check with your doctor on how to proceed with the removal if you are looking to remove it medically. Understand the type of growth it is, seek information on various removal procedures, why he/she suggests a particular removal method, benefits, risks & aftercare & cost.
A lot of people frequently use major essential oils and other home remedies to get rid of them because of convenience & cost. Be completely sure that your skin tag is benign before proceeding with any of the at-home solutions for the tag removal.
Moreover, people opt for home remedies considering they are cheap, convenient, pain-free & scar-free but you should also consider the fact that a majority of them are not medically approved.
Having said that, we are not saying that you shouldn’t use them, use them with caution and in consultation with a medical expert.
Also, keep in mind that essential oils and home remedies take time to deliver results so you have to be patient while using them. While researching on the subject on the internet, we found out that a lot of searches on Google are aimed at quick and overnight removal of skin tag.
“Using a solution claiming to give overnight or quicker results might end up doing more damage than good to your skin and can also lead to more dangerous skin problems.”
We know neither of us wants to look bad in front of their friends, relatives etc. nor can we move with pain and irritation consistently caused by a skin tag but for any removal method to show results, it takes time.
If your skin tag itches, bleeds or pains, you should consult a dermatologist immediately to figure out the right removal procedure for you. Moreover, if your skin growth has a different color, shape or size take an appointment immediately.
Find below some of the popular methodologies used to remove skin tags and associated costs –
Consider medical procedures to remove skin tags –
The procedure starts with numbing the area. The doctor either snips off the base of the tag using sterile medical scissors or cuts the skin tag off using a scalpel. The procedure is relatively fast and ensures faster recovery. It can cost anywhere between $100-200 depending on the skill of the surgeon, location of the skin tag, complexity of situation etc.
This is a very popular procedure also used to remove moles & warts. The doctor applies liquid nitrogen to the skin tag making it fall off by itself in a short span of time. You will feel slight tingling sensation during the procedure. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis at a doctor’s clinic and might come at a cost of $100-200 depending upon factors mentioned above.
This method uses an electric wand to transfer electric current through a wire to burn off the mole. Use antibiotic ointment for a few days/weeks after the procedure for faster healing.
Despite being painful, this procedure is also used to get rid of skin tags. The doctor ties a small band at the base of skin tag resulting in no supply of blood to the tag causing it to die on its own. The procedure might take a couple of days. People also do this procedure at home.
Consider using essential oils
1. Frankincense Oil
Presence of anti-inflammatory & antiseptic properties makes this product very popular among skincare enthusiasts. Most essential oils are strong so you’ll have to dilute it with a carrier oil before applying on the growth.
Apply it using a cotton swab twice a day regularly for several weeks to see visible results. If its application causes irritation, discontinue using it immediately.
2. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil could be a great option to remove skin tags at home. It is in use since ages. People in old ages used it to treat bacterial infections on skin & wounds and thus it’s antibacterial, antiparasitic & antifungal properties became popular.
Apply it on the tag using a cotton ball or swab directly. Regularly repeat the procedure for a month or so.