Skin tags are benign skin growths often appear from friction between skin folds. Other reasons that contribute to the growth of skin tag include hormonal changes, old age, heredity etc.
Common areas where skin tags are normally found or expected to occur are eyelids, neck, chest, armpits, under the breasts, groin etc.
Unlike moles, skin tags are usually benign and hence there isn’t a need to check them for malignancy unless your skin tag is really suspicious and needs a dermatologist’s evaluation immediately.
You can get rid of a skin tag using any medical procedure such as excision, cryosurgery, cauterization etc. Speak to a skin specialist and understand benefits, limitations, cost, risks, merits and results of various tag removal techniques.
“Unless you are not completely sure that your skin growth is benign, never opt for any home remedy.”
Home remedies are applied to benign growths only and you must seek your dermatologist’s advice before proceeding with them. And, in case your skin tag is located in a sensitive area such as an eyelid, never ever attempt to remove it yourself at home. Always, let a medical expert do that for you.
Among all home remedies, one that’s has become extremely popular especially when dealing with various skin conditions including skin tags is Tea Tree Oil.
Tea tree oil comes from an Australian Plant called Melaleuca Alternifolia and is frequently used to treat acne, dandruff, bites, skin conditions & fungal infections. It claims to solve a variety of skin problems, however, the clinical evidence of effectiveness is limited.
Nonetheless, people use tea tree since the time immemorial.
Can it be used for skin tags?
Yes but use it with caution. Because of its toxic nature, please avoid using it near the mouth and any other sensitive area. Consult a skin specialist before proceeding.
Although, the anecdotal evidence speaks volumes about the effectiveness of tea tree oil for a variety of skin conditions but keep in mind that if it has worked for someone else doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for you as well.
How tea tree oil works
The way tea tree or any other essential oil work is that it burns the tissues on just the upper layers of the skin. It doesn’t penetrate to the deeper layers. So if a skin growth is deeply embedded, there are chances it’ll grow back again.
Secondly, since the application of tea tree destroys the tissues of the growth, there is no chance that you’ll know if your growth was cancerous as there is no tissue left to be sent for testing.
Before applying any home remedy make completely sure that your skin tag is benign.
Most home remedies & essential oils for skin tags work the same way.
Can tea tree oil be used for skin tags on eyelids?
Never ever think of doing that. Tea tree oil is a poisonous substance and must be avoided using near the mouth or any other sensitive area like an eyelid.
“If it is consumed internally by mistake, it can cause hallucinations, weakness and vomiting etc.”
If you want to use it on your skin tag, use it in its diluted form.
How to apply it to the skin tag?
Once your skin specialist gives you the go-ahead to try tea tree oil on your tag, follow the steps.
#1 – Clean the site with warm water and pat dry it.
#2 – Dip a small cotton ball into tea tree oil and squeeze out the excess oil.
#3 – Apply it to the tag and gently press it for oil to enter the skin. Protect the surrounding area with a vaseline.
#4 – Let it sit for 15-30 minutes and rinse off with water.
#5 – Repeat the entire process 2-3 times a day regularly until skin tag forms a scab and falls off by itself.
#6 – Avoid sun exposure for a couple of weeks. If you can’t avoid UV rays, use High Factor Sunscreen (SPF of at least 15).
Instruction to be followed while using any essential oil on skin tag
1. Don’t let a remedy sit on your skin tag for more than 15 minutes if your skin is sensitive.
2. If it causes irritation, immediately discontinue use.
3. Safeguard the surrounding area by applying petroleum jelly.
4. Consult your doctor before using them.
5. Avoid direct sunlight.
6. If an essential oil has worked someone else doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for you as well.
7. The results may vary from individual to individual.
8. Its application on deeper growths might result in your mole growing back or even aggravate the situation.
9. Don’t rush into using other home remedies, if one hasn’t worked for you. Most remedies work slowly, so you need to be patient.
10. Don’t scratch or rub your mole while it is being worked upon.
11. Never apply it on a mole that itches, bleeds, elevates or shows any of ABCDE cancerous characteristics.
12. Never apply a remedy or an essential oil in and around the sensitive area such as eyes, mouth etc.
13. Patch test it on some other area before applying it on the tag.
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