Firstly, just what are skin tags anyway and what causes them? Skin tags are small, very common and completely harmless skin growths. Just about everyone will gain a tag at some point in their lives, some earlier or later than others.
Nobody really knows what causes them, but doctors think that rubbing may be a contributing factor since they usually appear in ‘folds’ such as under the arm or breast. Whatever causes them, removing a skin tag is very simple and you could do it yourself if you so chose. Whatever you decide, just love your look!
4 skin tag treatments you can do at home
1 Milk a Dandelion
Seriously. Run out to your garden, or just about any nearby field and see if you can find some dandelions. By cutting and then squeezing the stem, you can extract a small quantity of a milky substance.
This ‘ointment’ can be used for several skin conditions, including skin tags. Simply rub some into the skin tag and cover it with a plaster. Repeated several times over the course of the day, this will dry out the tag and make it literally drop off. Just be sure to clean and dry the skin tag between applications.
2 Grab some garlic
Four cloves of the stuff, to be exact. You see, garlic has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that have been used in holistic medicines for a long time. These same properties are known to improve skin health, as well as being able to dry out skin tags.
Your garlic should be ground into a paste, which then can be applied straight to the skin. A bandage can be used to keep everything where it is meant to be.
3 The tie off
A less pungent way of dealing with skin tags is by tying them off with something that can be tightened. Cotton string is ideal for this. Simply tie the string around the base of the tag, making sure that it is as tight as required in order to cut off the blood supply.
After a few days the tag will have darkened and dropped off. Make sure you keep checking the string, and the tag to make sure everything is as it should be.
4 The juice of a willing lemon
Just in case you are married to the idea of rubbing something into the tag, consider lemon juice. Lemons have many health benefits including the fact they contain citric acid, and lemons happen to contain a lot of it. This acid dries out the cells in the skin tag, making it disappear as if by magic.
The application of the juice via cotton balls is the preferred option, and you will begin to see results in just a few days. Eventually, in less than a week, the tag will dry out and vanish.
All of these methods are completely harmless and will remove the tag permanently. The only good thing about tags, apart from being harmless, is that they cannot grow back. Great news for all that effort that you put into their removal!
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