When it comes to your self-confidence, nothing can erode it faster than facial deformities. And while skin tags are fairly low on the scale of intensity, they can still cause stress to the person who has to deal with them on a daily basis.

But did you know that destroying unwanted skin tissue is actually easier than you thought?

That’s right – there are many ways to get rid of these pesky little skin growths, very few of them involving invasive surgery, too.

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the most common ways to get rid of skin tags on your face.

What are skin tags?

What are skin tags?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of removing them, let’s first take a look at what skin tags are.

In short, they are small growths of skin that can form on various parts of the body – but they are most commonly found on the face, neck, armpits, and under the breasts.

Despite their appearance, they are not a form of skin cancer, and pose no real threat to your health, but they can be unsightly.

Skin tags are made up of collagen fibers and blood vessels that have become trapped in a small pocket of skin.

Over time, the friction from clothing or jewelry can cause them to become irritated, which is why they are often found in areas where skin rubs against clothing.

What causes skin tags?

What causes skin tags?

The exact cause of skin tags is unknown, but there are a few theories.

Some experts believe that they are caused by friction, as we mentioned before. Others believe that they are caused by hormones or an overgrowth of skin cells.

Another theory is that they are genetic, while others think that they can be caused by diet and lifestyle.

(For a full list of the foods to eat for healthy skin, click here.)

Regardless of the cause, one thing is for sure – skin tags are not contagious, so you don’t have to worry about them spreading from person to person.

What are some reasons for skin tag removal?

There are a few reasons why you might want to remove a skin tag. For one, they can be unsightly and can cause stress or anxiety.

It will improve your mental health

It will improve your mental health

Having multiple skin tags can damage your confidence – which is why removing them can seem so important. If that is, seeing the skin tags on your face bothers you to the point where it is affecting your mood.

Having a little bit of overgrown skin on your face affect your mental health may seem trivial, but with suicide rates and mental illness diagnoses on the rise, it is worth it to do whatever you can to improve your physical or mental health.

To avoid further irritation

To avoid further irritation

Another reason to get skin tags removed is to avoid further skin irritation. If the skin tag is in a place where it rubs against clothing or jewelry, it can become irritated and even bleed.

To prevent infection

To prevent infection

If the skin tag is in a place where it is constantly getting wet (such as in the case of tags under the breasts), there is a risk of infection.

To prevent skin cancer

To prevent skin cancer

Although skin tags are not cancerous, they can sometimes turn into cancerous growths. If you have a skin tag that is changing in color or shape, it is best to have it removed by a doctor to rule out cancer.

Cosmetic reasons

Cosmetic reasons

Most people choose to remove skin tags for cosmetic reasons. If the skin tag is in a visible place, such as on the face, neck, or under the breasts, it can be unsightly and can cause stress or anxiety.

Tips for getting rid of skin tags

There are a few ways to remove skin tags, some of which are more invasive than others.

Use some tea tree oil

Use some tea tree oil

If you want to go the natural route, you can try using some tea tree oil. This is effective in removing skin tags because it contains compounds that kill viruses, bacteria, and fungi. And some people say that skin tags are caused by microbes.

Apply a small amount of tea tree oil to the skin tag with a cotton ball.

Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Repeat this process once a day until the skin tag falls off.

Apply apple cider vinegar

Apply apple cider vinegar

Another option is to apply apple cider vinegar to the skin tag. ACV contains acetic acid, which can help to dry out the skin tag and eventually cause it to fall off. This works well for removing smaller skin tags.

Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it to the skin tag.

Cover it with a bandage and leave it on for 30 minutes. Remove the bandage and rinse the area with warm water. Repeat this process once a day until the skin tag falls off.

Use a banana peel

Use a banana peel

One lesser-known method of getting rid of skin tags is to use a banana peel. Bananas contain a compound called lutein, which has been shown to help remove skin tags.

Cut a small piece of banana peel and tape it to the skin tag.

Leave it on for a few hours and then remove it. Repeat this process once a day until the skin tag falls off.

Use skin tag removal bands

Use skin tag removal bands

These are small, elastic bands that can be placed around the base of the skin tag to cut off its blood supply. This will cause the skin tag to fall off.

First, clean the area around the skin tag with alcohol. Then, cut the band so that it is about half an inch wide. Place the band around the base of the skin tag and secure it in place with a piece of tape.

Leave the band in place for a few days and then remove it. The skin tag should fall off within a week.

Get it removed by a doctor

Get it removed by a doctor

If you want to get rid of the skin tag quickly, your best bet is to have it removed by a doctor. They can use one of the methods listed above or they can cut it off with a scalpel.

If you choose to have it removed by a doctor, be sure to find one that you trust and that has experience in removing skin tags.

Cut them off with nail clippers

Cut them off with nail clippers

If you have a high tolerance for pain and don’t mind the sight of blood, you can try cutting the skin tag off with nail clippers.

First, clean the area around the skin tag with alcohol. Then, use a sharp pair of nail clippers to cut off the skin tag at the base. Be sure to cut as close to the base as possible so that the skin tag doesn’t grow back.

This method is not for the faint of heart and is not recommended for people with a low tolerance for pain.

Use duct tape

Use duct tape

If you want to try a home remedy that is said to be just as effective as skin tag removal bands, you can use duct tape.

To use this method, clean the area around the skin tag with alcohol. Then, place a piece of duct tape over the skin tag.

Leave the duct tape on for a few days and then remove it. The skin tag should fall off within a week.

Pinch them off with dental floss or surgical thread

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This method is similar to the nail clipper method in that it is painful and can cause bleeding.

To use this method, clean the area around the skin tag with alcohol. Then, tie a piece of dental floss or surgical thread around the base of the skin tag.

Tighten the floss or thread until it cuts off the blood supply to the skin tag. The skin tag will fall off within a week.

Burn them off with a hot iron

Burn them off with a hot iron

If you don’t mind a little pain and have access to a hot iron, you can try burning the skin tag off.

To use this method, clean the area around the skin tag with alcohol. Then, heat up the iron and hold it against the skin tag for a few seconds.

Be sure not to hold it there for too long or you will burn your skin.

Go see a board-certified dermatologist

If home remedies don’t work, you can always see a doctor to have the skin tag removed.

Dermatologists are skin experts and can remove the skin tag quickly, usually by freezing them with liquid nitrogen or cutting them with surgical scissors.

If you have a skin tag that is causing you pain or bleeding, it is best to see a doctor so they can remove it safely.

Rub some crushed garlic on them

Rub some crushed garlic on them

Garlic has natural antiseptic and antibiotic properties that make it a great home remedy for most skin tags.

To use this method, crush a few cloves of garlic and rub the crushed garlic on the skin tag.

Similar to tea tree oil, garlic is an excellent way to kill microbes (viruses, bacteria, etc) that may cause skin tags to grow out of control.

Burn them off with liquid nitrogen

This method will probably require you to go see a doctor, but it is an effective way to remove skin tags.

Liquid nitrogen is a cryogenic fluid that can be used to freeze and destroy tissue. When applied to a skin tag, the liquid nitrogen will cause the tissue to die and the skin tag will fall off.

This method is quick and relatively painless, but it may cause some temporary discomfort and redness.

Final Thoughts

There are several ways to remove skin tags, some of which are more invasive than others. If you have a skin tag that is causing you pain or bleeding, it is best to see a doctor so they can remove it safely.

Home remedies such as tea tree oil, garlic, and duct tape are said to be just as effective as skin tag removal bands, but they may cause some discomfort.

If home remedies don’t work, you can always see a doctor have the skin tag removed. Dermatologists are skin experts and can remove the skin tag quickly, usually by freezing them with liquid nitrogen or cutting them with surgical scissors.

Whichever method you choose, make sure you clean the area around the skin tag with alcohol before proceeding. This will help to prevent infection.

Do you have any experience with removing skin tags? Let us know in the comments below!

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