A skin tag patch – uses a type of mediation that is supposed to help the skin tag fall off after removal of the patch. This skin tag removal method is not very effective and often causes irritation to the nearby skin.
Freezing applications – these over-the-counter products use chemicals that decrease the skin tag’s temperature, destroying the unwanted skin tissue. The temperature attained by freezing kits available over-the-counter is not as low as dermatologists suggest. The effectiveness of at-home freezing kits depends on how many times you apply them. In clinical settings, dermatologists use liquid nitrogen freezing to achieve lower temperatures that are considered more effective in removing skin tags.
Home remedies – home remedies include the removal of skin tags with products such as vinegar or tea tree oil. These products are said to take several weeks to work, but there is no scientific evidence backing the effectiveness of tea tree oil or vinegar for skin tag removal. Tea tree oil has been shown to cause an allergic reaction in some people.
Risks of At-Home Removal
While you may be tempted to try at-home removal of your skin tags, there are risks including:
- An infection
- Excessive bleeding
When To See the Doctor
It is important to speak with a dermatologist about safe removal options if you are sure you want the skin tags removed. Note, never attempt any method of cutting skin tags off.
Cutting skin tags off, particularly larger lesions, is linked with a risk of bleeding and infection. You should always see your dermatologist or another healthcare provider before attempting to remove skin tags at home.
A medical professional can recommend a safe and effective way to remove skin tags. The doctor will also examine skin tags to ensure there are no signs or symptoms of complications associated with skin tags such as underlying hormonal problems.