OK, so I’m gonna impress you right off the hop, or at least attempt to! Those little unsightly growths of skin that we commonly call skin tags actually have quite an intimidating proper medical name… ACROCHORDONS! I know, I know, very dramatic right? Now that I’ve got that off my chest we can get on with it…
Technically, an Acrochordon… OK, OK, we’ll use the simpler term, “skin tag”, for the rest of this article. As I was saying, a skin tag is technically a harmless tumor that looks like a piece of hanging skin. Skin tags come in all shapes and sizes, with some being very tiny while others, albeit quite rare, have been known to grow to the size of a grape. Though being small tumors, skin tags are malignant and do not indicate other types of problems.
Skin tags can be very unsightly and many people feel very self-conscious, even to the point of viewing themselves as repulsive and unapproachable. Not only are they unsightly but often skin tags are painful when irritated. How common are they? Approximately 50% of the population have them on some area of their body. So there, no need to be self-conscious anymore… it’s as normal to have skin tags as it is to not have them! It is also known that the middle aged are more susceptible to skin tags and they seem to be much more common in women than in men.
Often, skin tags grow where there is moistness, friction and heat, and where skin rubs against skin or against clothing. Some common areas are: on the neck, under the armpits, on the eyelids and under the breasts, but are not necessarily just isolated to these places.
As far as getting rid of these little annoyances surgically, there are quite a variety of ways to do so including: extraction, suture, electro-cauterization, laser surgery, and cryosurgery to name a few. If you’re anything like me though, going to the doctor isn’t among my top 10 favorite things to do. If I can find a home remedy that will achieve the same, or better, results as a trip to the doc, I will choose it every time. If you are still reading, than you are, no doubt, wondering how to get rid of skin tags at home. Just like surgical options, there are also a variety of valid home treatments for getting rid of those pesky acrochordons – sorry, I just had to… such a catchy word!
Here are a couple methods of how to get rid of skin tags at home:
1. Tie off the skin tag until it drops off:
You’ll need to take some thread and tie off the skin tag at it’s base. Make sure you tie it very tightly, being sure to knot the thread so it won’t fall off easily. In about a week or two, presto! the skin tag will most likely drop off. Reason being, you have cut off its blood supply and it has died. Although generally effective, this method can be a bit painful as you wait for it to work.
If you’re one who squirms at the site of blood, or worse yet faints, then this method is probably best for you. It takes a little longer than other, more extreme methods, but will be much easier on you emotionally.
2. Slicing it off with a razor blade, scissors or clippers:
Be warned though, that because skin tags usually have blood vessels connected to them, there will most likely be quite a bit of bleeding, so be sure to have some hydrogen peroxide on hand to dab on the site after the skin tag has been cut off. This is a quick, but messy way to deal with your skin tags, although it may seem a little on the “barbaric” side to many. Be sure to sterilize your instrument of choice to guard against any possibility of infection.
These are two easy “do it yourself” remedies of how to get rid of skin tags at home. Home treatments have been used by many people for many years, and each carries with it advantages and disadvantages. The degree of scarring and how quickly the healing takes place depends on many factors. You need to inform yourself of all the characteristics and side effects of whatever treatment you choose to get rid of your skin tags at home.