Skin tags or papillomas or polyps is a small piece of excess skin which sticks out from your body. It mostly occur on neck, face, chest, nose, armpits, on eyelids, inner thighs etc. They are usually very small about 2 to 5 mm in diameter, and can grow 5 cm in diameter. However, they are harmless and painless but can harm one’s self-esteem.
What are the Causes of Skin Tags?
Almost half of all Americans have skin tags at some point in their life. Both men and women are affected with this. Genetics do play an important role in it but there are other risk factors that increase the chances of getting this:
- Diabetes– People having diabetes, are more apt to have skin tags. Moreover to causing weight gain the high blood sugar levels weaken the blood vessels and interrupt other processes in the body.
- Obesity– Overweight and obese people are likely to have more skin folds and creases. Skin tags occur mainly due to the friction caused by skin rubbing against itself.
- Pregnancy– Women’s hormones fluctuate during pregnancy and the elevated levels of hormones can affect the skin production and cause skin tags. Moreover, most women gain weight during pregnancy, which may cause this problem.
- Illegal Steroids– Steroids interfere with muscles development make the collagen to bond under the skin and causes skin tags.
Home Remedies To Remove Skin Tags
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil extracted from melaleuca alternifolia, the Australian plant is used as a natural skin tag remover. The oil of this plant is also used to treat other skin problems. Wash the affected area and apply few drops of the oil to the skin tag. Repeat this remedy twice a day to make the ugly tags fall off.
Castor oil is another natural home remedy for treating the skin tags. You can either apply the oil just like tea tree oil or mix it with baking soda to make a paste. After making a paste apply the paste on your skin tag and leave it for 5-10 minutes and wash it off. Do this three times a day until the skin tag disappears.
Nail polish is the other most popular way to get rid of skin tags. Nail polish cuts off the supply of moisture and cause the skin tags to wither off eventually.
You just need to apply nail polish on your skin tags and let it dry. Do this three times a day until it disappears completely.
Try all the above given home remedies to remove skin tags completely.