Skin tags are small, harmless, soft pieces of hanging skin. The have a short, narrow peduncle (stalk) that connects it to the surface of the skin. They can appear virtually on any part of the body, but normally show up in the areas where the skin rubs up against other skin. Typical areas where they can appear are:
• Under the breasts
• In the groin area
• On the upper chest
• On the neck
Skin tags are characteristically small, benign, non-cancerous tumors of the skin that don’t exhibit any type of symptoms. They are also known as a acrochordon.
A person generally doesn’t notice a skin tag until it has been scratched or rubbed off which can cause pain or discomfort. However, in some cases, depending on the location of the skin tag, they can cause irritation or pain and may not be aesthetically pleasing.
Over 46% of the population experience incidences of skin tags. Some people are pre-disposed to the condition. They are common in people who are overweight or have diabetes.
There are a vast number of commercial over the counter skin tag removal products available. You should always consult your doctor before trying any product and to verify that in fact what you are experiencing is a skin tag. In some cases skin tags can look very similar to certain types of skin cancer.
The following are the best products I recommend to remove skin tags. Full and comprehensive reviews of these skin tag removal creams are here.
Tee Tree Oil: One of the best and highly recommended products available for skin tags is tea tree oil. You can purchase it in your local health food store or online.
Revitol: Made with all natural ingredients and Thuja Occidentalis (essential oil from the evergreen coniferous tree). It boasts that it works by attacking the root of the skin tag, instead of the surface and eliminates the skin tag without pain or scarring. It is slightly more expensive at $32 dollars a bottle. However, it does have a 90 day back guarantee which is long enough to ensure it works to remove your skin tag.
Wart & Mole Vanish: A safe, effective treatment made with all natural ingredients. This product guarantees to remove the skin tag in just one treatment. It cauterizes the skin tag by using natural herbal extracts. I checked to verify how effective this product was, I was surprised to see it had over 3000 positive reviews online. It is significantly higher in price at $69.95, but if you are looking for fast results, versus applying a product over the course of a few weeks. This might be a viable option and worth the cost
Miracle Skin Tag Remover: This product is made with Aloe Vera. It is easy to apply, you simply brush it on the skin tag with a small brush. The downside is, it takes 3-5 weeks. This might be a good option for skin tags that are not visible in the armpit or groin areas. However, it didn’t have as many positive reviews as Wart & Mole Vanish. You can purchase it for $29.99.
Tag Away: I thought I would add another product that uses Thuja Occidentalis, a pure essential oil recognized for its tag-removing properties. You apply it to the skin tag three times a day with a cotton swab. You should see results in a few weeks.
Skin tags are embarrassing and unsightly, especially if they are in areas visible to the naked eye. They can affect how you feel about yourself, and how others see you. If you choose to remove them using an over the counter product, I recommend highly that you read the reviews about the product, and NOT on the manufacturers website, but an independent source like Amazon. See what others have to say about their experience that can help you make a sound and educated decision on how to best remove your skin tags. Good luck!