Ah skin tags. These little flappy bits of skin are more likely to show up in the creases or folds of your skin. Places like your neck, armpit, groin area and even by your eyes are prime locations for tags. They are generally small growing no more than 3mm in diameter. They are more likely to be found on newborns, the elderly and those who are overweight. They don’t discriminate against any color, race or gender. While they are more common on newborns and the elderly that doesn’t mean someone in their early twenties or late thirties won’t find a skin tag somewhere one day. A single person can have anywhere from one to one hundred skin tags on their body at any given time. Even after removal, they can grow back in the same spot. There is no ‘cure’ for skin tags, but there are several removal methods.
When people realize they have a skin tag, they usually want it gone sooner rather than later. And why wouldn’t you? If it’s in an awkward spot that’s all the more reason to remove it. But the problem with several methods is that they take time.
- Threading: the act of tying a piece of floss or thread around the base of a skin tag and starving it of oxygen
- Timeframe: 2-3 weeks until it turns black and falls off
- Liquid Nitrogen Treatments: using a product such as Compound W® to freeze and kill the skin tag
- Timeframe: 1-2 weeks from time of application until falling off
- Herbal Creams/Oils: applying an herbal cream/oil such as Pristine Herbal Touch® to the skin tag multiple times a day
- Timeframe: 2-4 weeks until falling off
- Cutting: using a scalpel or sharp nail scissors to cut off the skin tag from the base
- Timeframe: immediate