Home Remedies to Remove Skin Tags Naturally and Safely

Updated on March 4th, 2020
home remedies for skin tags

Skin tags, the aesthetic and cosmetic concern, that has sent several of us in a downward spiral. However, did you know that like freckles, these are not a medical condition? According to several studies, it was also noticed that these are neither fatal, cancerous nor require any urgent/immediate attention or treatment. There are few home remedies for skin tags that must be considered.

Skin tags(1) come out of nowhere. But the good news is they are harmless, benign, causes no symptoms and have no side effects. They are medically termed as Acrochordons or fibroepithelial polyps..

Skin tags are small, flesh-colored growth that appears on the folds of the skin surface. The size of skin tags varies between millimeters and half-inch in length. Some skin tags may be darker in color.

Skin tags are formed in areas where moisture and friction are common such as eyelids, neck, underarms, groin area, under breast and near eye creases. They appear in ones, twos or in groups, clustered together.

While they can be irritating, they are painless. However, due to friction with clothes and jewelry, skin tags can twist and painful and tender blood clots may develop.


There is no medical reason for skin tags. Skin tags are common and typically forms on people above 50 years. They are often found in diabetic and obese people.

Repetitive friction skin against skin and wearing tight clothes could also cause skin tags.

Home Remedies for Skin Tags

Skin tags can be removed depending upon the area it has sprouted upon. If they are visible and annoying to look at, you can ask a cosmetologist or dermatologist to treat it. Treatment is done depending upon the size and location of the skin tag and the condition of skin.

However, if you feel like not shelling money out of your pocket for the treatment, we have some very effective home remedies for skin tags that you can try;

Important Note: Do not attempt these remedies unless you are sure that you are dealing with Skin Tags.

Natural remedies take time so have patience and wait for few days and week for best outcome.

1. Garlic

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Garlic is a pungent and aromatic herb, however, it also is an age-old natural medication for treating warts and skin tags.

How to use?

  • Crush garlic and let its juice come out
  • Apply on skin tags and secure it with a bandage
  • Leave overnight and wash it off in the morning
  • Repeat every day until they come off

2. Iodine

Liquid iodine breaks down skin cells effectively. However, do make sure you apply it only on the skin tag so as to protect your good skin cells surrounding it

How to use?

  • Apply coconut oil around the skin tag as a barrier from Iodine
  • Take a cotton swab, pour few drops of liquid Iodine and apply on the tags
  • Repeat twice a day

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is used as an effective skin care treatment because of its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and pH balance ability. It is useful to get rid of warts, acne, skin tags and even eczema.

How to use?

  • Soak a sterile cotton ball in organic apple cider vinegar and place it on the skin tag
  • Bandage the cotton for 20 minutes
  • Check if you have any irritation
  • If no irritation persists, do this treatment before you go to sleep
  • Leave the bandage overnight and wash it off the next day

4. Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E oil is highly effective for skin ailments and is loaded with anti-oxidants, that help in the treatment for skin tags, warts, etc.

How to use?

  • Use high quality and pure Vitamin E oil
  • Apply the oil directly on skin tag and secure the area with bandage
  • Change the bandage as and when needed
  • Repeat until they come off

[ Read: Get Rid of Those Pesky Skin Tags with Natural Remedies ]

5. Tea Tree Oil

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Tea tree oil(2) has strong antiseptic properties that can be effective for treating skin tags. It also soothes and nourishes skin and is highly recommended in treating acne, eczema, and skin tags.

How to use?

  • Pour 6 – 8 drops of tea tree oil on a cotton ball
  • Apply on the skin tag and secure it with a bandage
  • Remove after 15 minutes and wash it with warm water
  • Repeat 3 times a day

[ Read: Tea Tree Oil for Skin Tags ]

6. Banana Peel or Papaya Peel

Papaya is used in many traditional as well as urban skin and health care medications. Banana peel is very good for your skin.

How to use?

  • Before bed, put 2 – 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil on your skin tag
  • Place a peel of your choice on it and secure it with a Band-Aid
  • Leave overnight
  • Repeat until falls off

7. Castor Oil and Baking Soda

Castor oil has several medicinal values that take care for your hair and skin. And needless to say baking soda not only enhances our taste buds but also helps to stay rejuvenated.

How to use?

  • Mix 1 part of baking soda and 2 parts of castor oil
  • Rub the paste gently on your skin tag
  • Cover the area with a banana or papaya peel
  • Bandage the area
  • Leave overnight and rinse it off the next day

8. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains lauric acid and is a versatile anti-bacterial agent. It can kill several parasites, fungi, bacteria and protozoa.

Coconut oil is not only great for skin but also good for your hair, teeth, nails and health

How to use?

  • Pour 3 – 4 drops of coconut oil on your skin tag
  • Rub the area gently for few minutes
  • Leave it overnight
  • Skin tag would disappear in few weeks’ time

Treating stye with these home remedies is one of the easiest and most effective methods. As these are inexpensive and tend to work without any side effects. Also, do note that these remedies do take a while for them to work, hence don’t lose hope! You aren’t alone on this journey.


1. Do skin tags bleed?

Skin tags don’t bleed unless you forcefully try to remove them, as they are connected with the stalk to the skin. Removing them would mean, detaching the skin on the site of the tag, hence it is strongly recommended that you don’t remove the skin tag.

2. How long do skin tags last?

Skin tags tend to last around 10 days, and in the case of thrombosed skin tags, they fall of on their own in 3-10 days and don’t require any additional treatment.

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