Skin tags can make you feel self conscious and slightly uncomfortable in your own skin. I have had a few and all I have wanted to do is pull them off! Annoying little things. But what are these things and why do we have them and most importantly, how do we remove them?
What is a skin tag?
It is a piece of fibrous tissue, which is loose collagen and blood vessels. Its actual name is fibroepithelial polyp. You know it’s a skin tag by the “mushroom” shape. A thin piece of skin attached and a big bulby head. They are mainly found on the neck, underarms, and groin or under breast area. Any area the skin rubs together. Commonly found in men or women that are older or overweight and pregnant ladies.
Skin tags are harmless and do not normally cause any pain or discomfort. With that in mind, the NHS do call that cosmetic and so anyone wanting them removed would have to pay privately.
There are a few home remedies that can be tried and have been known to be effective.
An old wives remedy was to tie a piece of string around it and eventually the blood flow would stop and it would fall off. I remember my mum helping my Nan with this method. Though I do remember my Nan at one point having lots of string around her neck. I think it takes a while for them to fall off!
Another home remedy is to put lemon juice on the skin tag, this will help to dry it out. I have never known this way, so I can’t comment on how effective this method is.
Another way is to go to your local pharmacy and purchase a freezing spray kit, which costs roughly £20. You can then spray the skin tag and it will after two weeks will fall off. (Quoted from Boots online shop).
The method I use and found very effective is electrolysis. I remove the skin tags with an electrolysis probe. The probe will have a current running through it. This will cauterise the blood flow and leaves a tiny little crust in the skin tags place, this will naturally fall off after a week and should leave barely any scar if nothing at all.
A15 minute treatment can cost £45. This time can be used for up to 10 skin tags, depending on the size of them and how long they have been there.