What Is the Best Way To Remove Skin Tags? - Vibrant Dermatology (2023)

Skin tags are more than a nuisance. They can be unattractive, they can get caught on jewelry or clothing, and when it comes down to it, they’re completely unnecessary. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who deal with these skin nuisances every single day, the good news is, you don’t have to. At Vibrant Dermatology & Skinbar MD in Dedham MA, we offer different removal methods to help you get rid of these skin anomalies permanently.

What Are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are benign, raised fleshy bumps that form on the surface of the skin. They’re primarily made up of fat cells, tissue, and collagen fibers. Some of these tags even have their own blood vessels and nerve endings, which explains how they can cause pain when scratched or scraped. In layman’s terms, they are just skin tags, but in medical terms, they are called:

  • Acrochordons
  • Fibroepithelialpolys
  • Soft fibromas

Where Do They Form?

Skin tags can appear anywhere on the body, but they are most commonly found in areas with high friction including the underarms, the groin, the eyelids, the neck, and other skin folds on the body. Areas of the body where the skin rubs back-and-forth against other skin or even an article of jewelry or clothing create the perfect environment for their formation.

At first, they can appear as small flesh-colored bumps that blend into your skin, but they can darken over time. Some tags that form on the skin are painless, while others can grow in size. They can cause discomfort, irritation, and can even bleed when irritated by clothing or jewelry.

What Causes Them To Form?

Tags that form on the skin don’t seem to have a preference. Many studies have been performed in an attempt to determine if certain factors affect their formation, but have only lead to theories as to who gets skin tags and why. Even still, the cause of skin tags is unknown. Some factors that play a role in their formation include:

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  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal changes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Genetics
  • A family history of skin tags

Children don’t usually develop them, but both men and women can experience these tags at any age. The most common occurrence is seen after the age of 50. While there is no way to prevent their formation, there is a way to remove them, and we can help you do just that.

Are They Problematic?

We’ve been taught to take notice of, inspect, and worry about any kind of new skin growth, and for a good reason. However, skin tags are completely benign. They can cause discomfort and pain when irritated, but as far as cancer or other health risks are concerned, they’re harmless.

Many people choose to have them removed because they don’t like how they look, they don’t look like how they feel, or they’ve gotten to a point where they interfere with their daily life. If you think that your particular tag doesn’t look or feel normal, you should seek out a professional opinion to put your mind at ease. The removal process is quick and efficient and won’t cause you any discomfort or inconvenience.

Can You Prevent Them?

As of now, there’s no known way to prevent the formation of skin tags, but there are ways to prevent them from getting worse. If you have tags that have formed on your skin and they are bothering you, there are some steps that you can take to reduce the friction in the area. This will not only prevent them from causing you annoyance but can also help prevent new ones from forming. You can:

  • Avoid clothing and jewelry that gets caught on your skin tag
  • Pay attention to areas of your body that are prone to these tags
  • Reduce the overall friction in such to prevent the formation of new ones.

The benefit of removing these benign growths is that once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. However, high friction areas are high friction areas and you may develop new ones in the same area where you had one removed. Some experts swear by a healthy diet, plenty of water, and blood sugar regulation as an effective way to help reduce skin tag formation. If none of these things work for you, you can rest assured knowing that we can remove these tags easily.

How Do I Get Rid of Them?

Most people choose to remove these tags simply because they are bothersome. Others choose to remove them simply for cosmetic reasons because they don’t like how they look. Still, other patients choose to remove these tags due to discomfort. Their tags are located in a spot that experiences constant irritation because of clothing, jewelry, or friction.

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When you choose an in-office treatment to remove these tags, you can rest assured that it will be quick, painless, and effective.

Can I Remove Them Myself?

We live in a world of DIY. If you don’t have to schedule an appointment for something, then you don’t. If there’s a quick and easy do-it-yourself method that saves you time and money, you’ll at least try it. There are endless sources online that will tell you that you can easily remove these tags from the comfort of your own home in a quick, safe, and cost-effective manner.

From electronic devices to apple cider vinegar concoctions, the methods are endless. However, most if not all of them are not very effective. Your best, safest, most effective option for skin tag removal is in a dermatologist’s office.

Strangulation

One at-home method for removing these tags is called strangulation. This method involves tying dental floss around the base of the tag. Doing so cuts off circulation and blood flow to the tag. As a result, the tissue dies and the tag falls off. Many people have attempted this DIY method to remove the tags of skin from their bodies.

While this method could prove to be technically effective, it also poses different risks including irritation and infection. Dermatologists don’t usually recommend this at-home method of removal. If something goes wrong, you may not be equipped to properly care for your skin and deal with any pain or side effects that result and may end up scheduling the dermatologist’s appointment that you were trying to avoid.

Freezing Products

Some DIY tag removal products promise to provide effective results through at-home cryotherapy. While these products may potentially give you your desired outcome, they may not do it safely. Whether it’s a device or a topical product, you should always consult with your dermatologist before buying one of these products on a whim.

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Dermatologists have seen it all. They’re experienced and they know what does and doesn’t work. They can give you advice that just might save you time, money, discomfort, and even possible scarring.

Your Best Option: In-Office Removal

The safest most effective way to remove your tag is to let an expert handle it. An in-office removal is the best way to treat these tags that form on your skin because all you have to do is show up. You won’t have to worry about removing the tag yourself but you can walk into your appointment with confidence knowing that when you walk out, your tag will be gone.

At our office, our experts are ready and equipped to safely and effectively remove your tag, regardless of its size or location. You’ll get the best results when you let an expert care for your skin, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at our office. We offer many different removal methods and will determine the best one for you and your individual needs.

What Does In-Office Removal Look Like?

When you choose a dermatologist to remove your tag, you can rest assured that not only will you get the best care, but your concerns will be resolved and your tag will be gone. We’ll determine your treatment plan based on how many skin tags you want to remove, their size, their location, and your individual needs. The most common methods of removal include:

  • Freezing them off
  • Burning them off
  • Snipping them off

Freezing

If your tag is small you may benefit from a professional removal process known as cryotherapy that involves freezing the tag off of your body. This process is different from the DIY at-home freezing methods because it is a professional method performed by an expert in a sterile office setting. Before treatment, your dermatologist will clean the treatment area and then begin the freezing process.

He will apply a controlled amount of liquid nitrogen to your skin tag, which will kill the tissue through cryotherapy. After 10 to 14 days, the tag will fall off and it will be gone for good.

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Snipping

Another way to remove these tags that form on the skin is through a process called snipping, which in technical terms is called excision. Before treatment, your dermatologist will clean the skin surrounding your tag and then numb the area with a local pain killer so that you will so remain comfortable for the duration of the treatment.

The dermatologist will then use a scalpel or sharp medical grade, sterile scissors to remove the tag. The benefit of this method is that the scab will form, it will protect the skin and help it to heal without risk of infection.

Burning

It may sound barbaric, but we promise it’s not; it’s actually one of the most popular removal methods. Burning, also known as electrocautery, is another method of skin tag removal that effectively removes the tags on your skin for good. Before your treatment, your dermatologist will clean the treatment area and then use a probe or needle that emits electrical current. This method dries out the tag, and eventually, it will fall off.

Which Method Is Right for Me?

The best method of skin tag removal varies from patient to patient. During your initial consultation, one of our experienced dermatologists will help determine which of these methods is right for your needs. They will examine your skin tag and take note of important characteristics including its size and location. Then, they will review the different methods of removal and proceed accordingly. You can rest assured that we will choose the best removal method for your needs.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’ve lived with these bothersome, fleshy tags on your skin for years, know that we have different solutions that can help you finally be free of them. A very minor treatment can make a big difference in your life. to schedule your initial consultation and to learn more about what we offer, including SkinBar MD treatments, aesthetics, acne and rosacea treatments, facials, skin rejuvenation, and dermal fillers.

FAQs

What does a dermatologist use to remove skin tags? ›

Dermatologists have several simple methods to remove skin tags. Cryotherapy can be used to freeze them off, skin tags may be removed with scissors or a scalpel, or an electric needle can burn them off. This last procedure is known as electrodessication. Your dermatologist can determine the best method for removal.

What is the best product on the market to get rid of skin tags? ›

Best skin tag remover kit: Ulensy Skin Tag Remover. The Ulensy six-step kit is designed to painlessly clear away skin tags on most body parts, including neck, back, shoulders, face, legs, underarms, forehead, and arms. Like the Micro TagBand, it works by placing a rubber band around the skin tag.

Can you take skin tags off yourself? ›

Don't try to cut off a skin tag yourself at home. The safest, most effective way to remove a skin tag is to have your healthcare provider take care of it.

How does Colgate toothpaste remove skin tags? ›

The bottom line. There's no evidence to suggest that toothpaste is a safe or effective way to get rid of a bothersome skin tag. There's some anecdotal evidence that tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, or even garlic may work when applied directly to the lesion.

Is there anything that will remove skin tags? ›

Skin tag removal can be accomplished via a number of different methods. One commonly used method is cryotherapy, in which a physician, usually a dermatologist, freezes off the skin tag using liquid nitrogen. Another option is electrocautery, in which an electric probe or needle is used to burn off the skin tag.

How do you get rid of skin tags permanently? ›

Cryotherapy: This involves applying liquid nitrogen to freeze off the tag. Usually, one or two treatments are sufficient. Ligation: This involves a healthcare provider tying surgical thread around the tag to reduce blood flow, causing it to eventually drop off. Excision: This involves using a blade to cut off the tag.

What over the counter medicine gets rid of skin tags? ›

Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and place it on top of the skin tag. Place a bandage over the cotton ball to keep it in place for 15-30 minutes. Remove and wash the area.

Do OTC skin tag removal kits work? ›

Don't do it, experts say. Dermatologists and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration both warn about the dangers of using unregulated products for do-it-yourself removal of moles, skin tags and another type of growth known as seborrheic keratoses.

Does apple cider vinegar remove skin tags? ›

There's no scientific evidence that apple cider vinegar removes skin tags. In fact, recent studies suggest it may actually damage your skin.

Why do I have so many skin tags? ›

Skin tags occur when extra cells grow in the top layers of the skin. They tend to develop when the skin rubs against itself, so are more common in people who are overweight and therefore have folds of skin. They grow both in men and women and are more common in older people and people living with type 2 diabetes.

Is Vaseline good for skin tags? ›

If you have a skin tag removed, clean the area with soap and water two times a day unless your doctor gives you different instructions. Don't use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, which can slow healing. You may cover the wound with a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, and a non-stick bandage.

Does nail polish get rid of skin tags? ›

The bottom line. There's no medical research that supports removing a skin tag from your body using clear nail polish. It's always safer to have a doctor remove a skin tag that's bothering you. A sterilized environment and an experienced provider are both critical to successful skin tag removal.

How do you get rid of skin tags at home overnight? ›

After washing the area affected by skin tags thoroughly, carefully spread some tea tree oil on the swollen parts, using a cotton swab. Cover it with a clean cloth and leave it on overnight. The intrinsic antibacterial and antifungal properties of tea tree oil help to promptly remove skin tags.

Is there a cream for skin tags? ›

Amarose skin tags remover is a skin care product that can remove skin tags and moles. The quick-acting treatment is applied to the affected areas and can be seen in just eight hours.

Does a skin tag have roots? ›

Keratoses are usually very superficial with no underlying “roots,” almost like warts. Some keratoses are caused by sun damage and they are considered pre-cancers. Skin tags (“acrochordons”) are usually small, but can grow steadily and tend to occur in skin folds.

Do skin tags grow back? ›

6. Will Skin Tags Grow Back After Being Removed? Skin tags do not grow back after removal. If you develop other skin tags in the same place after removal, you may just be prone to having them in that area.

Can witch hazel shrink skin tags? ›

Witch hazel can be used for cleansing the affected site and for removing trapped fecal matter. While these nonsurgical methods can help in managing the discomfort from hemorrhoid skin tags, they will not cause them to disappear.

How long after freezing skin tags do they fall off? ›

After cryotherapy, the skin tag should fall off within ten days to four weeks. In order to remove skin tags and other skin growths or lesions, cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tag.

Can I freeze a big skin tag off? ›

A liquid nitrogen freezing treatment is effective for removing skin tags by freezing and killing the skin cells in the growth and allowing the skin tag to fall off over time. Dermatologists may also recommend burning the skin tag with an electrical current to remove the skin tag.

Why do we get skin tags on your neck? ›

Some people develop them for no apparent reason. Skin tags tend to grow in the skin folds, where the skin rubs against itself, such as on the neck, armpits or groin. This is why they tend to affect overweight people who have excess folds of skin and skin chafing.

How do you get rid of big skin tags fast? ›

Your dermatologist can very quickly and efficiently remove a skin tag using one of two main methods:
  1. Cryotherapy or freezing the tag off with liquid nitrogen. “Bear in mind that liquid nitrogen is -197 degrees Celsius, so this works well with small skin tags. ...
  2. Cutting the skin tag off with a blade or sharp scissors.
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What is the easiest way to remove skin tags at home? ›

Soak a cotton swab in apple cider vinegar and place the cotton swab over the skin tag. Wrap the section in a bandage for 15 to 30 minutes, and then wash the skin. Repeat daily for a couple of weeks. The acidity of apple cider vinegar breaks down the tissue surrounding the skin tag, causing it to fall off.

What can I buy to freeze off skin tags? ›

Excilor® skin removal patch is a self-care device for the easy, safe, and painless removal of skin tags. Excilor® skin tag removal patch is a clinically proven and effective treatment for the removal of skin tags.

Can you cut a skin tag off with nail clippers? ›

In addition, people have been known to numb their tags with ice before cutting them off with clean scissors or nail clippers. Keep in mind that the area may rarely but potentially develop serious bleeding and/or an infection, so home surgical removal is not something to be taken lightly.

Can vitamin E remove skin tags? ›

Often used in skin care, you can dab a bit of vitamin E on the skin tag and the surrounding area. Sometimes, this can cause the skin tag to fall off after several days.

How do you Aboud skin tags? ›

What can I do to prevent future skin tags?
  1. Maintaining a healthy weight.
  2. Getting regular exercise.
  3. Avoiding jewelry and clothing that may rub against your skin.
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What disorder causes skin tags? ›

Birt-Hogg-Dubé (BHD) syndrome is a rare genetic condition characterized by skin tumors, including multiple fibrofolliculomas, trichodiscomas, and acrochordon, or skin tags. Carcinomas, or cancerous tumors, may also develop in the kidneys and colon.

Do skin tags mean diabetes? ›

Skin tags. Many people have skin tags—skin growths that hang from a stalk. While harmless, having numerous skin tags may be a sign that you have too much insulin in your blood or type 2 diabetes.

How do you remove skin tags with dental floss? ›

Tie the skin tag using dental floss: tie it around the skin tag and pull on it little by little each day. After several days the blood supply will cut off and the skin tag should dry up entirely and fall off.

What causes skin tags under nails? ›

Pterygium inversum unguis (PIU) occurs when the hyponychium attaches to the underside of the nail as it grows. It's an uncommon condition, but it's a common cause of skin overgrowth under the fingernail. Scientists don't fully understand PIU. However, they do know it can be present from birth or acquired later.

Does salicylic acid remove skin tags? ›

Products marketed for the cosmetic removal of moles, skin tags, or other skin lesions usually contain high concentrations of salicylic acid or other potentially dangerous substances. These products often don't remove the lesion, or don't remove all of it.

What kind of scissors do you use to cut off skin tags? ›

Small skin tags that have a stalk or stem, known as pedunculated skin tags, may be removed using a scalpel or sterile surgical blade scissors. Note: These scissors are much sharper than the scissors or nail clippers you have at home — and again, they are sterile, which is very important.

Can I cut off a skin tag with nail clippers? ›

As skin tags have blood vessels, you will want to avoid using nail clippers, scissors or any other methods that could cause uncontrollable bleeding. Please do not try to take treatment of skin tags by excision into your own hands.

What causes skin tags to suddenly appear? ›

Skin tags occur when extra cells grow in the top layers of the skin. They tend to develop when the skin rubs against itself, so are more common in people who are overweight and therefore have folds of skin. They grow both in men and women and are more common in older people and people living with type 2 diabetes.

How do estheticians remove skin tags? ›

Safe removal: They can be shaved or snipped off by a dermatologist and cauterized to stop bleeding if necessary. Avoid over-the-counter treatments with claims that they will dissolve skin tags.

Will clear nail polish remove a skin tag? ›

Clear nail polish is a home remedy that some people say can remove skin tags. Clear nail polish might work to get rid of skin tags by essentially suffocating the skin cells. If you want to get rid of a skin tag or mole for cosmetic reasons, clear nail polish might be effective — but that doesn't mean that it's safe.

What disease are skin tags associated with? ›

Skin tags have found to be associated with[3][4]:
  • Abnormal lipid profile.
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Cardiovascular disease.
  • Obesity.
  • Genetic factors.
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Will microdermabrasion remove skin tags? ›

Dermabrasion, sometimes known as dermaplaning, is a procedure that removes the wart, mole or skin tag through controlled surgical scraping.

Does it hurt when a dermatologist remove skin tags? ›

He or she can remove skin tags quickly and with very little discomfort right in the office. Your doctor might snip the tag off with sharp, sterile scissors or freeze or burn it with a special solution. If the tag is small enough, you'll feel no more than a pinprick.

Can Compound W remove skin tags? ›

With Compound W tag remover, you can quickly and effectively remove skin tags in as little as one treatment. This is the same method doctors use, but it can now be done conveniently in your home.

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