10 Home Remedies For Skin Tags




Skin tags or polyps or papillomas as they are generally referred to as are benign growths on the skin surface that occur mostly on the neck, chest, face, nose, armpits, inner thighs etc.Though they are generally harmless, they can also be the result of underlying medical conditions that require rigorous treatment.

They can also be extremely unsightly and cause a lot of cosmetic issues in women. Thankfully, apart from surgery, which is mostly recommended, there are many safe and effective methods that can be employed at home for treating this condition.

10 Easy Home Remedies For Skin Tags

1. Garlic Treatment

Garlic is a wonderful treatment for removing the skin tag without any external interference or medication. Being very hot in nature, one has to exercise caution while using garlic for treatment. Take a clove of garlic and cut it into a thin slice. Leave it on the skin tag and secure with a duct tape. Allow it to remain the entire day, taking care to replace it with fresh slices. Before bedtime, remove and rinse your skin. Repeat for three days after which the tag falls off. You can start the treatment again after a few days if the skin tag still remains.


2. Frankincense Essential Oil

It is important to do a patch test on the skin to check if the strong essential oil is too potent for your skin. Apply frankincense essential oil directly on the skin tag either diluted or undiluted depending on your skin sensitivity. Continue the application every day for one to two months before you see results. The tag will soon start shrinking and finally fall off without much ado.

Frankincense Essential Oil

3. Castor Oil

Castor oil is a strong remedy for treating skin tags at home. Take some castor oil and add some baking soda to this in order to form a thick paste. Apply this mixture on the skin tag. Repeat thrice a day and continue treatment for about three weeks. Soon the skin tag will shrink and fall off. The treatment can be continued in case the skin tag has not fallen off.

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4. Cutting Off The Skin Tag

This is a simple procedure that can be done at home using a scissors or a scalpel. However, remember that this seemingly simple procedure requires a lot of care in order to avoid infections. Sterilize the scissors or the scalpel with boiling water, flame, hydrogen peroxide, or alcohol before usage. Use ice cubes on the skin tag for about 10-15 minutes for numbing the area. Now, aiming at a position close to the skin, cut off the skin tag as fast as possible. Use a cotton for wiping off the blood. Apply a little salt or antiseptic cream after this procedure to prevent infection and also to speed up healing.

5. Tea Tree Oil

A strong essential oil that is very acidic in nature, tea tree oil is also a natural antiseptic agent that protects the skin after the tag has been removed. Apply tea tree oil directly on the skin tag. Leave it on. Repeat the application thrice a day or more based on the size of the skin tag. The oil penetrates the skin tag and finally the skin tag starts drying off and eventually falls off with frequent application. If you have very sensitive skin, make sure that you dilute tea tree oil before application.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

Being acidic in nature, apple cider vinegar too can be used for inducing the skin tag to fall naturally. Before application of apple cider vinegar, soak the affected area in warm water. Once the skin tag becomes soft, use a cotton ball for soaking apple cider vinegar and apply on the skin tag. Press on the skin tag for twenty minutes for its action to take place. Rinse off with warm water. Repeat 2-3 times a day and continue treatment every day until the tag falls off.

7. Asphyxiation

Another effective method to remove skin tag, asphyxiation involves depriving oxygen to the skin tag and making it shrink and fall off naturally. You can use a non-porous material for this purpose. It can be the application of nail polish, use of a band-aid, liquid band aid etc., whichever is convenient for you. Whatever method you use, it has to be airtight to prevent oxygen from entering the skin tag. The skin tag will be removed in eight to ten days with this procedure.


8. Aspirin

Aspirin too can be used for treating skin tags. Take an aspirin tablet and crush it to form a powder. Apply this powder on the skin tag and seal with a duct tape. Aspirin contains acetylsalicylic acid, which helps in shrinking and drying the skin tag and finally removing it completely from the skin.


9. Using A Thread

This method of removing skin tag involves the use of a thread or a string for blocking the blood circulation to the skin tag. Lack of circulation will soon cause the skin tag to shrink and dry off and finally it falls off. Tie a thin string or a dental floss around the skin tag tightly. Leave it on for several days until the skin tags comes out. The procedure may cause some pain and the surrounding skin can get irritated under the pressure of the string. However, this method is known to be very effective in removing the skin tag within a week.

Using A Thread

10. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a mild exfoliant and helps in removing moles and skin tags as well. Take adequate amounts if baking soda and mix it with some warm water to form a paste. Apply on the skin tag and rub gently. Repeat the procedure several times a day and continue until the skin tag dries and falls off. Check for skin irritation while using baking soda for the treatment. If irritation persists, discontinue this method of treatment. The skin tags will be gone in one to two weeks with the use of baking soda. Repeat the procedure if the skin tags are bigger and more stubborn to be removed easily.

Baking Soda


Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.

  • Bonnie Banks

    Old school remedies that still work! After survivng breast cancer I’ve endured a rash of skin tags that seem to be taking over my neck! Glad to find some household methods that I can try first! Thanks for the post!

    • renee shock

      same as me !!! i have them all over my neck

    • Tricia Hoekstra Pletsch

      Wow me too! I’m sure it’s related.

  • In response to the garlic one, NEVER use duct tape on your skin, it can leave chemical burns. A simple medical tape should be sufficient.

    • duct tape can be used on the skin to remove plantar warts on the hands and feet. google it. never heard of it leaving a chemical burn, however I did have medical tape actually bond to my skin and had to have it removed in the ER. Different people have different results.

      • i used duct tape for plantar wart on the bottom of my foot and it worked. no scaring.

      • My physician TOLD me to use duct tape to remove warts. Perhaps Lois is allergic to the tape.

    • actually duct tape is not good on skin, my stepdad put it on his skin and when he took it off the skin also came off and know he has a scar so, be careful as tags usually r in sensitive areas

    • mz. wind

      ive used duct tape before on skin and suffered no problems. did you use the garlic at the same time (for me just the tape took it off)

    • Peggy Summy

      Any adhesive left on the skin for too long is not good. When duct tape is suggested, it tells you to change often. I would change less than 12 hours. The same can be said for bandaids. It also depends on the position of the adhesive; WHERE it is placed and the softness of the skin under it.

  • I had these all over my neck by the time I reached college. I was so sick of them and I tried the at-home kit for freezing off warts, but that didn’t really work. I didn’t have the patience to let them turn black and fall off like so many remedies do (besides that’s kind of gross). So I took a pair of nail clippers to them. It didn’t hurt much more than popping a stubborn zit does, though some of them bled more.

  • Use a styptic pencil on for bleeding when you cut off a tag.

    • I have had a stypic pencil in my beauty shop for years. Also good to have when you have someone on blood thinners too!

      • styptic pencils sting like hell too. I heard that cob webs stop bleeding, dont know if it is true.


    • Trinity Deception

      Styptic pencils contain aluminum. If you are interested in natural remedies this is not a healthy choice. Aluminum is a poison and should not be entered into the blood stream (or the skin, for that matter- through things like antiperspirants). Just an FYI.

      • CateB

        If you don’t like styptic pencils/ aluminum, cayenne pepper also stops bleeding on a small wound pretty well. It will sting, however.

  • i had a skin tag and it was bothering my by rubbing against my clothes, put a band aid on it and it fell off in about a week and a half.

  • SandyJ

    About 3 weeks ago, I had 2 skin tags on my neck; one had dried up and I pulled it off and I cut the other one off with a nail clipper. I cleaned that area with an alcohol wipe, and thought it would be OK. Right after that, I got mosquito bites in that area, which turned into welts. It kept getting worse, so I went to the doctor a couple days ago. It turned out to be a combination of infection and skin irritation; I was put on antibiotics and have a prescription for Triamcinalone Cream. It’s much better now. I wasn’t as lucky as others that removed their own skin tags. Just an fyi…

  • I’ve used medicated powder (like Goldbond) on mine, and it works very well. Just put it on multiple times a day.

  • I have found success with a modification of the thread treatment. Instead of thread, just twist the tag until it’s kinda uncomfortable, then put tape over it so that it doesn’t untwist. That kills the blood supply and in a couple of days, it falls off.

  • Ryan

    My dad had one on his neck. And the doctor told him to sterilize some fingernail clippers and cut it off with that. It worked although he did have sone bleeding. But it’s gone.

  • Hollygirl

    I used the toenail clipper method, worked like a charm. I was sure to prep the area first with alcohol wipes, sterilize the clippers, and apply TAO immediately after doing it. Slight bleeding but well worth it.

  • Houyda

    I’ve tried the thread method and yes it worked Finally took it off


      I always use this method. I have even used rubber bands to dock tails on my puppies. They don’t feel a thing, and within a week or two, their tails shrivel up and fall off. No bleeding, no infection, no pain and no vet bill!

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  • Shawna

    I was skeptical … and I’m a wuss and I just clipped mine off and it WORKED!!

  • Christie Hebert

    I wonder what would work for those skin colored moles. Any suggestions?

    • skin tags and moles are complety different things. It cah be dangerouse to remove a mole on your own. You should visit or call your doctor to have it checked out.

    • Tanya Ishere

      I use a product called Bio-T. It’s all natural, and works on moles, warts, skin tags, etc. The important thing is it must be used with non-latex bandaides (so the Band-Aid brand is out). It takes from 3 -10 days, depending on how large the moles are. The website is: http://www.no-moles.com . My niece has used them succussfully on warts as well. If the Bio-T starts to dry out, just add a few drops of distilled water and it will be good as new!

  • wittydesigner

    Any suggestions for one that is right under the eye? I don’t want to get anything in my eye that could hurt it but I’d really like to go a natural route to remove the tag.

    • I removed one of mine from the corner of my eye with the thread method. I used Dental floss. Tied it around the skin tag as tight as i could get it then knotted the floss around it to ensure it not falling off. Unfortunately, I did this on a Sunday and I had to pull it off Monday morning in a panic to go to work. It was irritated for only about an hour and no bleeding. I would suggest allowing more time. You could always cut the floss string short and use a clear/ skin colored dot band aid. Good luck

    • Kathy

      I had a cluster that were right next to my tear duct in my lower lashes. I had them cut off and frozen a couple times and they kept coming back. I finally went to the eye Dr and he burned they off with acid. It’s been 5+ years and they haven’t come back.

    • how big is it ?? if it is small just keep wiggling it and it will fall off eventually , that is what i done

  • Serena

    I just sterilize some tweezers then squeeze the base of the skin tag for a couple minutes. Then you can take clippers or wait a couple days and in fall off. I found this to be the quickest least painful method for me.

  • rosey twinklebaum

    Any of these methods work for the vaginal area?

    • Go to the doctor for these one, as they ( sorry) could be a STD, the just use a cream & they fall off.

    • I’ve actually had one of these down in the vaginal area before. My OB told me it was most likely caused from sweating. She numbed the area and used a scalpel to remove it. I would definitely see a doctor before you try a home remedy, just in case. Never came back.

      • Skin tags can also result from friction – like thighs rubbing together. Skin tags look quite different from genital warts, but any doubt should be seen by a doc. My dermatologist told me my eye rubbing is what causes the ones I get in that area.
        Another thing to be aware of – for women – is if you develop skin tags when you have never had them in the past, it can be a symptom of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which needs medical treatment. If you develop skin tags along with growth of facial hair or hair in other “masculine” areas like chest, stomach or toes, that’s an even stronger indicator of possible PCOS. Since PCOS is the result of hormonal havoc, treatment is important.

    • Tanya Ishere

      I got them in my netherland area when I was pregnant. Skin tags will grow with hormone fluctuations. I used Bio-T(www.no-moles.com) successfully to remove them. It just has to be in a place where you can use a non-latex bandage :].

  • I used the thread procedure to remove one off my neck 20 years ago. It was a little bit painful, but did come off within a week with very little fuss.

  • You can sanitize items with boiling water and peroxide, but sterilization is a much more involved process. Don’t be confused, they may be more sanitary, but there still may be some tough microbials living on the instrument.

  • Beth Anne Bonetti

    I use the numbing and cutting technique. A sterilized fingernail clipper is what I used to cut it off. Works like a charm.

  • Be careful “cutting” them off. They can bleed a lot and for a long time. They are very vascular.


      You need to be careful if they bleed a real lot, as that could be an indication of cancerous cells in there.

  • [email protected]

    I used a pinto bean (dry) pressed against the skin tag and taped it down as tightly as I could. Kept it dry and after a few days when I got tired of it being there, I pulled off the tape and the skin tag fell off. I think the curve of the bean put more pressure on it and cut off the blood supply. There is nothing dangerous in a bean and a little adhesive tape.

    • Sandra McIntyre

      What a great idea, and doesn’t even involve exfoliation!

  • Mike Kennedy

    The presence of a lot of skin polyps has been shown to related to possible cancerous tumors in the intestines. If you have skin polyps you should be checked fir intestinal polyps.

  • Mike Kennedy

    The presence of a lot of skin polyps has been shown to related to possible cancerous tumors in the intestines. If you have skin polyps you should be checked fir intestinal polyps.

  • Mike Kennedy

    The presence of a lot of skin polyps has been shown to related to possible cancerous tumors in the intestines. If you have skin polyps you should be checked fir intestinal polyps.

  • What if the tag is on your eyelid?

    • Jamie Loncar

      I used baking soda and water made paste for eye lid ones and tied dental floss on it also nightly and the one I had is now gone it took three weeks just be careful not to get in eyes I use to coat my eye lashes with vaseline to help keep out.

  • I’m sorry but using duct tape will pull and tug at the tag and then it will more than likely rip it off…some of the other treatments might work but please don’t use duct tape or any tape…OUCH!

  • kelly shilter

    what about vaginal skin tags? which one would you recoomend?

    • Just_So_you_Know89

      That exist? :O

  • Nope.

    I just got rid of a big skin tag on the top of my shoulder a couple weeks ago and it was completely pain free. Cutting, burning and squeezing them off all scared me cause i’m a big wimp, so i was looking for the most humane way of getting rid of it. Honestly all i did was put 5 or 6 band aids over top of it (very tightly i might add) and left it over night. When i woke up and took them off, it didn’t look any different and i was quite disappointed, so i decided to let it air out during the day and deal with it again later. When i got home that evening after work, it had completely dried up and was just a little black thing that i very easily just pulled off with no pain whatsoever. Would definitely recommend just smothering the damn things!

    • totally trying this i have 2 on my neck i HATE ive had forever

  • solange carbon

    I truly appreciate all of the various info,i have a few around my neck,which can be unsightly,i’m definitely gonna try some of the homemade remedies.Thank u.

    • Michael

      /big blade tweezers, heated to red hot. Pinch the skin tag like branding a cow. It’ll still be there but dark. Reheat tweezers for the next one, same procedure. They turn black and fall off in a day or two. No blood, no infection, minimal pain.Or you can burn them off like the doctor: same idea, just touch small pieces of dry ice to each one. Same result.

  • Channen M Allen-Sallee

    I had a little tag on my upper chest ..one day I was using one of those bath poofs they make from net and it snagged the tag and made it bleed profusely..I blotted it till it stopped then the next day the lil thing just dried up and fell off! I have a little freckle there now but that irritating tag is long gone 😀

  • Carol Dombros

    60 years ago, my Grandma had skin tags on her neck, and recruited me (at 13) to ‘tie them off’. She insisted I had to use silk thread – thin and VERY strong. It worked like a charm!

  • TruthNova

    Research bloodroot-based black salve.

  • anna

    have one on each eyelid since i was a teenager…am 35 now… can you suggest something…will really appreciate..

  • anna

    have one on each eyelid since i was a teenager…am 35 now… can you suggest something…will really appreciate..

  • anna

    Hi, have one on each eyelid since my teens…am 35 now… pls suggest a remedy..will appreciate

    • lisa c.

      ME TOO!

  • sayamen

    I put a rope around it and tied it to the back bumper of my truck…had my wife step on the gas and there it went.

    • john

      Hey, if it worked for Barney Rubble to remove an aching tooth…

  • john

    I burn them off with my girlfriends’s crack-pipe torch.

  • Marla V Croy

    Skin tags on and around the eyes should be removed by a doctor. The same for around the genital area.

  • Johann Mikael

    I use the same treatment for warts: liquid nitrogen. Pharmacies sell kits treatment of warts with a spray that push liquid nitrogen in a cotton tip. It is extremely cold. We must apply the tip on the skin tag and wait 30 sec. It’s not painful, intense cold burns the skin tag which becomes red, then black, then fell in a few days. I recommend applying on both sides of the skin tag to make sure it is properly burned on its entire surface. Cost: about $ 15 for 12 applications.

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  • Guest

    Gold Bond makes something called Rough and Bumpy Skin Daily Therapy Cream. My husband and I have been using this for about a month on our skin tags. Smaller ones are gone and the larger ones are already shrinking.

  • Sandra McIntyre

    This article reminded me that I had been bothered by a small skin tag on my neck, for about 3 months. I almost bought an OTC remedy, but found that gently scrubbing my neck twice a day (morning and night when I wash my face) removed it, without me even noticing! Daily gentle exfoliation, rather than just smoothing a cleanser and rinsing, is so much better for the skin, all the way around, so long as the cloth and your hands, are clean before you begin. Thanks for the great information!

  • I have heard about this kind of home remedies many times and also seen on the net very often. Me to have skin tags on my neck. I tried few of the home remedies but there was no effect at all. So I was thinking about visiting the dermatologist or skin specialist in my town. Do getting skin tags treated by dermatologist is good idea? How much it can cost here in London?

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    • David Stein

      ^ I highly recommend that program. I wear a lot of t-shirts. I got four skin tags on my neck where the collar touched my skin. The skin tags were so small I could not see them, only feel them. I tried a liquid treatment and after two weeks of no results and much pain I ordered that program. I treated all four at one time. In three or four days they were all gone! I could not believe how easy they were to get rid of.

    • David Stein

      I highly recommend that program. I wear a lot of t-shirts. I got four skin tags on my neck where the collar touched my skin. The skin tags were so small I could not see them, only feel them. I tried a liquid treatment and after two weeks of no results and much pain I ordered that program. I treated all four at one time. In three or four days they were all gone! I could not believe how easy they were to get rid of.