These fleshy little benign skin growths can show up in armpits or groins or on the neck, eyelids, or face. They may range from the size of a grain of rice to the size of an almond. Doctors aren’t sure what causes skin tags, though people who are overweight or have diabetes seem more prone to developing them. Women may also discover skin tags during pregnancy. A dermatologist can remove skin tags without much fuss, but some may want to consider home remedies.
In one of your articles you stated that a reader used New-Skin Liquid Bandage to remove skin tags. I would appreciate it if you would address this again and describe how New-Skin was used. I recently saw a dermatologist, and he wanted $300 to remove about 12 small tags.
A few years ago we heard from a reader who had managed to get rid of skin tags by covering them tightly with a Clear Spots Band-Aid. Several months ago another reader reported that he had tried the special Band-Aids but “could never get a bandage to stay on long enough.” He was about to give up when he ran across some liquid bandage in his medicine cabinet. He told us, “I had a large flap growing on my shoulder and put the New-Skin Liquid Bandage on it. Within a week the flap fell off. I put it on some smaller skin tags, and they shriveled and fell off too.” This reader provided no clear instructions. But we have heard from many people who have applied liquid bandage one or two times daily with good results. One wrote, “New-Skin for skin tags worked for me too! I did reapply the product several times, and they did shrink and were pulled off when removing the ‘bandage’ after about ten days. This saved me quite a bit of money.”
Some time ago I read in your column about someone who had success removing skin tags with a liquid bandage. I would appreciate hearing about this remedy. I have several of these growths around my neck where the chain of my necklace rests. I have been considering having them removed by a dermatologist, but would like to try this remedy first.
We have heard from many readers who tell us New-Skin Liquid Bandage works: “I used it twice a day for three days, and the skin tags came off!” Others tell us it may take a few weeks. Another approach some readers have tried involves a wart remedy: “I found Compound W works just as well for getting rid of skin tags.”
I have some skin tags in my armpits. Is there anything to put on them so they will go away? I don’t want to pay a doctor to cut them off.
One approach requires some fortitude: “I am a nurse, and for years I have tied a piece of thread around the tag at the base, pulled it tight, made a tight knot, and cut off the long ends. (It stings at first, and then it’s all right.) After three or four days the tag turns black and falls off, similar to bobbing a lamb’s tail. It strangles the blood supply and works every time. It helps to have someone do it for you.” Another reader reported a similar experience: “I had a rather large one on the side of my neck. My dermatologist said to just ignore it. Soon after, I mentioned to a friend (an orthopedic doctor) how much I hated it, and he promptly tied and knotted a piece of thread around it and cut the ends off real close. You couldn’t even see it. He said it would fall off very quickly. It was gone in three days.”
Source Credits: Joe Graedon & Terry Graedon, The People’s Pharmacy: Quick & Handy Home Remedies, published by National Geographic