Annoying - but not harmful - Skin Tags.
A skin tag is a piece of soft skin that typically hangs from the skin’s surface on a small piece of tissue known as a stalk. It’s important to remember that skin tags are not cancerous, and they can not become cancerous.
Skin tags can appear anywhere on the body, but they are very common where skin rubs against other skin or clothing. Common locations include the neck, armpits, groin and torso. Most can be treated at home without incident. Larger tags can have a blood supply and should be removed by a doctor or nurse.
Here are a couple of options:
- Tie a piece of thread around the base of the tag. This will cut off any blood supply and it will shrivel and fall off after a few days.
- Sterilize, and then use scissors or nail clippers to "snip" it off. Hold a compress until this stops bleeding and apply an anti-bacterial ointment like Neosporin or Bacitracin. *Do NOT attempt this if you are on blood thinners. See a doctor.
If both of those methods are alarming to you, and you want to do this at home with a topical acid, we suggest using TCA 30.
- Clean and protect the tag and surrounding skin with a barrier ointment. Aquaphor/Vaseline/etc...
- Using something very small, such as a cotton tipped wood pick, or a Q-tip (in which you have removed most of the cotton), apply a few layers until it has frosted/blanched/turned white! Wait 5 minutes in between applications.
- If after 2 days the tag is not drying you may repeat this again.
- If after 2 more days the tag is not drying out, you may repeat this again.
Another at home option, that works very well for very tiny tags, is the Super Cop 2x Skin Remodeling Cream. Apply this 1-2x per day on the tags. *Stop if surrounding skin is getting irritated for a few days, then you can start again. This method could take a few weeks or more.. but, with consistent use the tags will generally just fall off. Super CP Serum is another option that may slide easier over a larger cluster of small tags.