How to Remove Skin Tags at Home

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Skin tags are unsightly, but seldom harmful. Many people think a visit to a dermatologist is necessary to remove these benign lesions, but small ones can be removed at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp manicure-type scissors
  • Alcohol
  • Ice
  • Gauze
  • Antibiotic ointment

Removing Skin Tags

  • Use the alcohol to sterilize the scissors. Allow them to air dry and keep them clean.

  • Removing skin tags is not painful, but it can cause a small sting. If you are worried about feeling the removal, hold ice against the skin tag for a few moments to numb the skin.

  • Pull the skin tag away from the skin and examine the stalk that holds the tag. If it very thick, do not attempt to remove the tag yourself. If the stalk is thin, use the scissors to quickly snip the stalk at its thinnest part.

  • If your skin bleeds after removing the skin tag, apply pressure with clean gauze.

  • Treat the area with antibiotic ointment. Bandages are not necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Large skin tags should always be treated by a dermatologist.
  • Make sure your hands and scissors are clean.

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