How to Cut Off Skin Tags

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Many people develop skin tags, which are those little pieces of hanging skin that not only look unsightly, but also can be annoying when they rub against clothing. Most insurance plans do not pay for the removal of skin tags because they consider the process to be elective. There are ways to remove skin tags at home as long as they are not too big.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp and sterile manicure scissors
  • Sharp and sterile nail clippers
  • Anti-bacterial ointment
  • Cotton balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Band-Aids
  • Tweezers

How to Cut Off Skin Tags

Clean the surrounding skin tag area and disinfect it with rubbing alcohol. Sterilize all tools that you will be using such as tweezers, sharp nail clippers and manicure scissors in the same manner.

Pull the skin tag out from the skin as much as possible with the tweezers and hold it. This requires two people in most cases, depending on where the tag is located.

Cut the skin tag with the manicure scissors as close to the skin as you can. If the tag is really small, try cutting with sharp nail clippers. Do not clip the skin.

Hold a sterile cotton ball as tightly to the skin as possible. Use firm pressure. Holding it like this will stop any bleeding.

Clean the area with rubbing alcohol after the bleeding has stopped. Place some anti-bacterial ointment on the wound, and put a Band-Aid on it for a day. After that, remove the Band-Aid and allow the air to help it heal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take a couple pain relievers about an hour before the procedure to eliminate the stinging sensation.
  • Make sure that all tools are sterile. Do not attempt to remove a skin tag that is large. Watch for any signs of infection after you remove the skin tag.

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