Skin tags are small protrusions on the skin that affect nearly half of all people at some point in their lives. They can form on nearly any part of the body, but the most common spots are in skin creases such as the armpit, elbows and knees. Skin tags are technically tumors but are usually harmless. While they generally pose no risk to your health, you may want to remove them for aesthetic reasons.
Things You'll Need
Cut a piece of string long enough to wrap around the skin tag several times. In most cases, a six-inch piece of string is enough. The thinner the string, the better it will work. Try using fishing line or dental floss.
Place one end of the string at the base of the skin tag. Let about a half-inch stick out so you can tie the two ends together in a following step.
Wrap the string around the skin tag two to five times. Wrap it tight enough so that it cannot slip off the tag on its own.
Tie the two ends of the string together. Make sure the knot is at the base of the tag to ensure it will not slip off. Cut off excess string.
Keep the string on the skin tag until it falls off. Most skin tags lose circulation and fall off within four days.
Tips & Warnings
- Consult a doctor if a skin tag grows back in the same spot.