How to Remove Skin Tags With a Liquid Bandage

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Skin tags can be annoying and unsightly, often appearing under arms, around the neck and between legs, where continual rubbing by skin or clothing occurs. Skin tags can be removed by dermatologists or at home using simple and effective methods, such as tying off the tag, cutting it off at the skin's surface and using liquid bandage to slough off the tag. Cutting and tying the tag can be painful and cause bleeding. Liquid bandage is the best treatment for areas on the face or body that may be visible to others, as it can take time to completely remove the skin tag.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Cotton Balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Liquid bandage
  • Circular adhesive bandages (optional)

First Application

Shower the area completely and scrub the vicinity of the tag with soap and water. Be careful not to pull on the tag to the point of irritation or bleeding.

Dry the area completely by patting the tag and surrounding skin with a soft towel. Allow the skin to air dry.

Wet a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Swab the tag and the area nearby with alcohol, using care to avoid eyes and other mucous membranes.

Wait 10 to 15 minutes to allow the alcohol to evaporate completely from the skin. Residual alcohol on the skin may impede the liquid bandage's adhesive qualities.

Spray or paint the liquid bandage on the skin tag according to the application instructions on the box.

Allow the liquid bandage to dry. If the skin tag is located under clothing, it may be necessary to apply a circular adhesive bandage, as some liquid bandage formulas can be sticky and attract lint.

Reapplication

Gently rub the tag area and liquid bandage with a soft wash cloth, soap and water.

Pat the tag and surrounding area with a dry towel. Allow the area to dry thoroughly.

Wipe the tag area with rubbing alcohol and allow to air dry.

Reapply the liquid bandage and adhesive bandage after each shower.

Repeat these steps until the tag shrivels and falls off. Once the tag has fallen off, clean the area around the tag with rubbing alcohol to remove any residual liquid bandage adhesive and reduce the risk of skin infection.

Tips & Warnings

  • Liquid bandage that is brushed on may be easier to apply than the spray variety.
  • Skin tags close to the eyes, mouth or nose should be treated by a dermatologist or family doctor. Liquid bandage can cause damage to these areas if treated incorrectly. Do not treat skin tags on the genitals at home. Blemishes on the genitals may be a sign of genital warts, rather than skin tags.

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