How to Get Rid of Skin Tags on Your Neck

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Skin tags, which are small protrusions of skin that can range from very small to large in size, most often pose no risk at all to the patient. The decision to get rid of these growths most likely has to do with appearance. Skin tags are more common in obese people, people who are middle-aged or older, and those with Type 2 diabetes. They are often caused by irritation where skin is rubbing against skin. If you are ready to get rid of your skin tags and don't want to pay for a visit to the dermatologist, follow these steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Mirror
  • New, sharp nail clippers
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • Triple antibiotic cream or ointment
  • Band-aid
  • Someone to help if the skin tag is on the back of your neck
Skin tags are more common in people with diabetes.
Skin tags are more common in people with diabetes. (Image: moodboard/moodboard/Getty Images)

Step 1

Soak clippers in rubbing alcohol for 10 to 15 minutes.

Soak clippers in rubbing alcohol.
Soak clippers in rubbing alcohol. (Image: Ingram Publishing/Ingram Publishing/Getty Images)

Step 2

While clippers are soaking, use the mirror to locate the skin tag you wish to remove. Soak a cotton ball in alcohol and apply the alcohol to the skin tag.

Soak a cotton ball in alcohol.
Soak a cotton ball in alcohol. (Image: xenicx/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 3

Remove clippers from alcohol, and get a clean cotton ball ready in case bleeding occurs. Gently snip the skin tag off at the base.

Use a mirror to locate the skin tag.
Use a mirror to locate the skin tag. (Image: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images)

Step 4

If a small amount of bleeding occurs, apply pressure with the cotton ball.

Apply pressure with the cotton ball to stop any bleeding.
Apply pressure with the cotton ball to stop any bleeding. (Image: Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images)

Step 5

Apply triple antibiotic cream or ointment and a band-aid, if needed.

Apply antibiotic cream.
Apply antibiotic cream. (Image: Daniela Andreea Spyropoulos/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 6

Keep area clean. Apply triple antibiotic ointment twice per day for 7 to 10 days.

Apply triple antibiotic ointment twice daily for 7 to 10 days.
Apply triple antibiotic ointment twice daily for 7 to 10 days. (Image: S847/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 7

If excessive bleeding occurs or the area looks red or inflamed, see your doctor right away.

See your doctor if you're experiencing excessive bleeding.
See your doctor if you're experiencing excessive bleeding. (Image: Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Don't attempt to remove a skin tag that looks unusual or different from your other skin tags.
  • Consult with a doctor to make certain that anything you want to remove is benign and safe to remove.
  • Don't ever try to remove a skin tag by yourself if it is difficult to reach. Enlist the help of a friend or relative.

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