While skin tags are completely harmless, many people are alarmed to them under their arms, in their groin, and under the breasts (in women). Skin tags generally form in areas where skin rubs against clothing or another portion of skin. Other people find skin tags in unusual places such as around the neck or in the eyelids.
Common Medical Treatment
Skin tags are completely benign tumors on the surface of the skin, and can be small or can gain in length and size over time. Tags can be smooth or rough in appearance, can be red or flesh-colored and generally do not cause pain unless they are caught on clothing or consistently rubbed.The most common method doctors use to remove the skin tags is to cut it off using scissors or by freezing it with liquid nitrogen, generally with no anesthesia unless the tag is large. The most common complaint from people that have undergone skin tag removal is that the skin is blemished afterward.
For people that have frequent skin tags, doctors often let them know to treat the skin tag themselves at home using scissors or by tying off the tag, starving it of blood and allowing the tag to drop off on its own. These methods can be painful, cause bleeding and in some cases leave a scar behind.
Topical Vitamin Treatment
Vitamin serums can be used to remove skin tags gradually, allowing the tag to slowly slough off without cutting into sensitive skin tissues. Though bleeding can still be possible with topical vitamin treatments, the process of removing the tag using vitamins is a great alternative to traditional removal methods.
Vitamin C, which is also known as ascorbic acid, is an important ingredient in many skin care creams used for treating aging and wrinkles. A 15 percent solution of liquid vitamin C can be found in health food and beauty supply stores. Apply vitamin C to a skin tag over the course of two to three days, as it can work wonders in slowly removing the skin tag, though some tags may take a little longer to disappear. While vitamin C is very effective in removing skin tags topically, some scarring or irritation may occur if it is not used in conjunction with a skin conditioner containing vitamin E.
Vitamin E is a generic term for both tocopherols and tocotrienols. Prized as a topical skin conditioner in treating a variety of skin conditions such as acne or for minimizing the appearance of scars, vitamin E can be effective in conditioning the skin after vitamin C treatments are applied to skin tags. Vitamin E can also be used for the removal of skin tags alone by applying the liquid to the affected area and covering it with a bandage, replacing each day after a shower. The vitamin E method can take a little more time but is a much milder, less painful procedure.
Vitamins C and E can be used as a part of a multivitamin routine that may help prevent the emergence of skin tags, though research has shown that skin tags are hereditary. For some, a regular healthy diet and the use of oral vitamins may reduce the appearance of skin tags, but for others skin tags will need to removed frequently. To reduce the area of skin that is constantly being rubbed, it is advisable to bring weight into a healthy range.