The war began when we turned 40. They started their attack in the blood zone, on our necks, under our arms, and in our groin. We found techniques to find them. Our dogs would bark at them while we slept and they showed up again the next morning. The skin tags had to go!
Our methods for eliminating them were crude at first. We tried cutting their heads off, we tried chemicals to burn them off our landscape, and we even tried hanging them with dental floss. But as hope rose during the fight, they came back and even appeared to multiply in size and numbers. We searched for a natural solution, but failed to find one that didn’t damage our natural fields of skin.
We then found “The One”, his name was Connor, and he was a natural healer. He found the solution - one that didn’t cause pain, one that didn’t cause misery, one that was civilized, and one that our mothers would allow us to perform.
First, let’s review how they survive. Skin tags, like other living tissue, need a steady flow of oxygen and nutrients provided through a blood supply to survive. Through their connection to the inner skin layers, skin tags have a root system to siphon blood for their existence. Eliminating their lifeline is the key to eliminating skin tags.
Now let’s review a few common methods to removing skin tags.
Yes, under the knife. A crude, initially effective method, but this approach comes with risk. There are several problems to cutting off skin tags, the first of which is the mess. You cut too shallow, midway up the stalk, and the organism grows back – uglier and more determined to survive. You cut too deep into the epidermis layer and it’s a bloody mess. Blood will ooze for hours and their fate is not sealed. You cut even deeper and your parents will think you are attempting suicide. There is also the factor of “a clean cut”. The knife used may contain bacteria and the net effect might be a severe infection.
Yes, lethal application of a dehydration cream or Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA). The cream will “burn off" the skin tag. This is an over the counter solution, though at times the “burning” will cause redness around the intruder. They seem to vacate the area for a 3-4 month period, but the smell of the application is not pleasant and, at times, there is a stinging sensation when applied.
Yes, the noose. Eliminating the skin tag’s blood supply via a mini-tourniquet is a great solution. How do you tie the noose tight enough to close off the tiny blood supply the skin tag receives? Take a two inches length of dental floss and tie the two ends together to create a loop. Place one end of the loop over the skin tag and the other end of the loop around a toothpick. Pinch the skin tag with the thumb and index figures of your left hand and twist the toothpick with fingers from your right hand. The floss will tighten and look like a corkscrew. When the string is tight and the skin tag appears to be fully choked, tape the tourniquet (string w/ toothpick) to your skin with a small piece of Band Aid with a small dab of Neosporin beneath the Band Aid.
This is a natural solution. Without a blood supply, the skin tag “passes” in 7-10 days, turns black in color, and eventually falls off looking like a dried booger nugget. The result is a missing skin tag and a smooth landscape of healthy skin. Also, there is little chance of infection as the inner skin is not exposes to external bacteria and the body’s natural immune system handles the healing process of the underlying skin “underground”.