Thank you for your question. Yes I completely understand your dilemma and i’m happy to do the research for you, this is what I’ve found.
Skin tags are harmless, small, soft pieces of skin that are raised, or hang off the skin by a connection stalk. They are usually the same colour as the surrounding skin, and can vary in size from a few millimetres up to 5 cm wide.
Apparently, skin tags are a really common thing with 50% of the population having them on some part of their body. They are harmless growths caused when skin is rubbed, normally found where clothing is likely to rub such as at the top of the leg, groin area, back, neck, underarms and around the bra-line.
It’s always best to check with your doctor first just to make sure they are skin tags before you attempt to remove them yourself. Some people might be confused with warts or moles. Many GP’s will not remove them for you unless you have a very large one.
There are a number of skin tag home removals kits that are on the market and can be purchased from Boots or other drug stores and even online. An array of methods from freezing to creams are on the market but, I think if I was going to remove a skin tag, I would choose the cotton/string method, it seems less painful and simple.
A person uses the device to cut off the supply of blood to the base of the tag with a tiny band this is called ligation in medical terms.
Some people try to achieve ligation with a piece of dental floss or cotton/string. It can be tricky to do this without the help of a device or another person.
When the flow of blood has been cut off for at least a few days, the tag should fall away. It’s possible that you will need to tighten the cotton/string or floss every day.
Before using this method, clean the skin, string, and hands thoroughly to prevent infection.
Skin tag removal cream
Kits containing cream and an applicator are available. Usually, only one application of cream is necessary.
Instructions to some kits recommend cleaning the skin with an alcohol wipe and filing down the tag before applying the cream, to ensure that it is fully absorbed. The cream may cause a mild stinging sensation. Tags should fall off within 2 to 3 weeks.
A person can use a product containing liquid nitrogen to freeze off skin tags. These products can be found in pharmacies or online. Several applications may be necessary before a growth falls away, usually occurring within 10 days.
The spray should not come into contact with surrounding skin. A person may want to apply Vaseline around the tag for protection.
Designed specifically for Skin Tag. Place directly onto the skin tag and peel away the plastic marker to leave only the patch on the skin. Apply one patch per skin tag every 12 hours as needed, and can be worn during the day or overnight. Use everyday until you have reached the desired result. Each pack contains 28 uses. shytobuy.uk/skin-tag-patch.
Some evidence suggests that a person can use liquid iodine to remove skin tags. First, protect the surrounding skin with Vaseline or Coconut oil. Soak a Q-tip in iodine and spread the liquid across the tag. Cover the area with a bandage until the iodine has dried.
Repeat treatment twice a day until the tag drops off.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil used to treat several skin conditions, including skin tags. Only some evidence supports this claim.
Apply a few drops of the oil to a cotton ball, then affix to the skin tag with a bandage. The cotton ball is usually left on the skin tag for 10 minutes, three times daily. It may take several days or weeks for the tag to fall off.
This remedy should be used with caution, Tea Tree Oil may irritate sensitive skin. Never use Tea Tree Oil for tags located around the eyes.