Let’s talk skin tags, the things more than half of us get and none of us want to think about. What are they, why do they happen, and most importantly, how can we get rid of them quickly and with minimal pain? We’ll get to all those things, but first, let’s be clear – you don’t have to suffer from skin tags anymore. There are many affordable, minimally invasive and relatively painless ways to remove skin tags in the comfort of your own home (although it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor before using any at-home removal products).
Skin tags are small pieces of soft skin that hang off the body. They often begin appearing more frequently as we age, another fun aspect of getting older (come on, Mother Nature!). These benign skin growths can appear anywhere on the body and are most frequently found in skin folds, like armpits and on the neck. There doesn’t seem to be a clear cause of skin tags, but they tend to be more prevalent in people who are overweight or have diabetes.
Skin tags may fall off naturally, but if they are located in an area that is rubbed by clothing or you find them unsightly, you can use a product at home to remove small skin tags (but always visit the doctor for skin tags near the eyes).
As for what products to use, check out our top four recommendations below. We’ve received a lot of questions and interest from our readers over the years about removing skin tags at home. And we’ve found that for effective skin tag removal, we come back to the same few products again and again.
1. Claritag Advanced Skin Tag Removal Device
For a skin tag removal that brings the doctor’s office to your bathroom, try the Claritag Advanced Skin Tag Removal Device. The clinically approved and dermatologist recommended Claritag uses ‘squeeze and freeze’ technology to quickly cryo-freeze the tag. Skin tags will fall off in about two weeks after using Claritag. The Claritag is easy to use by yourself and works on most small to medium-sized skin tags. This product contains multiple treatments, so it should last for a long time.
Pros: Each Claritag kit comes with ten treatments and small skin tags only require a single treatment.
Cons: The Claritag has a higher price tag than scissors or creams. It’s not designed for use on moles or warts.
2. Instaderm Skin Tag Remover & Mole Corrector
Gradually remove skin tags and reduce the appearance of small moles using the Instaderm Skin Tag Remover & Mole Corrector. The Instaderm is a liquid product that uses a homeopathic approach to removing skin tags. Using 25 percent salicylic acid, the highest concentration allowed, Instaderm goes deep into the skin’s layers to stop blood flow to skin tags, warts and moles. Instaderm is designed to gradually remove skin tags and leave users without a mark or scar.
Pros: Instaderm is easy to apply using the included fiber applicator brush up to twice per day on skin that is clean and dry.
Cons: Instaderm can take more than five minutes to fully dry before users can put their clothes on, which is time-consuming. Skin tags can take up to one month to fall off.
3. Micro Skin Tag Remover Device
If you want to avoid gels, liquids and freezing agents when removing a skin tag, we recommend the Micro Skin Tag Remover Device. The product works by placing a plastic cone over the skin tag. A small rubber band is placed over the cone and is moved down the cone and around the skin tag with a second plastic device. The band slowly cuts off the blood supply to the skin tag, and thus remains around the skin tag for days until the growth falls off on its own. The kit includes 10 micro bands and 10 cleaning swabs to help disinfect the skin tag prior to placing the band.
Pros: In some cases, results can be seen in just one week, making this one of the fastest removal options available.
Cons: The Micro Skin Tag bands are made of rubber and can’t be used on the skin of those with rubber allergies. The bands only work on tags that are 2 mm to 4 mm and the device can be difficult to use depending on the placement of the tag.
4. Natural Heals Skin Tag Remover Gel
For an easy solution to getting rid of unwanted skin tags, try the Natural Heals Skin Tag Remover Gel. Apply on your own using the convenient pen design, which enables users to spread the gel on the affected area, even when that area is hard to reach. The gel dries in three minutes and helps stop blood flow to the skin tag. Skipping harsh chemicals and hormones, Natural Heals uses a combination of Aloe, Isatis, Sophora Lonicera and Boraginaceae plants for a formula that is safe for use on fingers, arms, feet, armpits and the neck. Natural Heals can also help to remove warts, corns and moles.
Pros: Natural Heals is sold in a pack of two 0.17 ounce gel pens that make it easy to travel with and keep in a toiletry bag, pocket, or backpack. The gel can be applied two to three times per day.
Cons: Depending on the size of the skin tag, removal can take up to 20 days.