Learn These 5 Ways to Get Rid of Skin Tags Naturally

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How To Remove Skin Tags

Learn how to remove skin tags with these 5 strategies to help you get rid of them naturally. They’re not problematic but many want them gone.

Next to warts, one of the questions I get the most is how to remove skin tags. Skin tags are fleshy bumps that can be anywhere from the size of a grain of rice to the size of a pea. Technically called acrochordons or cutaneous papilloma, the benign growths of skin are more annoying than problematic. Let’s discuss how to remove skin tags naturally.

Skin Tags: What Where and Why

There really is no scientific consensus on why people get skin tags. Studies have shown a correlation between adult-onset diabetes and the development of benign growths, but the results are not conclusive.¹ Skin tags show up more often in people who are overweight. They tend to occur where the skin folds and there is friction, such as in the groin area, on the neck, in armpits, and on the thighs. They are also common on the eyelids. A lot of folks want to know how to remove skin tags because they’re visible.

Adult-onset diabetes tends to be related to obesity and when we are overweight we tend to have more areas of skin folds and friction. For this reason, I think it’s more likely that friction encourages the skin tags and it’s less likely related to the inability to process carbohydrates.

Studies have also confirmed a connection between skin tags and human papillomavirus (HPV).

This result corroborates the hypothesis that HPV plays a part in the etiology of benign lesions like cutaneous soft fibromas.[2]

Finally, it seems that you have a greater chance of developing skin tags if someone in your family has them. Whatever the reason, it’s good to know how to remove skin tags naturally.

I remember hearing a lecture once during which the speaker suggested we get skin tags when our lymphatic system becomes congested. I think this makes a lot of sense. If we are constantly applying friction to the top layer of our skin and there is a toxic soup below, it stands to reason that a wart-like growth could occur.

How to Remove Skin Tags

There really isn’t any reason to do anything unless the tag is in a place where it gets irritated or you just don’t like the look of it. Your doctor may freeze it or simply snip it off with a pair of scissors. Unfortunately, these methods often leave a scar behind. If you want to know how to remove skin tags naturally, you’re in luck. Because there are a number of well-known natural ways to remove these growths without leaving a scar.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apply twice a day with a cotton ball. It may sting a bit at first but this should decrease with time. It takes 2-4 weeks for the skin tag to fall off. (Matt and Betsy recommend this organic raw ACV.)

Castor Oil and Baking Soda

Make a paste with castor oil and baking soda and apply it over the skin tag. This can be covered with a bandage. Continue to apply until the skin is smooth. (Find organic castor oil here.)

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Another way to remove skin tags naturally is tea tree essential oil. Simply add two to three drops of tea tree oil to a cotton ball that has been moistened with water. Apply directly to the skin tag and cover with a bandage. The tag will darken and usually drop off in about a week and a half. (Find 100% pure, organic tea tree oil here.)


If you want to get rid of skin tags fast, this is your method, but it requires consistency and bravery. Tie a small string or dental floss around the tag as tightly as possible and leave it on. Keep an eye on the string and tighten it as the blood supply to the tag diminishes. In a few days, the growth will change colors and fall off.

Other Possible Skin Tag Treatments

Finally, if my hunch is right about the connection between skin tags and a congested lymphatic system, merely trying to get rid of skin tags will not be the end of it. You might want to get your body moving, begin a daily practice of dry brushing skin before bathing, and try a simple cup of calendula tea (Calendula officinalis) to head off any more problems.

Have you ever successfully removed a skin tag using a natural method? Tell us about it!



  1. Rasi A, Soltani-Arabshahi R, Shahbazi N. Skin tag as a cutaneous marker for impaired carbohydrate metabolism: a case-control study. Intl J Dermatol 2007; 46: 1155-1159
  2. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. Human papillomavirus and skin tags: is there any association? May-June 2008.

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  2. kathy says

    I used Oregano oil and it work very well. I would use a q-tip to apply it directly on the skin tag and not to get it on the skin around the skin tag.

  3. Kathy says

    I used tea tree oil for several bit now ive developed a nasty purple itchy rash so i guess no more tea tree oil for me. I will try something that doesnt burn like aloe. My left armpit is a hot, itchy mess

  4. Mary says

    I’ve had success removing skin tags that stand proud of the skin by pinching it between my thumb and index finger and twirling it while also tugging on it. It does sting if you do it with enough force but doing so seems to compromise the skin tag. I follow up by rolling my Tea Tree Oil Blemish Stick on it (Desert Essence). That stings for a minute too, but so worth it. For smaller ones, I’ve done something similar with a pair of tweezers.

    I do feel that they’re related to the lymphatic system. And I believe that a poor functioning lymphatic system might be related to liver issues.

  5. Cheryl says

    They are caused by years of poor diet, mainly too much sugar and processed foods. Stop eating as much sugar foods as possible, such as sodas, snacks with high sugar content and white-flour foods such as breads, white rice, muffins, cakes, pasta. When a fatty liver cannot function properly it can show up in so many ways: auto immune diseases, skin tags, more severe diseases. Eat fresh or frozen veggies, never canned, real meats, a little fruit; very little and never canned, nuts or beans. Real food! Skin tags will die-off permanently. All of the above is easier said than done.

    • Rhonda says

      This is not necessarily true. I have been on a ketogenic diet for 2 years. I eat no sugar, grain, fruit, beans or processed food. I still get skin tags.

    • Susan says

      I’m not sure that the above is actually the case. I’m vegan and eat lots of vegetables and fruits, whole grains and beans, and virtually no sugary or processed foods whatsoever. In my house we eat mostly home-cooked and baked goods, all whole foods, with an occasional sweet treat on special occasions. I never had skin tags when my diet was terrible, it was only years after I cleaned up my act.

    • Liz Winter says

      Nope. My husband has had skin tags since he was a little boy. He was born in the 60’s and didn’t even have access to the kinds of foods you’ve listed. (I’m not implying that those foods aren’t bad for you, just saying they didn’t cause skin tags in his case.) His dad had them, and several of his siblings, too.

  6. Patti says

    I’ve always used lemon juice, applied twice a day with a cotton swab. It takes about two weeks for them to fall off.

  7. Delaney says

    I had a skin tag develop on the corner of my under eye lid. For a week I used jojoba oil and one morning I went to touch the area and the skin tag fell off. No pain and no sign the skin tag had ever been there. What a relief.