How to Get Rid of Skin Tags Naturally

How To Remove Skin Tags

Next to warts, one of the issues I tend to get a lot of questions about is the skin tag. 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.

Why Do We Get Skin Tags?

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 the 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, under the breasts, and on the thighs. They are also common on the eyelids.

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.

It is also believed that there might be a connection between skin tags and human papilloma virus (HPV). Finally, it seems that you have a greater chance of developing the growths if someone in your family has them.

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.

Natural Ways 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. 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 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

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.)


This is the fastest method, but requires consistency and bravery. Tie a small string or dental floss around the tag as tightly as possible and leave on. Keep an eye on the string and tighten as the blood supply to the tag lessens. In a few days the growth will change colors and fall off.

Other Possible Treatments

Finally, if my hunch is right about the connection between skin tags and a congested lymphatic system, merely cutting off today’s growths 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

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  1. I have skin tags pretty regularly on the neck area, and tea tree oil is the one remedy that works at all times. I tried apple cider vinegar but it wasn’t as effective. It does take some time and patience, even with tea tree, but they always dry out and fall eventually. :)

  2. Wonderful solutions! Do you know of any natural solutions to get rid of dark spots on skin?

    Thanks so much!

    • Frankincense oil has been used to lighten dark spot, and as an anti-aging/anti-wrinkle treatment.

  3. Oregano works too, but be sure to only place on skin tag, as it will burn healthy skin. A carrier oil can be used to stop this.

    • You can put the 100% pure oregano oil on the tip of a toothpick or q-tip in order to be able to get it directly on the skin tag. It definitely will burn healthy skin.

  4. A couple I know is taking Curcumin daily. They have both told me that one of the benefits they have seen to taking it is that their skin tags have just begun to fall off with no additional effort on their part.

  5. I had a huge skin tag on my spine, a fiend told me he used bitters, so I gave it a go. Put it on a cotton ball, then on skin tag, covered with a good bandage. never even changed it. Five days later it was gone.
    I was going to use the dog remedy with peanut butter, we have used on 8 grand kids for warts, but I was at my daughters’. I can believe it has to do with the lymphatic system, because I am anything but overweight

    • Gail what is the remedy for dog skin tags please? I have a large short hair dog with several tags but vet didn’t think it was necessary to remove them. Thank you…

  6. I have never had skin tags but I have used hydrogen peroxide to remove some growths that were like raised moles but colorless. I just dabbed it on the spots about twice a day and the growths gradually went away. It seems to be helpful with nail fungus also.

  7. Thank you for this article. My Dermatologist wanted to charge me $500 to remove a large irritating skin tag. So far, natural ways have not removed it yet. I have tried ACV, oregano and tea tree essential oil. Used each for 4-6 weeks. The top of it is dried out but the root must be deep because it is standing strong. Next attempt is the recommended dental floss. Will let you know.

  8. I put colloidal silver on a band-aid and put the band-aid over the skin tags. Did this twice a day. By day 4 or 5 the tags had turned black and fell off.

  9. Interesting and helpful information on skin tags. Would you please share remedies for removing plantar warts on soles of feet? Thank you.

  10. I use cuticle cutters to get rid of mine and haven’t had any come back. Skin tags have no nerve endings so it doesn’t hurt at all unless you’re cutting healthy skin.

    • Done the same thing a few times, I don’t know about the no nerve endings though. Yes it hurts and mine tend to bleed a bit. Other research also shows if you cut them off they will bleed a lot

  11. Frankincense essential oil applied to the skin tag a few times a day should make it fall off within a week or two.

  12. my granpa would use a human hair and make a slip knot and tie it off-much like the dental floss

  13. I tied a piece of thread around mine in a tight knot. After one day it was off colored and smaller. The next day it was black and then it came off within a day or so came with little to no pain. This was several years ago now and it has not come back.

  14. Ok, I have one stubborn skin tag. Day 3 of using the dental floss knot and this tag is still standing tall. Have been trying to get rid of it since last fall. None of the essential oils or ACV worked after a month of using. I will give the floss more time even though it is the most uncomfortable attempt so far.

  15. I have always been told growing up that if you put a small amount of nail varnish on the growth and cover it with a bandaid it suffocates it and it will fall off. I have tried the apple cider vinegar method and find that the nail varnish is easier and faster as well. This also works with warts. :)

  16. Interesting stuff, but I am wondering how to try this on an eyelid skintag, which I have? The eye area is so delicate and the eyes sensitive to any foreign substance so I’m a bit wary. I’m thinking the vinegar is probably the least harsh option, but I wonder if anyone has managed to get rid of an eyelid skintag?

    • Update on using the dental floss to get rid of large skin tag. It was painful doing it this way. It took 8 days for it to turn black but was still red at the base. I then cut it with scissors. It is finally gone after months of trying other methods that did not work. Methods that wasted my time were Tea Tree-Frankincense-Oregano Essential oils and ACV each used over a 6 week period. Dental floss saved me a $500 dermatologist bill. Thanks.

  17. I don’t have skin tags but my husband has lots of them next to his eyes. I’ll suggest him one of these solutions even if I think that he won’t like the string one. Do you think that Apple Cider Vinegar is too stingy for peri-ocular area?

  18. 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.