Friday, July 10, 2015 at 5:01 pm
Skin tags are an unfortunate but natural occurrence. A single person can have anywhere from one to one hundred skin tags on their body at any given time. These little bits of flesh like to crop up in places like the folds of your skin in your neck, your arm pit, groin area and sometimes in your eyelids. While they aren’t very attractive they are mainly harmless, not growing to more than 3mm across at a time. There are lots of ways to remove a skin tag and unless you have one close to your eyes you can do them all from the comfort of your home. We only recommend seeing a doctor if you have a skin tag in a sensitive place like the eye because you don’t want to accidentally injure your poor eyeball and end up losing your sight.
Some of the popular methods for skin tag removal are creams and freezing aids. You can also thread the skin tag by wrapping a thread or piece of floss around the base of it and leaving it there until it falls off on its own.
Most of the methods available require you to go out and buy something and apply it several times a day for a week or two. The easiest method to ridding yourself of skin tags is simple, and probably so straightforward you weren’t even thinking about it: you can just cut them off.
This is something easily done on your own at your own home but you should probably follow some basic hygienic steps.
The best instrument for cutting skin tags off is usually a sharp pair of nail scissors. The blades are thin and pointed. You could also buy a scalpel from the first aid section in a drug store if you really want to, but nail scissors work just as well. The best thing to do is sterilize the instrument first. There are a couple methods you can use so it’s up to you which one is best.
One option is to boil a pot of water for 3 minutes and then submerging the scissors for a minute or so. They will be extremely hot when you pull them out so not everyone likes this method as it takes time. The best and easiest way to sterilize your scissors is to get a cotton swab and dab it with some rubbing alcohol. Swipe the swab across the blades of the scissors and voila! Sterilization complete! If you don’t have a bottle of rubbing alcohol you can use alcohol wipes that can be found in a standard first aid kit.
Once your blades are nice and clean set yourself up with a mirror where you can get a good look at the offending tag. The bathroom is usually the best place and tends to be the quietest. Get your hair out of the way if it’s on your neck and wipe the area of the skin tag with some alcohol to make sure it’s free of bacteria. Once that’s done, take a deep breath and line your scissors up at the very base of the skin tag and snip! There should be little to no blood depending on how close to the rest of your skin you snip. If you are bleeding, don’t panic. Wipe up access blood with a tissue and put some antiseptic on it. Place a bandage over top and leave it alone. It should heal nicely without a scar provided you don’t pick at it. Chances are though; you won’t bleed so you won’t have to worry about the final nugget of information. In that case, happy snipping!