I have PCOS and it brought along skin tags that are all over my neck and armpits. There’s even a few between my thighs. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them at home? I don’t have money to go to a doctor for such a silly thing right now. They’ve been here for a long time. I’m so sick of them, and I want to be able to wear sleeveless shirts again! Do you have a DIY home remedy for skin tags?
-Kendra in USA
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Ah, skin tags. Those annoying little bits that plague most of us women with PCOS. I feel your pain Kendra! I do actually have a home remedy for skin tags. I used it myself a few years ago to remove 35+ skin tags in my armpits (stop silently judging me for things beyond my control) and they never came back! I’ve been skin tag free ever since!
Here’s the deal though…I’m not a doctor. If your skin tags are large, or if they are in a particularly sensitive area (especially if they are near your eyes) then you should go to a doctor. If you’re not super squemish about “at home surgery” and want to give it a go though, here’s what I did. I make no promises of safety or success–use common sense!
- Optional–several hours before you intend to begin, stick an ice cube tray full of water in the freezer so that you have ice cubes (If you’re fancier than I am and have a magical refrigerator that DISPENSES ICE, disregard).
- Assemble the following items on your bathroom counter: a small bottle of rubbing alcohol, a pair of new-ish toenail clippers, a pair of tweezers, a large handful of cotton balls, an old washcloth, and a few small bandaids.
- Have a shower. Use soap and water to thoroughly clean the skin tag areas while you shower.
- Towel off, then dash out of the bathroom and retrieve a bowl of ice cubes, +10 bonus points if no one sees you in your birthday suit.
- Squirt a bit of rubbing alcohol on two cotton balls. Use one to clean the toenail clippers and tweezers, and the other one to clean the area with the skin tags. Let everything air dry.
- Use the washcloth to pick up an ice cube. Then hold the ice cube on top of the skin tag for a minute or so. This helps numb the area a bit. Don’t worry–it will still hurt terribly. That’s okay. You can do it.
- Toss the ice cube in the sink and immediately chop off the skin tag with the nail clippers. Cut as close to your body as you can. If you have a hard time getting things positioned, use the tweezers. If the skin tags are too big to fit in toenail clippers, they are probably something that should be dealt with by a doctor.
- As soon as you chop off the skin tag (OUCH!), grab a dry cotton ball and hold pressure on the area for a minute or so. Most skin tags will have relatively little bleeding, especially after a minute of firm pressure. If it is a bleeder, hold pressure longer and consider applying a small bandaid.
- Continue the process–ice, chop, pressure–until they’re all gone.
- Revel in the success!
Yes, cutting them off hurts. It’s a temporary hurt though. It will probably be a bit sore for a few days while things heal, but after that you’ll be set.
Prior to figuring out the above method, I tried (and failed at) several other methods for removing skin tags associated with PCOS…
- Wart remover=stinky, doesn’t work very well, has to be applied too many times, gets on your shirt
- Tying a string around the skin tag=have you tried tying a knot around a tiny speck that is IN YOUR ARMPIT? It’s pretty complicated. And, once I successfully got the knots tied, they hurt. Bad. At least with clipping them, the pain is over fairly quickly. With the string, it just aches for days. I had less than 10% success with string actually removing skin tags. It’s not worth the trouble.
- Ignoring them=works just fine, until you look in a mirror. Also, humanity thanks you for not choosing this method as a long-term solution.
So, summon your inner surgeon and cut them off yourself. You can do it Kendra!