If you’ve ever had a skin tag, you know that they are an annoyingly inconvenient. Before we look at how you can go about cutting off a skin tag, let’s look at what they are, and what causes them to appear.
Skin tags are pieces of flesh colored skin that dangle by a stalk from your body. They are usually caused by a lot of friction on the skin.
This is why they appear in places like your underarms, neck, eyelids, and anywhere your skin comes into constant contact with another piece of skin.
There are both professional, and home remedies for getting rid of them, but one of the most instantly gratifying treatments is cutting off a skin tag yourself.
A lot of people encourage home methods, so that you don’t have to spend the time in the doctor’s office, or the money to pay for the procedure.
If the idea of taking scissors and removing the skin tag freaks you out, you might want to go to your doctor and let him/her handle this.
If on the other hand, you’re more than ready to do this, feel free to read the tips below on cutting off a skin tag.
Any doctor can perform this procedure; whether it is your dermatologist, general practitioner, or family doctor.
If you go to see a doctor, there are a few pros. If there is any bleeding, or if anything goes wrong, you would have experienced professionals there to evaluate the situation, and help you out.
In a doctor’s office, everything is sterile and there is little chance of infection. You know that your doctor is experienced, and can anticipate anything that may go wrong (almost).
Alternately, a trip to the doctor’s office costs you hours of your time and can cost quite a bit of money, especially if you do not have insurance
Before we dive into the tips, I just want to say that you’re doing this at your own risk. I am not a doctor, I am just someone who is sharing these tips for entertainment purposes only ;).
Cutting off a skin tag at home can be quite simple. You can follow these easy steps:
- Disinfect the area with alcohol.
- Sterilize manicure scissors or a small set of scissors.
- Pull the skin tag away from your skin and slice at the base. Be careful to only cut the skin tag, and not your actual skin.
- Immediately press a sterile cotton ball to your skin to stop bleeding. You may also want to apply more rubbing alcohol or a product like Neosporin so that you do not have a scar, and to battle any other chance for infection.
Of course, if any of these steps go wrong, self removal may lead to excessive bleeding or a skin tag infection.
There are creams and other natural ways to remove skin tags, like cutting off the blood supply with a string and letting them fall off naturally.
Home cures do work, but make sure you have all the proper materials sterilized and ready before beginning the process. You may also want someone else there or a phone nearby, just in case.
Either way, whether you decide to have the skin tag cut by a professional or do it yourself, it is a simple process that doesn’t take too long to complete. Skin tags are common occurrences, so don’t stress when you find one on your body!