Have you experienced this? As you get ready for a date night, your final glimpse in the mirror reveals artistically applied make up, the perfect dress and - ugh - skin tags. Exposed on your neck by the perfect up do, these protrusions deflate your mood.
Or, perhaps, you eagerly began your workout. And, as you build momentum, you feel the increasing distraction coming from the intersection of your underarm and workout tank. Yes, that irritating skin tag is acting up. And, you are losing your fitness focus. I can relate.
While not serious, contagious or medically concerning, skin tags make us feel less attractive and prove just plain bothersome. Ironically, irritation (mixed with genetics and hormones) tends to be exactly what causes these flaps of skin. Yes, rubbing skin on skin or flesh against clothing raises up skin tags.
While harmless, continued friction from clothing, skin, seat belts, even jewelry causes these quiet tags to scream for attention. Not typically painful, placement in areas of high friction leads to discomfort and sometimes pain. Plus, many of us find them just plain unsightly, especially when they appear in multiples or turn bloody or black due to irritation.
If you are like me, you wish these small, but mighty irritations would disappear in the night. Are you with me? What if I told you that they could? What if I told you mine have?Want to know the secret? Apple cider vinegar safely and effectively removes skin tags.
Sure, doctors can remove these pesky flaps. In fact, the medical profession offers three effective means of ridding your body of them. Clipping, freezing and burning off these nuisances comes at the hands of a skilled physician.
But, while the discomfort and complications are low, there is the associated cost. Skin tag removal is not traditionally covered by insurance due to its cosmetic, elective nature. No, this treatment bill comes out of your pocket (and, mine). Apple cider vinegar, on the other hand? Cheap and effective.
Removing Skin Tags with Apple Cider Vinegar
Steps to Skin Tag Removal
The method for removing skin tags with apple cider vinegar proves simple enough for a child to carry out (though please consult a physician for treatment of a child). It works easily into any schedule. And, offers safe and painless treatment. The steps which are discussed in detail below include:
- Cleanse the affected area.
- Apply apple cider vinegar.
- Cleanse the area again.
- Repeat the process.
Supplies Needed for This Remedy
To complete the treatment of skin tags, the list of needed supplies proves short, sweet and likely already on-hand in your home. And, as you likely will note, gathering the list proves cost-effective, particularly over a doctor’s visit.
- Gentle cleansing soap
- Warm water
- Soft clothes
- Cotton balls
- Apple cider vinegar, organic and unpasteurized
- Waterproof medical tape, optional
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Step by Step Skin Tag Removal
Before beginning any treatment, you should consult with a physician to be certain that what you are treating is actually a skin tag. While tags prove harmless no matter their size, color or shape, some more serious conditions produce skin tag lookalikes. A doctor offers the final analysis on your skin protrusion diagnosis.
Additionally, obesity, diabetes and hormones prompt your body to develop these skin protrusions. Losing weight, controlling diabetes and regulating hormones in healthy ways may decrease their prevalence. Wearing looser clothing and undergarments to decrease friction also helps.
Plus, aging produces more skin tags. While the appearance of tags in children and teens should not alarm us, they are more prevalent in later years. This fact, we evidently cannot control.
Action in these areas helps us reduce the appearance of skin tags. But, the truth is that the problem for many cannot be eliminated altogether. Apple cider vinegar to the rescue.
The following instructions prove effective and safe on most areas of the body, including the face. Taking action by diligently completing each step described below gets results. Soon, you will find yourself skin tag free.
1. Clean Area
Gently cleaning the skin tag and surrounding skin removes sweat and dirt residue. These elements lend to ineffective treatment by creating a hindrance or barrier against the apple cider vinegar. Washing with a solution of warm water and soap proves the first step in watching your skin tags disappear. After cleansing, dry the area well with a soft cloth.
This first step fits into your daily routine as a part of your morning shower. Although, a quick wash at the sink before bed or any other time of day works as well. The key is to wash thoroughly and gently right before proceeding to step two.
2. Apply Apple Cider Vinegar
Absorb apple cider vinegar into a cotton ball. After squeezing out the excess liquid, place the cotton ball over the skin tag. Massage the skin tag with the cotton to thoroughly saturate the area leaving it on the affected area for approximately five minutes. If the cotton ball is removed too quickly, the apple cider vinegar fails to sufficiently saturate the skin tag.
To work this treatment easily into your routine, consider using a bandage or piece of waterproof medical tape to hold the cotton ball in place. With your hands free, you can then continue to read a quick article, sort laundry, reply to email or any other quick five-minute activity. There is no need for this tag removing treatment to rob you of time.
How does apple cider vinegar work to resolve skin tags? The acid in this type of vinegar destroys the affected tissue. And, the beautiful bonus? It will not damage the surrounding skin.
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3. Clean Area Again
Once again, cleanse the area with warm water and gentle soap. The skin harbors bacteria which could lead to minor complications such as infection. Making certain that the area is clean before and after treatment reduces inconvenient issues which may arise.
Also, washing after application eliminates the strong vinegar odor. While the smell of vinegar evaporates into the air over a short period, you may still be self-conscious of the aroma. Additionally, others may take offense as well. For instance, my husband greatly dislikes the smell of vinegar making it a poor choice for date nights.
Again, dry the area well. And, return to your regularly scheduled activities. Less than ten minutes, and treatment is complete.
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With the daily repetition of steps one through three, you should see results. One obvious evidence of treatment progress is color change. As the apple cider vinegar does its work, the skin tag grows darker.
The darkening typically occurs within a few days. And, you can look for the skin tag to disappear after a few more days. Yes, it will simply fall off, perhaps without you even noticing until you look in the mirror one morning.
Remember, however, the unique design of each of our bodies. Results may vary accordingly. Do not be discouraged if your skin tag takes longer than expected to fall off. Simply remain diligent with the treatment steps. While no guarantees come with this remedy, it is likely to work for you with consistent application since apple cider vinegar tends to act similarly for many of us.
- The gentle nature of apple cider vinegar allows you to leave the soaked cotton ball on longer than five minutes. An hour or even overnight proves safe. In this case, a band aid or strip of waterproof medical tape secures the treatment in place. Additionally, you can repeat this mild treatment up to three times per day
- Not all apple cider vinegars are believed to be created equal in treating skin tags. For the best results, choose a brand which is both organic and unpasteurized. This type of vinegar should also contain the “mother” of vinegar which may not look pretty but proves most effective.
- If mild itching or stinging occurs due to the acidic nature of the vinegar, try diluting the liquid with water before applying. Typically, these mild side effects last only a few minutes after application. You may also reduce the number of applications per day if excess dryness occurs.
Whether to remove skin tags for a smooth neck, from my face for a clearer complexion or under my arms for less irritation during a workout or when dancing in my favorite LBD (little black dress), apple cider vinegar proves the hero. And, no matter your reasons for removing these nuisances, diligently following the steps above can save the day for you as well. Gather the supplies and give it a try starting today to experience the results for yourself.
And, let me know how it worked for you in the comments. I cannot wait to hear from you. In fact, did you find the tutorial helpful? If so, comment below. And, do not forget to share it with those friends who have been longing for their own skin tag solution. After all, this kind of secret is worth sharing.
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