The real cause of skin tags and how to get rid of them

By Naomi Nasinyari

Skin tags are small, non-cancerous tumors that appear as bits of flesh or dark colored bumps, usually around the neck or chest area. Many people develop skin tags at some point in their lives, especially during middle age. The common belief is that skin tags appear due to genetics or weight gain.

I developed skin tags about a decade ago and had them removed surgically using laser technology. However, a few years later, they started to grow back. I have always been slim and none of my parents had skin tags. Therefore I decided to research on the real cause of skin tags.

Skin tags are caused by a growth factor which is triggered by the hormone insulin. If you have skin tags, this is an indication that you’re consuming too much sugar or you did at some point in your recent past. To prevent the growth of new skin tags start from within. Reduce your sugar intake.

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In addition, here are 7 natural remedies to get help reduce skin tags:

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

This is an excellent product to keep in the house for various skin and health benefits. Clean the affected area with warm water and wipe dry. Soak a cotton ball in ACV and place it over the skin tag. For faster results you may put a bandage over the cotton ball to hold it in place. Keep it there for as long as you can. ACV is quite harsh on the skin therefore it may sting. Do this once a day for 10 days or until the tag falls off.


  1. Tea tree oil

This is an excellent remedy for various skin issues such as acne, cold sores, and chicken pox. Soak a cotton ball with the oil and apply on the affected area. Repeat twice a day for as long as needed.


  1. Garlic

Apply some fresh garlic juice on the skin tag and cover with a bandage or plaster at night. Remove with warm water in the morning. Garlic juice can burn the skin therefore you should not use it daily. Use it every third day until the skin tags falls off. This is a potent remedy and works for several skin conditions, but it requires consistency and grit.


  1. Banana Peel

Place the inside of a banana peel on the skin tag and tape it to your skin. Sleep with it and remove the peel in the morning. This would take a few weeks to work. Many indigenous peoples use plantain peels or banana peels to remove splinters and other skin irritations. The potent enzymes in these peels are often marketed for their skin smoothing properties.

  1. Bicarbonate of soda and Castor oil Yet another suggestion is to apply some bicarbonate of soda with castor oil and apply on the affected area at night for at least a month.
  1. Ginger

Rub a slice of ginger on the area twice daily. Proponents of this method say that you will see results within two week.s


  1. Pineapple juice

Apply fresh pineapple juice twice a day until the tags fall off. These tips are not panaceas, nor do they cure the tags in themselves. They are more likely to work in conjunction with comprehensive dietary and lifestyle changes.


8. Laser treatment

If all these fail, then go for laser treatment which is quick and safe. The entire process should take about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the number of skin tags. The doctor begins by applying an anaesthesia cream on the affected area. Once this has been absorbed into the skin, the laser works by burning off the tags. Although it’s painful, it’s quick and there’s no scarring. Your skin will be slightly lighter where the tags have been removed. The doctor will provide you with an aftercare soothing cream and you should be completely healed within 5 days. It’s advisable to wear lose clothing and stay out of the sun for the next week.

Skin tags are usually benign, however, if you’re not sure, seek medical advice.