December 11, 2015
They’re tiny little devils that prefer to live in the folds of skin. The neck, groin, armpit and even under breasts isn’t safe from them. Sometimes they even make an appearance in the fold of an eyelid. While they’re small and don’t grow to more than 3mm in diameter, if you know of the existence of this devil you can’t help but stare. They sometimes live in packs, sprouting up in numbers from 1 to 100 at any given time. What are these annoying little things? They are skin tags and they don’t discriminate.
A single person could have a skin tag anywhere on their body at any time. While skin tags prefer the flesh of the newborn or the elderly, they will still grow and cling on anyone else. They aren’t dangerous but they are definitely annoying. Based on their preferred locations for growth they can get caught by hair brushes, razors and jewelry which make them more nuisance than anything.
There are several ways that someone can remove a skin tag from their body. While others are more permanent there is really only one true method that is instantaneous: cutting the suckers off.
There are creams and freezing products on the market that do a fabulous job of getting rid of skin tags. This site offers many skin tag removal product reviews, including the best product out there, Revitol. They both work by attacking the cells of the skin tag from the inside out. Once the tag is dead, it falls off and in most cases there are no scars left behind so it can be treated as if it was just a dream. The problem with both of these methods is the time it takes to show results. Both of them can take up to 2 weeks before they effectively kill the tag and it falls off. In some cases, the tag will turn black while it is dying before it falls off. If you’ve got a skin tag in a prominent place you probably don’t want a black speck on your body instead.
The only truly quick method is to cut it off, like previously mentioned. You don’t need to book an appointment with a doctor or dermatologist to have this done. You can do it from the comfort of your own home. Depending on your personal thresholds that can determine if you’ll be okay with taking a sharp instrument to your body to remove the tag.
The best tools for the deed are either a pair of nail scissors, sharp and new preferred, or a scalpel. You buy both of these from your local drug store. You’ll want to sanitize it by either submerging it in boiling water for 3 minutes or so or you can also sanitize it by wiping it down with rubbing alcohol. Both of these methods will kill any topical bacteria and allow you to safely remove the tag without the risk of infection.
Set yourself up somewhere you can have access to mirror and no one will bother you. You will want to have some cotton swabs with rubbing alcohol prepped for after you make the cut to ensure that the wound remains clean and doesn’t get infected. Some paper towel or gauze will also help clean up any blood if you happen to cut too close to your skin.
Take aim at the base of the skin tag, breathe in deeply and make the cut! There! See how fast that was? It puts even The Flash to shame. You probably won’t bleed at all but it’s best to be prepared. If you make a clean cut you won’t scar and there shouldn’t be any evidence of having the little annoyance anywhere on your body.
Now that the deed is done, go forth and enjoy your skin!