Skin tag, also referred to as a skin papilloma, polyp fibro and fibroid mollusk, is a small piece of skin suspended from a root attached to the main skin. Skin tags can appear anywhere on the body surface, but generally they are found in areas where one part of skin is likely to rub against the other, such as eyelids, armpits, neck, under the groin and chest.
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What Causes Skin Tags?
Skin tags are benign tumors of the skin that are often asymptomatic. In most cases, they are the groups of blood vessels trapped in thicker pieces of skin due to one part of skin rubbing against the other.
Role Of Essential Oils In Getting Rid Of Conditions Like Skin Tags
When it comes to skin tags removal, essential oils are a healthier alternative to chemical laden OTC drugs. The small molecules of essential oils can easily permeate through your skin and reach the circulatory system. This unique ability allows them to bring about real change in the body and skin. Different oils do different things for your skin but the best outcome is obtained by using blends of essential oils that complement each other to fulfill the requirements of the skin of an individual.
Having said that, here are some of the best essential oils you can use to remove skin tags easily and comfortably.
6 Best Essential Oils for Skin Tags
1. Oregano Oil
Oregano essential oil has strong antibacterial properties due to the presence of phenolic acid in it. Phenolic acid is a potent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, antimelanomic and anti-septic. Oregano can heal your skin within 2-4 weeks. However, in many cases, it takes about two months for the skin tags to be removed, depending on how your skin tags react to the oil. Here is a simple oregano oil recipe I often use to help my skin get rid of the skin tags:
- Coconut oil 5-7 drops
- Oregano oil – 3-4 drops
Mix the oregano oil with carrier oil, which is coconut oil in this case. Apply the blend on your skin tags at least three times a day. You can see the color of skin tags changing on a daily basis. Initially they will turn dark purple and gradually they will turn dark red just before dropping off from your skin.
Few precautions to keep in mind when using the essential oil of Oregano:
- Do not apply undiluted oregano oil or you will get red mark on your skin around the skin tag.
- Do not try to use this remedy for skin tags on the eyelid. The eyes are very sensitive organs. Visit your doctor to get rid of any skin problem there.
2. Tea Tree Oil
The essential oil of tea tree offers the simplest and painless remedy for skin tags. Your skin tags are living skin tissues that have moisture inside. In the absence of this moisture, they will dry out and fall. The use of tea tree oil dries out the water content in the tags, which ultimately makes the skin dead causing them to fall. Here is how to use tea tree oil for easy removal of skin tags:
- Cotton ball
- Tea tree oil – 3 drops
- Clean your skin tag
- Soak a cotton ball in clean water.
- Remove the cotton ball and drain out the excess water. Do not over squeeze.
- Pour the tea tree oil drops over the cotton ball that is wet. Thereafter, rub this cotton ball over the skin tag and gently massage the area. Do this three times per day.
Few precautions to keep in mind when using tea tree oil for skin tag removal:
- Although we are using wet cotton ball that would dilute the tea tree oil to some extent, the dilution may not be sufficient for a hypersensitive skin. Consider diluting the tea tree oil with an equal amount of water before applying to skin tags.
- Do not ingest tea tree oil. It may be toxic and may cause diarrhea, drowsiness and vomiting. Consult your doctor immediately if you accidentally ingest the oil.
3. Castor Oil
Castor oil had been the favorite of my grandmother. She always knew how castor oil is beneficial to health! The best thing about castor oil is that you do not have to take it internally. You can apply this oil from outside on your skin tags. You can use castor oil alone or combine it with other ingredients for quick results. Here are few of the ways you can use castor oil for sustainable results.
Method 1 – Just rub it
This is the easiest way. Not less than 5 times a day, just rub castor oil on your skin tags.
Method 2 – Baking soda paste
Mix castor oil with baking soda to make a thick paste. Now apply this paste on your skin tags and wrap it with a bandage. Follow the same process every night before going to bed. In the morning, have a bath with warm water to clean yourself properly. Follow the same process for about 10 days so that the skin tags fall off your skin.
Mix castor oil with a few drops of extract of Lomatium plant and apply it on your skin tags. Do this 2-3 times a day. Mixed with Lomatium, castor oil will work faster and you will get rid of these marks sooner than expected.
4. Frankincense Essential Oil
The essential oil of Frankincense can help you get rid of skin tags quickly. With its anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, this oil is a well-known tonic for the skin. Make sure to mix frankincense with a base oil such as olive or sweet almond oil. In addition, this oil will cause a slight burning sensation on the skin. So, be prepared for it. Apply this oil directly using a Q-tip on a daily basis until you have your skin tags removed.
Here are few things to keep in mind when using Frankincense for skin tag removal:
- Make sure that what you are buying is therapeutic grade essential oil, and not the one that is low in quality. Buy it online or get it from a health store.
- Some people believe that undiluted Frankincense is too harsh for the skin while I feel it goes well with my skin. If you think undiluted frankincense is too powerful for you, dilute it with castor oil.
5. Rose Hip Seed Oil
Rosehip is another fantastic oil you can use for skin tags removal. Because it is rich in essential fatty acid and vitamin C – both are healing and nourishing for the skin, this oil is often used for general skin care.
You can use the Rosehip seed oil by mixing 1 tablespoon of rose hip oil with a teaspoon of essential oil of sage, and applying one or two drops of the blend over the skin tags several times a day until the skin tag falls.
6. Sesame Oil
Combine 8 tablespoons of essential oil of sesame with 1 tablespoon of oregano essential oil and ½ tbsp of the essential oil of basil. Now, soak a cotton ball in the mixture and apply it on the skin tag. Keep the cotton ball in position for 30 minutes, and then rinse with water. Sesame is especially useful for skin tags over the eyelids and face. Follow this procedure once in a day. You can also use a combination of essential oil of avocado and lemon along with sesame.
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Essential Oils You Can Use To Prevent The Re-occurrence Of Skin Tags
Bergamot is suitable for all skin types. Especially good for oily and acne-prone skin, Bergamot is rich in antimicrobial agents and acts as an antiseptic. It effectively prohibits the infection and maintains healthy skin, combating viruses and bacteria that induce skin disorders, especially when used daily. It is really an excellent selection for conditions like skin tags as it keeps on working on the scars left behind by the skin tags until there are no marks on the epidermis.
Lavender is healing, soothing, anti-aging and one of the most popular oils used for the skin. Its therapeutic property rejuvenates, stimulates, softens and soothes the skin. The anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties of this oil make it ideal for conditions like skin tags. It is readily absorbed through the skin that helps to produce quick results. It is good for scars along with other marks on the epidermis and stimulates the creation of new cells. When used along with other essential oils, lavender reinforces their effect.
Mandarin is known to refine and rejuvenate the skin cells. It is one of my favorite essential oils. I use it on both my patients and myself. The cytophylactic nature of Mandarin stimulates the production of new cells and makes it excellent at cellular healing, rejuvenating your skin and protecting it against scarring and other kinds of skin blemishes like skin tags. It additionally promotes good blood circulation and cleanses the body by removing toxins and waste.
Anti-aging, healing and restorative Neem is among the best oils to combat the effects of ageing. Neem has abnormally high levels of carotenoids and antioxidants (similar to carotene), which fight toxins and protect the skin against environmental damage. Neem oil is particularly abundant in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids that work to rejuvenate skin cells and restore elasticity. In addition, it is a strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory that clears skin issues like acne, eczema and skin tags, and later heals the scars that are likely to be left behind.
Neroli is especially good for sensitive skin due to its sedative properties. It helps retain moisture and has a smoothing effect on the skin. It stimulates blood circulation, is a powerful antioxidant and it has anti-microbial effects. Neroli also makes the skin more elastic and stimulates growth of new cells.
Patchouli is known for its healing and anti-ageing properties. It is also the oil you should choose for issues like skin tags, sunburn, acne and eczema. It regulates the sebum production, making it good for conditions like acne and dandruff. In addition, patchouli is cytophylactic, which means that it stimulates the production of new cells, making it suitable for smoothing wrinkles and fine lines.
7. Ylang Ylang
Pronounced as “ee- Lang ee-Lang”, this oil softens and smoothes all kinds of skin. It is most known for its ability to regulate the sebum production, making it ideal for oily skin. It is also the best bet for inflamed and irritated skin due to its soothing effects.
The Final Word
Removing skin tags with the use of essential oils is going to be easy and pain free. However, some of you may need to be patient and wait for four to six weeks before the skin tag is completely removed.
While there are many products claiming to be able to remove skin tags, not all of them are legitimate and effective. Believe me, the market out there is full of junk. The use of essential oils is an all-natural way of removing skin tags. In most cases, the person will start noticing the effects after a couple of week’s application.