Tea tree oil is an essential oil extracted from tea tree leaves. It can be found in a lot of cosmetic and skin care products because of its amazing benefits on the skin, as well as its healing properties for a wide range of skin conditions, including skin tags.
The use of tea tree oil to remove skin tags has been around for thousands of years. It’s actually the Aborigines of Australia who first discovered the healing properties of their native Melaleuca alternifolia plant. Tea tree oil is an effective antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial oil which also contains a drying agent that helps in the drying up and removal of those unsightly and unwanted skin tags.
How do you remove skin tags by using tea tree oil?
Luckily for you, tea tree oil is readily available and can be purchased over the counter at any natural health and food store. You can remove those unsightly skin tags painlessly and easily right in the comfort of your own home.
You will need:
- Pure and natural tea tree oil
- A dropper (or a piece of straw if you don’t have one)
- Cotton ball
Tea Tree Oil is a Safe and All-Natural Skin Tag Remover!
The first thing that you need to do is make sure that the skin tag area is clean. Wash it with mild soap and water, and then pat the skin dry.
Dip a cotton ball in water and squeeze the excess. It has to be wet, but not soaking wet.
With your dropper or straw, put 2-3 drops of tea tree oil on your cotton ball. Place it on the skin tag and secure the cotton ball with the Band-Aid.
Do this 3 times a day. You can also do this right before going to bed. Let the skin absorb the tea tree oil as you sleep. You will need to be patient with this method and wait for around 2-3 weeks to see noticeable results. The skin tag will just dry up and fall off!
Tea tree oil is safe on the skin, but if you are sensitive or allergic to a lot of things, it’s best to dilute the tea tree oil in water. If you have dry skin to begin with, tea tree oil will make skin even drier, so it’s best to apply it on other parts of your body that you won’t mind looking dry for a little while. Before trying other skin tag removal methods, try tea tree oil first. It’s 100% safe and effective. It’s inexpensive, not to mention pain-free!
For our complete list of in home solutions, be sure to see our guide on how to remove skin tags at home.
What are skin tags?
Skin tags are growths on the skin that can be as small as a pinhead or as big as a grape. They can vary in size and can develop in any part of the body. They are most commonly caused by frequent rubbing of skin against skin, or skin against clothing.
Almost everyone will develop a skin tag at one point in their lives, and some people are just naturally more prone to having them. No matter how often you do extensive body scrubs, and no matter how healthy and balanced your diet is, these things just grow. They are more prevalent in adults, though. They are so common that even kids and toddlers get them.
Should you be alarmed if you have skin tags?
The good news is that skin tags are not a cause for concern, because they are usually just soft but harmless skin growths. They may be considered skin tumours, but they are usually benign and won’t pose any skin or health problems even when left untreated. They are also not contagious.
Skin tags can grow on the eyelids, in the neck area, in the armpits, under the breasts, on the arms, and even in the genital area. A person can have one to over a hundred skin tags. They’re not painful or uncomfortable, but they can be unsightly. The good thing about it is that once you remove them, they usually do not grow back.
How are skin tags usually treated or removed?
There are different treatment methods for removing skin tags, which include cauterizing, freezing, tying, and even cutting them off.
The freezing method involves the use of liquid nitrogen and applying it directly on the skin tag. The liquid nitrogen freezes the living tissues there. After just a few days, the skin tag will gradually discolour, dry up, and fall off.
Cauterization is another method that will require you to see a doctor to have the procedure done. There’s a local aesthetic applied and a heated needle is placed over the skin tag. It’s quick and easy, but not totally pain-free. In fact, you will experience some pain during and after the procedure. It may also take some time for the wound to heal. Overall, it’s not advisable to have one, especially if you have multiple skin tags to remove.
If you’re feeling bold and adventurous, you could tie string around skin tag, or even dental floss. You can even cut off the skin tags with a pair of scissors, too. But before you remove the skin tags, make sure that they really are skin tags and not moles or warts. This method can be challenging to perform, especially if the skin tag is located in a hard to reach area. Also, it will not be painless. You can also suffer an infection when not done properly.