This post is going to be long! I have been reading a lot about skin tags since I had four: two small ones on my neck and two under my arms. I have been wanting to post here to share my experience and help others. Finally my tags fell off and I can now post. I had the tags for years and the ones under my arms were not that big, but were still very visible.
I decided to try tea tree oil treatment as I was too scared to remove them myself. I got Now Essentials 100 percent Tea Tree Oil and started the process. What I basically did was to make a small cotton ball from a bigger one and placing it on some tape, I would then add drops of tea tree oil on the cotton (the process seemed better because the cotton would stick). I then taped it and added two or three more tape pieces to secure it. The two small tags on my neck fell off in just three days. I didn’t have to cut or anything; they dried up so much that when I was cleaning after removing the tape, they came off painlessly.
My struggle started with the ones on my underarms, because they were bigger. I am thinking the bigger they are the longer they take, because they are stubborn and will do everything to survive. Think of it as a tick on a dog. Taping was particularly hard on my armpits because of the hair and sweat. I waxed, then started two days after. So, I did the same taping like I did on my neck and it didn’t seem to change in three days. Instead, it got bigger and painful! Like, really painful to even touch and it almost got to a size of a lentil or a pea. I didn’t know what was wrong until I noticed that the bottom of my tag was still the same color and hadn’t been affected because the cotton ball was placed over it. I then took a swab and cut a tiny piece and placed it under the tag and then did the same taping process and it started drying out and getting smaller. The skin came off easily.
On the fifth day, I just decided that I wanted to cut them out -- both of them -- and that was a mistake. I tried it on the smaller one and even after putting ice on it, it hurt like hell when I used clippers and made it worse. It bled and then it seemed like pus came out, but I was not giving up. I washed and cleaned the area I just took a big piece of swab and put some coconut oil on it and taped it for a day. The next day it was healed and I went back to tea tree oil. I was doing the same thing every day and within a week, one fell off. On the last day, it was just dried up completely and hanging and I tried to pull it, but it hurt, so I just decided to do one last day of tea tree taping and the next day it came off painlessly, while cleaning. The biggest one took the longest, but it was just two weeks altogether.
Tea tree oil does burn the skin, but mine healed quickly. I applied some argan oil every day on the affected area and it’s like nothing ever happened. It takes time, but it works. I always cleaned with alcohol and oil and the stickiness of the tape was hard to remove, but it worked. When the tags hurt, I was very careful and did as much as I could to clean them.
A few tips:
1. After a shower, wait for the skin to dry completely. Sit I front of a fan and it dries pretty quick, and then if you can get the fried skin off the tag, that’s the best thing. Don’t overdo it or try to hurt it. If it hurts, let it be and just tape it.
2. Use a good amount of tea tree oil. I used six or eight drops on my big one.
3. Tape it properly. I used about four pieces for one spot and while the first two were lightly pressed, I made sure the last two were tight and didn’t leave any room for it to grow.
4. Sometimes before taping I would drop some tea tree on the tag and clean the surrounding area.
5. Please don’t try to cut it if you know you won’t be able to do it. I have a low pain tolerance and my experience was like going through a hell of pain.
6. Use cheap tape. I got high quality and it just came off from the armpits, then I found two tape rolls for $3 at Target and it worked out miraculously.
7. Tea tree oil does cause skin tingling but it’s only for a few minutes. If you really want the tag to be gone in about two or three weeks, apply it every day. I had my moments when I was tired or saw no change. I took pictures to see change but didn’t see any, especially the first few days when it was growing and I thought that I made it worse, but I continued and it worked.
8. What you need to see is, no matter the size of the tag, the part that holds it from the skin -- the trunk sort of thing-- is getting smaller and if it’s getting bigger or small or changing color, the oil is definitely working. If you have way too sensitive skin, just mix tea tree with coconut or jojoba oil.
I wanted to share this because the last two weeks have been tough. I have been worried about the tags for years and years and even though these two weeks seemed like a long time, I am glad I am free of them. I would never let one grow that big again. I hope this helps someone, like the posts on this website helped me.