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Natural Skin Tag and Wart Removal
Although skin tags and warts may be unsightly, their removal is a topic that I find fascinating. After some research, I've found an easy method for removing unwanted skin tags and warts.
You can remove these nuances in the privacy of your home with just a little patience, a few dollars, dental floss, and some Band-Aids. Try this remedy before opting for medication or costly surgery that doesn't always work.
Please note that you will need to repeat the process multiple times to see results. It's also important to note that, even if this remedy is successful, there's always a chance that skin tags or warts will return.
TWarts are viral, caused by one of the human papillomavirus (HPV) family viruses, while skin tags are benign tumors that often appear in the skin's folds and creases. With this method, it's possible to get rid of both.
How to Remove Skin Tags and Warts Naturally
Here's a step-by-step guide for removing skin tags and warts at home.
You Will Need
- Organic virgin coconut oil or oregano oil
- Box of adhesive bandages (a box of 100 should be sufficient, depending on how many warts or skin tags you have)
- Dental floss
- Tie a small piece of dental floss around the tag or wart as tight as possible by pulling it taught; this can remain in place until the growth dies/falls off. Ask a friend to help if needed! This is a very important step; the string will suffocate a wart or skin tag.
- Apply coconut oil or oregano oil to the tag or wart itself, as well as a bandage, and cover it.
- Repeat this process morning and night with the oregano oil or coconut oil, or up to three times a day, until the skin tag or wart is gone. It may take as long as a month of repeating this process to see results if your warts are stubborn.
Why Should You Use Coconut Oil to Get Rid of Warts and Skin Tags?
Coconut oil is antiviral and antibacterial and contains special fats called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). I cannot speak highly enough about coconut oil.
As long as you are not known to be allergic (some people sadly are), this stuff is amazing. Anyone who does not have a jar in their home is missing out on many health benefits.
This skin tag and wart removal technique really works, and if you are sick of looking at lumpy skin tags and warts, try this method! Remember that it may take multiple attempts before you see results.
Please note that even if this removal technique is successful, skin tags and warts may return due to continued skin friction and rubbing and viral infection, respectively.
What Is a Skin Tag?
A skin tag may also be known as:
- cutaneous papilloma,
- cutaneous tag,
- fibroepithelial polyp,
- fibroma molluscum,
- fibroma pendulum,
- papilloma colli,
- soft fibroma,
- or Templeton skin tag.
It's a small tag or extra growth of skin that may have a peduncle (stalk)—they look like a small piece of soft, hanging skin—not attractive. Even the names for these things are gross.
Where Do Skin Tags Appear?
They appear on various parts of the body (skin) but usually appear or show up in areas where skin rubs against skin, such as:
- under the breasts,
- or upper chest.
Are Skin Tags Dangerous?
Skin tags are benign—meaning not cancerous—tumors of the skin. Skin tags cause no disturbing symptoms other than embarrassment. Skin tags that are repeatedly rubbed or scratched from friction (rubbing on clothing, jewelry, or when shaving) may become slightly irritated, enlarge, or under rare conditions, burst under pressure.
Skin tags are made up of a core of fibers and ducts, fat cells, nerve cells, and a layer of epidermis skin.
What Causes Skin Tags?
Overweight people are more prone to skin tags. Heredity is also a factor, and people with diabetes or pregnant women often develop skin tags. This skin issue affects women and men, as well as races, equally. In most cases, they will not just fall off without treatment.
What Are Warts?
A wart is a small growth appearing on the hands or feet that looks like a solid blister or a tiny piece of cauliflower. They may also appear on the genitals or groin.
What Causes Warts?
Warts are caused by viruses, usually one of the multiple types of the human papillomavirus (also called HPV). Wart viruses cause keratin, a protein in the body, to grow too fast. Certain strains of this virus can become cancerous, so it's a good idea to get warts checked by a doctor, no matter how you choose to remove them.
Types of Warts
- Mosaic warts: These grow in clusters.
- Palmer warts: These grow on the hands and feet.
- Common warts: These have a rough surface and bumpy appearance. They are usually firm and raised from the skin surface and resemble a bundle of cauliflower. They are typically called papules or plaques. Common warts can appear on any part of your body but are usually found on fingers, knees, elbows, and knuckles. Sometimes, these warts will have tiny dark spots from clotted blood vessels.
- Plane warts: "Plana" means flat. These warts are flat, smooth, and round in shape. They may appear brown or yellowish; they are sometimes referred to as flat warts and are most common among children. They will appear on the legs, hands, and face. It is uncommon for an adult to have this type of wart.
- Filiform warts: These warts are long and usually appear on the neck, armpits, and eyelids.
- Plantar warts: These will show up on the soles of the feet or heels and toes. These can become painful from friction on the feet from mobility. These warts will have a black dot with a surrounding hard, white area. The dot you see is the wart's blood supply.
- What Are Skin Tags? Causes and Treatment Options
Skin tags are small pieces of skin that appear on the surface of the body, often on the eyelids, under the arms, and on the upper chest. They are typically harmless and often go unnoticed unless rubbed by clothing, or scratched when shaving. Some peo
- Warts: HPV, Causes, Types, Treatments, Removal, Prevention
Warts are a skin infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The contagious virus causes rough bumps to form on the hands, feet and skin.
- Antiviral activity of the Lippia graveolens (Mexican oregano) essential oil and its main compound ca
- Warts: Causes, Cures, Treatments and Prevention
How do you get warts? Can warts be prevented? Get answers from WebMD to 10 frequently asked questions about warts.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2013 Rebecca
Rebecca (author) from USA on September 27, 2018:
dental floss will choke it out too :) try both
Chrysolite David on September 27, 2018:
I'm going to try the coconut remedy, sounds easy,
Jenny Pugh from Marion, Indiana, USA on August 17, 2017:
This is very informative. I worry a lot about my skin tags on my face and neck, I didn't even know they are called such, I thought they are moles but when they increase in number and size that's when I started worrying, I will do as you suggested in this article. Thank you for sharing, I hope this will really solve my concerns.
MARIA on August 08, 2017:
I used a good brand of bio coconut oil and castor oil for three weeks time as mentioned before and the skin tag was removed. I could not help putting 3 times per day but only one before sleep.
Agness Ferrell on March 29, 2017:
Just discovered coconut oil & its benefits.. as well as apple cider vinegar. Amazing! I will try the coconut oil for skin tags, the one on my eyelid 1st. To band-aid or not is my question. The tag is not real large, but it is close to my eyelashs. Mostly, it just bugs me, but it also interferes with getting a nice smooth, even line of eyeliner. Better understanding of location? I like the idea of using coconut oil so as not to harm my eye. But, will it still work if left unbandaged? If no, should I just cut a bandaid very narrow, and have it stick on 3 sides (4th side would pull lashes)?
Bobby from U.K on March 11, 2017:
I'll have to try this method, I've just noticed a small one developing and want to get rid of it asap. thanks for the tips.
Lori on March 06, 2017:
I've tried coconut oil in almost every way possible and have not seen any results that people talk about.
Doll on January 08, 2017:
I have one under my lip and under my chin will this remedy work
Erin Bower from Georgia on November 07, 2016:
I might try this. It sounds easy!
maggie on September 10, 2016:
does this work for eye lid xanthelasma?
Rebecca (author) from USA on September 07, 2016:
Coconut oil is safe in the eye, but I would not try anything else! Esp not tea tree or oregano oil. NO! that may damage your eye. Depending on how stubborn a tag or wart is the suggestions in this article could take a few weeks. It's by no means a quick process. Thanks everyone for commenting.
tam on September 07, 2016:
Coconut oil is safe in the eye, it's perfectly safe around and in your eye.
serfsef from asdfs on September 06, 2016:
Corinne on September 05, 2016:
I've used apple cider vinegar with a band aide on a huge wart just above my hip.....everyday I changed it, it fell off in 2 weeks. It's been a year and still has not come back
kterbo on August 06, 2016:
I understand that coconut oil is good for you and have used it both internally and externally. However,... did you as an author try this remedy yourself?? I do not find the compounds in coconut oil strong enough!! Therapeutic grade oregano oil is highly recommended, as it kills the cells and yes I HAVE tried this myself. It does kill it off ... you will have to be careful with surrounding skin as it is way powerful. It starts to die within days.
Carol Morris on July 09, 2016:
Really interesting. I will have to try this with my daughter.
firstname.lastname@example.org on April 15, 2016:
Tea tree essential oils mixed with the coconut oil helps remove them quicker
Casssie on April 15, 2016:
How long are you supposed to leave the bandaid on for?
Linda on April 11, 2016:
Another remedy that has been working for us is oil of oregano! It's been 2 weeks that we put it on my daughter's hand at night with a cotton ball and duct tape (regular bandaids kept falling off as the wart is in the palm of her hand) and it is working beautifully! We had previously tried the doctor sholes freezing, 7 times and had NO results.
Rachelle on April 10, 2016:
How does one go about doing this on an eyelid? Since a bandaid would not likely work in this area. Any suggestions
gary balkam on March 23, 2016:
I wouldn't recommend this for anything around the eyes or eye lids.. but.. for areas such as under arms, sides, stomach, etc... All you need is a small sharp pair of scissors, alcohol *or other sterilizing agent*, a cotton pad, make up pad, couple sheets of tissue or Kleenex and a little bit of nerve. Works for small skin tags - with one hand, pull up on the tag and twist slightly, hold for a few seconds. Snip off at the base with sterilized scissors. Apply cotton pad / tissue, etc and apply pressure for 2 to 15 minutes until any bleeding stops. Done and Done! Note: Do the 'snip' as quick as possible. Also do not use this 'do it yourself' method on areas with a lot of blood supply and thin skin.. such as genital areas.
Kären on March 16, 2016:
I have a skin tag that is in the way of my vision but so close to the eye ball that I am sure a band-aid could not be used. What then? Would the oil still work if open to air? Hard to suffocate. I have picture of it if I can add it somewhere here? Thanks for any help or suggestions.
Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on March 11, 2016:
You know what-- I think I am going to give this coconut oil and bandaid trick a try. I have a tag on one eyelid and a couple of little warts under another eye. Hideous! I hope it works! Thank you for the post!
Marilyn on June 22, 2014:
For those small, longish skin tags, tie a piece of thread around the base VERY TIGHT. It might hurt for a split second, but tie a SQUARE knot, not a granny knot...those things slip, a square not does not slip. Leave it a few days and the tag will drop off.
I don't think I would do this with a wart since they have such a large base. Also, before messing with a wart, be sure to have it checked by your dermatologist. And the cost of removal of a wart might be surprisingly cheap. The last time I had a growth removed from my back, he didn't charge any more than the office visit.
Rebecca (author) from USA on June 15, 2014:
A wart has it's own blood supply, so as long as you are not in any pain, I'd say it's normal. You're killing off it's blood supply. You can also gently file it with a disposable nail file, then put the oil on and bandage it. It helps get the oil absorbed.
Blanca on June 13, 2014:
Just started this wart removal treatment last night and today, out of no where, the wart began to bleed. Is this normaL? I cleaned it with peroxide and reapplied and bandaged again. It doesn't hurt, nor does it itch, but when I remove bandage, to reapply, it bleeds. Just want to make sure this is part of the "killing the wart process". Any input is appreciated.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 07, 2013:
How to remove skin tags and warts on your genitals or other parts of your body naturally!Incredible suggestions here, and coconut oil is such a wonder oil for so many benefits. I used to think coconut oil is only for the hair now I learned so much more about his oil it truly amazing and one should have this oil at home.Sounds too easy to remove but worth a try. Voted up, useful.
somethgblue from Shelbyville, Tennessee on October 05, 2013:
Watch the movie Bourne Legacy if your interested in self removal techniques.
Rebecca (author) from USA on October 05, 2013:
Wow...somethgblue...lesions and skin problems from past lives! That is an incredibly interesting view. Next hub...alien tracking, but I have no personal experience with this. Must research. ha!
Shasta Matova from USA on October 05, 2013:
Interesting. Will have to try it and see if it works.
somethgblue from Shelbyville, Tennessee on October 05, 2013:
What about those annoying Alien tracking devices we abducted humans are always getting linking us to the Mother Ship? You didn't even mention that . . . what, do we get no respect or what?
Really good article on a touchy subject, often times our reincarnated souls will bring physical memories from past lives and manifest them into our present vessels. This often leads to unwanted lesions and skin problems and to physical pain from past injuries.
Thanks for the research.