Skin tags are small, flesh-colored growths of skin. They are often located on the neck, groin, armpits and eyelids, and become more common with age. Skin tags are relatively harmless, but if removal is desired or needed, a doctor should always inspect the skin tag first. Clinical practice guidelines, according to a February 2003 article in “American Family Physician,” recommend skin tags be removed by a doctor.
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Many people seek home remedies to remove skin tags, because professional removal is considered a cosmetic procedure and not covered by health insurance. One such home remedy is the use of clear nail polish, with the hope this will suffocate the skin tag, causing it to dry up and fall off. This method has not been studied for safety and effectiveness, and should only be done after consultation with, and approval from your doctor.
Wash the area with a mild soap and warm water. Pat dry the clean area with a towel. The skin tag must be dry before you apply the polish.
Dab the clear nail polish onto the skin tag, coating the tag thoroughly. Allow the polish to dry on the skin before touching it against clothing or rubbing it. Place a bandage over the area. Repeat this process in the evening.
In the morning, remove the bandage, and remove the polish with nail polish remover. Repeat steps 1 and 2. Do this for 2 weeks, or until the skin tag has gone away.
If you have any irritation, redness or pain, stop the process. Wash the area with mild soap and warm water, rinse and pat dry. If you still want to have the skin tag removed, see your doctor.