As much as we try to deny it, we all want to look our best. For many people that involves trying to correct complexion and dealing with skin conditions that many are just born with. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best as long as you are doing it for yourself and not because someone is forcing you to or shaming you into it. While we are all taught to love our skin there are some aspects that we don’t have to love if we don’t want to. Many people have little bits of skin that stick up called skin tags. These little devils don’t discriminate and you can find them popping up in the folds of skin. They love to hang out on the neck, in the armpit (which sucks if you shave those regularly), groin area and under the breasts. They can get to 3mm in size but otherwise, they are pretty harmless.
While having a skin tag may not kill you, the fact that a single person can have anywhere from 1 to 100 of them on their body at any given time is less than wonderful. People who have skin tags and dislike them are always looking for ways to get rid of them. Just doing a quick Google search and you can see that there are many different ways to remove the buggers from your skin. The question then becomes: which method is easiest, quickest and/or more permanent? Not all removal methods can be fast, easy or permanent but there are many out there that try to be.
Between the creams, threading and freezing options that are available they aren’t really that quick. Freezing and using a cream can give more long-term results because it works at killing the cells of the skin tag from the inside but they can take up to two weeks before they show results. They aren’t always that flattering either as these options can possibly turn the skin tag black before it falls off. And yet, sites like this have plenty of skin tag removal cream options.
If you have a skin tag and you want it removed RIGHT NOW the only real option you have is to cut it off.
Yes, that’s right. Just cut the sucker off. You don’t need any special tools and you don’t need to book an appointment with the doctor. Depending on how close to the base of the skin tag you get and its location it may bleed slightly, but it’s not like it will gush out a fountain of the red stuff. The only location where you really don’t want to try cutting off a skin tag yourself is if it’s located by your eye. You don’t want to mess around with your vision, after all.
The best tools for the job are a pair of sharp nail scissors or a scalpel. Both of these can be bought at your local drug store if you don’t already have them. Simply sterilize the instrument with either rubbing alcohol or submerging it in boiling water for 3 minutes or so to kill any topical bacteria. Set yourself up somewhere comfortable, like the bathroom for example, and get close to a good mirror. You should have a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol on it to sterilize the cut after you make it. You want to make sure it doesn’t get infected or cause a scar. Otherwise, cozy on up, prep your instrument of doom and slicer that bugger off.
And there you have it! The skin tag should fall off and if you cut it close enough to the base you shouldn’t see a stump or anything left over. Quick, relatively painless and easy. Who can go wrong with that?