Skin tags can appear smooth or irregular. They can attach to the skin by a short, narrow stalk called “peduncle”. There is no clear answer why do we get skin tags.
However, doctors are agreeing that rubbing against skin may play a role. Skin tags usually appear in the armpits, neck, and groin, and very rarely, on the eyelids.
Next to warts, they are some of the most irritating skin issues. They appear as fleshy bumps that can range in size from a grain of rice to the size of a pea.
Now, while there are some traditional medicine remedies for skin tags, we want to focus on natural healing. Using essential oils for skin tags has proven to be quite an effective remedy.
Today, we will discuss why do we get skin tags, and which essential oils can help you cope with this problem.
As mentioned previously, there is no scientific consensus on why we get skin tags. There have been a couple of studies, and they show a link between adult-onset diabetes and development of benign growth. But that is far from a proven cause.
What is evident is that skin tags appear more often in people who are overweight. Skin tags appear when your skin folds and there is friction.
Sensitive areas for skin tags include the groin area, the neck, the thighs, and under the breasts. In some cases, skin tags also appear on the eyelids.
In addition to being overweight, another connection has been discovered between skin tags and human papillomavirus. And if someone in your family has them, you have a greater chance of developing skin tags as well.
But the bottom line is that they appear when you apply friction to the top layer of your skin. This creates a toxic soup below, and skin tags tend to appear.
Tea tree oil
When we talk about the use of essential oils for skin tags, tea tree oil is on the top of the list. Now, there is no scientific evidence that can support the claim. However, there are many theories on why tea tree oil can and should work for skin tags.
For starters, tea tree oil has a dehydrating effect which kills bacteria and helps dry up pimples and acne. It is quite possible that the oil can help dry up skin tags as well.
Remember, dermatologists treat skin tags by tying a suture around the base, which will cut off the blood supply to the skin tag, causing it to dry up.
Tea tree oil can do the same thing. Some other reasons are tea tree oil has powerful antiviral properties, can boost your immune system and has antimicrobial properties.
All of these make the essential oil effective in the battle with skin tags.
For thousands of years, the aboriginal people of Australia have used tea tree oil for curing everything. They mostly rely on the antiseptic power of tea tree oil for wounds and infections.
To use it for skin tags, dilute tea tree oil in a carrier oil, and then massage the area where you have skin tags. Repeat the process on a two-day basis, and you will soon see results.
Frankincense essential oil
Followers of alternative medicine claim that frankincense essential oil is one of the most underrated oils. And they might be right.
When we talk about popular and common essential oils, frankincense rarely makes the list. But this oil has some of the most powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
That is what makes the oil perfect for skin tags. Same as tea tree oil, frankincense can dry out the skin tag, and make it fall off faster. A major difference is you can apply this oil undiluted.
How to use frankincense oil for skin tags?
Just place a drop of the oil on your clean fingertip, and apply on the skin tag. Repeat two times per day. Protect the surroundings of your skin by applying coconut oil. This will help you prevent the skin from being burned.
Lavender essential oil
Frankincense is one of the most underrated, and lavender is one of the most popular essential oils. Just mention essential oils, and lavender comes to mind. Thanks to the skin soothing and calming properties, lavender can help with your skin tag problem.
How to use it?
To use lavender oil, you have to prepare a lavender spritz.
Get a small, clean, and empty spray bottle.
Put 10 or 15 drops of lavender oil, and then fill the rest of the bottle with water.
Shake well, and then spray on the area where you have skin tags.
The oil will relieve irritation, inflammation, and dry the skin tag in the process.
Just after a few days, you can expect the skin tag to fall off.
Lemon essential oil
All of the essential oils for skin tags work in the same principle, they dry out your skin. Lemon does that thanks to its astringent properties.
Using lemon essential oil will remove excess oil and water from the skin, and enable the skin tag to fall off. The biggest downside is that lemon is photosensitive.
What does that mean?
Well, after applying lemon essential oil, you have to protect yourself from sunlight. It is best that you avoid sun exposure for a couple of hours.
To use the oil for skin tags, mix 10 drops of lemon essential oil and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply on the skin every night.
Oregano essential oil
Known as one of the best anti-fungal essential oils, oregano will help you get rid of skin tags almost instantly. Be careful, oregano is very potent, and you have to dilute it before applying.
One way to use oregano is to make a homemade ointment.
Start by placing 3 tablespoons of raw shea butter into a heatproof bowl.
Fill a pan with a couple inches water, and then place the shea butter over it in a heatproof bowl.
Heat until the butter melts, and then remove from heat.
Allow the butter to cool for 2 minutes, and then add 10 to 15 drops of oregano essential oil.
Pour the mixture into a glass jar, and let it settle for one hour.
After that, you can apply the ointment to your skin tag.