Embarrassing skin tags a problem? Find out how to remove skin tags with tea tree oil
Skin tags are pretty harmless, but they can be quite unsightly and embarrassing if in a prominent spot on your body. Rather than have them removed by a professional at a premium cost, try using tea tree oil at home to remove skin tags - it’s an effective pain-free treatment that works.
Can tea tree oil remove skin tags?
The answer is yes! Tea tree oil has been known to have ‘drying’ properties, and because skin tags are usually caused by dampness in the skin, the oil will have a positive effect on removing any skin tag. Read on to find out how to remove skin tags with tea tree oil.
How will tea tree oil work to remove skin tags?
Tea tree oil is distilled from the leaves of an Australian plant called Melaleuca alternifolia (read more about the history of tea tree oil here). The oil has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties and is 100% natural.
When applied to the skin tag, tea tree oil will start to ‘dry out’ the skin, effectively killing off the cells and causing the skin tag to either shrink or fall off. It does take a little while for the oil to work - usually around 2-3 weeks, so patience is a must.
Skin tag removal using tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is sometimes referred to as ‘nature’s wonder in a bottle’. Here’s how you can remove skin tags with tea tree oil:-
- Wash and clean the area. Dry thoroughly with a towel to remove any dampness.
- Using a cotton ball or Q-tip, apply tea tree oil to the skin tag.
(If required, cover the area with a plaster/adhesive bandage.)
This treatment needs to be repeated two to three times every day until the skin tag falls off. Usually it will take 2-3 weeks for the skin tag to fall of, so please be patient with this type of treatment. Persistence is key.
How to use tea tree oil for a skin tag
The best way to remove skin tags with tea tree oil is to apply the oil directly onto the skin tag. If you suffer from sensitive skin, you may wish to dilute the tea tree oil with water (half oil, half water) and then apply.
If you want to try and speed up the process of removing skin tags with tea tree oil, then follow these steps:-
- Wash the skin tag area with soap and dry thoroughly.
- Using a cotton ball, soak it in tea tree oil and place directly on top of the skin tag.
- Hold the cotton ball in place by covering it with an adhesive bandage or medical tape.
Repeat these steps morning and night every day until the skin tag falls off - it should only take a week or so by using this ‘fast’ method.
Possible side effects of using tea tree oil on skin tags
Generally, tea tree oil is safe to use on the skin. However if you do suffer from an adverse reaction, consult a health professional for further advice. It’s always best to do a patch test on your skin first before using it all over the body.
Tea tree oil is only for topical use - it should never be ingested as it can be toxic. Symptoms can include drowsiness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea and skin rashes. It can be fatal if consumed in very high doses.