The apple cider vinegar is known to have helped numerous people to get rid of the unsightly skin tags. The results, however, can vary from one individual to another. This means that in some cases the application of the apple cider vinegar may have no visible results.
What does apple cider vinegar do to skin tags
The acidity of the cider vinegar has a strong sterilizing effect on bacteria and it is successfully used as a natural remedy for multiple minor health concerns.
By applying it on a skin tag, the portion soaked will react to the acid contained by the apple cider vinegar. In this way, the skin tag will modify its consistency followed by slowly diminishing and eventually disappearing.
How long does it take for apple cider vinegar to remove skin tags?
The length of duration before a skin tag is removed after being treated with the cider vinegar, depends on the size of the tag, the individual’s skin type and how it reacts to the acid.
Most people will see some results (changes on the surface of the skin tag) after 4-5 days.
How do you remove skin tags with vinegar
Before starting to use apple cider vinegar to treat your skin tag, try applying a small quantity of cider (the tip of a cotton bud) on a patch of clean skin. In this way you will see how your skin reacts to the cider’s acidity.
If any redness, itchiness or other symptoms appear, this skin tag removal method is not suitable for you.
After your test patch (48 hours recommended) continue with:
- Thoroughly cleaning of the area you want to treat.
- Pour the apple cider vinegar into a clean recipient
- Use a cotton bud tip to soak into the liquid
- Apply the vinegar on the skin tag only, avoiding touching the surrounding skin (this is the safest way to apply the cider vinegar, but the results will take a longer time). Keep doing this for around 15 minutes
- Continue this for as long as it is required over the next few days (around 2-3 weeks)
- If you want to accelerate the skin tag removal time, use a cotton ball instead of the cotton bud
- Leave the vinegar soaked cotton ball on the tag and secure it with tape
- Remove them after 10-15 minutes
- Clean the treated area
- Repeat this daily for the next 14 days
Remember to keep your skin well hydrated with a good quality face/body cream or serum. As always, it is easy to find skincare products and reviews, online, without leaving your house.
Alternatives to using apple cider vinegar to get rid of skin tags
If this method is not suitable for you or you are looking for other skin tag removal methods, there are a few options to choose from: natural remedies, pharmaceutical products or medical removal done by a dermatologist doctor.
Remedies to remove skin tags naturally
- Mixing baking soda with castor oil – applied on the desired area and left over the night.
- Crushed garlic paste – home made from 2-3 garlic cloves, applied on the tag, covered with a bandage or clean cloth, then left overnight.
- Aloe vera – applied by rubbing the tag with aloe vera gel, covered and left on for a few hours a day.
- Turmeric – blend in with olive oil and apply on the skin tag after scratching gently on the tag’s surface
- Tea tree oil – applied on the skin tag and left on over a few hours
It is always recommended to test a small area of your skin to see its reaction to any mixture you intend to use for treating skin tags or other skin related issues, to minimize the risk of chemical burns.
- Sprays that use freezing technology to get rid of skin tags. Results can be visible even after the first application.
- Skin tag patches that remove the layers of the skin tag with every use.
Medical removal methods
- Ligation – that can be also done at home. Your doctor might suggest using a thread to cut off the blood supply to the skin tag.
- Burning or freezing of the skin tag
- Surgical removal
Before taking a decision on how to deal with your skin tag it’s wise to consult a pharmacist or a doctor. Of course, you can read and try to find health or beauty hacks online, on specialized websites.