While some skin tag remover patches have been around for a while, there’s been a lot of new entrants to the market in the last couple of years. This article takes a closer look at them to see how they perform. Are skin tag remover patches safe to use, and are they effective?
Skin tags are a very common problem, and affect nearly half of the population. They are harmless, and they are not a health problem. As such, you are unlikely to be able to get your skin tag removed by your GP. However, there are reasons that you might want to remove a skin tag. They can be annoying, catch on clothing and jewellery, and they can also be unsightly.
So if you want to remove a skin tag yourself at home, what are the options?
What are skin tag remover patches?
Skin tag remover patches are products that you can buy online and at some pharmacies to remove a skin tag at home. They are also sometimes known as skin tag removal plasters. They do look very like a plaster, and with some of them you simply peel them off the backing and apply to your skin tag.
Skin tag remover patches work in one of two ways.
Some patches or plasters contain active ingredients or herbal remedies. The ingredient is held in place by the plaster, and absorbed into the skin tag. Ingredients can include salicylic acid and tea tree oil. However, you may get some skin irritation from the ingredients, and inevitably they will end up on the surrounding skin. Some of these type of skin tag remover patches also claim to heal acne, pimples and whiteheads and are generalist skin products.
Other skin tag remover patches rely on pressure or ligation to try to remove the skin tag. The idea is that by contracting the base of the skin tag you’ll cut the blood supply to the tag and it will fall off. This type of skin tag remover patch is applied with a plastic device. Your skin tags will need to be a specific size to fit the applicator.
Do skin tag remover patches work?
The majority of the products that are on the market are unproven. There is no evidence to show that ingredients such as tea tree are effective at removing skin tags.
One of the biggest disadvantages of using a skin tag remover patch or plaster is ensuring that the product stays in place for the duration of the treatment (usually several days or even weeks). Depending on the location, this can be unsightly. Skin tags are prone to forming in folds of skin such as the arm pit and the groin. This can make it difficult for the skin tag plaster to adhere.
Is it safe to remove skin tags at home?
Before looking to treat your skin tag at home, it’s essential that you’ve correctly identified your skin tag. Read more about what is a skin tag.
In order to treat your skin tag effectively, it’s best to use the same kind of treatment as used by doctors and dermatologists. Cryotag is a cryotherapy treatment and uses the same freezing technology as used by doctors. It’s clinically proven to work. Cryotag instantly freezes the skin tag to the core, and most skin tags will fall off within 2 weeks. Read more about how Cryotag works.