Armpit Skin Tags: Causes, Home Remedies, and OTC Options

March 08, 2022 2 min read



Skin tags on armpits are caused due to the natural movement where the skin rubs against itself. The exact cause of skin tags is still unclear. But they're more commonly associated with people who suffer from obesity, diabetes, or are pregnant. In rare cases, skin tags have also been associated with polycystic ovary syndrome.

Home Remedies

Home remedies are usually safer but more time consuming than other treatment options for skin tags. Most people prefer them over surgical removal because it can save a lot of money. Sure it costs time but we end up spending money or time anyways. It all comes down to personal preference. While home remedies are not scientifically proven to work, a lot of people still use them and swear by them. Some of the common home remedies for skin tags are:

  • Tying off skin tags: This process can also be referred to as ligation. It is a well known treatment. The idea behind it is that once you tie off the skin tag, you cut off the blood supply to it. This makes the skin tag fall off on its own.
  • Tea tree oil: One of the most affordable products that you'll find out there that is 100% natural. People that use this remedy generally apply tea tree oil thrice a day for 3 to 6 weeks to see results.
  • Chemical peel: For this method, a trichloroacetic acid formula is used to get rid of the skin tag. You should exercise caution while using this remedy because after all you're applying a chemical to your skin and you don't want it to go towards the healthy areas of your skin. Consider taking help from your partner, sibling, or a friend.

While home remedies can be very tempting as they're more affordable to other removal options. You should always consider the fact that infections can end up happening as you're not in a sterile environment like a doctor's office. If you can afford a doctor's visit, its actually worth it.

Over-the-counter (OTC) options for skin tags

There's countless products that you'll find online these days with many different claims. But you should be cautious while choosing the right product for yourself. You don't wanna test and try thousands of products that are out there. It seems like a good idea to stick to something that professionals use to get rid of skin tags. One of the procedures is known as electrocautery in which the skin tag is simply burned off using a device to make it fall off. While this may cost a lot at the doctor's office, you can do this at home using Aven Buzz Skin Tag Remover Pen.

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