Can You Cut off a Skin Tag with a Pair of Scissors?

December 08, 2021 2 min read

10 Straight Up Facts About Cutting Skin Tags With Scissors:

  1. Yes, you can use sharp clean cuticle scissors to cut off a skin tag according to an article published by University of Utah
  2. Certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Bard, MD also recommends to sterilize the scissors thoroughly to avoid any infections
  3. A good idea is to use a numbing cream or ointment as well
  4. Brands like La Grange, Iris and, Castroviejo offer scissors designed specifically for skin tags. You should always look for surgical scissors
  5. If you use regular scissors or clippers, It may cause you to go to the ER if there is excessive bleeding
  6. Do not cut a large skin tag (anything above 3mm is a BIG NO). It should be cauterized or frozen by the doctor
  7. Before cutting the skin tag, are you sure that it is 100% a skin tag? If you're not, you might end up cutting a growth that was actually cancerous and can easily spread cancerous cells
  8. An article reviewed by Dr. Debra Jaliman, MD can help you differentiate between a skin tag, mole and, a freckle, So you can be sure before proceeding to cut off the skin tag
  9. Using a clear nail polish is a good alternative to using scissors but it is not a scientifically proven treatment. It is still safer than using scissors actually
  10. While it may be tempting to do a DIY on your skin tag, we DO NOT recommend that you ever do it. Even if you plan on still doing it, then you should go with ways that are proven to work and are safe to do at home. Most common ways are Freezing or Burning the skin tag, so the skin tag falls off naturally

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