Health

The Mail on Sunday - You - - Food Sarah Wilson - By Sarah Stacey

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Q I won­der if a new at-home treatment to freeze off skin tags is a good op­tion?

A Con­sul­tant der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Nick Lowe of the Cran­ley Clinic in Lon­don (dr­nick­lowe.com) has con­cerns about cryother­apy freez­ing tech­nol­ogy used as self-treatment, be­cause ‘it is dif­fi­cult to get the level of freez­ing just right. You need enough to re­move the prob­lem,’ he says. ‘But if the level is too high, you risk per­ma­nent light­en­ing or tem­po­rary – some­times long-term – dark­en­ing of the sur­round­ing skin, par­tic­u­larly in Asian or olive skin tones.’

Also, the in­struc­tions for such de­vices say to hold up the skin tag (pre­sum­ably with tweez­ers) and freeze the stalk, but Dr Lowe says there is of­ten lit­tle or no stalk.

In­stead, he sug­gests con­sult­ing your GP or der­ma­tol­o­gist who may use much more tar­geted meth­ods, eg, nee­dle elec­tro­cautery or CO2 laser.

After suc­cess­ful treatment, Dr Lowe rec­om­mends gen­tly ex­fo­li­at­ing the area (usu­ally the neck, the un­der­arms and un­der the breasts in women) twice weekly, which may help to pre­vent new tags form­ing.

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