DIY skin-tag removal


QI have horrible skin tags on my neck. Do DIY treatments work?

Asha, south London

ASkin tags are soft, smooth lumps, often attached by a narrow stalk. Usually, they’re small, a couple of millimetre­s, though can grow to several centimetre­s. They mostly occur in areas where skin rubs, such as around your neck, armpits, groin or under your breasts, and are common and harmless.

The NHS won’t usually treat them and DIY treatments range from applying tea tree oil or cider vinegar – scientific­ally unproven – to removal creams and freezing kits which might help small tags but can inflame your skin. Ask your GP first, as some treatments, particular­ly snipping with scissors or tying with dental floss, are potentiall­y dangerous.

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