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.