Have you ever looked in the mirror only to see a little piece of skin peeking out in the folds of your neck? Or maybe you went to shave your armpits in the shower only to find out you razed off more than just hair? Skin tags are a very common and natural occurrence. A single person can have anywhere between one to one hundred skin tags on their body at any given time. They like to make camp in areas of the body like the armpits, groin area, folds in the neck or under breasts. They are very commonly found on newborns and the elderly and they don’t discriminate. They tend not to grow larger than 3mm across and can be removed with a variety of methods and all of these can be done from the comfort of your own home.
The methods include purchasing removal creams, freezing aids, threading and simply cutting off the offending piece of skin. The option you choose will depend on your comfort level, how quickly you want the skin tag gone and the amount of funds you have. Creams and freezing will require you to purchase a product which will require you to apply it to the particular skin tag more than once while you wait anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for the skin tag to fall off. Threading involves wrapping a piece of thread or floss tightly around the base of the skin tag until the cells die and it falls off on its own. What do they all have in common? They take time. Time you may not have depending on your patience.
The only method that will give you instant results is to simply cut it off. The best tool for this job is definitely a nice sharp pair of nail scissors. You know, those little scissors with the curved blades? Those. Almost every nail kit has one so no matter if you’re a man or a woman if you’ve been given one of those kits at Christmas those scissors are in there.
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You should sterilize the blades first and you can do this by either boiling water and submerging the scissors for a minute or two, or wipe down the blades with rubbing alcohol. If you don’t have rubbing alcohol you can use the swabs that are provided in first aid kits to disinfect the injured area. Same idea.
Once your blades are all nice and clean set yourself up with a mirror in the bathroom or another place where you can get some peace and focus. If you have one of those mirrors that magnifies that’s great. If not, don’t worry. Just make sure you are close enough to see what you are doing.
Now that you’re comfortable, clean the area where the skin tag is with one of those wipes or a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. It’s important to clean the area of the skin tag because if you are cutting it off you may create an open area and you don’t want an infection.
Get those scissors to the base of the skin tag and snip the little bugger right off. If you cut too close to the surrounding skin you may draw a little blood, so make sure you clean up the area if you do and put some antiseptic cream on it before covering it with a bandage. Otherwise, slice and dice to your hearts content! You can always use a scalpel for skin tag removal but if you aren’t confident in the steadiness of your hands, the scissors are a more stable option for you to consider.