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Does Apple Cider Vinegar Work on Skin Tags?

More than half of both men and women are estimated to develop skin tags at least once in their lifetime. So they are pretty common. You may be here looking for a natural way to remove skin tags and apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular at-home natural remedies.  

Benefits of using apple cider vinegar for skin tags

Apple Cider Vinegar is produced by fermenting apples, which are known to have acidic properties. This commonly available product has antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antibacterial, laxative and astringent properties. This makes it suitable for treating a variety of health-related issues including dry scalp, toenail fungus, and skin tags.

Using apple cider vinegar to remove skin tags is a quick and safe option, without irritating the surrounding skin.  It treats the tissue that is responsible for the formation of the skin tag rather than affecting the skin tag itself. Once the oxygenated blood to the tissue is destroyed, the tag will dry out and turn black. Resulting in the skin tag falling off.

We suggest looking for an organically produced apple cider vinegar. They are slightly more expensive but are a lot more effective.  However, the effect is mostly dependent on how each individual reacts to the solution, as the response is different for each person.

Step-by-Step guide for using apple cider vinegar to remove skin tags

Listed below is everything you need to know about removing skin tags with apple cider vinegar. We’ve put together a step by step guide as well and included a list of all the ingredients you need. 

Requirement: Mild anti-bacterial soap, lukewarm water, apple cider vinegar, cotton balls and a toothpick.

Step: 1 Wash the targeted area with a mild anti-bacterial soap and lukewarm water and then dry it thoroughly.

Step: 2 Gently scratch the skin tag with the toothpick to help with the absorption process. Make sure not to draw any blood doing this. It should just be a gentle scratch.

Step: 3 Pour a small amount of apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball. Just enough to wet it. Squeeze out any excess vinegar before application.

Step: 4 Place the cotton ball over the skin tag and leave it for a few hours or overnight by attaching it with a band-aid.

Step: 5 Before making the next application wash the area thoroughly to sterilize it. Repeat the process for about a week until the skin tag dries out and falls off.

Treatment times vary considerably

Not all apple cider vinegars are produced with the intention of treating skin tags. Therefore, it is better to choose a product that is unpasteurized and organic. The gentle nature of apple cider vinegar makes it suitable to leave on for long stretches. Try using it two to three times a day for better results.

We suggest to first experiment with the application time to see what suits your skin best. It is better to start off with a shorter amount of time and then build up gradually. In case of any itching or stinging, dilute the vinegar by mixing it with water. Although these are temporary side-effects which should only last for a couple of minutes after application. You can choose to reduce the application time in case of excess dryness.
If you are on any medication that affects the skin, consult with your doctor before applying anything.

Will there be any pain or blood?

There might be a slight irritation initially, which should subside within a few minutes after you apply the cotton ball. There is no pain or blood with this method,  making it one of the safest and pain-free treatment options. 

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