Under the arms is one of the most common places for skin tags to appear, so it’s no surprise that so many people are looking for ways to get rid of skin tags under their armpits. Armpits are usually moist environments that experience a lot of friction, so skin tags in the armpit are prevalent. Many people with skin tags with often see from one to dozens in each armpit.
With just one or two skin tags, you can usually move their removal down your priority list, but as they increase in number, the urgency to get rid of skin tags under armpits usually gets heightened. Thankfully this is a fairly easy area to remove skin tags from. Whilst this area may be tender, it is not considered a sensitive area for skin tag removal so you have a wide range of options available to help get rid of skin tags under armpits.
The Doctor’s Office
Seeing a doctor to remove your skin tags should always be your first choice, but we do understand that it is not a feasible option for everyone. Having skin tags removed in the doctor’s office ensures a proper diagnosis, a sterile environment, and personalized aftercare instructions.
If you have many skin tags under your arms, your doctor may choose to remove them in 2 or more sessions. Most of the removal option your doctor will perform are quick with just a minimal amount of pain.
Surgical Removal: The names sounds scarier than it is it. For most skin tags, this would just be the doctor using a scalpel or surgical scissors to snip the skin tag off. They will manage any bleeding and will usually cover it with a bandage.
Cryosurgery: Freezing off skin tags is a popular method of removal for many doctors. Using a liquid nitrogen spray, your doctor will freeze the skin tag, killing off the cells and blood supply. After a few days, it will turn black and eventually fall off. Freezing skin tags is also an option for at home treatment. You can easily purchase a home freezing kit and get rid of your skin tags yourself at home.
Cauterization: A cautery pen has a heated tip. Your doctor will use this heated tip to quickly burn off the skin tag at the base of the stalk that attaches the skin tag to your skin. This option also helps minimize bleeding when removing the skin tags. You may have a small scab remaining at the site where the skin tag was, but this will disappear after a few days. Take proper care of the area following the procedure to help minimize scarring.
Many people choose not to visit their doctor to remove their skin tags, for many reasons. Some of those people choose to naturally remove their skin tags. This is actually a great starting option for those with multiple skin tags under their armpits. Many removal options require focused application one by one. Most natural options can be generously applied over a wide area without worrying about harming the skin in between. One of the cons of natural options is their efficacy on different skin types. Some people find them very effective and others not at all. For multiple skin tags, you can apply your natural remedy to all your skin tags and it may work on some and not others. This will at least give you fewer skin tags to deal with and you can choose another option to remove those remaining skin tags.
Some effective natural options include:
- Tea Tree Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Baking Soda and Castor Oil
- Banana Peels
- Dental Floss
There are a number of over the counter creams and ointments that work to remove skin tags. Once again, they are effective but can depend on your skin. Products such as Haloderm and BuyNaturally which remove skin tags quickly and effectively while being gentle on your skin. Many wart removal creams are also effective in removing skin tags.
Whilst ligation could be considered natural and we did mention the dental floss method in that section, it is also worth its own mention. Ligation is a very popular method to get rid of skin tags under armpits at home. It is also known as tying off a skin tag and works by cutting off the blood supply to the skin tag, causing it to die and fall off. This can be done by tying a piece of (sterile) dental floss tightly around the base of the skin tag. Leave it there until the skin tag changes color and disappears. The same effect can also be achieved using Tagbands. Using little rubber bands to strangulate the skin tag, TagBands come with an easy to use application device to swiftly place the band over the skin tag.