How to Remove Skin Tags on the Neck

The upside of having skin tags on your neck is that it is not a particularly sensitive area. The guaranteed best way of removing skin tags is to visit your doctor and have them do it. However, it is easy to remove skin tags on the neck at home.  Let’s have a look at some of the options:

Ligation

This is a very popular home removal method for skin tags as it is easy, inexpensive and relatively painless. It involves cutting off the blood supply to the skin. As skin tags are mainly made up of blood vessels and collagen, cutting off the blood to the skin tag causes it to shrivel up and die. To cut off the blood supply to the skin tag, you need to choke it at the base of the skin tag using something like dental floss or Tagbands.

Make sure the dental floss is clean and sterile. Tie it tightly around the base of the skin tag. Leave it there until the skin tag changes color and falls off. An easier method for ligating skin tags on your neck is Tagbands, a commercial product.   Tagbands come in 2 sizes and have an easy applicator for placing a small band over the skin tag and tightly around the base.

Over-the-counter creams

Skin Tag Removal Cream

There is a range of products available to make removing skin tags on the neck easy. Some products are also wart removers but work well to remove skin tags. Salicylic acid is a common active ingredient in over the counter skin tag removal products. Carefully follow the instruction on the box of the product you choose.

Freezing

Freezing a skin tag, otherwise known as cryotherapy, is a method that could be used both in the doctor’s office and at home. When the doctor freezes a skin tag in their office they will usually do it with liquid nitrogen. There are products you can purchase to freeze a skin tag at home. These products usually contain Dimethyl ether and propane (DMEP) another type of cryogen which is safer for home use. Care should still be taken when using DMEP products. Follow the directions on the box precisely in order to avoid skin damage.

The skin on the neck is quite thin, so take care when freezing skin tags on the neck and aim to be precise. Overall, freezing a skin tag is one of the safer options as there is no aftercare needed, the chance of infections and scarring is low and it can be done in the comfort of your home.

Natural remedies

Natural remedies are becoming an increasingly popular method of how to remove skin tags on the neck.  Natural remedies are not always the fastest and most certain method of removing skin tags, but it is one of the more gentle approaches. The effectiveness of removing a skin tag naturally will depend on the method you choose, the size of your skin tag and your skin type. Some popular methods of natural removal include:

  • Tea Tree Oil – A safe natural skin tag removal remedy. Apply tea tree oil to the skin tag with a damp cotton ball or q-tip. Repeat the application at least twice a day until the skin tag falls off.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – This is a versatile remedy for a whole range of ailments, including removing skin tags on the neck. Lightly dip a cotton ball in some apple cider vinegar and place against the skin tag. Fasten it down with a band-aid. Leave it overnight and remove it in the morning. Repeat this each night. Use an organic apple cider vinegar to ensure it is gentle on your skin.
  • Castor Oil and Baking Soda  – This is a great method for suffocating the skin tags. Using a small amount of Baking Soda and Castor oil, make a paste and cover the skin tag with the paste.