How to Remove Skin Tags and Warts Naturally and Cheaply at Home

How to Remove Skin Tags and Warts Naturally and Cheaply at Home
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If you have skin tags or warts, especially larger ones, you probably know how annoying it can be when they are rubbed with clothing, jewelry or when shaving. Although they don’t require treatment, they can still cause irritation or discomfort, and might be not very aesthetically pleasing.

Apparently skin tags are common, and according to the NIH (National Institutes of Health) USA, approximately 46% of people have skin tags.

You can go to a dermatologist that can cut off the skin tag or wart, tie it off, burn it or freeze it. You can also use hydrogen peroxide (find all the details in my article on how to remove skin tags and warts with hydrogen peroxide). But what I’m going to talk about today is how to remove skin tags and warts at home using apple cider vinegar (ACV). It’s also worth noting that apple cider vinegar is a great treatment for pimples, acne and other skin problems.

An important note is that before you attempt to remove skin growth at home, you need to know that you are removing skin tags – which is a benign condition – and not a mole or any other lesion that can be malignant. Therefore what you are trying to remove should have been previously diagnosed by a health professional as a harmless skin tag.

What Are Skin Tags?

Having skin tags is a benign condition known also by the name acrochordon, and generally occur after mid-life. A skin tag looks like a small piece of soft hanging skin that may hang from a stalk. Skin tags can appear on any part of the body, but are more common in body folds where skin rubs against skin, such as armpits, groin, under the breast, eyelids and neck.

There are several factors that increase the likelihood of having skin tags. Genetics is one of them, while other factors include obesity and people who suffer from diabetes. Also skin tags are more common among pregnant women due to hormonal changes.

How to Use ACV to Remove Skin Tags

ACV has many uses as a home remedy and I’ve mentioned several of them in my previous article 10 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar for Great Health and At Home. One of its uses is the removal of skin tags due to its high acidity. Don’t use ACV to remove skin tags around the eyelids, as it can harm the eyes.

Wash the area around the skin tag using water and a mild soap and then dry it. Dip a small piece of a cotton ball in ACV and squeeze out the excess ACV. Place the cotton ball with the ACV on the skin tag holding it with a bandage and leave in place for up to 15 minutes. Do it 3 times a day for several days or even a week or more if needed until the skin darkens, dries and falls off.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Warts Removal

A similar way is used to remove warts. Warts are caused by viruses, especially HPV type (human papilloma virus) that causes an infection. The virus causes the top layer of the skin to grow too fast, and the result is a small solid growth with a rough surface that typically appears on the hands or feet.

Warts are more likely to develop on broken skin, as the virus can enter the top layer of the skin through scratches or cuts. If you are not sure and wonder whether it may be something else, go and see your doctor to have it checked.

The virus that causes warts can be passed on by skin-to-skin contact or through contact with towels or shoes, and can be spread to other body parts. This is why it is best to treat warts as soon as they appear.

You can use over-the-counter products to treat warts, or visit a dermatologist that can perform wart treatment and removal techniques that are stronger and usually faster than the commercially available products. But you can also easily and safely use ACV.

How to Remove Warts Using ACV

Gently clean the wart and the area around the wart. Take a small cotton ball that will cover the wart, and soak it in ACV. Secure with a band aid overnight. Change the cotton ball daily and keep it on every night. After one week, the wart will start to peel off until it is completely removed.

You may want to continue this treatment for another few days after the wart has been removed just to make sure it doesn’t return.

Another thing to try is hydrogen peroxide, and you can find all the details in my article on how to remove skin tags and warts with hydrogen peroxide.

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111 Responses to How to Remove Skin Tags and Warts Naturally and Cheaply at Home

  1. Cathy says:

    An excellent and quick way to remove warts, is with a paste made of coconut oil and turmeric. They are both antiviral. Within 3 days the top of the wart disappears.Within 10 days the wart is completely gone.

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • offor says:

      where can i get the paste?what kind of paste do you mean?or do you have any particular brand you have used..I am interested..thanks

    • helen says:

      can i use the same paste if i have papilloma?

      • Jenny says:

        Yes, the treatment is like treating wart. Warts are caused by viruses, especially HPV type (human papilloma virus) that causes an infection, so follow the instructions of how to treat warts.

        • Andrias Vusi Mashaba says:

          Thanks I’m one of having warts on my private part and I had about apple cider viniger but I don’t know which type, can you assist me

          • Jenny Hills says:

            I’ve seen it is not recommended to use ACV in the genital area as it’s too strong for that area.

    • Shannon Baker says:

      Do you think this paste would work on planter warts?

    • Darlene says:

      with smaller skin tags just get a small I borrow scissors, spray them with bactine to numb the area and cut them off quickly at the base. Start with a smaller 1 and the trick is to cut near the base very quickly it feels almost like you are plUcking your eyebrows. You can’t do it with super large ones, but you can’t do it with smaller ones and medium ones. Doesn’t hurt at all. Just cut quickly at the base and put bactine on first. You won’t believe how easy it is to get rid of these things!

    • lilly says:

      pls wat kind of paste?

    • Alicia says:

      Hi Cathy, how do you create that paste? can you tell me please? thanks

    • Saurabh says:

      Apple Cider Vinegar ………Yes, it works.
      I was suffering with bunch of warts on my neck from last 2-3 months.
      AND ITS REALY Embarrassing situation
      I Used Medicine like – Thuja 200c, Thuja Cream, ADEL 40 – Non Worked for me 
      Then I used Apple Cider Vinegar for 4-5 days and all warts are gone.
      I pasted a cotton ball soaked in Apple Cider Vinegar with the help of Surgical Paper tape (Paste in a way to keep the cotton wet with the apple vinegar; just keep one hole to put more vinegar into it and then lock it completely) for minimum 7-8 hr. every night. In morning wash it with soap and apply Thuja cream after the wart gets dry. I don’t know why I applied thuja cream but what I did I am just writing.
      Within 2 day you will start feeling a sensation in the warts and after 5 days the warts will start drying-rough and color will change black and they will fall from the roots in maximum 10-12 day.
      It doesn’t hurt but smell is little bad, in order to remove HPV virus one can easily tolerate the smell.
      It worked for me and I pray to God – this works for you too.

  2. Vidya says:

    Nice information. How to treat corns.

  3. JoLeAnn says:

    I have a skin tag on my top eyelid near the lash line. Any safe ideas on how to remove it?

    • Jenny says:

      There are references of removing skin tags successfully with coconut oil. Replace the ACV with extra virgin organic unrefined coconut oil and follow the same steps.

    • phyllis says:

      I had one there and thought it was a tick. So I just pulled it off and it never grew back

      • John says:

        You can also use potato skin to remove warts.take a normal potato and slice just a small size of mostly skin off and place it on the wart and use bandade or tape.It can take longer put the potassium will pull the wart off.I would slice a skin piece off keep it on the wart for an hour or so. put a new one one.Did it at night before going to bed.I had a wart on my gential area from a wart that had been on my finger.I tried everything.Doctor froze it came back in two months.I tried the wart removal.OMG worst pain I have ever felt.Removed them came back months later.I did the potato skin method took about a week maybe two of doing this.Actually saw the warts pulled off and in the potato skin never have seen the wart Again.I swear….I actually did this on a mole.It work as well.

    • TRACY LONG says:

      HI..DID YOU GET RID OF YOUR SKIN TAG ON YOUR EYE LID..

  4. bimala says:

    thank you very useful tips….what is the difference between ACV n white vinegar? confused…

  5. Nana F Umar says:

    How can I treat black pigment on my face and blackish circle around my eyes an chin

  6. Margaretha says:

    Thank you for the useful, simple tricks. I like to tips given by doctors to me:
    – remove warts or other unwanted things (check the nature of them:) by tying a little thread around it, tighten is as much as possible. If necessary repeat after a few days when the objects is drying and becoming smaller. it will fall of.
    – cut skin tags by the stem with a small sharp clean pair of scissors (I use a rounded one, used for nails, so I do not cut the normal skin). It hardly hurts.

  7. Abid says:

    Can we remove genital warts also?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Abid, I’ve seen it is not recommended to use ACV in the genital area as it’s too strong and can burn the skin. There are references of removing skin tags successfully with coconut oil. Replace the ACV with extra virgin organic unrefined coconut oil and follow the same steps.

      • Lo says:

        Hi! I begun to treat vaginal skintag with acv and at the begining it doesn’t hurt
        But after two days it hurts when I touch the head of it with ACV. Is it normal? Pls answer

        • Jenny says:

          I’ve seen it is not recommended to use ACV in the genital area as it’s too strong and can burn the skin. There are references of removing skin tags successfully with coconut oil. Replace the ACV with extra virgin organic unrefined coconut oil and follow the same steps.

  8. cynthia says:

    Hi,just want to ask if you know as well the about the syrengoma any best and home made remedies?looking forward for your reply…thank you so much, hope there is positive feedback.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Cynthia, I am personally not familiar with this issue, but researching it I’ve noticed that there are topical creams obtained over the counter to treat it. I don’t know how effective they are. I also came across the reply of the dermatologist Dr. Ronald Shelton who said that in order to completely remove them, any treatment would have to penetrate the deep dermis. He said that superficial treatments will plane down the surface but not remove the growth from the deeper layers. These treatments need to be done periodically to treat the continued growth once clinically realized. However he said that deep laser treatment make them go away but there is a risk of scarring. Home Remedies website has few suggestions you can try at home (http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/articles/1233/beauty/syringoma.html), but again, I don’t know how effective they are.

  9. rhewen says:

    How can i avail your product and how much the price?

  10. toto g. says:

    Hi, if im try a any vinegar like a coconut it wll tke effect also? Thanks

  11. Jean Hewitt says:

    I have what the doctor called age worts they are around my waist and bust airier they are not risen they are flat and going black can you suggest anything to get rid of them they are so embaressing from Jean Hewitt t

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Jean, the conventional treatment for seborrhoeic warts (or seborrheic keratosis) is by liquid nitrogen or using an electric current or vaporizing with laser. However I’ve seen references in forums of people who used ACV and it helped them, so maybe it worth trying with ACV.

    • Debbie S says:

      I had one of these on the back of my leg. I saw on another website to use duct tape. Cut a small piece of duct tape and leave on for 7 days. When you take the tape off, it will be white. Scratch the top off and reapply until it’s gone. Sounds crazy, but it worked for me. Hope it will work for you.

  12. Intereted with your post but i keep on looking this brand of ACV cant find it, what store could i buy. Thanks

  13. Michelle says:

    Will this help to get rid of moles too? I have one on my arm, and another that seems to be a cross between a skin tag and a mole on my face near but not on my eye.

    • Jenny says:

      Yes, this should work also on moles (some references recommend to scratch the mole gently with a toothpick before applying the ACV and some don’t mention it). The most important thing is to check the mole before removing it to make sure it’s benign.

  14. nancy sanford says:

    Any suggestions on how to remove age spots?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Nancy, there are quite a lot of homemade applications for lightening pigmentation or age spots. The most common among them are applying pure aloe vera gel twice a day for half an hour or using a mixture of lemon juice and yogurt in equal parts, and even a turmeric paste made of one teaspoon of turmeric powder with three tablespoons of lemon juice. Also onion juice can help. The problem is that it takes a long time until you see results, and if the age spot is very dark, you may need stronger topical applications prescribed by a dermatologist.

  15. Vicky says:

    Hi there! We tried this with a wart on my daughter’s knee..the wart turned black,and did fall off, but the whole area around the wart bruised and then the skin all blistered and peeled. Additionally there is still a black mass (although it is now recessed into the skin) where the wart was originally. Any thoughts….?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Vicky, When you do the treatment, try to cover only the tiny part of the wart with ACV as it is very acidic and can irritate the skin around it. Now when you’ve finished with the treatment, give time for the area to heal completely as it takes time for the area to get back to its normal condition. Warts can sometimes come back if they are persistent, and if you see that after a while there is no improvement and the wart comes back, you may require another techniques or applications given by a dermatologist.

      • jen says:

        When treating wart or skin tag I found it helpful to apply petroleum jelly in circle around wart with q tip to protect skin.

  16. kaya says:

    Why do they only work with vinegars I don’t get it

    • Jenny says:

      There are some references in the web about using coconut oil instead of ACV for more delicate areas such as near the eyes or genitals.

  17. krishan says:

    Please advise on kelloid also. My wife has long outstanding issues with it. Any cut or bruise turn that part of skin into a painful wart and later remain as mass. Which sometimes get infected and bleeds. Any solution or suggestion you have.

    • Jenny says:

      Unfortunately I don’t have solutions for kelloids. This is something that requires medical solutions as it is difficult to treat.

  18. deepika says:

    hi my baby having the skin tag between two legs ..she she s now 2.1/2 …by birth she having the skin tag and i can apply the cocunt oil and turmeric for her

  19. Jane says:

    How to remove black spots on face by using natural ways

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Jane, there are various natural ways to treat hyper-pigmentation, but if it’s a black spot or really dark spot they will not be very helpful and I don’t believe you will see effective results. You will probably need to consult with a dermatologist about suitable options.

  20. shelly says:

    amazing results getting rid of skin tags https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzEqKWzeuyw

  21. Dave says:

    I have tried everything…including duck tape, apple cider vinegar, salicylic acid but warts keeps growing back…only thing that permanently worked for me was wartstop24 liquid

    • Hyde says:

      Dave, I have and many family members best luck with just using pee/urine on the wart. Family members with dozens on the feet, about a week they are gone for good. Easier and cheeper than ACV!! Google it!!

  22. leandro franco says:

    Hi there,what is the best natural way to treat acne scar..

    • nazih haider says:

      Hi jenny I had wards in my right hand from last few months I treated medically I done laser to finished them permanently as all they gone but the issue is scars as m using such creams gvn by my dermatologist from last months but hvnt seen any result wants some quick homemade remdy to clear my skin plzzzzzzz

      • Jenny says:

        Hi Nazih, you can refer to my article about treating scars – http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/best-ways-to-heal-scars-naturally/ – but if you haven’t seen any improvement with the creams that your dermatologist had prescribed you, I doubt that the other applications in the article will be much of a help, but you can still give it a try. It may not completely get rid of the scars (some people are more prone to scars than others), but they might improve the appearance of the scars. It is also recommended to gently massage the area twice a day for several weeks to increase blood circulation and help in the healing process.

  23. helen says:

    I’ve treated skin tags with a mixture of bicarb and cod liver oil made into a paste. Skin tags disappear overnight. I’ve also used it on a strange mole. First it made it get a crusty top, then it grew rapidly up then the whole lot fell off. It seemed to kill it as I felt tingling along nerve lines radiating from the mole around 30 cm out. Now I can’t even find a bump or scar on my skin where it used to be.

  24. Ayesha Majid Molla says:

    Dear Jenny,I am suffering from sever skin itching most probably due to my dry skin.My two hands are also very inchy.Is there any natural remedy which i can use?At present I am using various skin moisturizer without much success.Thank you

  25. hi, how can i treat a cutaneous wart…its on my face and some on the neck…ty

  26. Ancient Man says:

    ..I’ve used automotive battery acid on warts, learned it from my grandpa 61 years ago.
    Believe me, it works.

  27. No More Skin Tags says:

    A easy an painless way to remove tags, Take a piece of fishing line or thread, tie it off, repeat for 3 days. say GOODBYE to Skin Tags

  28. I just want to ask if ACV can treat my very dry and chappy hands… thank you

  29. aman says:

    its good. But i have dark circles around my eyes since 7-8 years i had tried every thing ,every medicine, cosmetics but in vain. Is AVC good for it. Is it works pls reply thanks

    • Jenny says:

      Don’t apply ACV around the eye area because the skin there is very delicate and also the ACV can enter the eyes and sting. I’ve seen references of people who drank 1-2 tbsp. of ACV mixed with a glass of water and after some time they’ve notices improvement in puffiness around the eyes and dark circles, so maybe it’s worth trying (in any case it has many other health benefits).

  30. Mona schleser says:

    Any treatment for psorasis?

  31. Hayley says:

    Hi there
    Do you know if ACV or coconut oil would work for papilloma in the mouth?? On inside of the lip?

    • Jenny says:

      I would try unrefined coconut oil which has antiviral and antiseptic properties. The ACV is too strong for the delicate skin in the mouth.

  32. Chris Velte says:

    Does ACV ever go bad? I have a bottle that may be 8 years old and there is no expiration date on it?

    • Jenny says:

      According to Bragg website, ACV has an FDA required “official” shelf life of three to five years after the bottling date (found on the bottle), however, experience has shown that the product is safe, usable and effective for an indefinite period if kept out of direct sunlight. In another website it’s says that you should be able to store ACV for at least 5 years, but you should be able to use it after that time as well (in most cases and if stored properly in cool and dark place and properly sealed).

  33. Dave says:

    Mine is in my eyebrow area, has a reddish color, smooth and perfect edges. Not jagged like a wart. Has grown slowly over the past four years. Still small, yet still growing over time. Is it possible this is not a tag?

  34. Ollie Allen says:

    Enjoyed your information to the max. Thanks for posting such valuable information!

  35. Bhakti says:

    Hi. tried ACV on mole its around of eye not eye lid .but now its swelling of under the eye .its harmful or not ..what can I do ..

    • Jenny says:

      The skin around the eye area is very delicate, so if you have any swelling I would stop using the ACV. It may irritate the skin too much.

  36. Mikky says:

    There is a bean shaped mole on my arm.it start a small rash having purse on d head and when I scratched it, it started getting large so I went to cut it off tru operation. It grown again after about 1 year and I was prepared to go again to cut but a skin Dr advice me not to and if I do it will certainly Come back.the mole is like a bean as I said earlier not soft like the rest part of skin but strong like stone.please JENNY what can I call it and how do I treat it through your observation??

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not really sure (I’m not a doctor) but I’ve seen references of other people who had the same issue. There are various techniques for mole removal, and if I were you I would get a second opinion from another dermatologist regarding your condition and treatment options.

  37. Ruby says:

    I have skin tags on my neck and some of them may be warts. I have found it difficult to secure the bandaid onto my neck as it’s an area where they skin moves a lot as you move your head. As you move your head you stretch the bandaid and it comes undone… Have you any other suggestions as to how one would apply the ACV to the neck without the bandaid? Would it be sufficient to rub the ACV over the area a few times a day instead?

    Thanks.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Ruby, I’m not sure if just applying the ACV over the area several times a day will do the job. I know there are various types of band-aids, and instead of using the regular narrow ones, I would try the larger ones that come in a large square or rectangle shape that have better adhesive properties.

  38. Robin Smith says:

    I have a skin tag under my eye. Can I use ACV on that or is there another way to remove it. It’s been there for years and I hate it!

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Robin, I would hesitate to use ACV near the eye area. I’ve seen several references about applying organic virgin coconut oil on skin tags to remove them. I don’t know how effective it is, but worth a try.

  39. Krista Issacs says:

    I’ve had a huge skin tag on my butt for years! I actually had my doctor cut it off once and it was finally gone for the moment. After it healed I realized the doc didn’t cut it directly at the base and there was a very tiny spot left. It was so small I didn’t think much of it but within a few months it had grown back to it’s original size :/ blahhh it was so frustrating! And not only did the one grow to it’s original size it had grown another small one right beside it. I was devastated thinking I’d finally rid the embarrassing thing, yet now was back in full force. I’d done some reading on the subject and learned about the ACV so I decided to take the challenge. I tried for a week straight and no improvement, blahhh again!! Anyways, I’d recently bought a wart removal treatment with salicylic acid as the active ingredient. In just three days the skin tag had minimized dramatically and at this rate should hopefully be gone by weeks end. So for any of you all who are not having the best luck with ACV try out salicylic acid 🙂 🙂

  40. joy says:

    Hey nice thread. How about white tiny dotted random spots on legs for a dark skin. Any ideas how to remove them ps

  41. Mizba says:

    Please help!!!!!
    I have got a tiny little white bump(looks like a wart) on my upper lip. What do I do.. Please help

  42. Wrap cotton thread tightly around the base of the tag where it grows from the skin, once and then twice. Pull it tight and tie two knots. In time the thread will cut the blood off from entering. A little uncomfortable at first, but the skin tag will die and drop off naturally. It will also turn black – don’t be concerned – it is a good sign.

    It will really works to get rid of tags.

  43. Josh says:

    I’ve had this wart growing in size since October and according to the doctor its a deep plantar verrucea. After going through one unsuccessful extraction at podiatrist, I tried to give ACV treatment a chance and i’m into my 2nd week. Rightnow the tip of the tissue which was black since few days has come off. But as its pretty deep, looks like it will take some more time to completely come out on its own. I wish I could upload some pics here, to get an advise. I’m getting little impatient & anxious with the healing process. Please advise.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Josh, often verrucae is very deep and requires several treatments in order to get rid of it. My friend had verrucae and had to go several times to the nurse’s office. As far as I remember, the nurse removed with a special knife the outer layer of the verrucae and then deep freezed it. My friend waited about 2 weeks between each treatment if I remember correctly. After several treatments like that the verrucae was gone. So the whole process took several good weeks. It was not a quick fix.

  44. ranj says:

    hi, to remove mole, when we stop applyiny apple vinger ,i mean when the mole become white or continue till the mole get black

  45. deep says:

    any body tell me in which quantity water and acv is mixed to remove skintag?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      When removing skin tags you use undiluted ACV, but you need to restrict it only to the skin tag as it will burn the skin around it.

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