Having a skin tag can be a really uncomfortable situation, especially if the tag shows up on a rather visible area, like the face or neck. Cutting them off is not always an option, as there is always a risk of infection and severe bleeding.
But as uncomfortable as they are, they are not dangerous to your medical health.
This doesn’t matter right now, what matters now is that the tag is either itchy, annoys you or just looks bad enough that you want it gone. Forever if that’s okay.
Well here is where Tea Tree Oil comes in. But does it come to save the day?
What even is Tea Tree oil and is it safe to use?
The oil itself is extracted from a rather unknown plant called Melaleuca alternifolia or more known as Narrow-leaved Paperbark, but is marketed for skin care purposes as tea tree oil.
The reason why this oil is even used in skin care is because of its:
- and antiviral properties.
This actually gives it a possibility to be effective against acne as well. However, being an oil, it is always wise to first apply a small amount of it and wait to see if there is a reaction.
If not, you are free to use as much oil as you require without any fear of an unknown allergy spiking up.
Also, there are currently no official studies that have approved or denied the skin tag removal possibility of this oil.
How long does it take?
- Those who have tested it, have reported at least 14 days have passed before they had any visible results.
- The upper limit is around 1 month.
- If after that time of constant applying you still do not see an improvement, you can safely call it off as the chance of it doing anything at that point is more or less zero.
The procedure of applying the Tea Tree Oil
- First you have to clean the area around the skin tag.
- When doing this, do not rub it profusely as it may become irritated. A light scrub will do just fine.
- When you are done, dry the excess water so your skin is dry around the tag.
- Now the best solution is to take a q-tip, cotton ball or any other cotton based fabric.
- Then put a few drops of the oil on the cotton so it is evenly soaked.
- Use the q-tip directly on the skin tag, thus applying the tea tree oil on it. You do not need to apply it on the skin around the skin tag, just the tag itself.
This can be done several times a day as long as the oil has dried off before re-applying it.
If you can’t be bothered with applying it several times a day, you can make a makeshift band aid.
Just instead of using a band aid, you will be using the soaked cotton ball or cotton fabric and taping it to your skin, allowing it to slowly absorb the oil during your daily tasks. When doing this, use a medical tape and you are set to go about your day.
But is Tea Tree the Best Skin Tag Treatment?
No, it is not the best, but it is meant as an alternative to creams or otherwise called Over The Counter solutions (OTC).
What makes it not the best is the fact that there are very few user reviews about it and no official studies which either approve or disprove its effectiveness against skin tags. In the end, it is worth trying, but do not expect miracles from this oil.