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Should You Remove Skin Tags on Your Own?

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  • Your skin is the largest and fastest growing organ in your body; nearly 25 percent of men and women over 50 will experience skin tags, small benign growths held to your skin by a thin stalk
  • Although the exact reason they develop is unknown, they often grow in areas irritated by clothing or in folds of skin; those who have Type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension and elevated C-reactive proteins are more prone
  • Home remedies you may consider to remove tags — with the exception of those situated around your eyes or genitals — include mechanical methods such as skin tag removal kits and liquid nitrogen
  • A variety of essential oils may help dry out the skin tag so it falls off painlessly, including frankincense, lemon, tea tree and oregano oils; apple cider vinegar, garlic cloves and banana peels may also successfully treat skin tags

By Dr. Mercola

Your skin is the largest and fastest growing organ. It essentially protects your body from the outside. It regulates your temperature and allows you to experience your environment through your senses. Many people care for the skin on their face by regularly exfoliating, cleansing and moisturizing. However, the skin on the rest of the body is often overlooked.

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