Skin tags are harmless growths that appear on the skin that typically occurs in the neck area and armpits.
They can also appear on the eyelids and groin.
Most of the time, skin tags can go away on their own, though it can take a long time. (Think possibly months.)
If your skin tag is bothering you and you want to get rid of it naturally, you can try essential oils and aromatherapy.
While there is no research on the effectiveness of essential oils for skin tag removal, these oils are touted to be effective in some cases.
Essential Oils As Home Remedies & Natural Health Options
Essential oils (EOs) are highly concentrated plant extracts containing several hundred active compounds known to interact with the body and help you experience healthy skin.
You might be surprised to learn that you’re likely already exposed to EOs.
They can be found in various everyday items, from natural beauty and skin care products to cleaning products.
EOs can offer several health benefits.
Many of them are highly anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral.
Some of them are potent pain relievers.
They can help to strengthen mental and emotional well-being.
EOs are effective healing agents for a variety of skin conditions like:
- Soothing eczema
- Psoriasis relief
- Treating warts
- Healing bug bites
- Helping sunburns and skin burns
- Acne (blemishes and pimples)
The Best Essential Oils For Skin Tag Removal
Often referred to as ‘nature’s antibiotic,’ oregano oil is a potent antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory.
Tea tree oil (Melaleuca)
Tea tree is a potent antiseptic and antifungal that can help heal skin and prevent infections.
Because of its potent nature, it can also lead to dry skin.
Essential Oil Safety Concerns
EOs are highly concentrated and potent.
A little goes a long way.
Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil like coconut oil or castor oil if you’re going to use them topically.
If you experience an adverse reaction, discontinue use immediately.
To be on the safe side, perform a patch test on your arm before applying the oils to your skin tag.
If you do not react after 24 hours, then proceed.
Check the contraindications for each oil you’ll use as some oils aren’t suitable for babies, young children, or pregnant women.
Always choose 100% pure essential oils that are therapeutic grade to avoid adulterated products or exposure to harmful chemicals and potential side effects.
Check with your dermatologist before using any EO for skin tags.
DIY Essential Oil Recipe: Skin Tag Remover Recipe
Essential oil blends tend to be more potent than using single oils alone.
Soak a sterile cotton ball or half a cotton ball with this mixture and secure it to your skin tag with a band-aid.
Leave it on your skin for 20 minutes at a time.
Use this blend and recipe twice a day for best results.
Repeat every day until the skin tag has fallen off. (Note that this can take days or even several weeks.)
For added effect, soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and do the same thing – secure it to your skin tag with a band-aid.
Leave it on for 15 minutes, and if there is no irritation, then keep it on overnight and remove it in the morning.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 2 drops of oregano oil
- 1 drop of frankincense essential oil
- 1 drop of lavender essential oil
- 1 teaspoon of carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil
*Try adding 1 drop of peppermint oil for a cooling effect.
*Since tea tree can be drying on your skin, be sure to use regular moisturizer or lotion after application.
*Apple cider vinegar isn’t just for weight loss! It can help speed up skin tag removal too.