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12 Incredible Home Remedies To Remove Skin Tags

12 Incredible Home Remedies To Remove Skin Tags

What are skin tags?

Most of us will develop at least a couple of skin tags at some stage. They are excessive growths of collagen and tend to occur where the skin naturally folds – on the neck and near the underarm region, for example. Usually pink or brown in colour, they are benign but can be unsightly. They are more common in people with particular medical conditions such as diabetes and certain common viral infections. Whilst easily removed by a doctor or nurse, it is quicker and cheaper to sort the problem yourself using these 12 home remedies. Remember that if you have any underlying medical conditions or are unsure as to whether a skin tag truly is a benign growth, always seek the advice of a trained medical professional before you try and remove skin tags.

How to remove skin tags quickly and easily!

1. Aloe Vera

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    You can buy fresh, ready-made aloe vera juice from health food shops to use for this purpose. Alternatively, you can buy an aloe vera plant, cut along one of the leaves, and squeeze out the liquid inside. Rub a small amount on the skin tag once per day until it shrinks. Aloe vera is renowned over the world for its antiseptic, skin-healing properties and should therefore ensure that no scarring is left behind once the tag has gone.

    2. Pineapple Juice

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      Rub in fresh juice from this tropical fruit at least twice per day for two weeks. By the end of this period, the skin tag should be gone!

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      3. Lemon Juice

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        Extract the juice from a large lemon. Take a small cotton wool ball and soak it in the juice. Apply it to the skin tag using a bandaid to hold it in place. Replace the wool as needed for a few days until the skin tag is removed.

        4. Onion Juice

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          Chop up one large onion and pass through a sieve to extract the juice. Apply the juice to the skin tag once per day for around two weeks. This is a great way to use up common leftovers to remove skin tags.

          5. Garlic

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            Grind up a clove of garlic every day and place the mixture on the skin tag for a couple of hours. Within a few days, the tag should begin to reduce in size and density. Garlic is great for your skin as it contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

            6. Oregano Oil

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              Oregano oil contains antiseptic compounds, as well as being an effective agent in drying out skin tags. Use three drops of oregano oil in six drops of a neutral carrier oil (such as coconut), and apply it three times a day for 3-5 weeks until the tag falls off by itself.

              7. Tea Tree Oil

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                Take a small cotton wool ball and place 3 drops of tea tree oil on it. Now dab at the skin tag using circular motions. Do this three times a day for at least 5 days. The skin tag should vanish.

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                8. Potato

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                  Along with a host of skin-friendly vitamins and minerals, potato has wonderful astringent properties that can dry out skin tags. Slice a small piece of potato, place it over the skin tag, and keep in place with a bandaid. Replace the potato every few hours.

                  9. Fig Stem Juice

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                    Buy some figs with their stems intact. Remove a couple of stems, run them through a blender, and apply the juice four times a day every day for a few weeks.

                    10. Apple Cider Vinegar

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                      Soak a cotton wool ball in apple cider vinegar and press it firmly against the skin tag, holding in place with a bandaid or bandage. Repeat every day until the skin tag has gone.

                      11. Nail Polish

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                        Nail polish is naturally drying, and forms a tight cast around the skin tag that will cause it to loosen and drop off. Simply dab a couple of drops of polish onto the skin tag and wait a few days to see the effects.

                        12. Banana Peel

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                          Cut a small piece of banana skin and place it over the skin tag. Keep it in place with a bandage, replacing the peel every day. After around 2 weeks, the skin tag should fall off.

                          Featured photo credit: Joshua Resnick via shutterstock.com

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                          Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                          The result: no more mental stress.

                          2. Unplug

                          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                          3. Easy on the Caffeine

                          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                          The result: mental stress will be gone!

                          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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