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5 Effective Natural Remedies for Treating Skin Tags

5 Effective Natural Remedies for Treating Skin Tags

Skin tags are small, flesh-colored outgrowths on the skin. They look like warts and can easily be confused as one. While not painful, skin tags can be unsightly. It can also be a source of insecurity for many women. Commonly found in the eyelid, neck, face, and groin area, skin tags often grow in irregular shapes. Sometimes they grow in hidden body parts like under the breasts and the armpits.

Skin tags can be caused by a lot of factors. Some of these include cuts or scratches from shaving, skin rubbing from jewellery, excessive steroid use, and hormonal changes due to pregnancy. Medical conditions that cause skin tags include diabetes and obesity.

Removal of skin tags can be done in the doctor’s office, but there are also natural ways that’s much cheaper and equally effective. The following are natural remedies for skin tags you can try at home.

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1. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil, also called melaleuca oil, is an essential oil that is native to South-eastern parts of Queensland and Australia. It is known to have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties which make it a popular treatment for many different ailments and skin conditions. A study found that mixing tea tree oil with silver also makes an effective antiseptic.

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    What makes tea tree oil a great cure for skin tags? Tea tree oil works to dry out the skin tag from the inside out. This method is painless and easy, but can take around two weeks or more to remove the skin tags.

    To use tea tree oil to treat your skin tags, simply put a few drops of oil on a cotton ball. Lightly rub it on the skin tag in circular motions. Apply twice a day until the skin tag disappears.

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     2. Apple Cider Vinegar

    For thousands of years, apple cider vinegar was used as a traditional medicine for many conditions ranging from toothache and poisoning, to dandruff and allergies. Apple cider is also known as a common ingredient in traditional beauty products. It was even said that Cleopatra herself used apple cider vinegar to treat her face.

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      Like tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar has antiseptic properties that cure various skin conditions and helps to destroy the tissue within the skin tag. It also cures bacterial overgrowth that can cause itchy skin.

      To use apple cider vinegar as a skin tag treatment, either dab some on with your finger or gently apply with a cotton ball. Make sure you clean the area of the skin tag properly before hand. Once applied, the apply cider vinegar may cause a slight stinging sensation. Leave it on for a couple minutes or until it dries.

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      3. Oregano oil

      As a common culinary herb, Oregano is known for its strong aromatic leaves. It also contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat skin tags. Treating skin tags with Oregano oil can take as long as 2-4 weeks. For best results, mix oregano and coconut oil at a ratio of 1:2. Apply to the skin tag three times daily until it is fully treated.

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        You can tell it is working by the skin tag begins to darken in color. It will go almost black before dropping off. This remedy is not suitable for sensitive areas such as around the eyelids and genital area.

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        4. Castor oil

        Castor oil is the oil obtained from castor beans. It’s often yellowish in color, commonly used as a lubricant and as an ingredient in various oil-based merchandise. Because of its antibacterial qualities, castor oil is used to prevent the growth of many types of bacteria as well as to protect the body from viruses.

        It looks so harmless....
          To treat skin tags with castor oil, simply mix castor oil with bicarbonate soda to form a paste. The paste is likely to be very sticky, but adding citrus oil can reduce this. It is recommended that this paste be applied twice a day for at least ten minutes. Alternatively, apply the paste before bed and cover with a Band-Aid. Wash off on waking in the morning. This remedy should be repeated for 2 – 4 weeks or until your skin tag is gone.

          5. Lemon juice

          A recent study found that Lemon juice is a great disinfectant against human norovirus. Because of its acidic nature, lemon juice is often used in cleaning and is found in many dishwashing liquids. Lemon juice can be a good remedy for skin tags because it contains citric acid, which works to decompose the cells present within the skin growth. It is also contains powerful antiseptic that prevent bacteria from growing in the area.

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            To use this method, take freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply to the affected area and allow this to dry. Repeat this procedure three times a day until the skin tag is gone.

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            Last Updated on March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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