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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 September 16, 2019

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

            We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

            The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

            Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

            1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

            Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

            For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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            • (1) Research
            • (2) Deciding the topic
            • (3) Creating the outline
            • (4) Drafting the content
            • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
            • (6) Revision
            • (7) etc.

            Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

            2. Change Your Environment

            Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

            One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

            3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

            Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

            Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

            My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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            Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

            4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

            If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

            Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

            I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

            5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

            I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

            Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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            As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

            6. Get a Buddy

            Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

            I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

            7. Tell Others About Your Goals

            This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

            For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

            8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

            What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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            9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

            If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

            Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

            10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

            Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

            Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

            11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

            At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

            Reality check:

            I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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