Unpasteurized, organic ACV contains the cobweb-shaped ‘mother’, the source of various enzymes, proteins, and good bacteria, making it beneficial for various skin issues, including skin tags. Skin tags occur around the neck, eyelids, armpits, chest, anus, and back due to repetitive friction or rubbing. Dermatologists refer to these soft, pesky outgrowths as acrochordons, that despite being painless, are quite irritating.
How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help with Skin Tags
Apple Cider Vinegar, by virtue of its acidic property, attacks the tissue underneath the skin tag and destroys it. Consequently, this natural way reduces the chances of recurrence.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Skin Tag Removal
Both organic and the regular ACV can be used, though the organic one is of higher quality.
- Clean the area with warm water and soap. Let it dry.
- Soak a cotton ball in Apple Cider Vinegar and gently apply it on the skin tags. Squeeze the cotton ball to make sure that the skin tag absorbs a considerable amount of ACV.
- Repeat the process 2-3 times for about 3-4 days till the skin blackens and the tag falls off. If it is a large skin tag, you can increase the frequency of application of the vinegar.
You may also keep the cotton ball covered with a bandage or duct tape overnight. In this case, remove the cotton and bandage in the morning before washing the area with water.
There are debates about how long the skin tag should be exposed to ACV; hence, it is advised to start with short-time periods to see how your skin reacts to it.
Are There Any side Effects of Using Apple Cider Vinegar on Skin Tags
Its acidic nature may cause the skin to itch a bit, but it is normal. Apart from some rare cases of skin rash and redness, there are no known side effects of using ACV on skin tags. Tea tree oil may be used to remove skin tags without any itching, though, it works slower than ACV.