Can I use essential oils to get rid of skin tags?

I remember when I was pregnant with my twins and these skin tags appeared on my neck. I verbally expressed my disgust and whilst I was speaking I noticed one of my older colleagues had a few of those on her neck as well. Well, what an awkward moment. They fell off after the birth of my boys though. Now many years later I noticed these skin tags making their appearance again. There must be something I can do about this. If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a bit of a fixer and I also love essential oils. Surely I can use essential oils to get rid of these skin tags.



What are skin tags?

Skin tags are quite common and part of the aging process. They are usually about the size of a grain of rice. They are soft and can be either round or uneven shaped. Ranging in color from flesh color to a darker color. Appearing mostly in folds of skin like armpits or under the breasts. Skin tags have a thin stalk whereas warts is normally flat.

Skin tags

What causes skin tags?

They form when cells grow in the top layer of the skin. In the majority of cases it happens when skin rubs against skin like in folds of skin. They are more prevalent in overweight individuals as well as people with type 2 diabetes.

They can appear whilst pregnant but will fall off again after you had the baby.

There is also a correlation between the human papillomavirus and skin tags.

It can be genetic as well .

Skin tags are not contagious.

What is the treatment for skin tags?

It is best to let your doctor examine it because warts and moles can sometimes look like skin tags.

Removing is not a difficult procedure but needs to be done by your doctor to prevent infection. The doctor will either freeze it off or burning it off.

Solutions from the chemist might work as well. Just follow manufacturer’s instructions.

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Can you use essential oils to remove skin tags?

Two specific oils stand out for their properties. First and foremost I just have to stress that essential oils needs to be diluted with a carrier oil.


1. Tea tree oil

Anti fungal and antiseptic properties are the reason why this is so effective for skin tags.

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2. Oregano oil

This antibacterial and antiviral oil is one of the best oils to use for removing skin tags. Never use undiluted on the skin.

If the skin is broken or irritated don’t use essential oils on it


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Recipe for skin tag removal

10 ml of carrier oil

3 drops Tea tree oil

2 drops Oregano oil


I suggest that you mix it in a glass bottle and apply it with a Q-tip to the skin tag and let it dry. It will take a while to work so be patient and then it will just fall off. You can apply it 2-3 times a day.

Using a heavy carrier oil like Castor oil it will be even more effective. You can read more about Castor oil here.

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In conclusion

Skin tags are common and most of the time nothing to worry about. It is still really good to get it checked out by your doctor to make sure there is no underlying issues such as diabetes. Managing your weight is another practical thing to do to address skin tags. Finally, yes you can use essential oils quite effectively to combat skin tags.


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