How to Remove Warts and Skin Tags Naturally

Warts aren’t just a discerning characteristic for fabled green witches, they’re quite common among us regular humans, as are skin tags. Both are two different types of raised bumps on the skin, but the difference between them is their appearance and their causes.

Skin tags, which aren’t contagious, are benign skin tumors.[1] They hang off the skin, are usually flesh-colored, and normally occur in places where skin rubs against skin.

Warts are small, raised growths caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).[2] Warts are contagious and can spread to other people or other areas of the body. They’re usually firm and not hanging like skin tags. People of any age can get warts, including children.
 

A Word of Caution

If you have warts or skin tags on your face or eyelids, it’s best to consult a doctor instead of attempting to remove them yourself. Also, see your doctor if you have signs of infection around either condition.

Skin tags and warts are both annoying skin conditions. They can make you self-conscious about your appearance. Here are some natural remedies for warts and skin tags so you can tackle them in the comfort of your own home.

To Get Rid of Warts, Try:

Duct Tape

Duct tape fixes everything from glasses to backpacks, but it can even remedy warts? A study from Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, examined the effects of duct tape on pediatric patients with warts.[3] Duct tape was applied to the patients’ warts, left in place for six days, and removed overnight. This process was repeated for several treatments, until the warts were gone. The study showed that duct tape was effective at removing warts.

To try this at home, cut a small piece of duct tape and place it over your wart. After six days, take off the tape and soak the wart in warm water. Gently exfoliate the wart with a pumice stone or emery board.[4] Repeat the process if necessary.
 
Hypnosis

Sounds a bit kooky, but scientific research suggests that hypnosis and placebos may help your body get rid of warts, particularly in children.[5] This may work because hypnosis and suggestion can trigger the body’s immune system to fight the virus causing the warts.[6] If you’re intrigued enough to try this, definitely do so, but only with a trained hypnotist – chances are, those self-help hypnosis YouTube videos won’t be effective.
 
Boost Your Immune System

Since warts are caused by a virus, revving up your immune system may help you get rid of them. Eat a healthy diet, including a variety of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Try to  get all your daily nutrient needs through fresh foods.[7] Exercise regularly, make sure to get enough sleep, and find ways to manage stress. All of these things will help to boost your immune system and, hopefully, help those warts disappear.
 

To Get Rid of Skin Tags, Try:

Tying Off

Small skin tags that have a thin base can usually be tied off. Grab a piece of sterile dental floss or cotton thread and tie it around the skin tag’s base.[8] Be sure to use gloves, and disinfect the area thoroughly and regularly. In a few days, the skin tag should fall off on its own without pain. If you experience pain, or develop signs of infection, see your doctor immediately.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an essential oil with a host of amazing applications for the skin. This potent antibacterial can be used for treating acne, athlete’s foot, eczema, and psoriasis.[9] To use tea tree oil for skin tags, be sure to dilute it in water. A concentration of 50 percent tea tree oil to 50 percent water is generally considered safe. Soak a cotton ball in this solution and apply it to the skin tag. Attach the cotton ball to your skin with tape or a bandage. Repeat this process two to three times daily. The tea tree oil will dry your skin and the skin tag will begin to come off in approximately three weeks.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a topical antiseptic that is often used for wounds. For skin tags, soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide, then dab it on your skin. Repeat this process up to five times per day until the skin tag dries up and comes off.
 

For Both Warts and Skin Tags, Try:

Garlic

Garlic has potent, natural, antibiotic and antiviral qualities. A 2005 study showed that treating warts with topical garlic extract effectively removed them.[10] Garlic may also help remove skin tags. To use at home, apply freshly crushed garlic to your wart or skin tag. Apply a bandage to the area so the garlic can seep into your skin. Repeat this process often. Warts should begin to go away in a few weeks, while skin tags may come off sooner.

Apple Cider Vinegar

There are countless purported health benefits to apple cider vinegar, mainly for its infection-fighting properties.[11] In a clinical trial, vinegar was found to be more effective at eliminating plantar warts than a placebo.[12] To use on warts or skin tags, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar. Place the cotton ball on your wart or skin tag and attach it with a bandage or medical tape. Keep the cotton ball on overnight. Repeat this practice nightly. In a few weeks, the wart or skin tag should turn black and fall off.

Bumps on your skin from skin tags or warts can be unsightly and embarrassing. Remember: Everyone gets them. While warts or skin tags may eventually go away on their own, these natural remedies may help speed up the process a bit. And the best part? They’re all DIY at home!

[1] http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/67317.php

[2] http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/155039.php

[3] http://ebm.bmj.com/content/8/2/58

[4] http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/155039.php?page=2

[5] http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00029157.1992.10402977, http://www.asch.net/portals/0/journallibrary/articles/ajch-47/goldstein.pdf

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1764803/#r60

[7] http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system

[8] http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/skin-tags/Pages/Introduction.aspx

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1360273/

[10] http://www.academicjournals.org/article/article1378915996_Gebreyohannes%20and%20Gebreyohannes.pdf

[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1785201/#R25

[12] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3377974