The use of castor oil for medicinal purposes has a long history dating back for centuries. It is one of the few natural substances used by holistic health practitioners that are also approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Where the FDA is concerned, castor oil is used mainly as a laxative. But for holistic health practitioners, castor oil has dozens of other uses that have historically proven to be successful.
Castor oil is especially effective in treating skin issues such as boils, wounds, rashes, burns, and even skin tags. Although it is not specifically known how this oil helps the skin, scientists do know that it penetrates the skin easily and soaks deeply into the tissue. It also contains a combination of isostearic acid and succinic acid, both of which are effective skin conditioners used in shampoos and hand lotions. As a skin tag remover, castor oil is perhaps one of the most popular home remedies.
Castor oil treatment is fairly straightforward and simple. You need only apply a few drops to the skin tag, 2 to 3 times per day, ensuring that it is completely saturated. Wipe the area down after you’ve given the oil several minutes to penetrate. Be careful during the wipe down process as castor oil can significantly soften the skin tissue. Being too rough could cause you to accidentally pull the skin tag partially free and cause bleeding. A pat down method is generally recommended.
This treatment should begin showing results within 2 to 3 days, with the skin tag completely disappearing within a few weeks. However, in some people the changes are so gradual that they don’t notice until the skin tag is completely gone. Sometimes this is the case because a red, slightly swollen bump appears at the site of the skin tag and is confused for the skin tag itself. Rest assured this bump will disappear within a matter of days; it is not a serious issue.
Because of the potency of castor oil and the depths to which penetrates the skin tissue, there’s always the risk of allergic reaction. If you’ve never used castor oil before you should test it on a small patch of skin before you attempt to use it on a regular basis.
Simply apply a drop or two, allow it to penetrate, and wait several hours to see if a rash or redness develops. If not, you’re probably safe to use it as a skin tag remover. If you do develop redness or a rash, you should seek another home remedy to use in its place.
Like any home remedy for skin tag removal, castor oil doesn’t work for everyone. If you have been faithfully applying the oil for three or more weeks, and your skin tags persist, you’re probably one of those people for whom it will work. That’s fine. Move on to another home remedy such as cauliflower, sour apple, baking soda, or dandelion root. In fact, there are so many different home remedies that there’s bound to one that’s just what you need. If not, you can always purchase an over-the-counter remedy from your local pharmacy.
If all else fails there’s always the option of having your skin tags removed by a doctor. Unfortunately, the remedies usually employed by doctors can be somewhat painful and carry with them the risk of developing scar tissue. If your skin tags are persistent to the point that they reappear after you remove them with a home remedy, you may have no other choice but to see your doctor. If so, he’ll probably remove them with a scalpel, freeze them, or cauterize them with an electric needle.