Home remedies for skin tag removal abound across the Internet and in homeopathic medical books. Among the most common of these home remedies involves the application of onion juice. How exactly onion juice does the trick is not really explained thoroughly but there are enough first-person testimonies to suggest that it really does work. This is probably no surprise to cooks or others who spend lots of time in the kitchen, due to the sometimes overpowering smell of raw onions. Regardless, here are some tips to using this remedy if you’re so inclined.
First of all, there’s no magic recipe or witches brew involved here. We’re simply talking about pure onion juice straight from the raw onion itself. You can buy onion juice at some pharmacies, grocery stores, or health food stores, or you can extract the juice at home yourself. To do so you will need a juicing machine capable of handling tough foods like the onion. Since you only need a few drops per application, you probably don’t want to juice more than one onion at a time. The longer your unused onion juice sits around, the less potent it will become. If you keep it refrigerated it will certainly last longer.
The treatment begins by making sure you thoroughly wash and dry the skin tag and the skin surrounding it. If you have any cuts or scrapes in the general area you may want to postpone treatment until the skin heals. Not that it’s necessarily dangerous, but getting onion juice into an open wound can be somewhat painful.
After you have prepared the area you simply apply a few drops of the juice to the skin tag using a cotton swab or an eye dropper. Make sure the skin tag is covered completely as best you can. If the skin tag is anywhere near your eyes or nose you may need to apply a wet face cloth over your closed eyes for a few minutes until the burning and watering ceases. If you have a skin tag directly on your eyelid, do not use onion juice treat it.
Continue to apply the onion juice once or twice per day and you should begin to see results after 3 to 4 days. On some skin tags that are more stubborn, it may take two or three weeks before they are completely gone. Also, be consistent to apply the juice with the same frequency every day. If you miss a day or two the skin tag has a chance to recover and you will be starting over from scratch with the next application.
While onion juice is a fairly common skin tag removal technique that’s successful for many people, it doesn’t work for everyone. If this is your experience don’t be frustrated to the point of giving up. There are literally dozens of other options you can try including castor oil, sour apple, baking soda, cauliflower, dandelion roots, and a plethora of over-the-counter remedies. If all else fails you certainly can visit your doctor who may remove your skin tags through one of several procedures.
The procedures used in a doctor’s office include laser surgery, cryotherapy (freezing), cauterization (burning), tying off the skin tag, and surgical excision with a scalpel. These methods involve the most pain in the highest risk of scar tissue development. Unfortunately, in some people skin tags are so stubborn that they will continue to return unless one of these procedures is used. If your skin tags fall into this category, you’ll know very quickly because they will reappear shortly after they are removed with a home remedy.