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How to Remove Skin Tags and Warts on Your Body Naturally

Updated on October 29, 2017
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Don't just cover it. Remove it!
Don't just cover it. Remove it!

My Gross Brief Mention

This is another disgusting topic that I've found fascinating. After some minimal research, I've found a very easy way to remove unwanted skin tags and warts from the body. Treat your skin with lots of respect. It is, after-all, the largest organ on your body. I love to discuss things that people are most often humiliated to openly discuss!

Well..since you've found this article, you can now remove these nuances at home, privately, with just a little patience, with only a few dollars, dental floss and some band-aids.

Try this remedy before opting for medication or costly surgery that doesn't always work. If you don't treat the dysfunctional cells in a skin tag, or don't kill the warts blood supply to your body, they will come back. Warts are viral. Skin tags are benign tumors.

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Warts are viral, skin tags are benign tumors.

What Is a Skin Tag?

Skin Tags

A skin tag, also known as an acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, cutaneous tag, fibroepithelial polyp, fibroma molluscum, fibroma pendulum, papilloma colli, soft fibroma, and Templeton skin tag, is a small tag or extra growth of skin which may have a peduncle (stalk) - they look like a small piece of soft, hanging skin.

They appear on various parts of the body (skin), but usually appear or show up in areas where skin rubs against skin, such as the:

  • Eyelids
  • Neck
  • Groin
  • Armpits
  • Under the breasts
  • Upper chest

Skin tags are benign - meaning not cancerous - tumors of the skin. Skin tags cause no disturbing symptoms, other than visual embarrassment. Skin tags that are repeatedly rubbed or scratched from friction (rubbing on clothing, jewelry, or when shaving) may become slightly irritated, enlarge, or under rare conditions, burst under pressure.

Skin tags are made up of a core of fibers and ducts, fat cells, nerve cells, and a layer of epidermis skin.

Overweight people are more prone to skin tags. Heredity is also a cause, as well as people with diabetes or pregnant women. This skin issue affects women and men, as well as races equally. In the majority of cases, they will not just fall off without treatment. Although sometimes you get lucky and they do.

Gonna need a lot of bandages for this hand!
Gonna need a lot of bandages for this hand!

What Are Warts?


A wart is a small growth appearing on the hands or feet that looks like a solid blister or a tiny piece of cauliflower. They may also appear on the genitals or groin.

Warts are caused by viruses, usually one of the multiple types of the human papillomavirus also called HPV. Wart virus's cause keratin to grow too fast. Keratin is a protein within the body.

Types of Warts

Types of Warts

  • Mosaic warts—These grow in clusters.
  • Palmer warts—These grow on the hands and feet
  • Common warts—These have a rough surface and bumpy appearance. They are usually firm and raised up from the skin surface, and resemble a bundle of cauliflower. Typically called papules or plaques. Common warts can appear on any part of your body but usually found on fingers, knees, elbows, and knuckles. Sometimes these warts will have tiny dark spots which are from clotted blood vessels.
  • Plane warts—(Plana) means flat. These warts are flat, smooth, and round in shape. They may appear brown or yellowish in appearance, they are sometimes referred to as flat warts and are most common among children. They will appear on legs, hands, and the face. It is uncommon for an adult to have this type of wart.
  • Filiform warts—These warts are long and usually appear on the neck, armpits, and eyelids.
  • Plantar warts—These will show up on the soles of the feet, or heels and toes. These can become painful from friction on the feet from mobility. These warts will have a black dot, with a surrounding hard, white area. The dot you see is the wart's blood supply.

How to Remove Skin Tags and Warts Naturally

Tie a small piece of dental floss around the tag or wart as tight as possible by pulling it taught, this can remain in place until the growth dies/falls off. Ask a friend to help if needed!

Directions for Removal

  1. Buy yourself a good brand of organic coconut oil.
  2. Buy a box of good adhesive brand bandages. A box of 100 should do it, depending on how mutated you are!
  3. Tie a small piece of dental floss around the tag or wart as tight as possible by pulling it taught, this can remain in place until the growth dies/falls off. Ask a friend to help if needed!
  4. Apply coconut oil or oregano oil to the tag or wart itself, as well as a bandage, and cover it.
  5. Repeat this process morning and night with the oregano oil or coconut oil, or up to 3x a day, until the skin tag or wart is gone.

For stubborn warts, this process may take as long as a month, but you will get results. Coconut oil is a natural anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Coconut oil has special fats called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), and for whatever reason, the ingredients in coconut oil suffocate the skin tag or wart, causing it to vanish, or die and fall off from lack of blood supply. I cannot speak highly enough about coconut oil. As long as you are not known to be allergic (some people sadly are), this stuff is amazing.

Anyone that does not have a jar in their home is missing out on so many health benefits. I use Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil for skin (wrinkle treatment, a natural SPF, a wonderful moisturizer, I eat it, and I use it as a deep therapy hair mask a few times a week) but the health benefits are endless!

Don't have any concerns about slathering it on any part of your body that has blemishes, people have even put coconut oil in their eyes to treat pink eye.

This skin tag/wart treatment really works, and if you are sick of looking at lumpy skin tags and warts, try this and never be burdened by them again! At least not the same ones anyhow.

© 2013 Rebecca


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      Jenny Pugh 7 months ago from Marion, Indiana, USA

      This is very informative. I worry a lot about my skin tags on my face and neck, I didn't even know they are called such, I thought they are moles but when they increase in number and size that's when I started worrying, I will do as you suggested in this article. Thank you for sharing, I hope this will really solve my concerns.

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      MARIA 7 months ago

      I used a good brand of bio coconut oil and castor oil for three weeks time as mentioned before and the skin tag was removed. I could not help putting 3 times per day but only one before sleep.

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      Agness Ferrell 11 months ago

      Just discovered coconut oil & its benefits.. as well as apple cider vinegar. Amazing! I will try the coconut oil for skin tags, the one on my eyelid 1st. To band-aid or not is my question. The tag is not real large, but it is close to my eyelashs. Mostly, it just bugs me, but it also interferes with getting a nice smooth, even line of eyeliner. Better understanding of location? I like the idea of using coconut oil so as not to harm my eye. But, will it still work if left unbandaged? If no, should I just cut a bandaid very narrow, and have it stick on 3 sides (4th side would pull lashes)?

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      Bobby 12 months ago from U.K

      I'll have to try this method, I've just noticed a small one developing and want to get rid of it asap. thanks for the tips.

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      Lori 12 months ago

      I've tried coconut oil in almost every way possible and have not seen any results that people talk about.

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      Doll 14 months ago

      I have one under my lip and under my chin will this remedy work

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      Erin Bower 16 months ago from Georgia

      I might try this. It sounds easy!

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      maggie 18 months ago

      does this work for eye lid xanthelasma?

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      Rebecca 18 months ago from USA

      Coconut oil is safe in the eye, but I would not try anything else! Esp not tea tree or oregano oil. NO! that may damage your eye. Depending on how stubborn a tag or wart is the suggestions in this article could take a few weeks. It's by no means a quick process. Thanks everyone for commenting.

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      tam 18 months ago

      Coconut oil is safe in the eye, it's perfectly safe around and in your eye.

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      serfsef 18 months ago from asdfs

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      Corinne 18 months ago

      I've used apple cider vinegar with a band aide on a huge wart just above my hip.....everyday I changed it, it fell off in 2 weeks. It's been a year and still has not come back

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      kterbo 19 months ago

      I understand that coconut oil is good for you and have used it both internally and externally. However,... did you as an author try this remedy yourself?? I do not find the compounds in coconut oil strong enough!! Therapeutic grade oregano oil is highly recommended, as it kills the cells and yes I HAVE tried this myself. It does kill it off ... you will have to be careful with surrounding skin as it is way powerful. It starts to die within days.

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      Carol Morris 20 months ago

      Really interesting. I will have to try this with my daughter.

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      Adney john 23 months ago

      Great article which gave me a few ideas.

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      Tea tree essential oils mixed with the coconut oil helps remove them quicker

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      Casssie 23 months ago

      How long are you supposed to leave the bandaid on for?

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      Linda 23 months ago

      Another remedy that has been working for us is oil of oregano! It's been 2 weeks that we put it on my daughter's hand at night with a cotton ball and duct tape (regular bandaids kept falling off as the wart is in the palm of her hand) and it is working beautifully! We had previously tried the doctor sholes freezing, 7 times and had NO results.

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      Rachelle 23 months ago

      How does one go about doing this on an eyelid? Since a bandaid would not likely work in this area. Any suggestions

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      gary balkam 24 months ago

      I wouldn't recommend this for anything around the eyes or eye lids.. but.. for areas such as under arms, sides, stomach, etc... All you need is a small sharp pair of scissors, alcohol *or other sterilizing agent*, a cotton pad, make up pad, couple sheets of tissue or Kleenex and a little bit of nerve. Works for small skin tags - with one hand, pull up on the tag and twist slightly, hold for a few seconds. Snip off at the base with sterilized scissors. Apply cotton pad / tissue, etc and apply pressure for 2 to 15 minutes until any bleeding stops. Done and Done! Note: Do the 'snip' as quick as possible. Also do not use this 'do it yourself' method on areas with a lot of blood supply and thin skin.. such as genital areas.

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      Kären 2 years ago

      I have a skin tag that is in the way of my vision but so close to the eye ball that I am sure a band-aid could not be used. What then? Would the oil still work if open to air? Hard to suffocate. I have picture of it if I can add it somewhere here? Thanks for any help or suggestions.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      You know what-- I think I am going to give this coconut oil and bandaid trick a try. I have a tag on one eyelid and a couple of little warts under another eye. Hideous! I hope it works! Thank you for the post!

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      Marilyn 3 years ago

      For those small, longish skin tags, tie a piece of thread around the base VERY TIGHT. It might hurt for a split second, but tie a SQUARE knot, not a granny knot...those things slip, a square not does not slip. Leave it a few days and the tag will drop off.

      I don't think I would do this with a wart since they have such a large base. Also, before messing with a wart, be sure to have it checked by your dermatologist. And the cost of removal of a wart might be surprisingly cheap. The last time I had a growth removed from my back, he didn't charge any more than the office visit.

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      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA

      A wart has it's own blood supply, so as long as you are not in any pain, I'd say it's normal. You're killing off it's blood supply. You can also gently file it with a disposable nail file, then put the oil on and bandage it. It helps get the oil absorbed.

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      Blanca 3 years ago

      Just started this wart removal treatment last night and today, out of no where, the wart began to bleed. Is this normaL? I cleaned it with peroxide and reapplied and bandaged again. It doesn't hurt, nor does it itch, but when I remove bandage, to reapply, it bleeds. Just want to make sure this is part of the "killing the wart process". Any input is appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How to remove skin tags and warts on your genitals or other parts of your body naturally!Incredible suggestions here, and coconut oil is such a wonder oil for so many benefits. I used to think coconut oil is only for the hair now I learned so much more about his oil it truly amazing and one should have this oil at home.Sounds too easy to remove but worth a try. Voted up, useful.

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      somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Watch the movie Bourne Legacy if your interested in self removal techniques.

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      Wow...somethgblue...lesions and skin problems from past lives! That is an incredibly interesting view. Next hub...alien tracking, but I have no personal experience with this. Must research. ha!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Interesting. Will have to try it and see if it works.

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      somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      What about those annoying Alien tracking devices we abducted humans are always getting linking us to the Mother Ship? You didn't even mention that . . . what, do we get no respect or what?

      Really good article on a touchy subject, often times our reincarnated souls will bring physical memories from past lives and manifest them into our present vessels. This often leads to unwanted lesions and skin problems and to physical pain from past injuries.

      Thanks for the research.