Skin tags can be an irritating part of your body. Fortunately, these tags on your skin can be treated at home so they can be removed without the use of chemically-based treatments or going to the doctor’s office when you have an irritating or painful tag somewhere on your body. Essential oils are an effective treatment for tags found anywhere on your skin and can be easily used at home. Since I struggle with these tags myself, I wanted to share my experiences with using these oils as a natural remedy. When you have tags on your skin, there are a number of oils that can be used to treat them naturally.
The Top 8 Essential Oils for Skin Tags
1. Frankincense Essential Oil
With a long history of use and applications, frankincense oil is well-known for its benefits to health. Frankincense essential oil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which make it one of the best oils to naturally treat tags on your skin. Applying the oil, which comes from frankincense resin, dries out the skin tag, allowing it to fall off more quickly. Since frankincense oil is potent, it is recommended that the oil must be diluted with a carrier, such as coconut oil, to make it milder. Mix 5-8 drops of frankincense oil with a small amount of the carrier oil (approximately two teaspoons) and apply directly to the skin tag daily to help it fall off more quickly. (1)
2. Tea Tree Oil
Commonly found in shampoos and conditioners because of its benefits to hair and scalp health, tea tree oil also has antiseptic properties as well as acting as a disinfectant. As a result, it acts as a powerful astringent, which dries out the skin tag to let it fall off on its own more quickly. Prior to applying the essential oil, it’s recommended that the healthy skin surrounding the skin tag be protected with a moisturizer. Otherwise, the healthy skin may become irritated and dried out from the tea tree oil. Then, apply the tea tree oil to a cotton ball and tape it to the skin tag for the best results. (2)
3. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is an anti-fungal essential oil. It has shown great success in removing tags on the skin almost instantly. However, since oregano oil is so potent, it is not recommended that it be applied directly to the skin. Instead, it can be made into an ointment for application on the skin tag. Melt approximately three tablespoons of raw shea butter in a double boiler. Remove the melted butter from the heat and allow it to cool for a couple of minutes. Add 10-15 drops of the oil of oregano to the mixture, then pour the mixture into an amber glass jar. After the mixture sits for an hour, it’s ready to be used on your skin tag. (3)
4. Lemon Oil
Lemon oil is another powerful astringent, making it useful for drying tags out to help them fall off more quickly. Lemon oil is frequently used in healthcare products as well as cleaning products. The properties in lemon oil make it effective for a wide range of uses in the home and on the body. Besides, its fresh scent is invigorating and refreshing. However, since lemon oil is photosensitive, it’s important to protect skin from the sun after using it. Avoid going out in the sun immediately after applying the lemon oil to your skin tag. Mix lemon oil with coconut oil and apply it to the skin tag daily to remove it. (4)
5. Rosemary Essential Oil
Though rosemary is typically thought of as being used in food for seasoning and aroma, its oil has many applications outside of the kitchen, as well. Along with being an astringent, rosemary essential oil has antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. This helps the oil fight microbes that keep the tags in place, which helps them fall off more quickly. That’s why rosemary essential oil mixed with aloe vera is frequently used when tags on the skin are irritated. To use rosemary essential oil to remove tags on the skin, combine approximately a teaspoon of aloe vera gel with 5-7 drops of rosemary essential oil. Apply this mixture to the tag on your skin daily to help remove it more quickly. (5)
Lavender flowers are beautiful and have a relaxing and lovely scent. Many people keep lavender flowers in their homes and gardens for this reason. As a result of the delicate scent of the flowers, lavender is frequently used in body care products for the scent as well as the other beneficial properties. Lavender essential oil has a lot of valuable healing properties. The soothing scent is used to ease anxiety and help people sleep. However, it’s also effective against tags on your skin and other skin blemishes. Lavender oil can be mixed with water in a spray bottle. Spritz the mixture on the skin tag to soothe irritation and help the skin tag fall off more quickly. (6)
7. Sweet Basil Essential Oil
Sweet basil is not typically thought of as beneficial to the body, but it is. Like oregano and rosemary oils, sweet basil is powerful for healing tags and other blemishes on the skin. Sweet basil essential oil is antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial. In addition to tags on the skin, it can be used on moles, acne, and warts. Sweet basil oil is more versatile for blemish removal than some other oils, making it effective when combined with other skincare oils. It’s recommended that the basil oil should be mixed with castor oil and lavender essential oil to be most effective. Applying a tiny amount of the oil to the skin tag can get the best results. (7)
8. Rose Hip Seed Oil
Rose Hips are used in a variety of products. Rose hip tea and rose hip jelly are delicious, and they are good ways to get the benefits of the plant into your body. Rose hip seed oil is commonly used in skin care because of its high levels of vitamin C and fatty acids that help care for and rejuvenate the skin. Also, the oil has a lovely scent that can be soothing when applied to the skin. Mix the rose hip seed oil with a carrier oil, like castor oil, and apply to the skin tag multiple times a day to dry out the tag on your skin so it can fall off naturally. (8)
As someone who struggles with tags on my skin, I have a lot of experience using different oils to treat these tags at home. Since tags on the skin can be common, I wanted an effective, natural treatment for them that didn’t involve chemically-based solutions and going to the doctor every time I found a tag on my body that needed to be removed. Using oils offers me that type of solution.
In my experience, all of the different oils have been useful, but some have been more effective than others. For example, the lavender oil was slower-acting than the tea tree oil for removing tags on the skin of approximately the same size. Finding the right oils that worked with my skin took a little trial and error.
After I found essential oils that worked for me, I began experimenting with mixing different oils in one solution. This gave me the advantage of the multiple beneficial properties of the oils and finding a scent in the oil mixtures that I liked having on my skin every day. I was also able to mix some of the slower-acting blends with more quickly-acting oils to be more effective at dissolving the tags on my skin.
Since many of the oils have multiple uses, it’s beneficial to create a mixture that I can use on my tags that also has other benefits. Lavender oil mixed with water can be an effective room freshener as well as working on tags on the skin. The multiple uses of oils make me feel like I’m getting a lot of value from the oils and their uses in my life.
I plan to continue using oils to treat the tags on my skin at home for as long as they work for me. Since these oils have so many uses, I recommend that they are used for as much as possible, contributing to your overall health and wellness through the use of these natural products. With the proper use of the oils, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you get the results you want!
Precautions for Tags and Treatment
- Even though tags on the skin can be treated effectively at home, there are a few precautions you should be aware of before you start applying your essential oil mixtures.
- Typically, tags found on the skin are harmless. They are usually only removed by physicians if they are irritating to the patient.
- Even though tags on the body are usually harmless, it’s important to monitor your skin health by a dermatologist regularly, which should include an examination of any tags you have found.
- Do not cut off or pull of tags or other skin blemishes on your own. This can cause pain and damage to the skin. Instead, they should be treated so they can fall off naturally.
- Many oils are potent. Be sure to mix your oils with a carrier oil, such as castor or coconut oil, before applying it to the tag on your skin.
- When using oils to treat tags on the skin, pay attention to the reaction of your skin to the oils. Some people are sensitive to certain types of oils. If you have a reaction, you should remove the oil immediately.
The Bottom Line
Did you enjoy this list of oils that can be used to treat skin tags at home? As you can see from my own experiences, I’ve had a lot of success. By sharing these experiences, I hope you can get at-home treatment for the tags on your skin and avoid chemically-based treatments or expensive doctors’ visits to find relief.