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Skin tags are small growths that are most often found on or around the neck, armpit and knees. Their appearance can be anything from a small circular bump, to a large flap of skin. While the exact cause is currently unknown, we do know of many effective treatments. In almost all cases, skin tags can be safely removed at home. A common home remedy is clear nail polish, which works by essentially suffocating the skin tag, causing it to die.

Brush just enough clear nail polish on the skin tag to completely cover it. Try not to get it on the surrounding skin. Let the polish dry. It is best to do this in the morning.

Apply a second coat of clear polish on the skin tag in the evening. This will ensure the entire skin tag is covered with polish.

Remove the polish from the skin tag the following morning. Dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover and rub it on the skin tag until all of the polish comes off. It is best not to have too much buildup when applying a new coat of polish.

Brush a coat of nail polish on the skin tag once all of the nail polish remover dries. Apply a second coat in the evening.

Repeat steps 1 to 4 every day for 2 weeks or until the skin tag is gone.


  • See a doctor if the skin tag does not die off after 2 weeks.