One of the most common questions I have been asked regarding skin tag removal is whether you can use wart removing treatment.  Before I go further, a skin tag itself is harmless.  However, they can cause stress and embarrassment to those who have them.  It’s like suddenly getting a zit on your nose right before a date or big interview.  You become extremely self-conscious of it and it can cause you stress.  So, people with skin tags look for ways to get rid of them.

Let’s go back to the original question.  Can you really use a wart removing remedy to get rid of a skin tag?  The answer is yes..and no.  Not all wart removers will work on skin tag removal.  So it’s really down to using the right one, which I’ll go over in this article.

Wart Removers That Won’t Work

First, let’s look at the wart removers that won’t work for skin tag removal.  Wart treatments that are aimed at treating plantar and common warts will not work for removing skin tags.  One of the first things you need to do is check those labels!  If it specifically says that it is not for use on skin tags or moles, then put it back on the shelf.  This includes products like Compound W, Wartner, and Bazuka.

There will always be some who try these out anyway.  There has been a mix of cases where some saw results with skin tag removal using the above-mentioned products.

What I have found, however, is that using those treatments took skin tag removal a lot longer.  Some had experienced a sensation of burning while using them.  Even worse, some had more severe symptoms occur, such as irritation, swelling, and pain. In many of these cases, the skin tag remained in place as well.

Wart Removers That Will Work

Now let’s look at the wart remover remedies that do work for removing skin tags.  The secret here is down to a specific ingredient found in the wart remover remedy.  Check those labels and look for salicylic acid topical.  This is what helps remove skin tags.  Salicylic acid is derived from willow trees.

The reason that salicylic acid works so well is that it destroys healthy skin.  I know that sounds counterproductive but bear with me.  Both skin tags and warts, regardless of how ugly they appear to be, still fall under the classification of healthy skin.  The salicylic acid works by softening and loosening the skin tag.  This makes it far easier to remove.  In some instances, they will even fall off on their own.

Wart removers that contain this ingredient can be found as gels, lotions, and pads.  Some of these products include Duofilm, Skin Tag & Wart Remover Kit, and Dr. Scholl’s Dual Action.

ProductCustomer ReviewsWorksSpeedPrice Range
Tea Tree Oil for eyelid skin tag removalApothecary Extract’s Tea Tree Oil8.5/10Average$$
Micro TagBand Skin Tag Removal Kit9/10Fast$$
HaloDerm Advanced Mole & Skin Tag Remover8/10Average$$$
SkinPro Extreme Skin Tag Remover7/10Slow$$$
BuyNaturally Skin Tag Wart Remover Kit7.5/10Average$$$
Pristine Wart Mole Vanish8.5/10Fast$$$

How to Apply a Wart Remover for Skin Tags

Before I go into how to use a wart remover for getting rid of those skin tags, I need to stress something.  It’s advisable for you to consult with a dermatologist or your doctor first.  The reason for this is that you want to be absolutely positive that it’s a skin tag you have and not something else, like a mole.

Now let’s get down to removing those skin tags!  You will need to prep first so that you get the best results and are applying the remedy safely.  Make sure you thoroughly wash the area of the skin tag and dry it completely.  Your next step is to carefully apply the treatment to the skin tag, avoiding the skin surrounding it.  This is especially important for sensitive areas, such as around the groin or eyelids.

You will need to apply this treatment a few times before you see results.  In many cases, it will be necessary to apply the wart remover one to two times per day.  Some of these treatments come as a pad or bandage that you place over the area.  If you are using one of these, make sure that you change the pad/bandage as advised on the products’ instructions.

Natural Wart Remover Remedies

Some of you may not want to use over the counter wart remover treatments, which is fine!  There are some natural remedies for removing warts that also work for removing skin tags.  Two of these natural remedies that are quite popular are Dandelion Stem juice and Tea Tree Oil.

So, we have learned that not all wart removers will get rid of skin tags.  Salicylic acid is the ingredient to look for that will do the job.   Just be sure that you check all of the label, ingredients, and warning on the over the counter wart remover you are choosing.

I do recommend that you be patient using this method.  The wart remover treatments can take between a few days to a couple of weeks before they work.  Should a remedy that you are using starts to cause irritation or worsening of the skin tag, stop using it immediately and consult with your doctor or dermatologist.