Skin tags can form just about anywhere on your body. While they aren’t a medical concern, they can still be bothersome. Finding a skin tag on the nipple can be a frightening experience. Some may think that they are developing a form of breast cancer or other ailments. You can just one skin tag on the nipple or several. Skin tags are benign though and shouldn’t be a cause for concern. This doesn’t alleviate the issue, however, and it’s something that you want to get rid of. Having skin tags on the nipple can not only cause discomfort, but it can also lower your self-esteem, especially if you are in a relationship.
How to Get Rid of a Skin Tag on the Nipple
Skin tags can be medically removed, but these options can be expensive. The more skin tags on the nipple that you have, the more it can cost. This is why so many people turn to home remedies and over-the-counter products that remove them. Depending on where the skin tag is, you will need to be very careful. One natural skin tag removal remedy that I’ve found works well is Apothecary Tea Tree Oil.
We’ll also go over a couple of our top picks for skin tag removal products a bit later. First, let’s take a closer look at how skin tags on the nipple form and what can be done about them.
Around 50% of individuals will end up with a skin tag during some stage in their lives. Most skin tags will be the color of your skin, and some will be darker-toned, red, or black.
A black skin tag is no cause to worry, however, because this means the skin tag is dying off. This occurs when the skin tag twists, cutting off oxygen. A dying skin tag will fall off by itself within a few weeks.
What Causes Skin Tags on the Nipple?
We know that skin tags form in areas where the skin rubs against itself. Skin tags that form on the nipple are common in women who are pregnant. It’s a result of weight gain, where the stomach is larger and can rub against the breasts. Sometimes skin tags form due to the breasts becoming larger and rubbing on bras that don’t quite fit any longer. Women who breastfeed can also develop skin tags on the nipple as a result of the constant friction from the baby suckling.
Another cause of skin tags on the nipple is nipple piercings, where the piercing is constantly rubbing on the nipple, causing it to become irritated and forming a skin tag.
How You Can Removing Skin Tags
Surgically Cutting Off Skin Tags
One way that people choose to remove a skin tag is by cutting it off, usually with a nail clipper. However, with skin tags on the nipple, this is not recommended. Cutting off a skin tag causes a lot of bleeding and pain. In most cases, you can develop an infection as well as scarring. It’s not something that you want to happen.
Skin tags should be surgically removed by a doctor. While this option costs more than cutting a skin tag off yourself, it ensures the skin tag has been removed correctly. It also lessens the risk of infection.
Using Essential Oils
If you want to go the way of natural remedies, Australian tea tree essential oil is a good option. You will need to dilute the tea tree oil with a carrier oil or a couple of drops of water. You can then apply this to the skin tag directly. This should be done three times a day until you start to see results. It can take between 3 to 6 weeks before you see results.
Pro Tip: You should test for any allergic reactions to Australian tea tree oil before you apply it to a skin tag. This can be done by applying it to a sensitive area of the body. Behind the ears is a good place to test this. Should the test area become overly sensitive, you should stop the treatment and not apply this to the skin tags on the nipple.
Tying Off Skin Tags
Another option for removing skin tags on the nipple is by tying it off. It’s an option that works well, even in an area as sensitive as the nipple. The way it works is by taking some string or floss and tightly winding it around the skin tag. Skin tags need oxygen to grow, and this blocks the flow of oxygen to the skin tag. When the skin tag begins to shrivel up change color you will know that it’s working. The area can start to weep and become tender, so you do need to take some care when doing this.
You can also get an over-the-counter kit for tying off skin tags. One good product is the TagBand Skin Removal Device.
Best Over-the-counter Skin Tag Removal Methods
There are a number of ways that you can remove a skin tag on the nipple that won’t cause you too much discomfort. I’ve found these two products to be the best out of the many products out there.
H-Skin Tags Formula
From my own experience, H-Skin Tags Formula is one of the top products on the market that treats skin tags. It’s an all-natural option that has no side effects. You apply the formula topically to the area that has been affected. The formula doesn’t cause any pain or scarring. It works for skin tags of all types and in all areas of the body, including sensitive ones like the groin and underarms.
The ingredients that are used are high quality and they are absorbed into the skin tag quickly, helping to shrivel the skin tag up. H-Skin Tags Formula uses homeopathic ingredients. The active ingredients are Calendula officinalis, and Thuja occidentilis, both known for their skin tag removing properties, as well as their antibacterial effects.
Using either a cotton swab or your finger, you apply the formula topically, directly on the skin tag. It’s a highly concentrated formula, which means you will only need a few drops for each application. Once applied, it gets to work immediately. In one to two weeks you will start to see results.
Another great product for skin tag removal is HaloDerm’s Advanced Skin tag Remover. This comes in a cream formula and you get a generous supply that can remove up to 5 skin tags. The main ingredients in this formula are Sanguinaria Canadensis extract, also known as bloodroot, and zinc chloride.
It claims that it can remove skin tags in about 8 hours after a single application. However, this time frame will vary depending on the skin tags’ size. In most cases, you will see a difference within 24 hours.
The cream can cause a bit of stinging when first applied and you need to take care that you don’t get it on the surrounding healthy skin.
Will Health Insurance Cover the Cost of Skin Tag Removal?
Unfortunately, skin tag removal isn’t covered by health insurance because it’s classed as a cosmetic treatment and not a necessary one. Depending on the doctor, there are different ways that can be used to remove skin tags on the nipple. You can also opt to remove them at home, but you will need to consider things like the health of the nipple and the size and placement of the skin tag. Never try to remove a skin tag if you have an infection.
So, we’ve gone over some of the best ways to get rid of skin tags on the nipple. The options above do work, but be sure to follow all of the removal instructions correctly. Also, while a treated skin tag will normally change color, be sure to keep an eye on the skin surrounding it for any changes or tenderness. If your skin tag has become infected, be sure to see your doctor right away.