As we age, our skin undergoes lots of changes. From dry patches and fine lines to dark spots and rosacea, caring for our epidermis can feel like a full-time job. Luckily, there’s an easy way to treat one of the more annoying realities of aging: skin tags. These fleshy bumps can occur at any age, but are most common in people ages 60 and over. And although they are benign, they can be unsightly. The answer? An at-home skin tag remover!
We’ve rounded up the best-reviewed skin tag removers to get your skin smooth and ready for summer — without the hassle of visiting a dermatologist. From topical creams to high-tech devices, these products will clear things up in no time. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks to find the best skin tag remover for you.
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Where to buy: $69.94, Amazon
For the most advanced over-the-counter skin tag treatment, turn to the Claritag. Developed by dermatologists with the same freezing technology used in most offices, this tool uses foam treatment pads that are activated with liquid cooling gas to freeze skin tags off. For each skin tag you want to remove, place two treatment pads in the head of the device, click it into its included base to activate the cooling gas, and place the device over the skin tag you want to remove to squeeze and freeze it. Over the next couple of days, the skin tag will begin to change colors, eventually falling off — naturally — within seven to 14 days.
Gushed one happy purchaser, “This product did an outstanding job of removing my skin tag. The instructions were very easy to understand [and] use and worked as stated. Within 10 days, the skin tag was removed with no side effects. It didn’t hurt at all, with just very minor discomfort. I plan to continue to use this product and highly recommend it. I have used many other products … and recommended home mixtures off Youtube. This is the only one that worked.”
For a complete step-by-step look at the Claritag, check out this informational video.
Where to buy: $49.97, Amazon
The premiere do-it-yourself topical skin tag remover, CompoundW‘s system uses a pinpoint-precision applicator to freeze skin tags instantly with a specially-formulated solution of dimethyl ether and propane (an over-the-counter substitute for the liquid nitrogen used in doctor’s offices). To ensure safe and effective skin tag removal, this kit comes with “TagTarget” skin shields, which are essentially circle-shaped stickers that protect your surrounding skin, leaving only the skin tag visible to avoid irritation.
One reviewer said this remover, “works like a charm” while another called it, “easy to use and effective.”
A word of caution: Applying this solution to anywhere besides the skin tag can lead to serious skin damage.
Where to buy: $36.95, Amazon
For a cream solution to your skin tags, try HaloDerm’s advanced skin tag remover. This homeopathic formula is a safe and effective way to make skin tags disappear, drying them up at the root and turning them into a scab that will fall off naturally in a week to 10 days. Gentle and acid-free, this cream can be used on any area of the body, and with a 100 percent money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose — except your skin tag!
One satisfied customer wrote, “I never write reviews, and I have tried other skin tag removal products with no success. This stuff removed a large skin tag in three days!”
Where to buy: $19.95, Amazon
If creams and topical treatments aren’t for you, you can take a more tactical approach with the TagBand skin removal kit. TagBand works by cutting the blood supply to the skin tag off as it slips a tiny rubber band around it, thereby causing it to shrink, change color, and eventually shrivel off. While the average skin tag removal time is around one week, some have seen their skin tags fall off in just a couple of days!
“Amazing! I had several large and unsightly skin tags which I thought I was just going to have to live with for the rest of my life. I happened upon this product and it removed all of them quickly and easily. There was slight discomfort, like a pinch, for the first 24 hours or so, but after that, I really didn’t feel any pain. My tags all came off within a week, most of them sooner. None of my skin tags have grown back. This is an ingenious product and I would highly recommend!”
Where to buy: $26.95, Amazon
Designed to target smaller, difficult-to-treat skin tags, TagBand’s baby sister, the Micro TagBand skin tag pen, was created to work just like its larger counterpart, sliding an even tinier rubber band around little skin tags. To use, slide one of the rubber bands around the base of the pen and click the pen to release it around the growth you want to remove. This easy-to-hold pen makes precision targeting a breeze, banding off even the tiniest of skin tags with ease.
One user called this system a “self-esteem and wallet saver,” writing, “I had an unsightly skin tag that was in an awkward spot. I am so happy I want to cry!“
This article originally appeared on our sister site, FirstForWomen.