I know how annoying it can be to have skin tags. At one time I had them on my neck, behind my ears and down my back. I tried all my options to get rid of my skin tags including this method with apple cider vinegar. Would this be the simple home remedy to get rid of skin tags? It seemed too good to be true, so I gave it a try.
There’s been so much information about apple cider vinegar published on the web and in videos. They all claim it has many benefits including lowering blood sugar, losing body fat, lowering cholesterol and killing harmful bacteria. Another benefit that many are claiming is removing skin tags. I searched for scientific data backing up this claim but couldn’t find published scientific results saying it’s effective for skin tag removal.
How Apple Cider Vinegar Caused Chemical Burns
I did find published studies claiming apple cider vinegar can damage your skin. One study (resource) published in 2015, by the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, showed how a teenage girl suffered a chemical burn on her nose skin. She read about a home remedy using apple cider vinegar to remove moles. She applied several drops of apple cider vinegar for three straight days covering the area with a bandage. By the second day she had irritation on her nose and a few days later her mole actually peeled off. The study doesn’t mention whether the chemical burn resulted in a scar.
Another case report published in The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2012 (resource), showed how a chemical burn formed after treatment with apple cider vinegar. A mother treated her 8 year old son who had a skin infection which resulted in small skin bumps. She soaked cotton balls with apple cider vinegar and placed them on the skin bumps. She covered it with a bandage and kept it on over night for about 8 hours. The next day the boy had a burning feeling and violet discoloration. The diagnosis was a chemical burn caused by apple cider vinegar.
My Results Using Apple Cider Vinegar On A Skin Tag
I researched skin tag removals with apple cider vinegar and found one I was comfortable trying. The reason why I was willing to risk a chemical burn, like in the studies noted above, is because the vinegar wouldn’t stay on for long. After checking out the exact method to treat my skin tags with apple cider vinegar, I decided to try it on one of my skin tags in a location not visible to others. It involved the following 4 steps:
Step #1 Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and secure it to your skin tag with a bandage.
Step #2 Remove it after 10 to 15 minutes.
Step #3 Wash the area with soap and warm water.
Step #4 Repeat daily until the skin tag dies and falls off.
I followed the exact method on my skin tag. After the first 4-5 days there was no difference in my skin tag or my skin. I continued trying this skin tag remedy for a total of 2 weeks. After the 2nd week the apple cider vinegar dried out my skin around the skin tag and made it feel irritated. Fearing a chemical burn, I immediately stopped the treatment.
Two weeks had passed, and my skin tag was completely unchanged. I treated the area with an ointment and the skin remained normal and seemed to recover just fine from the treatment. I concluded I didn’t suffer from any chemical burns because the apple cider vinegar was only on my skin for about 10 minutes. In addition, I immediately washed the skin after removing the vinegar.
Today, my skin tags are gone but it’s not because of the apple cider vinegar. If you want, try apple cider vinegar yourself and see if you have better luck, I do not recommend it. Or you can try another home remedy that is safe, natural and has removed some skin tags in just 3 days. Check out my blog post on this method by clicking right here.
How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help Prevent Skin Tags
Apple cider vinegar didn’t work on removing my skin tags when applied to the skin. But there is a way apple cider vinegar can help prevent skin tags which have to do with insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is proven to be associated with skin tags. It’s similar to how the Keto diet can help with skin tags. You can check out my blog post on that interesting topic by clicking right here.
In a 2010 study (resource), 98 different cases were studied where the participants had more than 5 skin tags each. They concluded the presence of multiple skin tags was strongly linked with insulin resistance. In another study (resource) of 216 people with skin tags, the results showed an association between having skin tags and impaired carbohydrate metabolism.
So how does apple cider vinegar help with insulin resistance and removing skin tags? It’s because apple cider vinegar has been shown to help with insulin resistance. A study (resource) published by the American Diabetes Association, showed how consuming apple cider vinegar improved insulin sensitivity and reduced fluctuations in blood sugar and insulin levels. Another study (resource) showed a reduction in blood sugar levels by people who consumed apple cider vinegar for 8-12 weeks.
In addition, vinegar has been shown to improve insulin function and lower blood sugar levels after eating a meal (resources 1,2). Another study (resource) showed how taking vinegar at bedtime lowered glucose concentrations in people with type 2 diabetes.
If you’re interested in a skin tag video about using apple cider vinegar, you can watch it and other skin tag videos on my YouTube channel by clicking right here.
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