The groin area may be a hidden area, so the appearance of a skin tag or a cluster of skin tags shouldn’t be a big deal. But these growths can be annoying in a number of ways.
It’s important to know that skin tags are benign and harmless growths. They are simply tiny skin extensions or protrusions that look like sacs or pouches, attached to the skin by an even tinier stalk of flesh. Inside these pouches are collagen fibers and blood vessels. They are not cancerous and pose no health risks.
They may become irritated and even infected if they’re frequently exposed to friction, or rubbing against another skin surface or clothing. They may also get snagged accidentally on fabric, or even caught in a fingernail when the area is scratched. And needless to say, they are unpleasant to look at, especially if they grow bigger than normal or appear in clusters. If they appear in the groin area, one might feel extremely self-conscious when being intimate with their partner.
Skin tag removal isn’t usually a medical necessity; a doctor may recommend it for an irritated/infected skin tag. But a lot of people want a skin tag removed for cosmetic reasons. Skin tags in the groin area can prove tricky to remove, especially on your own. Read on to find out more about how to deal with this problem.
Natural Skin Tag Removal in the Groin Area
Because the groin area -specifically the underwear line- is a sensitive area, you should take extra precautions when treating skin tags at home. Using natural products is always a good option.
Oregano Oil and Coconut Oil
Oregano oil is relatively safe to use in the groin area, particularly for treating skin tags in the underwear line. This essential oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, antimelanomic, and antiseptic properties that not only help with skin tag removal but also with skin healing.
Depending on the frequency of application and the size/number of skin tag/s, treatment period typically lasts about 2 to 4 weeks; it can be longer for bigger skin tags. Mix 2 to 3 drops of oregano oil with 4 to 6 drops of coconut oil. Use a cotton swab to gently dab the oil on the skin tag. You can also use a medicine dropper.
For better skin absorption, you can lightly massage/rub the area after applying the oil mixture. Just make sure not to rub or knead too hard, or you might end up irritating the skin tag/s. The oregano oil will help dry out the skin tag and, after a few weeks, the skin tag should fall off on its own.
Tea Tree Oil
This oil has been a popular natural remedy for thousands of years. It has powerful antiseptic properties – antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral – which makes it highly effective in healing a variety of skin conditions.
Treatment with tea tree oil involves applying the oil to the skin tag/s two to three times a day. Use a cotton swab to avoid soaking healthy skin with the oil if you already have extremely dry skin. You can cover the area with a band-aid or gauze to make sure the oil does not get wiped away and to facilitate better skin absorption. The skin tag should fall off after about 3 to 6 weeks.
As a natural acid, lemon juice works effectively in destroying skin tag cells. But it can also cause irritation in your intimate areas if you’re not careful. You must practice extra care when applying lemon juice to the skin tags on your underwear line. It is best to do the treatment in the bathroom where you can easily wash off any lemon juice that might get on your genitals.
Soak a cotton swab in lemon juice and apply directly to the skin tag/s. Allow 5 to 10 minutes for the skin tag/s to absorb the juice. You don’t need to wash off the area after. Repeat the treatment three times a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties. It contains acetic acid and alpha-hydroxy acids, which make it a natural exfoliant. This treatment is not recommended for use on dry and/or sensitive skin as it can cause a chemical burn if not used properly or used in excess. That being said, apple cider vinegar will effectively slough off skin tag cells, layer by layer, until it dies and falls off naturally.
Again, make sure not to get any of the vinegar on your genitals. Apply the vinegar after washing your intimate area with water. Soak a cotton swab with the vinegar and gently rub it over the skin tag; don’t forget the skin tag stalk. You might feel some stinging sensation. Allow 15 minutes for the vinegar to be thoroughly absorbed. Repeat the process three times a day.
Why Do Skin Tags Form?
Skin tags typically appear in areas of the body with creases and skin folds, such as the eyelids, neck, underarms, and groin. Experts theorize that this suggests that skin rubbing against skin (or clothing) can lead to the development of skin tags.
This theory is also supported by the fact that overweight and obese individuals are prone to skin tags, especially in areas of their body with extra skin folds.
Hormones are also a likely culprit. The hormonal changes that pregnant and menopausal women experience, for example, have been associated with a higher incidence of skin tags.
Age and genetics are also contributing factors. As you age, the skin loses elasticity which results in more creases and folds in the skin. And if skin tags run in your family, then there is a high likelihood that you get at least one in your lifetime.
Are Skin Tags in the Groin Area a Cause for Concern?
Regardless of where they appear, skin tags pose no health risks. Some skin tags, however, may be more prone to friction, chafing, and irritation because of their location. The groin area, particularly the underwear line, experiences frequent skin-to-skin and skin-to-fabric friction. So skin tags that develop here are more likely to cause discomfort and pain and become irritated.
Having skin tags in this area may also affect your intimate relationship. Especially if your skin tag is big or one of many, it can affect your self-esteem.
If you are considering removing skin tags in your groin area yourself, make sure that you only use safe and natural products. The proximity of the underwear line to the genitals means you’ll have to take extra care when applying any kind of treatment to a skin tag. If possible, consult a doctor so you can receive recommendations on the best removal methods and get proper instructions.