How to Remove Skin Tags Safely, According to Dermatologists

If you’re curious about how to remove skin tags at home, or more importantly, how to cut off skin tags painlessly, you’re not alone.

As many as 60% of adults will develop one of the harmless little skin growths in their lifetime.1 Translation: You’re more likely than not to end up with one of these suckers somewhere on your body—common locations include your neck, armpits, groin, or under-boob area

The proper (Latin) name for a skin tag is an acrochordon, if you want to sound really fancy when you bring it up to your doctor (which you should in some cases—more on that later).

Okay, now that we’ve geeked out on medical terminology, let’s get to the juicy stuff: All of your burning skin tag removal questions, answered by top-notch skin doctors. (Because the fact that skin tags are totally normal doesn’t make them any less annoying.)

“Skin tags are fleshy overgrowths of skin that typically develop along the neck, groin, and the underarms,” Joshua Zeichner,

What causes skin tags, exactly?

MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research at the Mount Sinai Department of Dermatology in New York City, tells SELF. Like warts, they grow out of your skin on a stalk and contain their own blood supply but little innervation.

For those of you hoping to learn how to remove skin tags yourself, unfortunately, the chances are slim that you can successfully and safely get rid of them, according to the experts we talked to.

Can I remove skin tags at home safely?

“Despite big promises, the at-home creams do not deliver,” Dr. Zeichner says. Ditto for at-home freezing agents, Dr. Evans says