Review: Skin Tag Removal Kit

Quick Review: I’ve removed two skin tags using a skin tag removal kit. The kit I used was cheap and easy to use. Both my skin tags came off after about one week after applying the band and it was a fairly painless experience.

Overall Rating

There are a number of different methods that can be used to remove skin tags. After a fair bit of research, I went with the band method. The band method basically involves putting a very tight band at the bottom of the skin tag and then waiting until the skin tag falls off.

Where To Buy Skin Removal Kits

Amazon (of course) has loads of different types of band removal kits. Pretty much all of them get good feedback from previous customers.

I went with the Oakridge skin tag remover

Many of the UK high street chemists, like Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy, only have the Cryotag skin tag remover and not band remover kits.

Why I Went With Oakridge Skin Tag Remover

There isn’t much difference between the different branded skin tag remover kits. I ended up going with the Oakridge skin tag remover for a couple of reasons.

  1. I had two skin tags; one was large and one was very small. The Oakridge had different-sized bands for little and large skin tags included. Many of the other kits only had bands for one size.

  2. The large skin tag on my hip, was towards the back of my body, which made it difficult for me to access. The Oakridge kit comes with a band applicator, which makes it much easier to apply the band
skin tag kit
Contents Of Skin Tag Kit

Do Skin Tag Removal Kits Work

Yes, I managed to remove both of my skin tags using a skin tag removal kit. 

The small skin tag (probably only 2mm wide) was completely painless, and there was no scarring.

The large skin tag (about 5mm wide) was also successfully removed. However, it wasn’t quite as simple as removing the small skin tag.

Are Skin Tag Removal Kits Painful 

Yes and No. Removing my small tag was completely painless. There was a slight pinch feeling when I first applied the band, but after a few minutes, that went away.

Removing the large tag was slightly more painful. Like the small tag when the band was first applied, it pinched. That feeling lasted for a few hours. It was more discomfort than pain. Also, due to the location of my large tag, it rubbed on my clothes, causing it to get sore.

Problems With Skin Tag Removal Kits

Ultimately, the skin tag removal kit did the job and removed both of my skin tags. However, I did encounter a few minor problems:

  1. Band Slip-Off – I found that the band would slip off my small skin tag and I had to replace it a couple of times on the first day. To stop it from slipping off, I applied a small amount of superglue to the band so it would stick to the bottom of my skin tag.

  2. Sore – Because the large skin tag was located on my hip, it would rub against my clothes, causing it to get sore. I rubbed on some Savlon cream and put a waterproof plaster over the tag, which sorted the problem.

  3. Change Band Size – After about 4 days, the (large) band on the large tag felt a little loose. This was because what was a large tag was starting to become a small tag. I removed the large band and popped on the smaller band.
Skin Tag Band
Skin Tag Removal Band At Bottom Of Skin Tag

How Long Did It Take For The Skin Tags To Fall Off

My small tag fell off after about 4 days and the large skin tag fell off after about 7 days. Reading through customer feedback on Amazon, I can see that the amount of time can vary from 2 days to 2 weeks. 

Any Scarring Or Marks

There are no visible signs where the small tag was. Where the big skin tag was there is a small red mark. I’m not sure if this is going to stay forever or if it will slowly disappear over time. I’d much rather have a small red mark than the skin tag.

UPDATE (January 2024): The small red mark is now even smaller. It is more of a small dark-coloured mark now that is hardly visible. Hopefully, in another 6 months time it will be completely gone

Conclusion: Skin Tag Removal Kit

Based on my experience, I would highly recommend skin tag removal kits. They are easy to use, cheap and work well. I used the Oakridge skin tag remover kit, which worked very well. 



Frequently Asked Questions: Skin Tags

What is a skin tag?

A skin tag, medically known as an acrochordon, is a small, soft, flesh-coloured or slightly darker benign growth that typically appears on the skin’s surface. Skin tags are composed of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by skin. They often form in areas of the body where skin rubs against skin or clothing

Skin tags are very common and generally harmless, posing no medical threat. They vary in size from a few millimetres up to 5 centimetres in diameter in some extreme cases. 

Skin tag band on a mole?

Using a skin tag removal band on a mole is definitely not recommended. Skin tag removal bands work by cutting off the blood supply to the skin tag, causing it to fall off over time. This method is specifically designed for skin tags, not for moles.

Applying a skin tag removal band on a mole could potentially cause irritation, infection or interfere with the evaluation of the mole’s nature, whether it is benign or cancerous. Especially if it undergoes changes in size, shape, or colour, which are signs that require medical attention.

Skin band not working?

If a skin tag removal band is not working as expected, there could be several reasons for this. Here are a few things to consider:

  1. Incorrect Application: The band must be tight enough to cut off the blood supply to the skin tag effectively.

  2. Skin Tag’s Base: The band needs to be located at the very bottom of the skin tag and needs to stay in place. I used some super glue to keep a band in place that kept coming off

  3. Type of Lesion: Ensure that what you are trying to remove is indeed a skin tag. Bands are not suitable for moles, warts etc

  4. Time: Have you given the band enough time to work? All skin tags are different, some may come off in a few days others can take a few weeks


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