Introduction And Background
This generation is very in tune with their skin and all the information that has to do with it. The older generation was only aware of a few things but with technology and word now spreading easily to the farthest corner of the Earth, it is fairly easy to share knowledge. However, no matter how much knowledge has been spread people are still in the confusion of what skin tags are. They are still unaware of what it looks like and almost eighty percent of the people get a frantic worry when they see skin tags on their skin because they donâ€™t really know what they are. Hopefully this article will resolve it all.
What Are Skin Tags?
Skin tags are actually small flaps of skin. They are not part of the actual skin but grow later in life due to reasons you will read later. They are hardly the size of a fingernail although that can vary and they are visible to the eye. Some of the skin tags are so small and clustered sometimes that women, especially, often mistake them for being wrinkles. Only when the flaps take a darker color do they realize that theyâ€™ve got skin tags and not wrinkles.
Some Common Causes Of Skin Tags
Skin tags do not have many causes. In fact, the common causes of skin tags being formed all follow down to the same thing; friction. Friction of the skin against skin or skin against clothes is the main reason for the formation of these tags. This is also the reason that most of the skin tags are found in the fold or creases or even the wrinkles of the skin. This is also the reason why old people and obese people are at a higher risk of getting skin tags. They both have folds and layers of skin as old peopleâ€™s skin sags and obese people generally develop tires. Thus, their skin tag formation is pretty predictable. Another common cause of skin tag formation is genetics. Sometimes it does not take friction but you grow the skin tags anyway because they run in the family. It has to do with genes and blood vessels but in that case, you are not to blame. Skin tags risk increase if a person is obese, diabetic or old.
Types Of Skin Tags
There are no â€˜typesâ€™ of skin tags, just to be clear. They are only of one form and their sizes can vary but other than that they are not really categorized into being of any type.
Where Can Skin Tags Grow?
Skin tags grow on the skin so basically that would mean they can grow anywhere! But they arise in areas of friction which are most commonly in the Axillary region which is the armpits and around the neck, near the eyelids and even in the genital areas. Some of the skin tags are even commonly found on the stomach, especially of obese people. Women also get them on the cheeks if they have wrinkles. However, do not mistake this sentence to be a sign toward any gender preference. Skin tags effect men and women at the equal ratio.
Are Skin Tags Harmful?
There is a reaction that most people get after developing skin tags and that is screaming and running to the doctor. Since the appearance of skin tags is abnormal and highly displeasing to the eye, most of the people start to think they have some cancerous growth which usually ends up with the doctor telling them that they only have skin tags. Skin tags are harmless. They do not hurt and neither do they provide any kind of danger to your body. The only reason people donâ€™t like skin tags are because they are not good to look at and make a person conscious. Otherwise, there is really nothing to worry about with skin tags.
Removal Of Skin Tags
As said above, skin tags are really harmless but people want them removed. Thankfully, there are many ways of removing skin tags which range from going to the doctor to doing your own procedures right at home. If the skin tags are at a sensitive area such as near the eyelids or in the genital region, it is better to go to the doctor and have them removed. However, if any other areas then there are a lot of home remedies which work wonderfully and will probably save you a lot of money by escaping the doctorâ€™s visit!
The common causes of skin tags you now know along with knowing that there are not types of skin tags. There are only skin tags and thatâ€™s it. Along with this, you are also aware of the removal and how skin tags are not harmful. Also know this that removing a skin tag does not cause more skin tags to grow. This is a common misconception.