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Skin Tags – The ABCs…

Introduction and background

Skin tags are benign growths of skin. They are flesh-colored and protrude from the skin surface by a small stalk-like structure. They generally affect adults rather than children. Skin tags can occur anywhere on the body, but they are more prone to appear in the underarm area, neck, eyelids and upper chest area. Hormone treatments elevate the chances of getting a skin tag. Skin tags are easily removed and cause no health risk. When identifying a growth of skin, it’s important to remember that skin tags typically grow in characteristic parts of the body. Skin tags typically have smooth surfaces. Warts are also a growth but usually have grainy surfaces and are flat. Skin tags tend to be more rounded.  Skin tags are harmless and painless; they do not grow any bigger than they appear. However, skin tags can be unsightly and annoying. Heath insurance companies do not cover removal of skin tags unless they are found in the groin area and are large. For this reason, many people snip their skin tags in the comfort of their own home.


What are skin tags?

Skin tags, also called acrochordons, are small benign growths that occur in roughly half the population. Although harmless, they may be irritated by clothing or skin rubbing against them, and they may be considered unsightly when they appear on the face, neck, underarms and other areas of the body.

Skin tags are harmless protrusions of skin that typically develop during adulthood. The size of a skin tag range from that of a pinpoint to that of a grape. They serve no purpose to the body, either malignant or benign, and most people have them removed for cosmetic reasons. Removal and killing the skin tags is quick and simple and can be done at home by an adult if you are under 18 years of age or if the skin tag is in a hard-to-reach spot.



It’s important to remember that skin tags have no potential to become cancerous. They are growths of skin. Skin tags can be unsightly, though, and many people choose to have them medically removed. The removal is a simple process with no risk. Skin tags can become irritated, however, if they are in an area where they can rub against jewelry or clothing.



Skin tags in the early stages of growth are no larger than a flattened pinpoint. They can grow as large as a grape. Skin tags are typically the size of wart.


Time Frame

Skin tags are associated with adults, not children. Skin tags are more prevalent in people who are middle-aged. The frequency of the occurrence of skin tags increases from middle age up to about the age of sixty. It should be noted that pregnant women also see an increase in the frequency of skin tags.



While skin tags are not a health risk, the psychological effects of having skin tags, especially ones that are visible, should be thought about when considering having them medically removed. Skin tags are thought of as eyesores. They can have an impact on a person’s psychological outlook. Because there is no risk in having a skin tag removed, the negative psychological impact should be a consideration when thinking about removal.



Skin tags are not inherited. One condition that is believed to contribute to creating favorable conditions to the growth of skin tags is when skin is rubbing against skin. For this reason, overweight and obese people have higher incidences of skin tags. Maintaining proper body weight can be seen as one preventative measure. If a skin tag occurs, it can easily be removed by a medical professional. However, fortunately, there are certain safe, at-home and cheaper methods to try out before consulting a doctor.  Similarly, if your skin tags are on the larger side, consult your doctor or dermatologist about removing them as there may be more bleeding. Other methods of removing skin tags are the use of an essential oil combination known as Heal Skin Tags, freezing, or burning them off through your dermatologist.

Do not attempt to burn or freeze skin tags off yourself. Failure to heed this warning may result in serious injury. Exercise caution when using scissors. If excessive bleeding occurs, call emergency services immediately.



Skin tags are unsightly, but seldom harmful. Many people think a visit to a dermatologist is necessary to remove these benign lesions, but small ones can be removed at home. In fact, skin tags may be removed safely with minimal scarring, and recurrence may be prevented. Both medical and herbal remedies are available to stop skin tags.

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