What is a Skin Tag?
Skin Tags (sometimes called skin tabs) are small, harmless, benign (noncancerous) skin growths that appear as flaps of skin that often narrow at their base in the form of a stalk. They are one of the most common skin growths on adults and it is possible for a person to have anywhere from one to hundreds of skin tags. Almost everyone at some point in their life will develop at least one skin tag. While they can appear on both males and females with equal frequency, they are more common on individuals who are middle-aged and obese.
Some studies suggest that there is a genetic predisposition to skin tag development and can therefore run in families. It is also common for those with Crohn’s disease to develop skin tags around the anal opening (perianal skin tags). Hormonal changes in pregnant women can also stimulate skin tag growth, especially during the second trimester of pregnancy. People who are prone to diabetes and have a skin condition called acanthosis nigricans often have skin tags.
Skin tags are generally painless unless they become twisted, irritated or inflamed, at which point removal sometimes becomes a necessity.
Why and Where Do Skin Tags Occur?
Skin tags are likely to grow on skin surfaces that are hot, moist or frequently rubbed. The most common areas for development are the neck, armpits, eyelids, upper chest, buttock and groin creases, inside of the upper thigh area and under the breasts.
Babies that are plump may develop skin tags in areas where the skin frequently rubs such as the neck. Young children that rub their eyes frequently can get them on their upper eyelids. Older children that play sports often develop them in the underarm area from friction of movement.
Ultimately, the reason skin tags form is unknown.
How Do Skin Tags Develop?
Skin tags first develop as minuscule bumps on the skin and progress into tiny flaps of skin that eventually develop a narrow base resembling a stalk.
Common Medical Terms for Skin Tags
Acrochordon, fibroepithelial polyp, cutaneous papilloma, soft fibroma, fibroma pendulans and pedunculated fibroma.
Size can range anywhere from small (2-3mm diameter) to medium (3-5mm diameter) to large (1-5cm diameter)
Skin Tag Removal
Sometimes skin tags can spontaneously fall off, however most persist after formed. Common treatments include freezing, strangulation with ligature, surgical excision and burning. Removal of a skin tag does not cause more to grow back.
Wart Mole Vanish is a highly effective skin tag removal treatment! The skin tag application process is similar to removing a mole. In the case of a skin tag with a long neck, you only need to target the base of the “neck”.