What are Skin Tags?

1396520991159Skin tags are one of the most common skin features on anybody. Depending on how big they are and the overall colour of them, they can easily be mistaken for moles, and when on the face they can be called beauty spots. However, they don’t always look attractive. They vary in size and colour and can hang off the skin causing the person low self esteem. Here are some questions answered.

How are they caused?

Sometimes, skin tags can just appear for no reason what so ever, but most of the time they appear due to chaffing of the skin on skin, or on clothing. Skin tags are formed in a very similar way to how blisters are formed. The difference is that skin tags are formed on areas of the body that have excess skin.

Where can they be found?

Skin tags can be found all over the body. They are more common though in the neck area, the folds of the buttocks and under the breast. These are areas that have more skin on skin contact, or areas that have the most contact with clothing, and therefore rub against each other. The older you are, the more likely you will have skin tags. This is because the skin naturally sags as it gets older, causing more skin on skin contact. They are also more common in overweight people, this is again due to excess skin on skin contact.

Are they dangerous?

It is very rare that a skin tag will be cancerous, or contain any other condition that could be fatal. They are not to be confused with moles, which are produced by a collection of cells called melanocytes which produce the colour in your skin. The main thing found with skin tags is that they can be unsightly and, depending on where they are on the body, may get caught on clothing or jewellery making them bleed. Catching skin tags can be painful, but there is no need to see a doctor about it unless it won’t stop bleeding.

Should I get them removed?

To get them removed is entirely up to you. If you feel uncomfortable or your self esteem has dropped then I would consider consulting your doctor to see what your next steps can be. They are not dangerous, so if they’re not causing you an discomfort then more than likely they will be safe to keep on your body.

How to remove them

Removing skin tags can be an expensive procedure as they aren’t dangerous and are classed as a cosmetic issue rather than a medical issue. They can be removed professionally with surgery, but it is more than likely that you will have to go private for this procedure. There are various methods that can remove skin tags, but I urge you to speak to your doctor first before trying any method where you are removing them yourself. There are several creams that can be bought that are believed to remove skin tags. They work by shrinking the skin tag and cutting off the blood supply to it so that it drops off naturally and safely.


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