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What are Skin Tags?

These small (often) flesh-colored benign growths can develop anywhere on the face or body. And both men and women (of all ethnicities) are vulnerable to the condition. You may not even be aware that you have skin tags. The problems begin when they’re easy to see, form in a cluster or they grow in size. They can also become irritated, infected or blood-filled.

Why Should I Remove Skin Tags?

Removing skin tags safely at home is usually the right decision as you’ll be able to avoid skin irritation and infection. If you don’t get rid of skin tags on the neck, eyelids, anus, armpit, etc. they may become harder to treat in the future.

Besides, removing skin tags will ensure that you always look your best and feel more confident at work and socially.

In this guide, we’re going to look at the main reasons why people develop skin tags, where they appear, popular removal methods, and the fastest aftercare/recovery methods.

What Are the Causes of Skin Tags?

Here are some of the reasons why skin tags appear:

Skin-on-skin friction, leading to irritation. That’s one of the causes of skin tags on the eyelids, for example. The neck, groin, and underarms are all more prone to sweating and moisture, which is a further irritant.

People who are obese have more skin folds, resulting in a higher intensity of rubbing.

Wearing jewelry and overly tight clothing. For example, if you wear a shirt and tie at work, you’re more likely to get neck skin tags.

Skin tags can also be a pre-diabetes symptom, but this may be connected to the higher weight and overall health of the individual.

Women who are pregnant experience significant hormonal and weight fluctuations, thus increasing the risk. Skin tags don’t usually go away unless they’re treated, but this can sometimes happen after birth and once pregnancy hormones have normalized.

Skin tags are more common among older people. The skin has lost some of its elasticity, and our hormones change with age.

Individuals that use, or have used, steroids are more at risk. Steroid usage leads to changes in testosterone and estrogen levels.

Where Do Skin Tags Appear?

Skin tags most often appear in areas that experience more skin-to-skin contact or friction. The more common areas skin tags may appear include: around the eyelids or on the eyelids, the neck, under the arms, in the groin folds, penis, nipple, anus, and even under the breasts.

Medical Names for Skin Tags

  • Acrochordons
  • Fibroepithelial polyps
  • Cutaneous papilloma
  • Cutaneous skin tag
  • Non-malignant or benign tumors
  • Fibroma molluscum
  • Fibroma pendulum
  • Papilloma colli
  • Templeton skin tags
  • Soft fibromas
  • Filiform
  • Pedunculated

You Can’t Pull Off Skin Tags

Some people wonder if pulling off skin tags is an option. Skin tags are attached to the skin by a narrow stalk, which is a living part of the body. While it may seem like a solution, it doesn’t work.

Pulling the skin tags off may cause some bleeding and irritation which can then lead to infection. It is best to follow the instructions for the over the counter removal products or home remedies to remove the skin tags safely and effectively.

Skin Tag Removed? Aftercare Help & Advice

Proper skin tag aftercare is essential to a successful recovery.

The care needed varies based on the treatment (and if you’ve followed the instructions). Never forget that prevention is better than the cure.

When applying a treatment, avoid getting any skin tag cream on your healthy skin. If this happens, wipe it away immediately. Particular care must be taken with acidic solutions because they burn away skin tags.

If you’ve cauterized a skin tag, you need to keep the area as clean and dry as possible for the next week. You should cleanse the area with a perfume-free soap and water in the morning and before you go to bed at night.

Tip: Avoid applying hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol as they slow down the healing process.

You should avoid hitting the scab since this will cause scars. You can cover the area with a small bandage. This is a good option if you are worried about disturbing the scab during your sleep. This is also recommended for work environments, such as a factory.

The redness will begin to diminish after a few days. If it continues for more than a week, check with your doctor that there is no infection. You should see a gradual improvement.

How to Prevent Skin Tags

There is no guaranteed way to prevent skin tags. You can follow these steps to reduce the risk:

  • Living a healthy lifestyle and staying fit can be useful.
  • You must lose weight and exercise to tone your skin.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes, accessories and jewelry.
  • Apply powders to reduce friction and friction if you sweat a lot.

Removing the skin tags yourself at home can be done safely without any pain. There is no need to accept that you cannot improve your appearance. It is also not necessary that you run risks with the health of your skin.