What are Skin Tags and Why Do We Even Get Them? Skin Tags

More or less everyone in their lives will or has at one point of their lives had skin tags.

You might have had them as well and just didn’t notice them.

If you have them now, it is important to know as much as you can about them as chances are, it will come in handy as you will be at complete ease when you learn just what that little weird dot on your body is and what you can do about it.

So, what are skin tags?

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Skin tags are pretty much benign tumors. Officially called an acrochordon, these tags are not dangerous at all, do not hurt at all and do not change in size. This means that they are not a medical condition and being benign, they do not induce any diseases.

  • Yet why is there so much hate for them?
  • As you probably know, its their looks that are off putting.
  • This doubles even more if its on a very visible area.
  • In that case all you want to do is to just cut them out and get rid of them once and for all.

However, before making any assumptions, it pays double to identify them, so you don’t accidentally try removing a mole or wart.

Correctly Identifying Them

While being rather unique in their looks, it is rather easy to misplace them for any other skin condition.

Therefore, before doing any treatment whatsoever, it is important that you are completely certain that what you have is really a skin tag and not something else like a mole or wart which are also harmless, but have different treatment procedures.

To help you with this task, here is a list of 5 simple steps you can take to quickly figure out whether it’s a tag or something else.

  1. Their color closely matches your own or has a slightly brown tint to it.
  2. They are rather small, imagine a grain of rice stuck to your skin. That is the initial size they grow.
  3. They do NOT change in color and size. The only reason they could is if they become irritated or inflamed.
  4. If it is whiter/pinker than your shade, it’s probably a wart and not a skin tag.
  5. On the other side of the spectrum, if it is really black or dark brown, its probably a mole.
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    Example 1.

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    Example 2.

Now that you have identified them, let’s see where they can also form on your body.

Where do skin tags form?

As the name applies, more or less everywhere where you have skin(so for example you can’t get them on toenails or eyes).

The list goes like this from most to least frequent areas that they form:

  • Chest Area / Breast Area
  • On The Neck
  • Armpits
  • Around Eyelids / Face
  • Skin In The Mouth
  • On Your Tongue
  • Around Your Anus

Now you know where they form, the next step is to see WHY they form in the first place.

Why do we get them, what is the cause of skin tags?

  • While there are some “causes”, no one knows for certain.
  • Basically, the causes are not proven, but research has shown that people who are in a certain state have a higher chance for skin tags to appear.
  • You might hear that its because of disease A or disease B or some genetic mixture, but all of it is speculation at best, just observing the side effects of that disease.

Why is there a lack of confirmed causes?

This is primarily because almost everyone gets some form of skin tags in their lifetime, so we could as well say that being alive is cause of skin tags.

The best “believed” cause is that they are caused due to skin rubbing on each other, the reason is that a majority of tags are found on places where the skin constantly rubs on itself, like armpits, breasts etc.

What is known for certain though, is that if you are currently in one of these groups:

  • Currently Pregnant
  • Overweight
  • Have Diabetes
  • Toddler
  • Bodybuilder using Steroids
  • Have Human Papilloma Virus
  • 60+ Years Old

Your chances of getting skin tags is much higher.

The actual percentage in the population is 46% at any given time. This means that at any time around 1 out of 2 people have some form of skin tags on their body.

And finally, now that we know everything there is to know about skin tags.. It’s time to take a look at how to remove them safely.

What about Treatment, Removal of Skin Tags?

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Currently, there are 3 ways that are the most widely used with good success:

  • You can go the home route if you tags are relatively small, but not if they are big, as they will bleed like crazy if you do anything at home.
  • You can go the surgery route if you don’t mind spending a really big batch of money for a medical solution.
  • You can go the cream product route, which is best if you prefer being in the comfort of your cozy home, save some of your hard earned cash, while still getting the top medically approved solutions.