Skin tags are painless, flesh-coloured flaps of skin typically found under your armpits and on your neck, chest, back, eyelids and groin area.
These small, noncancerous growths form from friction caused by your skin rubbing against itself, and are typically found in women, middle-aged adults, obese people and those with metabolic disorders.
In this blog post, we’re here to give you the skinny about skin tags, including how to spot one and some treatment options to consider. Read on…
Skin Tags or Something Else?
Skin tags look like small balls of flesh branching out from a tiny root or stem. Though these harmless growths are easy to spot, it’s still possible to mistake them for another skin condition. If the growth is flat, round, pink- or brown-coloured and has a hair growing from it, chances are it’s a mole, not a skin tag. Warts, lesions and other skin conditions can also be mistaken for skin tags.
When in doubt, check in with your GP to get an official diagnosis. This is especially true if your skin growth is bleeding. This is one of the possible signs of a cancerous growth, so an expert opinion is highly recommended.
Should You Remove Skin Tags?
Once you’ve determined that what you’re dealing with are indeed skin tags, the next thing to consider is whether to remove them. As mentioned above, skin tags are harmless and benign, so they pose no threat to your body if you leave them as is.
But they can become uncomfortable or irritated from rubbing against clothing or skin, which can cause new skin tags to form. There is also the risk of your skin tags snagging on clothing, resulting in bleeding. At best, even if they don’t cause you pain, your skin tags might be a small annoyance. In this case, you might consider removal.
You might also choose to remove your skin tags for cosmetic reasons. Sometimes skin tags are in extremely visible places, like your eyelids and neck. A cluster of skin tags, or even a single skin tag, might be unpleasant to look at or make you feel self-conscious. Skin tag removal is an option in this case, too.
While it isn’t recommended to go at your skin tags with a pair of scissors, there are some non-invasive remedies you can try at home. Tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar and vitamin E are all products believed to help dry up skin tags, as are items you might already have in your pantry, like garlic and the peel of a banana. There are even skin tag removal patches that can painlessly strangulate your skin tags over the course of a few days.
If all else fails, head to a dermatologist to discuss treatment options. These include freezing, cutting or burning off the skin tag with little to no pain and discomfort.
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