Skin Tags

Skin tags are one of the most common skin conditions that afflict us and yet we know little about why they form and how to prevent them. Skin tags are very common. They are benign and relatively easy to remove. They usually occur around the neck, underarms, eyelids, and under the breasts. They may vary in appearance and size. Initially, skin tags start as a small, flat or slightly raised pinpoint-sized spot. It is best to treat skin tags when they first appear as they will gradually grow larger and become up to the size of a grape.


Who can get skin tags?

Because skin tags are very common almost 50% of people report having at least one skin tag at some point in their life. Skin tags generally start showing up in adulthood and only increase in frequency as we age. Skin tags are more common in areas of friction and thus are more common in those who are overweight. It has been thought that elevated hormone levels, for example elevated blood insulin or elevated hormones during pregnancy are a contributing factor. Skin tags may also be present in otherwise healthy people.

Are skin tags a health concern?

Skin tags are benign and harmless. They can become irritated and inflamed in areas of friction such as around the neck (collar of the shirt) or in the groin. As most will find multiple skin tags unsightly their removal for cosmetic reasons are very common. It is important that this not be done at home as that may increase potential for significant bleeding, infection and scarring.