Skin tags, or acrochordons, are small, harmless tumors that appear on the body, most commonly around the neck, groin, armpits and eyelids. It is believed that they appear in areas that tend to fold and push skin cells together, forcing them to erupt through the top layer of skin as a growth. More common on women than men, skin tags can become irritated over time if they grow too large and are most often removed once they appear. They are not painful which makes them incredibly easy and quick to remove but since they’re completely benign, harmless and painless, why remove them in the first place?
Skin tags are not attractive. They appear on the skin like a blemish and often grow in size as time passes, becoming elongated or bulbous. They are often a darker pigment than the rest of the body’s skin tone, which makes them very noticeable causing many people embarrassment. Unsightly bumps and growths are unappealing as they are associated with warts, rashes and other skin ailments. Skin tags are not contagious or infectious in any way but can render other wary of skin-to-skin contact.
Smooth and clear skin is a quality that is found universally attractive because it often indicates a healthy body and mind. When skin is burdened with blemishes, it is common to feel dirty or unattractive. Removing skin tags can increase confidence as skin is restored to its best and healthiest appearance.
- Potential for problems in the future:
Skin tags are initially harmless and painless. However, if the skin tag becomes large or long enough, it can begin to rub or catch on clothing or jewelry. It can then become irritated, leading to redness or swelling of the area. It can also be accidentally torn off, causing a painful wound that could leave a scar or worse, become infected and require medical attention.
If skin tags are not properly removed when they initially appear they often continue to grow, becoming more and more visible.
- Growths aren’t always skin tags:
There are multiple types of warts and growths that look a lot like skin tags but are actually the result of viral skin infections. Warts, unlike skin tags, are contagious and can be harmful. Much worse than warts, cancerous tumors can plague the skin as well and require serious and immediate medical attention.
The only way to ensure that what looks like a skin tag is indeed a skin tag is to consult your doctor. If the growth is a skin tag, it can be safely removed at most medical clinics by freezing the tag with nitrogen. In the event that the growth is not a skin tag, consulting your doctor is a crucial step in diagnosis.
- There are several completely painless methods of removal:
When you spot a skin tag on your body, there are a few different ways that it can be removed. Freezing it with nitrogen at a medical clinic or with an at-home kit targets the skin tag at its root, lessening the chance of it growing back.
Skin tags can be snipped off with sterilized scissors for quick removal, however because the root of the tag is untouched it can grow back in the same spot.
There are several skin tag removal creams and oils that are available online made of completely organic materials. Most use natural oils that dry out the skin tag with consistent application, leaving no scars or blemishes after the tag falls off naturally. While this method is appealing to those weary of the harsh chemical nitrogen it does take a couple weeks to see complete results.