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What You Need to Know about Skin Tags

Updated on April 10, 2019
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Nithya Venkat is a skin care enthusiast who loves to research and write about topics that involves all aspects of skin care.

Skin Tag Removal
Skin Tag Removal | Source

Skin tags are nothing but folds of skin that can occur on any part of the body. They are also known as acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, cutaneous tag or fibroepithelial polyp.

Skin tags occur in areas of the body where skin rubs against skin or any other object repeatedly. This skin condition can affect both males and females.

What are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are made up of nerve cells, fibrous tissue, fat cells and are covered by a thin layer of skin. They are seen a little above the skin suspended from stalks also called peduncles. They do not hurt or itch unless rubbed against clothing or jewelry.

Skin tags are very small or big in size and can grow up to 1 cms. They are brownish, or skin colored and are found alone or in groups of two to three in number

Skin tags are commonly found in the following parts of the body –

  • eyelids
  • armpits
  • under the breasts
  • groin
  • upper chest
  • neck

Formation of skin tags can also be due to the following reasons - obesity, diabetes, heredity.

Skin Tags on Neck
Skin Tags on Neck | Source

Reasons for Removing Skin Tags

Skin tags can be left alone, but some people may want to remove them if they are present on the face or in areas where they cause discomfort.

Skin tags can rupture when they are rubbed against constantly. For example -

  • skin tags on your neck may break when continually rubbed against by jewelry
  • skin tags on the face can become painful and can get inflamed if they are shaved by accident
  • skin tags in armpits can rupture due to constant rubbing of skin in the armpit or while shaving

In such cases, the best possible thing to do is to have the skin tags removed safely by a dermatologist.

Skin tags on eyelids or around the eyes can cause extreme discomfort. These skin tags need to be removed by an ophthalmologist.

Skin Tags On Eyes
Skin Tags On Eyes | Source

Skin Tags-Facts to Remember

  • skin tags are nothing but folds of skin that can occur on any part of the body
  • they are harmless and do not itch or hurt if left alone
  • removal of skin tags do not cause more to appear
  • skin tags do not spread from person to person
  • they do not spread from one part of the body to another
  • anyone can get skin tags


About Procedures for Skin Tag Removal

The following are procedures for removal of skin tags -

Laser Surgery

People who have skin tags on their face or have very large skin tags can consider laser surgery. In this type of surgery, a laser beam is used to cut off the skin tag.

Cauterization

Cauterization is a procedure in which the skin tag is burned by using electrolysis.

Cryosurgery

Cryosurgery is a procedure in which a probe containing liquid nitrogen is inserted into the skin tag and frozen off and then removed.

Ligation

Ligation is a procedure in which the blood supply to the skin tag is cut off and then removed.

Excision

Excision is a procedure in which the skin tag is removed with a scalpel.

Sometimes skin tags may fall off on their own.

Removing Skin Tags at Home

There are many ways to remove small skin tags at home. If you choose to remove skin tags by yourself, then take extra care.

Things to remember

  • using scissors or nail clippers that are not sterilized to cut off small skin tags can result in infection of the skin and cause further complications
  • before removing the skin tag rub the surrounding area with isopropyl alcohol to disinfect
  • after removing the skin tag make sure to press the area with sterilized gauze pad to prevent bleeding. Apply an antibiotic cream after the bleeding has stopped.
  • if there is excess bleeding after skin tag removal, show it to your doctor.

Repeated application of tea tree oil, lime juice, Aloe vera gel, Apple Cider Vinegar, Eucalyptus oil on the skin tags may help to get rid of them.


Skin tags are harmless and nothing to worry about. They are not signs of cancer and need not necessarily be removed. They are not contagious and do not spread from person to person. Skin tags can be removed if they are causing discomfort or for cosmetic reasons.

References

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/rm-quiz-truth-skin-tags

http://www.medicinenet.com/skin_tag/article.htm

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000848.htm


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Nithya Venkat

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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Phoenix2361 take care that it does not get infected in any way. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Phoenix2361 

      4 years ago

      I get these from time to time. I take care of them myself by tying thread very tightly around the base, cutting off the blood supply. It usually falls of in 2-3 days. Nice hub.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      CatherineGiordano am glad they go away, skin tags can get very irritating when they are in the armpit area, take care.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      4 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I get skin tags in the armpit area. I think deodorant with aluminum as an ingredient causes them. When I go back toArm and Hammer baking soda deodorant, they go away on their own. Weird?

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      ladyguitarpicker thank you for reading, the vote up and share. Much appreciated.

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      stella vadakin 

      4 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Thanks for such a useful article on skin tags. I really never knew what they were just knew I had some. voted up and sharing.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      ajwrites57 thank you.

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      AJ 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Interesting information Vellur! Voted up!

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Nancy Hardin thank you for your visit. Skin tags can get really sore and painful if we accidentally scratch them.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I had a skin tag develop on my neck where my oxygen line rubs. The dermatologist froze it with nitrogen and in a few days it dropped off. I've had no problems since then, but if it occurs again, I will once more have it removed. When they're continually rubbed, they get sore. Thanks for an enlightening article on skin tags.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Adventuretravels it is always better to get a doctor's help so that you will not have any complications. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Giovanna 

      5 years ago from UK

      Not usre if I could do this myself. I think I would opt for a doctor's help! Useful hub.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      KofeeKlatch girl thank you. Removing them at home is not successful all the time.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Interesting article. I was especially interested to know that you could potentially remove them at home.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      dragonflycolor you said it right! thank you for stopping by.

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      dragonflycolor 

      5 years ago

      Skin tags in the armpits are ridiculous. It's like you have a noisy neighbor in your personal space.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      CrisSp thank you, it can be painful if you scratch it, take care.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I remember I used to play with my Grandma's tag when I was a kid until I fall asleep. Yah, I am that weird. Lol! Now, I have them too but 'Am not really bothered about it except once when I accidentally scratched it.

      Good to know about the natural way to get rid of them. Thanks for the info. I'm passing it along.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      midget38 thank you, it is very irritating and can get painful while wearing jewelry.

      Paula Atwell yes they are very bothersome and changing diet does help. Thank you for stopping by.

      Nell Rose thank you, if it does not cause discomfort, the best thing to do is to leave them alone.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi, I am sure I have a couple on my arms, but I can't really see them because they are in an awkward place, interesting to see that you can remove them at home, thanks for the great info! nell

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      Paula Atwell 

      5 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I get these. Not as much as in the picture though. I have had many removed from my neck. They tend to appear where you rub skin together. I also learned that if your diet is high in sugar/carbohydrates you are more prone to them. Since I changed my diet I do not get as many. The main issue for me with them is that they just bother me or get caught on clothing.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Wow. I do not know anyone with this condition, but it can debilitate, especially if you wear jewelry! Thanks for sharing!

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 thank you and it is best to have them removed if they are a source of irritation.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Great article on this subject and so very interesting. My family has a history of them and have had them removed by Doctor's due to irritation.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      always exploring yes they cause a lot of discomfort on the eyelids, thank you for stopping by.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Skin tags look awful, esp. on the eyelids. Your hub was interesting about the different ways for removal..Thank you for sharing...

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      AliciaC thank you for stopping by.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the useful and interesting information about skin tags, Vellur.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Kathryn Startford thank you and have a great day too!

      FlourishAnyway thank you a trip to the doctor does help.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 years ago from USA

      I have seen them but never to the extent of the person in that photo! I would definitely be making a trip to the doctor to get them taken off if they were plentiful or in a prominent place. Good hub.

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      This is a very informative and useful article. I like that you have taken the time to let us know what it is, and various methods of getting rid of it.

      Have a great day.

      ~ Kathryn

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie Lynnley thank you for stopping by and I do not know if the rub and wipe will work. It is harmless and not to worry.

      Pawpawwrites thank you, take care.

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      Jim 

      5 years ago from Kansas

      Good information. I have one I need to get rid of.....my first.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have a couple under my arm and they bug me mentally but look nothing like these above; hardly visible really but I read you could buy something to rub on them and make them wipe off. When I asked a pharmacy they sort of spit a no at me, lol, so I guess that is not a good idea. If harmless I might get over mine.

      Interesting and great info. ^+

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      billybuc thank you stopping by and yes they are called skin tags.

      RachaelOhalloran thank you for your appreciation!

      DealForALiving thank you.

      rebeccamealey thank you and yes thank God that they are harmless!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I've never heard them called that either, but thanks for reporting...good to know they are harmless.

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      Sam Deal 

      5 years ago from Earth

      Well written article on skin tags. Thanks!

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      Rachael O'Halloran 

      5 years ago from United States

      This is an excellent article. Well done.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oddly, I have never heard of that name. I've seen them but didn't know what they were called. Interesting article my friend.

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