If you have a skin tag, then you’ve probably wondered how it got there. Well, the answer may surprise you.
Doctors aren’t exactly sure what causes skin tags. They have identified the most common risk factors though, which we’ll discuss a little further down the page. But first…
What Are Skin Tags?
Skin tags are small skin growths that “hang” from the skin by thin stalks.
They usually start out as small, flat bumps on the skin. From there, they often grow to a few millimeters in size (about the size of a pencil eraser). But they can grow as large as a full centimeter in diameter.
As for their appearance, they’re typically smooth or somewhat wrinkled. And they’re fleshly or dark brown in color.
While it’s possible for skin tags to appear anywhere on your body, you’re most likely to find them in places where the skin creases or folds. Examples of this include the underarms, eyelids, neck, groin, and chest area.
Perhaps the most important thing to understand about skin tags is that they’re completely harmless. Unlike moles, which can potentially be a cause of concern, skin tags are always benign (non-cancerous).
Skin tags are virtually painless as well. The only exception is when they frequently come in contact with a piece of clothing or jewelry. Naturally, this can cause mild sensitivity or irritation.
Skin Tags Causes and Risk Factors
Skin tags aren’t something you’re born with. Rather, they’re acquired growths that anyone one of us can develop at any age. But most of the time, they occur when we’re middle aged.
Skin tags can also develop in large numbers. It’s not unheard of to have as many as 50 to 100 tags on your body.
Like I said before, the cause of skin tags isn’t entirely understood. But at the same time, certain factors are thought to contribute to skin tag development.
The first of these factors is heredity. Simply put, if you have a genetic tendency towards developing skin tags, then you’re more likely to get them.
Another factor is obesity. This is because skin tags are thought to result from the friction created when the skin is continually rubbing against itself.
A third factor is changes in the bodies hormone levels. In particular, pregnant women seem to be more prone to skin tags than others are and the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy are thought to be behind this.
Finally, there are a few other factors thought to be responsible for the formation of skin tags, including diabetes and certain viral strains.
Will My Skin Tag Go Away on Its Own?
Skin tags can fall off on their own, especially if they formed during a pregnancy.
But this is by no means typical. So if you have a skin tag you find bothersome for cosmetic or other reasons, then you should consider having it removed.
Despite not knowing exactly what causes skin tags, doctors still have a variety of methods for effectively removing them. In addition, there are also some very effective methods for removing them at home yourself.
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