Those annoying pieces of soft, hanging skin that often form where the skin folds or creases are known as skin tags. They are usually only a few mm in size (about the size of a grain of rice although they have been known to grow up to 5cms in very unusual cases) and look similar to a wart. They needn’t represent any cause for concern as they are completely benign, they are not contagious in any way and represent no danger to health whatsoever.
Skin tags are simple, harmless growths known medically as acrochordon.
Most of us suffer from the odd one here and there from time to time, in fact nearly half of us will get at least one at some stage in out lives but for some individuals the problem is much greater with some sufferers being hit by outbreaks of hundreds of skin tags at any one time.
Exact cause is not known but they are believed to caused by skin rubbing against skin – hence being commonly found in folds of skin. Genetics are also thought to be a contributing factor as is age, weight gain and obesity. They affect both men and women but are more frequently seen in women and are normally more common as we get older.
The tags are thought to form when folds of skin rub together (hence the increase in risk following weight gain and the subsequent increase in skin folds) and therefore they tend to affect certain areas of the body such as under the arms, breasts, eyelids, neck, groin or buttocks in particular.
As we said, skin tags are completely harmless flaps of skin that are not dangerous and don’t cause any pain of discomfort in most cases. They are formed from loose collagen fibres (a type of natural protein) and blood vessels which are surrounded by skin. Whilst not usually painful they are, more often than not, unsightly and, depending on where they are, can often affect self-confidence and self-esteem. They can also catch on clothing or jewellery which can cause pain and bleeding when you least expect it.
With regards to treatment, occasionally, if you're lucky) they will fall off by themselves, especially if they twist or the blood supply is affected but, more often than not, you’re stuck with them unless you go for the expensive option of surgical removal via a form of cosmetic surgery. Never try to remove one in this way yourself without seeking medical advice first.
There are now however a number of over the counter products which can help without the need for any form of surgery.
Recommended Skin Tag Solutions
Revitol Skin Tag Remover
For those who are not familiar with Revitol they specialise in natural skin care and safe, effective solutions for most skin problems. You will not find Revitol in the shops as they only supply their range of skin care products direct. The skin tag remover is the latest in a long list of highly respected products that have helped revolutionise skin care.
Revitol describe their Skin Tag Remover as “a homeopathic, topical remedy made from all-natural plant extracts that help eliminate those harmless skin overgrowths without any pain. Revitol’s Skin Tag Remover removes skin tags the all-natural way with its special formula that contains natural plant extracts and the active ingredient Thujaoccidentalis – a pure essential oil recognized for its tag-removing properties.”
As with all Revitol products, their skin tag remover is a completely natural formulation that contains no chemicals, is incredibly easy and completely painless to apply, works on all skin types and removes skin tags without pain or any form of scarring whatsoever.