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Skin tags are common benign skin growths that appear as small, soft, and often flesh-coloured flaps of tissue hanging off the skin’s surface. While they are generally harmless, some individuals may find them bothersome or cosmetically undesirable. In this article, we will explore everything you need to know about skin tags, including their types, causes, differences from other skin growths, and treatment options.

What are skin tags?

Medically known as acrochordons, skin tags are non-cancerous growths that typically develop in areas where skin rubs against skin or clothing. They are most commonly found on the neck, armpits, groin, eyelids, and under the breasts. Skin tags are also usually small, measuring a few millimetres in diameter, but they can grow up to a few centimetres in some cases.

What are the different types of skin tags?

While there is no formal classification of skin tags, medical professionals will categorise them using size, colour, and shape. It is normal for skin tags to vary in appearance, as some may be smooth and even-toned, while others could be wrinkled or irregular in shape. Regardless of their appearance, all skin tags are harmless and pose no immediate threat to health.

What is the difference between skin tags and other growths?

Due to its similarities to moles and warts, skin tags can easily be mistaken for other growths. Let us list some key differences to make differentiating them easier:


Unlike skin tags, moles are usually flat or raised clusters of pigmented cells and may have a darker colouration. While moles can be harmless, some may carry a risk of melanoma and require medical attention.


Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are typically firmer and rougher than skin tags. Unlike skin tags, warts can be contagious and may require specific treatments.

Are skin tags dangerous?

Despite their appearance being worrying to some, skin tags are benign and don’t usually pose a health risk. However, if a skin growth changes in appearance, bleeds, becomes painful, or grows rapidly, it is essential to seek medical attention, as these could be signs of a different skin condition that requires evaluation.


When should you seek medical attention for your skin tags?

While we have mentioned that skin tags are generally harmless and can be safely ignored, it is still important to watch out for signs that indicate they need medical attention:

● Bleeding
● Itching
● Having different colours
● Change in size and/or colour
● Crusting and/or flaking
● Unsure if it is a skin tag or another condition

When in doubt, we recommend you speak with a dermatologist to have the skin tag inspected as this will provide you with peace of mind.

What are the treatments for skin tag removal?

If you are looking to have skin tags removed, there are treatments available. Your dermatologist will recommend the one that is best suited for you depending on the skin tag’s size and location.


This method is quick, effective, and one of the most common methods of skin tag removal. A dermatologist will use a special tool to use electricity to apply heat to the skin tag. As local anaesthesia may be applied, the discomfort will be minimal.

Surgical Removal

The dermatologist will use sterile scissors or a scalpel to remove the skin tag. Local anaesthesia is typically administered to numb the area before the procedure.

Why should you remove your skin tags?

Cosmetic Reasons

If you have a skin tag in a prominent location such as the face and neck, you might want to have it removed for aesthetic reasons.


While skin tags are usually harmless, they can sometimes cause discomfort, irritation, or pain, especially if they’re in an area where they rub against clothing or jewellery.

How should you prepare for skin tag removal?

Before your skin tag removal, it’s important to have a consultation with a healthcare professional. They’ll assess your skin tags, discuss your options, and guide you through the preparation process. However, here are some general methods you can use to prepare for a skin tag removal:

Consult with your dermatologist

Your dermatologist will provide you with instructions on what to do or avoid before the treatment. This may include abstaining from certain medications, supplements, or activities. You may also be asked to avoid applying lotions or skincare products to the affected area.

Have an open discussion

Before selecting a procedure, be sure to disclose any medications and supplements that you are currently taking. If you have any health conditions or have undergone any other treatments, you should reveal them too. This will allow your dermatologist to tailor the procedure to better suit you along with providing better pre and post-procedure instructions.

Wear clothing that is comfortable and loose-fitting

Select clothing that is comfortable and loose-fitting. It should also allow the dermatologist easy access to the skin tag.


What is the aftercare process for skin tag removal?

There may be some minor discomfort or a small scar, but these should fade over time. Even for different skin tag removal treatments, the process is generally straightforward:


.Keep the area clean and protected

Cover the area with a bandage to prevent it from coming into contact with irritants. You should also wash it using soap and warm water once to twice a day.


Avoid picking or scratching at the area

As a scab may form, you should avoid touching, picking, and scratching the area as it can disrupt the healing process. You should also refrain from rubbing or scrubbing the area.


Monitor the treated area

Keep a close eye on the treated area for any signs of infection, excessive swelling, severe pain, or abnormal changes. If you notice any of these, contact your dermatologist immediately for further evaluation and guidance.

Can you remove a skin tag yourself at home?

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) solutions in skincare are popular due to their convenience and competitive pricing. However, home remedies may irritate your skin and lead to sensations of burning, redness, along with ulcers. There are also other risks associated with DIY treatments such as:

Risk of Bleeding

Home removal methods may cause bleeding, especially if the skin tag is large or located in a sensitive area.

Risk of Infection

Any break in the skin can potentially lead to infection. It’s a risk that’s minimised by having your skin tag removed in a sterile environment by a healthcare professional.

Risk of Irritation

Removing a skin tag can cause irritation or allergic reactions, especially if the skin tag is in a sensitive area.

Risk of Damage to Surrounding Area

Attempting to remove a skin tag can potentially damage the surrounding healthy skin.

Incomplete Removal of Skin Tag

Home removal methods may not entirely eliminate the skin tag, leading to regrowth.


What are the risk factors for skin tags?

The exact causes of skin tags remain unknown, but several factors are said to have contributed to their development:


Skin tags become more common as people age, especially for those fifty years and above.


For those with parents and/or relatives with skin tags, their chances of developing it will be higher.


The link between skin tags and diabetes is suspected to be caused by insulin resistance, but the exact reason is still being researched.

Hormonal Changes

If you are pregnant, have PCOS, or are undergoing puberty, the changes in your hormonal levels can cause skin tags to develop.


Excess weight can lead to skin folds, providing an environment for skin tags to develop.

How can I prevent skin tags?


Skin tags do not discriminate according to age or gender, as they can appear on anyone and any part of the body. While it may not be possible to entirely prevent their growth, some changes in lifestyle can be done in order to reduce the risk of them developing.

Maintain A Healthy Weight

By managing your weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise, you can reduce the risk of developing skin tags, especially in areas where skin-on-skin friction is common.

Avoid jewellery or accessories that rub against the skin

It is advisable to avoid wearing jewellery or accessories that continuously rub against the skin, especially in areas prone to skin folds. If you notice any irritation caused by jewellery or clothing, consider opting for softer materials or adjusting the way you wear them to minimise friction.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise aids in weight management, reduces insulin resistance, and improves circulation, all of which can contribute to a lower risk of developing skin tags.

Do you need skin tag removal?


We hope this article has been informative as well as able to clear all of your doubts regarding skin tags and their removal. If you need more information about this condition, please contact us and our friendly staff will get back to you soon.