What Are Skin Tags? & What Causes Skin Tags?

Skin tags are harmless soft lesions you may notice dangling from the skin. They thrive in sites with skin folds, such as the underarms, neck, eyelids, and crotch. They are spherical, skin-colored, or brown growths, linked to a fleshy stalk. In this blog, we’ll give you a quick overview of skin tags, their causes, who gets them, and whether they have any risk factors.

What are skin tags?

Skin Tag
Skin Tag

Skin tags are benign skin-colored growths that resemble a tiny, squishy balloon hung on a slender stalk, and they are pretty common. These are small, nontoxic growths that may appear in the hundreds in some people, affecting both men and women in the same way.

Obesity and diabetes appear to be associated with the development of skin tags. They are also common in people with a family history of this type of lesion. People often do not develop new skin tags after the age of seventy. Although some skin tags may fall out on their own, the rest of them does not. Fibroepithelial polyp, Acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, and soft fibroma are medical terms that used to define a skin tag by a doctor or dermatologist. All of these names refer to benign (noncancerous) and painless skin growths. They’re also known as “skin tabs” by some.

Written by Martin Davis