Skin tags are harmless little soft skin growths that can show up anywhere on your body, but that typically appear near where there are creases in your skin, or where there’s skin on skin friction.
- at the neck,
- behind the knees,
- under your arms,
- under your breasts,
- on your eyelids,
- or in your groin or buttocks areas.
Although no one’s positive why skin tags form because they do tend to show up in skin folds and where skin rubs together some experts theorize that it’s friction that causes them to form.
Myths swirl around harmless skin tags
The good news is that skin tags are harmless. And although there seems to be a bunch of myths floating around out there about them, you shouldn’t lose a bit of shut eye over them.
Let’s explode three of the biggest skin tag myths right now.
Myth #1: “Skin tags are a sign of cancer.”
Fact: Nope, NOT true. There’s no evidence that people who have skin tags are more prone to cancer. Skin tags are benign growths and have nothing to do with cancer.
Myth #2: “Skin tags are contagious.”
Fact: False. Skin tags are absolutely NOT contagious. They do appear to be hereditary, meaning that if your folks have them you are more likely to have them too.
Myth #3: “Removing skin tags encourages more of them to grow.”
Fact: Not true. Removing skin tags has no effect at all on future growth. However, if you’re prone to skin tags there’s certainly a possibility that one will form again in a similar spot since they tend to pop up in skin folds and where there’s friction.
But the bad news about skin tags is what anyone who suffers with them will tell you… and that is they can be annoying.
They’re unsightly, hair and jewelry can get caught on them and occasionally the skin around them can become a bit irritated if they’re rubbed too much.
Both men and women get skin tags in equal numbers and they tend to show up in middle age, although they can develop in young active people and in pregnant women as well.
You may get a single skin tag… technically known as an acrochordon… or you may have dozens.
If you’re overweight you may be more prone to skin tags
People who are carrying around a bit of extra weight tend to be more prone to getting skin tags. And since they’re sometimes associated with high blood fats or elevated blood sugars, they could serve as an early warning sign of type 2 diabetes.
So if they so suddenly appear you might want to check in with your doctor about starting to watch your blood sugar levels more closely.
If you’re bothered by your skin tags and want to have them removed a dermatologist can freeze, cut or tie them off. But if you’re interested in going a less invasive route, and are looking for at-home solution, Dr. Doug Willen may be able to help.
In this quick but information-packed video Dr. Doug, the Health Fixer, shares some solutions for getting rid of your skin tags naturally. Including a surprising apple cider solution you’re going to want to consider giving a try.
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