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Skin Tag Clinic – Skin Tag Removal

The Skin Tag Clinic is your online hub for advice and guidance on Skin Tags and their removal. Updated by a team of trained professionals, we have provided the most compressive list of resources and advice we have found online to help you choose the best method for treating and removing your skin tag. Please read below for some basic information on skin tags and feel free to browse the various section s on our site, or for more information contact us.

What are skin tags?
What Causes Skin Tags?
Skin Tag Diagnosis
Skin Tag Removal
Skin Tag Pictures

What are skin tags?

Skin tags (medically known as acrochordons) are small flesh-coloured growths which are connected to the skin by thin stalks called peduncles. In rare occasions, skin tags can be a symptom of an underlying disease or medical condition, but in most cases, they’re simply a small piece of excess skin caused by nothing more than friction. Even though they often look like warts, skin tags are classed as benign tumours and are remarkably common – in fact, studies show that 46% of people worldwide have at least one skin tag. . They’re usually very small, measuring 1cm/0.5 inches in diameter at the most and they do not grow or change over time.

The most common areas in which you can develop skin tags are where pieces of skin rub together, such as on the neck, on the eyelids, in the armpits, under the breasts, around the groin, on the anus and on the vulva.(insert images)

Skin tags are harmless and rarely cause any discomfort or pain. However, if you suffer from this condition you might want to consider skin tag removal for various reasons. Since they’re often considered unsightly, skin tags can greatly affect your self-esteem – especially if they’re on prominent parts of your body largely visible every day – but they can also be located on awkward parts of the body where they’re really easy to catch and tear.

Also Know As: Acrochordons, soft fibromas, senile fibromas, soft warts, fibroepithelial polyps, skin ticks and tissue tags.

What causes skin tags and who can develop them?

Anyone can develop skin tags at any time in their life, regardless of gender or age, but there are some people who are more at risk than others. Skin tags have been found to be related to insulin resistance, which makes them more commonly found amongst people with type 2 diabetes. Pregnant women are also susceptible to developing skin tags, due to the extreme changes in hormone levels which take place during this time.

People who are currently taking, or have taken in the past, steroids, as well as those with growth hormone excess (acromegaly) are also likely to suffer from skin tags, since their development is associated with a skin-thickening disease known as acanthosis nigricans.

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Although medical professionals have yet to confirm the correlation 100%, various studies & genetic correlations have proven that there is a connection between skin tags and the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). You’re a lot more likely to develop skin tags if one or both of your parents have experienced HPV

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The most common reason people develop skin tags is because their skin is rubbing against another piece of skin, clothing or jewellery. This makes skin tags more frequent in clinically obese people and young babies (when they result from increased rubbing caused by a high number of skin folds) and the older generation, who also have an increased number of skin folds due to decreased skin elasticity.

Skin Tags and Diabetes

There are numerous studies that have found a correlation between insulin resistance and skin tags, which means diabetic people do have an increased chance of developing skin tags. Keeping a tighter control on your sugar levels has been known to decrease the amount of skin tags by a number of patients.

Skin Tags During Pregnancy

High levels of estrogen during pregnancy have been known the increase the risk of skin tags on both the mother and the baby. Its important to remember skin tags are not harmful to your or your babes health, they are more of an annoyance. The increased estrogen also can increase the size, colour and number of moles that appear on your body too.

Skin Tags and Obesity

Poor diet and obesity are again common factors with increased skin tags, one of the main reasons is due to the increase amount of rubbing between skin.

After a skin tag has been removed, rarely will it grow back. But in the unlikely event that it does reappear, it can easily be removed once again by following the same removal method used previously or an alternative removal method. However, the likelihood of developing more skin tags on other parts of your body does increase with time, so the more you know about skin tag treatment and skin tag removal now, the better prepared you’ll be for the future.

Preventing Skin Tags

Friction, weight loss

How are skin tags diagnosed?

Skin tags can easily be diagnosed either at home by yourself or by a doctor. If you make an appointment to see your local GP he/she will usually be able to diagnose skin tags by simply looking at your skin, although a skin biopsy

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might be carried out to confirm the diagnosis.

If you want to diagnose skin tags at home by yourself, you need to understand the difference between skin tags and warts(LINK TO COMPARISON PAGE):

  • Skin tags are knobbly and are connected to the skin by a thin stalk, giving them the appearance of hanging off the skin – warts are relatively flat and are fully connected to the skin on one side.
  • Skin tags are physically soft and smooth – warts have a visually irregular surface with a rough texture.
  • Skin tags aren’t contagious at all – warts can spread very easily. This means if you’ve experienced a sudden outbreak or a cluster of unusual skin polyps, they’re more likely to be warts than skin tags.

Even if your doctor diagnoses you with skin tags, it’s likely he/she won’t recommend any treatments. Since skin tags are not harmful to you in any way, medical professionals regard skin tag removal as an entirely cosmetic surgery, thereby defining it as non-essential. However, if you have a skin tag in a highly visible part of your body, such as your face, eye lids or neck, skin tag removal is likely to be something you want to pursue.

How can you remove skin tags?

There are many options available when it comes to skin tag removal, some of which you can do yourself at home and some of which can only be carried out by a medical specialist. Most people opt for skin tag home removal over having them removed by doctors or surgeons because it is much cheaper, faster and more efficient. Since skin tag removal is classed as a cosmetic procedure, it is very rarely offered by the NHS, unless you can prove than your skin tags are greatly affecting your mental or physical health. This means that in order to have a skin tag removed by a professional, you need to pay for it yourself – and these procedures can be expensive.

Cost isn’t the only reason most people opt for skin tag home removal – it’s also considered to be a more natural and less stressful method. When you have skin tags removed surgically, a local anaesthetic will need to be administered – a factor which can cause distress for many people. However, the common alternatives can often be just as frightening. Cryotherapy involves using liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tag off and cauterization involves cutting the skin tag off then sealing the wound by burning. Electrodesiccation is another type of medically-approved skin tag removal method which involves destroying a skin tag with an instrument which emits a small amount of electricity.

If you’re dealing with a small skin tag with a narrow stem, you can remove it easily at home by cutting the stem as close to your skin as possible with a pair of fine sterile scissors. However, if your skin tag is large or it has a wide base, you should never attempt to cut it off with a pair of scissors, as this will result in heavy bleeding and possible infection.

Another option for removing small skin tags with narrow stems is to wrap a piece of dental floss or thread around the base of the stem. By doing this, you’ll be cutting off the blood supply which will result in the skin tag turning a dark colour and dropping off. In medical terms this method is known as ‘ligation’ and it’s largely the most popular treatment, since it’s the quickest, cheapest and safest way for successful skin tag removal at home.

If none of these methods appeal to you, consider medical skin tag treatments. These remedies can be purchased online or over-the-counter at your local chemist and help you achieve excellent results. Some of the most popular at home skin tag treatments include using skin tag removal creams, removal by freezing – using a lesser strength freezing agent that that used by medical professionals during cryotherapy – skin tag removal oils and skin tag removal devices. There are plenty of excellent products available today which allow you to quickly, safely and painlessly remove skin tags at home. Here you can find a list of the skin tag home removal products we’ve reviewed.

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