A common skin problem that has been bothering most people in different parts of the world is the growth of acrochordons. Acrochordons are commonly called skin tags. They are benign and painless skin growths affecting people of old age, those who are obese, pregnant, and those who have diabetes.
Studies show that acrochordons are merely caused by skin friction. This means the skin is rubbed against the skin and so acrochordons are common in the parts of the body that have creases or folds, thus also associated with old age because as a human ages, wrinkles and skin folds become apparent. Acrochordons look like tiny flesh pouches of hanging skin. Also, when a person is obese, you can observe that skin folds are also apparent. Another risk factor in developing acrochordons is the insulin resistance caused by diabetes. For the pregnant women, their high levels of growth hormones encourage the growth of acrochordons as well.
Their texture is smooth and their color depends on the person’s skin tone but most likely become darker. People should not be worried about having acrochordons because they are not cancerous although they tend to grow bigger than normal over time.
Although it is not necessary for people to remove their acrochordons, some argue that it is their free will to get rid of them because the skin growths make them less confident especially when they have it on their face. There are several ways to treat acrochordons. For those who have sufficient monetary funds, they can opt to see a dermatologist who can conduct the removal. The common acrochordons removal techniques done by physicians are the cryotherapy and electrolysis. In cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen is being injected in the acrochordons to freeze the growth and eventually they will fall off. In electrolysis, an electric needle is inserted to destroy the skin tag growth permanently.
But, for those who want to save money and are not in a hurry to have them removed, there are acrochordon home removal tips to try. A common procedure is to create a paste by combining castor oil and baking soda. Apply the paste into the acrochordon several times a day. It takes two weeks at most for the acrochordons to fall off naturally. There are also over-the-counter skin tag removal creams like products of Dermisil that you might want to try. Surprisingly, some wart removers are also proven to remove acrochordons.