Skin tags are common benign skin growths. Skin tags are scientifically called acrochorda or fibroepithelial polyp. The cause of this growth is the rubbing of skin against skin or skin friction. This occurs in parts of the body where creases and folds are present, like in the neck, eyelids, armpits, groins, and under the breast. Also, they seem to commonly appear on the skin of those who are overweight, pregnant because of hormone elevation, and those who have diabetes. It was studied that those in their old age, around sixty, are more likely to acquire skin tags because of how their skin tends to fold at this time. However, in reiteration, skin tags are not painful and cancerous. And, they are not contagious, unlike warts.
Skin tags look like stalks, which can be as big as a grain of rice. In texture, they have smooth surface unlike warts, so you’ll easily know the difference if they are warts or skin tags you have there. In color, they are normally flesh, or similar to your skin tone.
Now, even though it is proven that skin tags are not cancerous, except in cases when the skin tags bleed and display multiple colors of pink, black, red, or brown which are signs for possible skin cancer, some people still opt to have them removed. Especially, when the skin tags appear on the face, people find them irritating to look at and they feel unattractive.
There are several options of skin tag remover. The most common of course are the home remedies. An example of home remedy treatment is applying a mixture of baking soda and castor oil. Apply this paste several times a day and in two weeks, you’ll see changes in your skin tags. They become dry and eventually fall off. Another option is to buy over-the-counter homeopathic products or creams for skin tag removal. These are made of natural ingredients. In fact, some claim the effectiveness of warts removal cream for skin tag removal as well. Some silly options, which most people tried already are the use of dental floss to tie up the base of the skin tag or put duct tape on the skin tag then pull it with force to remove it and also the use of scissors or nail clipper to cut the skin tags off. These techniques are a no no. Not only do they risk on having scars in the end, they might simply irritate the skin tag and infect it. The safest way of course is to consult a dermatologist to help you get rid of your skin tags.