Why Do I Have Skin Tags?

Why Do I Have Skin Tags?

Have you ever found a little bump along your skin that sticks out from a little stalk in your armpits, or by your eyelids?  This little bump is a common skin growth called a skin tag.  Skin tags are very common.  They are usually small, either being smooth and round or wrinkly and asymmetrical. 

Anyone can suffer from skin tags but they do become more common after fifty years old.  Skin tags usually look like a little piece of skin that is hanging on by a tiny stalk.  They are most common in areas like your armpits, groin, thighs, eyelids and neck.  Though they can happen anywhere on your skin.  Don’t be worried if you discover you have some skin tags, they are harmless and won’t turn into skin cancer.  Skin tags should be painless, but if by accident you scraped one or picked at it, it can bleed.  



The exact cause of skin tags is unknown but there may be some factors that play into who gets them.  If you have a family history of skin tags in your family you may be more prone to getting them yourself.  As well since skin tags appear in places that undergo a lot of friction, this could be part of what causes them.  People also suffering from HPV, insulin resistance, type two diabetes, or a hormonal imbalance also show more skin tags.  Excess skin tags is also a symptom of pregnancy.  You can usually self diagnose skin tags.  If you find one that is bigger than a couple millimeters in size you may want to consult your doctor to make sure that it is truly a skin tag. 

Skin tags should be painless, so besides the annoyance, and the appearance of them there are not actual symptoms that go along with having a skin tag.  You can choose to leave them alone or there are a few treatment options you can look into.  There are a lot of home remedies you can try or you can consult your doctor if you have a lot, or your skin tags are bigger than normal to have those removed.  


Home Remedies

There are a couple of home remedies you can try that follow the same system, but you can change the product you use.  You can use tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice directly onto the skin tag.  First you put a few drops of your choice of product onto a cotton swab, or cotton ball.  Then you press the cotton swab up against your skin tag and secure it.  Wait for abo