What causes Skin Tags, Prevention and Cure (Images)

What is a skin tag?
Skin tags are common, acquired benign skin-colored growths that resemble a small, soft balloon suspended on a slender stalk. Skin tags are harmless growths that can vary in number from one to hundreds. Males and females are equally prone to developing skin tags. Obesity seems to be associated with skin tag development. Although some skin tags may fall off spontaneously, most persist once formed. The medical name for skin tag is acrochordon. Some people call them "skin tabs."

Some facts you need to know about skin tag 
A skin tag is a small, soft, flesh-colored benign skin growth, often on a stalk.
Skin tags are probably the single most common bump on adult skin.
Skin tags are harmless but can be an annoying skin problem.
Skin tags tend to occur on the eyelids, neck, armpits, groin folds, and under breasts.
A person may have one to hundreds of skin tags.
Almost everyone will develop a skin tag at some time in their lives.
Middle-aged, obese adults are most prone to skin tags.
Getting rid of a skin tag does not cause more to grow.
Destructive treatment options include freezing, strangulation with a ligature, snipping, and burning.

These skin lesions are usually harmless, but they can be painful when snagged by jewelry or clothing. If you’re tired of these annoying growths, relief is available. Here’s a look at a few home remedies, over-the-counter products, and surgical options to get rid of skin tags

Home remedies for skin tags
Skin tags don’t usually require treatment or a visit to the doctor. If you choose to remove a tag, it’s possible to do so with products already in your medicine cabinet or kitchen. Most at-home remedies involve drying out the skin tag until it shrinks in size and falls off.

1. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil, which has antiviral and antifungal properties, is safe to use on the skin. First, wash the affected area. Then, using a Q-tip or cotton swab, gently massage the oil over the skin tag. Place a bandage over the area overnight. Repeat this treatment for several nights until the tag dries out and falls off the skin.

2. Banana peel
Don’t toss away your old banana peels, especially if you have a skin tag. The peel of a banana can also help dry out a skin tag. Place a piece of banana peel over the tag and cover it with a bandage. Do this nightly until the tag falls off.

3. Apple cider vinegar
Soak a cotton swab in apple cider vinegar, and then place the cotton swab over the skin tag. Wrap the section in a bandage for 15 to 30 minutes, and then wash the skin. Repeat daily for a couple of weeks. The acidity of apple cider vinegar breaks down the tissue surrounding the skin tag, causing it to fall off.

4. Vitamin E
Aging may contribute to skin tags. Since vitamin E is an antioxidant that fights wrinkles and keeps the skin healthy, applying liquid vitamin E over a skin tag may cause the growth to vanish in a couple of days. Simply massage the oil over the tag and the surrounding skin.

5. Garlic
Garlic has anti-aging benefits and helps improve the appearance of skin by reducing inflammation. To get rid of a skin tag naturally, apply crushed garlic over the tag, and then cover the area with a bandage overnight. Wash the area in the morning and repeat until the skin tag shrinks and disappears.

Over-the-counter products for skin tags
Along with home remedies, several over-the-counter homeopathic products at grocery and drug stores can safely remove a skin tag. These include products such as TagBand and Skinprov. Apply the liquid over the skin tag as directed until the tag falls off.

Surgical procedures for skin tags
If you don’t feel comfortable removing a skin tag yourself, see your family doctor or a dermatologist. After numbing the area with local anesthesia, your doctor may perform one of the following procedures based on the size and location of the lesion.

Cauterization — uses heat to close a wound or remove a growth from the body
Cryosurgery— involves spraying a small amount of liquid nitrogen over the skin tag, which freezes off the growth
Surgery — involves snipping off the skin tag at its base using surgical scissors; size and location of the skin tag will determine the need for stitches.

These are noncancerous growths, but if a skin tag is atypical or looks suspicious, your doctor may perform a biopsy as a precaution.

So which do you prefer - removing it yourself or visiting a doctor?

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