Skin tags are something almost everyone will have to deal with at some point, though they’re less fun than recess games. They are not painful or harmful, but their raised and mole-like appearance can be unpleasant depending on where they tend to grow.
Don’t hesitate to get a skin tag removed if you have ever considered doing so. Three skin experts weigh in on skin tags, including permanent removal.
Skin Tags: What Are They?
Dr. Peter explains a board-certified dermatologist said, “Skin tags are prevalent, harmless soft flesh-colored growths made up of normal skin, and often have a short stem or stalk.”
According to Kerry Benjamin, an aesthetician, and CEO, skin tags can appear on the eyelids, groin, or anywhere there is friction on the skin.
The Causes Of Skin Tags?
Some things can trigger the development of skin tags, even though their cause is unknown.
According to board-certified dermatologist David Colbert, friction and rapid weight loss or gain can cause them. A skin tag is likely to develop with age; the older you are, the more likely you are to build it.
How Do You Remove Skin Tags?
Despite how tempting it may seem, never perform a DIY skin tag removal. Benjamin warns that many popular at-home methods can be dangerous, despite their popularity online.
She says, “They will cause more irritation, bleeding, and possibly infection.”
According to Dr. Young, Cryotherapy, electrosurgery, and cutting the tag off with surgical scissors or a scalpel blade are among the ways to remove skin tags. These should all be performed under dermatologist supervision.