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What You Need to Know About Skin Tags

JennaSmithSkin tags are quite common, and a person may have anywhere from one to hundreds, though the latter is not as common. While they can occur anywhere on the body, the most common locations include underarms, the base of the neck, under the breast, groin folds and the eyelids.

What Causes Skin Tags?

Skin tags result when collagen and blood vessels accumulate in the thicker parts of our skin; you may be more likely to develop skin tags if you are obese, have diabetes, suffer from HPV, are pregnant or use steroids excessively. There may also be a heredity component. Further, skin tags can form when the skin is irritated and scratched by things such as clothing, shaving and jewelry.

Are Skin Tags Tumors?

Don’t worry. Skin tags are not little tumors growing all over your body. These growths are benign. But, like any other part of the skin, there is a chance a precancerous or cancerous growth can form on them, though this is quite rare. If you notice any growths on your skin that bleed, are increasing in size or are colored pink, red, black or brown, make an appointment with a dermatologist, who can examine the growth, and biopsy it if necessary.

How Can I Treat A Skin Tag?

Skin tags do not require treatment, but you may want to remove them for cosmetic purposes. As far as medical treatments go, a doctor can freeze it off with liquid nitrogen, burn it using electro-desiccation or electric cautery, or cut it off.

If you are interested in DIY , there are several options that may work. One of the most common methods is tying the skin tag off with some string or dental floss, and either cutting it or letting it fall off after a few days. But, if that doesn’t sound too appealing, and you are in no particular rush, here are a few more strategies in which you may be interested:

· Apple cider vinegar, and its exfoliating-like properties may help ‘dissolve’ the tag. Soak a cotton ball and hold it over the tag for a couple of minutes. After about a month, it should go away.

· Natural oils are also another method for skin tag removal, particularly ones that contain homeopathic preparations with ingredients such as calendula officinalis and thuja occidentalis. Tea tree oil is great for all sorts of skin issues, from acne to athlete’s foot, and it may work for skin tags as well. Wet a cotton ball with water, and then add a few drops of the oil. Rub it over the tags every day, two times a day; in about a week or so, it should be gone.

· Placing the inside part of a banana peel over the tag , and securing it with gauze is another popular natural remedy. Leave it on overnight, and repeat until it falls off.

· Mix together castor oil and baking soda, and apply to the skin tag. Cover and leave on overnight. Do this every day until the skin tag falls off.

Will Removing Them Cause More To Grow

As of now, there is no evidence to suggest removing skin tags somehow causes them to spread or grow back, so you should not be concerned. If you notice skin tags coming back, it is simply because some people are more prone to developing them.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on June 26th, 2014 in Health | 0 comments

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