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Skin tags are small growths on the surface of your skin and can occur as you age, and they seem to show up out of nowhere. Learn what causes them, and how to prevent or get rid of skin tags now.

What causes skin tags?

Skin tags can be as small as 1 millimetre and as large as 1 centimetre. They are made of collagen fibres, nerve cells, and small blood vessels that become wrapped up in layers of skin. These small, harmless growth are usually the colour of your skin or slightly darker.

The exact causes of skin tags are still unclear. Experts believe that skin tags form as a result of skin rubbing against skin. They are commonly found on the neck, under the arms and so on.  Common places for skin tags include:

  • Armpits
  • Chest/under breasts
  • Eyelids
  • Groin or thighs
  • Genitals
  • Neck
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How to prevent skin tags?

Skin tags are more likely to occur in people who are overweight or obese. There is no way to prevent skin tags other than staying a normal weight and maintaining a healthy diet.

How to get rid of skin tags?

While they are usually harmless and don’t need to be removed, skin tags can be bothersome and becoming irritated or bleeding due to shaving or rubbing on clothing or so. You can have them removed by a doctor with minimal or no pain. Never remove a skin tag on your own because home remedies may cause bleeding or infection.

Common removal methods include:

Cryotherapy: Freeze a tag off.

Snipping or excision: The tag is cut off with scissors or a scalpel.

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