Skin tags are a common and harmless condition that hang off the skin and tend to look a bit like warts. Varying in size and colour, they can be between a few mm and 5cm wide. Skin tags can be found in multiple areas of the body including: neck, armpits, groin and under the breast. In some cases, skin tags have been known to grow under the eyelids or the folds of the buttocks.
Skin tags occur from a build-up of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels that are surrounded by skin. Both men and women can develop these tags however they are more common in people who are overweight or have type 2 diabetes. It’s also been determined that a change in hormone levels could increase the chances of pregnant women developing them too.
Skin tags cause minimal pain and discomfort, if any at all and develop because the skin is rubbing against itself, therefore they are more common in those that are overweight through skin chafing. In some cases, treatment is unnecessary due to the tissue dying from lack of blood supply, in this instance, the skin tag would likely fall off itself.
Not to be confused with warts, skin tags differ in that they:
- Are smooth and soft
- Are knobbly and hang off the skin
- Are not contagious