What are skin tags? Medically referred to as “acrochordons”, skin tags are fleshy growths on your skin that appear as raised bumps or flaps. They’re not quite moles, as they generally take on the same colour as the rest of your skin. They just appear as if they are little extra bits of skin that are protruding from your body. They are considered totally harmless, however, those who have skin tags generally consider them to be undesirable.
What causes skin tags? Skin tags are often caused by friction of the skin, although it is believed that genetics can play a role. “You can probably blame them on your parents–skin tags are usually genetic,” explains Grace Gold in Women’s Health Magazine, “Obese people have a higher instance of them since there is more flesh likely to rub against itself to provoke more tags. You may have just one or a couple skin tags, or they can sprout up as a small, isolated group of bumps.”
Where do skin tags appear on the body? They can appear at just about any location on your body, especially where there may be instances of friction taking place, such as the neck, underarms or groin area. According to SkinTagsGone.com, skin tags can also be found on the face, chin, eyelids or around the eyes, back, chest, belly button, breasts and even genital areas.
How common are skin tags? They’re actually quite common. “They’re so common that 50%+ of people will get one or more at some point in their lifetime,” explains Gold, “This will result in just one or two, which won’t normally be a problem. The exception is when they are visible and don’t look nice, or if they become irritated and infected. Both can potentially apply.”
Are there ways to safely remove skin tags at home? There is a wide variety of home remedies that are being promoted all over the internet. They range from removal creams to devices that band the skin tags in order to cut off the blood flow to them. This inevitably causes the skin tags to die and fall off. Other solutions include the use of lemon juice, vinegar and garlic. Most of the solutions offer immediate results while others may take a bit longer.
On SimpleHouseHoldTips.com, Rebecca C. Walsh explains that natural remedies like oregano oil contain antibacterial properties that can help remove skin tags within a month. “Create a mixture of four to six drops of coconut oil and two to three drops of oregano oil and apply this directly to your skin tag three times a day,” she advises, “This should dry out the skin tag so that it falls off on its own. Make sure to always use a carrier oil to dilute the oregano oil or else you risk redness and irritation. This oil also must never be used near your eyes.”
What is the most effective way to remove skin tags? At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we highly recommend the VariLite laser. We offer safe and effective treatments using the VariLite laser that provide excellent results without bruising or scarring. It is excellent for removing skin tags as well as moles, small red blood vessels (telangiectasia) and other pigmented spots.
For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.