How Do Skin Tags Happen?

March 07, 2022 1 min read

Skin tags happen as a result of your body producing extra cells in the skin's top layers. They're made up of nerve cells, fat cells, ducts, fibers, and a covering layer known as epidermis. You may have also noticed that most skin tags happen in areas where skin rubs against itself such as neck, breasts, and armpits. Studies show that skin tags have more chances of occurring with:

  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • high cholesterol levels
  • high blood pressure
  • insulin resistance
  • pregnancy

In rare cases, skin tags have also been linked to:

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome

Skin tags are considered benign growths and don't necessarily need to be removed. In some cases they even fall off on their own. People usually consider removing skin tags when they happen to be in prominent areas where either the jewellery rubs off, clothing gets stuck, or shaving becomes a problem.

For removal procedures you should consider speaking to your dermatologist first, so they can offer the best removal options depending on the type and size of your skin tags. Over-the-counter products are usually safe and effective for skin tags and can be purchased online.

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