Skin tags are benign skin growths that occur in at least 25 percent of adults. Although they're commonly found in areas where the skin folds such as armpits, neck etc. But they're also found in pubic areas and are referred to as genital skin tags.
Oftentimes people get confused between genital skin tags and genital warts. But there's usually a noticeable difference between they way they look. While skin tags are connected to your skin by a stalk, warts are flushed against your skin. Genital skin tags aren't painful unless or until you're in a habit of pulling or itching them.
The actual cause of skin tags is not clear yet, but researchers indicate that the formation of skin tags can be due to constant friction such as irritation from clothing. Since genitals have multiple folds, it does make sense when skin tags occur over there because there's constant friction all the time. Speaking of friction, don't worry. Skin tags don't get transmitted to your sexual partner or vice versa since they're not contagious.
Sometimes skin tags can be caused due to an underlying condition such as diabetes and obesity, which are considered metabolic syndromes
Some well known home remedies for treating skin tags include:
What these remedies have in common is that they weaken the stalk through which the skin tag hangs off. This makes it easier to detach the skin tag once it is ready to fall. In terms of skin tags in pubic area this can be a bit tricky, since the skin is already so thin down there, you might end up hurting yourself if you're not careful. These remedies are not proven scientifically but a lot of people actually use them and see even good results. Sure it may not hurt to try, but just be extra careful with whichever remedy you decide to go with because chemical burns are a common side effect of these home remedies and it should be avoided especially in the genital areas.
Obviously the best thing to do is to see your doctor and have him/her remove the skin tags for you. A lot of people don't prefer this route because it is not covered by health insurance. The nature of this procedure is considered cosmetic and aesthetic, which is why insurance companies don't cover the cost of the skin tag removal. Also the cost can vary a lot depending on size and number of the skin tags that you'd like to get removed. It typically starts from $300 per skin tag.
Some common procedures that doctors use to remove skin tags include:
The process of cauterization can also be done at home using devices such as Aven Buzz Skin Tag Remover Pen, which includes different sensitivity levels for different types of skin tags in different areas of body. This way you can start with the lowest intensity and do a patch test before you try the device on the genitals and you'll be able to decide if you should proceed with removing the skin tag from your pubic area or not.