More About Skin Tag

Wonder what that tiny, soft piece bubble-like that’s hanging on your skin? It’s called “skin tag,” and it goes by other names such as Templeton skin tags, fibroepithelial polyp, fibroma molluscum, fibroma pendulum, cutaneous papilloma, cutaneous tag, soft fibroma, and acrochordon.

It is very common and harmless, and it normally comes out after midlife. It affects both men and women and is normally caused by obesity or by the friction of the skin to another skin or garment.


What is a Skin Tag?

Although unpleasant, skin tags are noncancerous and are made up of nerve cells, fat cells, epidermis, and core fibers and ducts. It appears all over the body, especially on the eyelid, groin, armpits, and under the breast, neck, and upper chest. It is usually painless and almost goes unnoticed unless it is rubbed or twisted. If this happens, a blood clot develops, and the hanging skin may become painful.

Skin tags begin as tiny bump and may stay as it is for a longer time; however, some can grow up to 5cm. It can be color flesh or brown with a smooth or irregular surface.


What Causes Skin Tags?

Skin tags target both men and women. The exact cause of skin tags is still not determined, but since it is common in the folds or creases of the skin, it can be caused by friction of the skin against another skin or garment. It happens when chunks of blood vessels and collagen are caught inside a bigger layer of the skin. Meanwhile, some people who are susceptible to having these bumps may have inherited them. It can also come from obesity, pregnancy, or diabetes.


Skin Tag Removal Treatment

Skin tags are usually painless and harmless, and the common reason for their removal is because of their appearance. Some people just don’t like it, especially when it rubs against clothing or jewelry or to prevent irritation when shaving. Nonetheless, there are ways to remove this tiny bump, such as:


Although there are DIYs popping up all over the Internet, removing the skin tag should only be done by a trained medical professional, dermatologist, or skin doctor. Here are the options you have when you want an invasive procedure:

Cauterization: Using electrolysis, the skin tag is removed by burning it off.

Cryosurgery: A probe that contains liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the skin tag.

Excision: A scalpel is used to literally remove the skin tag.

Ligation: The skin tag is removed by interrupting the supply of blood to it.