Skin Tags

What are Skin Tags?

These are non-cancerous growth (made up of blood vessels and collagen) found on the skin. A small, thin stalk called a peduncle connects it to the skin.

Skin tags are tiny, normally smaller than 2mm in size but some might grow to several centimeters. They are soft and painless to touch.

They can either be:

  • Smooth and round.
  • Wrinkly and asymmetrical.
  • Threadlike resembling rice grains.

Their colour can vary from being flesh-coloured to becoming darker than the surrounding skin. Twisting a skin tag can make it darker due to the obstruction of blood flow.

They occur in both sex and can appear anywhere on the body.

They are usually found in:

  • Armpits.
  • Groin.
  • Thighs.
  • Eyelids.
  • Neck.
  • Area under the breast.


The exact cause for the occurrence of skin tags are still vague. Some of the causes that are attributed to their occurrence are:

  • Friction.
  • Resistance to insulin leading to Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.
  • Occurrence is more common in Pregnancy.
  • Hormonal imbalance has been found to be the cause in rare cases.
  • Though it is genetic, not everyone at the same family is effected.


Skin tags are neither contagious nor dangerous but it is cosmetically disfiguring.

Do not try to remove the skin tags on your own as removing skin tags might cause bleeding, burns and infection. Do not attempt to remove it by tying thread or hair around the tags as these may cause excessive pain and infection. Refrain from applying acids/irritants/home remedies on it as these may contribute to darkening of the area. The best advice is to let it be handled by your dermatologist.

Some of the treatment options for for removing skin tags are:

  • Cauterization
  • Cryotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Electrosurgery
  • Ligation
  • Laser treatment

Depending on the type of lesion, the removal method is chosen and performed after application of topical anesthesia.
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Authored By: Dr.Anjana Mohan

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