Skin Tags

What are Skin tags?

Skin tags are small, flesh-coloured or brown growths that hang off the skin and look a bit like warts. They are very common and harmless.

They can vary in size from a few millimetres up to 5cm wide. However they are most commonly found on the neck, armpits, around the groin, under the breasts and on the eyelids.

Skin tags which are in areas where the skin forms creases are called acrochordon skin tags. These most commonly appear on areas such as the armpit, neck, groin and eyelids.

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Who is affected by them?

Anyone can be affected by skin tags, however they are most common in older people, people with diabetes and people who are pregnant.

What causes them?

They are usually formed when skin rubs against skin or clothing. This also explains why they tend to affect overweight people or younger children who have excess fold of skin or skin chafing. Pregnant women may also be more likely to develop skin tags due to changes in their hormone levels.



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