Skin tags are tiny areas of skin that have created a loose piece of tissue that protrudes from the surface.
They vary in size from a few millimetres to a larger version that can be a few centimetres known as a papilloma that often dangles from the skin.
Skin tags on the body commonly occur in axilla underarms or groin areas. Those in the underarms and groin often occur due to the friction of skin rubbing on skin which causes the skin tags to grow. They can become numerous in number over time and grown quite large. They often have their own blood supply so can bleed a lot if people attempt DIY removal which is not advised.
Body skin tags are easily removed
The removal of skin tags is simple and quick. Most require a medical professional to remove so it is done safely and without any risk of infection or recurrence.
Genital Skin Tags
Treating Skin Tags at Home
Home remedies that include tying a piece of cotton thread around the base of skin tags in the hope they fall off can often lead to infection and leave the root so are best avoided. Destructive creams that are often acid based and other DIY skin tag removal can lead to bad scarring in some cases and we would advise patients to seek proper medical advice before embarking on these treatments.
Skin Tag Photos
Skin tags commonly appear under the arms where the skin rubs together
Skin tags are also common in the groin area where skin rubs. Although harmless, removal is usually preferable for aesthetic and comfort reasons.