What Causes Skin Tags?

If you have skin tags you are probably wondering how you got them and what causes skin tags to appear on your body.

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Skin tag causes

They are caused by skin friction and rubbing in areas under the breasts, arms and in between legs and thighs. The neck is also a common area due to shirts rubbing. Your family history can be another cause of these skin lesions particularly if they occur around the eyes and eyelids.

Occasionally groin, genital and anal skin tags can occur that may be caused by a virus creating a warty skin tag.

During pregnancy skin tags can be quite common and  are perfectly safe to remove.

Even though the causes are not exactly known there are some theories. One possible reason is it can be passed on genetically from your family. Obesity is another factor that may cause skin tags as many people who are overweight seem to develop them.

Other causes are over active hormones during pregnancy that is a perfectly normal occurance and not have any medical consequences.

However, for some people they can be very embarrassing and have some negative psychological impact.

Whatever the cause of skin tags, they can appear at any age but are more common as we get older.

There are many options you can pursue to remove skin tags. You can get them surgically removed by your doctor at one of our six skin clinics that offer specialist same day treatments

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