Skin Tags: Causes, Treatments, and Prevention

Skin tags are pretty common, but particularly are more common among people with diabetes and with people who are obese, both the conditions often go hand in hand.

  • Causes:

In most cases, skin tags are a result of friction between adjacent areas of the skin or between clothes and skin. Due to an increase in this friction, skin tags have often caused more in overweight individuals. Plus, this also explains why skin tags often grown in skin folds.

Moreover, insulin resistance, which may also lead to Type 2 diabetes and predicates, may be a primary cause of developing skin tags. Since individuals with insulin resistance don’t completely absorb glucose from the bloodstream, it may give rise to the formation of skin tags.

Skin tags can also follow pregnancy. This may be a result of hormonal imbalance and weight gain.

  • Treatments:

Although removal of skin tags by a qualified healthcare practitioner is the established treatment for skin tags, it is possible to get rid of these tags by employing effective home based remedies. Some of the well known remedies include:

  • 1.     Australian Tea Tree Oil

This particular tea tree oil is 100% natural and organic. The success ratio of this oil for removing skin tags of all sizes is quite high and is used by so many people all over the world for removing skin tags without causing pain. The oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, because of which, it becomes a good choice for people with sensitive skin type.

  • 2.     TagBand Device

The TagBand device is undeniably an effective and easy way to remove skin tags, with no risk of infection and irritation. The comprehensive kit includes all the tools that you will need to remove a benign growth within a week. Plus, it also contains an instructional manual that will help you follow the instructions carefully.

  • 3.     Vitamin E Oil

Another essential oil, apart from tea tree oil, is Vitamin E oil, which contains the powerful properties for treating skin tags. It is a prevailing antioxidant that can be applied topically to the skin tags. Ensure that you always use a high-quality liquid Vitamin E that is specially formulated for topical treatment.

Apply the oil to the skin tag and cover it with a bandage. Then change the bandage and Vitamin E oil every day after cleansing the affected area.

  • 4.     Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, thereby making it an unprecedented choice for removing skin tags without creating a fuss. Make sure that you thoroughly clean and dry the area around the tag. Then, apply some apple cider vinegar to a clean cotton swab and apply it to the tag. Hold the cotton ball in place for a few minutes. Repeat this process three times a day for a few weeks or until the skin tag darkens and eventually falls off.

  • Prevention:

As they say, ‘prevention is always better than cure’. But, remember, it is not possible to completely prevent the development of skin tags. Yes, there are a couple of measures that you can take, such as losing weight, for preventing the formation of skin tags.

Moreover, it is also a good idea to visit a doctor to examine your skin tag. Sometimes, other skin conditions such as moles and warts can resemble skin tags, so it is best to get the diagnosis correct from an experienced dermatologist.

Improving your overall health and lifestyle can also help in preventing the formation of skin tags. For instance, if you eat a lot of sugar, consume too much of saturated fat, your body could be changing. So it is advisable to modify your diet and lose weight. When you lose weight, you will sweat less and hence, have fewer skin folds. Besides, losing weight will also mean fewer hormonal changes, which will help in preventing skin tags.

Final Words

Skin tags are usually harmless, and therefore, is not necessary to remove them unless they cause some form of discomfort. Always consult your doctor or dermatologist if they begin to cause you pain, irritation, or bleeding. Do not delay in getting these tags examined!

 

Harvey lives with his wife, daughter, and two golden retrievers in one of the many stone houses in Stamford, UK. He is a freelance writer and a content strategist with many top health and beauty product companies like Tagband: makers one of the most popular skin tag removal devices in the UK. When he is not working he can be found sipping coffee in one of the cafe’s overlooking river Welland.