Have you been noticing fleshy little growths on your skin? They’re called Skin Tags, or Acrochordons, the medial name. Fortunately, they are completely harmless, but super annoying, especially if you don’t like the way they look, and who would?
Skin tags look like a tiny flap of skin that are usually small in size, flesh-colored, and develop on anyone. They usually appear around middle age, although if there is a genetic predisposition for moles and skin tags in your family they can appear sooner. Skin tags generally appear in the groin area, under the breasts, armpits, back, chest, eyelids and neck. Skin tags are usually benign, although any change in shape or color of a skin tag should be examined by your doctor.
As with most skin disorders, Skin tags can be indicators of other internal illness, as well as caused by hormonal fluctuations that are experienced during pregnancy or due to weight gain.
Some of the factors that may contribute to skin tags include:
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Insulin Resistance
- Metabolic Syndrome
We believe that many skin disorders, including skin tags can be prevented. As with any situation, it’s best to get to the root cause. If the root cause isn’t addressed, and you have the tags removed, they will most likely come back.
If the cause is being overweight, than developing a healthy diet or changing your current diet and including some form of exercise routine is going to get you on track for improved health. If you are pre-diabetic or diabetic than a discussion with your doctor to get a handle on your blood sugar levels may be in order.
Healthy lifestyle changes will improve the texture, look, and feel of your skin, and in most cases, within a short period of time.
Skin tags are usually removed for cosmetic reasons. Most skin tags are painless, but based on their location they can become bothersome. They can get caught on necklaces, or become irritated from the friction of clothes. Skin tags on the eyelids may become a problem, especially if you rub your eyes frequently.
There are many home remedies for removing skin tags, they usually involve multiple applications a day of a product and can take months to produce results. It isn’t wise to cut or clip skin tags yourself. The skin tag is attached to the body by a stalk. Cutting a skin tag off can result in bleeding, an infection or both. It is always wise to have skin tags removed by your doctor.
Based on the size, quantity and location of your skin tag(s) your doctor may use cryotherapy to freeze it off, remove it surgically in the office with a scalpel or scissors, or use electrical cauterization. Depending on the size and location, a numbing agent may also be used.
If you are looking for a natural remedy, we suggest tea tree oil or apple cider vinegar. Keep in mind that both will take several applications and a few days before they are completely gone.
TEA TREE OIL
Tea tree oil provides a painless way to remove skin tags from your body. This oil has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties and it also works to dry out the skin tag so that it falls off on its own.
SAFETY PRECAUTION: Always dilute the tea tree oil in water mixture to avoid skin irritation.
Apply a few drops of tea tree oil to a damp cotton ball and thoroughly clean the skin tag and the area around it. Use the cotton swab that has water and tea tree oil on it and gently massage the skin tag and the surrounding area several times a day. I
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and hold it in place over the skin tag with a bandage. Always check for skin irritation if you use this method.
Check out the video below to learn more!
If your skin tags aren’t bothering you, leave them alone. But as with any skin growth, if there is a change in the appearance, color or size be sure to have your doctor take a look.
Posted on Sat, December 31, 2016
by Mary Wank filed under