Benign Skin Growths

Skin Tags

Skin tags, medically known as acrochordons, are small, usually benign growths that appear as soft, flesh-colored or slightly darker skin-colored bumps attached to the skin by a stalk or peduncle. They are commonly found in areas where the skin rubs against itself or clothing, such as the neck, armpits, groin, and eyelids. While skin tags are harmless, they can sometimes be bothersome or cosmetically undesirable. In rare instances, skin tags may be a presentation for skin cancer (Pinkus tumor). If there is uncertainty, a dermatologist should be consulted.

The exact cause of skin tags is not fully understood, but they are believed to develop as a result of friction or rubbing between the skin folds, leading to the overgrowth of skin cells and the formation of small protrusions. Risk factors for developing skin tags may include obesity, hormonal changes (such as during pregnancy), genetics, and age.

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Treatment Options For Skin Tags

It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a dermatologist or primary care physician, before attempting to remove skin tags, especially if they are large, bleeding, or located in sensitive areas such as the eyelids or genital area.


Cryotherapy involves freezing the skin tag with liquid nitrogen, causing it to shrink, die, and eventually fall off. This procedure is quick, relatively painless, and typically does not require anesthesia.


Excision involves cutting off the skin tag with a scalpel or surgical scissors. This method is quick and effective for removing larger skin tags but may require local anesthesia to numb the area and prevent pain. It may also result in minor bleeding and scarring.

Over-the-counter Treatments

There are various over-the-counter products available, such as skin tag removal creams, gels, and patches, that claim to dissolve or remove skin tags. However, the effectiveness of these products may vary, and it’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

Home Remedies

Some people may try home remedies such as applying apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, or duct tape to the skin tag to help shrink or remove it. While these methods may work for some individuals, they are not supported by scientific evidence and may cause irritation or damage to the surrounding skin.

Electrosurgery or Cauterization

Electrosurgery or cauterization involves using a high-frequency electrical current to burn off the skin tag. This method effectively removes the skin tag and cauterizes the wound to prevent bleeding. It may cause some discomfort and require local anesthesia.


Ligation involves tying off the base of the skin tag with a sterile thread or dental floss to cut off its blood supply. Over time, the skin tag will shrivel and fall off on its own. This method is safe and minimally invasive but may take longer to see results compared to other treatment options.

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