Skin Tag

Overview

Skin tags, also called acrochodons, are small flesh-coloured or brown growths that hang off the skin and look a bit like warts. They are usually found on the neck, chest, back, armpits, under the breasts or in the groin area, often caused by friction.

Skin tags are not dangerous and very common. They are made up of loosely arranged collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by a thick end or thinned-out epidermis.

Skin tags can look smooth or slightly wrinkled and vary in size from 1mm to 5cm. Skin tags usually don’t cause any pain, however, they can be irritated or may end up bleeding if jewelry or clothing or seat belts rub the skin tags. Skin tags can be removed safely with minimal scarring. There are both clinical and home treatments available to remove or stop such skin conditions.

Treatments for Skin Tag

The best thing to do is to book a consultation with a dermatologist or your family doctor (GP). They will be able to exam the skin tags to make sure that a more serious skin problems does not exist. Sometimes moles, warts and skin cancer lesions can be wrongly diagnosed as skin tags.