Many people these days have skin tags on certain parts of their body. It is said that skin tags are more predominant in areas of the skin where creases are formed such as the eyelids, neck, groin and armpits. Skin tags are more commonly seen in adults and especially those over the age of fifty. While it is not unheard of for children to develop skin tags, it is not very common. People with diabetes, who are overweight and those who are pregnant might be more prone to developing skin tags.
Most professionals are of the opinion that skin tags are caused by skin rubbing together and this is the reason that those who are overweight might be more likely to develop them. In the case of pregnant women it is thought that the increase in hormones is what causes the skin tags.
The main thing to remember, however, is that skin tags are not dangerous and in most cases they should not even cause any pain or discomfort. They do not need to be removed because they will not cause any harm. However many people do not like the look of skin tags and they are embarrassed by them. For this reason they may want to have them removed and thankfully there are a number of home removal methods that can be tried to get rid of unwanted skin tags.
A very common removal method for skin tags is to tie a piece of thread or string around the skin tag. Dental floss or tape is also something that people will often use instead of string. The reason for doing this is to cut off the blood supply to the skin tag. If the string is tied at the very base of the skin tag where it is joined to the rest of the body then the blood supply can be completely cut off. It is important to remember that the string must be tied quite tight so as not to let any blood through to the skin tag. The tighter the string is tied, the more chance that the skin tag will dry out quicker and the skin tag will just fall off. This method can cause a little bit of pain when the string is tied but it is one of the most effective methods for home skin tag removal. This is one method that can be permanent but of course there is no guarantee. The nearer to the base of the skin tag that you tie the string, the more likely it is that the skin tag will not reappear in the future.
Many people like this method because it is something that they can do from the comfort of their own home. They like the fact that they can do it themselves or get a friend or family member to help. Removing skin tags at home is much more preferable for a number of people than visiting the doctor. It means that they can do this in their own time without having to worry about getting a doctor’s appointment. The fact that this is such an effective and pain free method is yet another reason why it is so popular.