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What Causes Skin Tags

A Skin Tag scientifically named acrochordon or fibroepithelial polyp, is a small benign tumor that forms mainly in areas where the skin forms creases, such as the armpit, groin and neck. They can also manifest themselves on the face and in rare cases on the eyelid.

Skin Tags are quite harmless and painless and do not grow larger than a grain of rice once formed.

The surface of a Skin Tag may be smooth or irregular in appearance and is raised from the surface of the skin. a Skin Tag consists of a fibro-vascular core, often with fat cells, covered by skin.

What causes Skin Tags to form?

There is no definitive answer to this question however it is believed that skin tags occur when skin rubs against skin, since they more often than not form in skin creases and folds.

Interestingly Skin Tags are reported to have an incidence of 46% in the general population and they are more common in women than men.

Skin Tag Removal

Can skin Tags be treated of removed? Skin tags can be surgically removed, but this seems draconian unless there is a cosmetic reason for removal, or sufferers can choose to treat Skin Tags with Natural Skin Care products such as described on our Skin Tag Removal page.


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Syrinx ZA Chief Executive Ashley Metcalfe is responsible for marketing and business development. Ashley is as passionate about cricket as he is skin care. Drop Ashley a line if you have any skin related questions.

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