A skin tag is a small, noncancerous growth that develops when the skin rubs against itself. There is no treatment for them. A skin tag removal procedure can be arranged if you are bothered by their appearance. Receiving care from a healthcare professional is important rather than treating yourself.

Skin tags: what causes them?

During the growth phase of the skin’s top layers, acrochordons occur. Usually, they form in folds of skin or areas where the skin rubs against itself as a result of natural movements. Examples of skin tags are:

  • Armpits.
  • Eyelids.
  • Groin or thighs.
  • Neck.
  • Under the breasts.
  • Genitals.

How likely am I to develop skin tags?

Skin tags are more likely to develop as we age. They are also more likely to develop if you:

  • Skin tags run in my family.
  • Diabetes, obesity or dermatological conditions like Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome may affect their health.
  • Growing hormone levels may spike during pregnancy.

Is skin tag removal painful?

There may be some discomfort associated with skin tag removal procedures. To keep you comfortable, you are given medication.
What will the skin tag area look like after being removed?
After the treatment, there might be some scabbing of the treated area. The skin may appear slightly imperfect after the scab falls off. Other people won’t even notice the imperfections.


  • The removal of skin tags is normally for aesthetic or cosmetic reasons as they are usually harmless.
  • A large skin tag may need to be removed in order to avoid irritation, especially if it rubs against something, such as clothing, jewellery, or your skin.
  • You can make shaving easier by removing a large skin tag from your face or under your arms.


Following are possible procedures:

  • Cauterization: Burning the skin tag off with an electrolysis machine
  • Cryosurgery: A liquid nitrogen probe is used to freeze off a skin tag
  • Ligation: Cutting off the blood supply to the skin tag
  • Excision: The tag is surgically removed

Ideally, dermatologists, skin specialists, or other medical professionals with similar training should handle these operations.