What are the Main Causes of Skin Tags?

by Paul on September 6, 2013

There are many names for the issue commonly known as skin tags. In medical lingo, they are referred to as arochordon, cutaneous tag, fibroepithelial polyp, fibroma molluscum, papilloma coli, soft fibroma, Templeton skin tag – and so on. For those uninitiated in medicine, the above names may not mean much, but, in fact, they do offer some clues as to the causes and nature of the common skin tag. You may note that many of those names identify skin tags as polyps or fibromas. In essence, a skin tag is a benign tumor, which can be dealt with in any number of ways. They are never malign or cause cancer, nor should they be necessarily interpreted as a sign of cancer. As anyone who has ever had to deal with them can tell you, they are most of all a great cause of annoyance. Firstly, because they are difficult to get rid of, secondly because their appearance may make the sufferer feel self-conscious, and, last but not least, because they can be accidentally scratched or torn off with clothing or jewelry.

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Some categories of people are more likely to develop skin tags in time. One such category is that of those with weight issues, but also diabetes sufferers, and pregnant women. This is not to say that women develop skin tags more readily than men. According to dermatologists, the issue affects both men and women equally. Lastly, some inherit a propensity for developing skin tags from their hereditary baggage.

Generally, skin tags will develop during the second part of life, which is also known as midlife. Their precise cause is unknown of yet. Some have surmised that skin tags are actually small mounds of collagen and blood vessels, trapped beneath thick layers of skin. Others believe that skin rubbing against itself will cause the apparition of skin tags, mostly because they are usually found in skin folds and creases. Here are some of the most common risk factors for developing skin tags:

  • Obesity. Being overweight certainly causes the sufferer to have more areas on his or her body where the skin rubs against itself. It’s also worth mentioning that Type 2 diabetes comes with a high risk of obesity, which explains why diabetics also often encounter skin tags on their bodies.
  • Pregnancy. When pregnant, the female body secretes a range of hormones it doesn’t normally produce. These hormones can cause the apparition of skin tags.
  • HPV. The human papilloma virus is responsible for numerous health issues, the most severe of which is cancer. Those infested with HPV 6 and HPV 11, which have a low risk of leading to cancer, can also develop skin tags.
  • Steroid usage. Steroids are used illegally in order to improve one’s physical performance. They can literally cause users to ‘bulk up’, thereby generating a larger area of skin to be affected by the emergence of skin tags. However, more often than not, it’s the bonding of collagen fibers, determined by steroids, which associate steroid usage with skin tags.

The most recent statistics on the prevalence of skin tags in the United States of America say that almost half of the population (46 per cent, specifically) has them. Another factor worth mentioning is heredity. If a close relative displays skin tags, chances are you are going to suffer from them as well. On occasion, skin tags can also develop because of the presence of PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). Skin tags can be efficiently removed by using Tag Away, a homeopathic formula, which is both affordable and risk-free. It causes no pain and no scarring, while also eliminating the self-consciousness that comes along with bearing the stigma of skin tags.

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