Your Basic Guide to Skin Tags

by | Sep 4, 2017 | Blog

Skin Lesions

Skin tags are easily mistaken as warts. However, they are benign flesh-colored skin lesions caused by excessive skin growth. Unlike warts, skin tags are not contagious. They are found around the underarms, neck, face, upper chest, and genitals.

People experience skin tags from genetics, obesity, pregnancy, and age. Studies have shown the relationship between skin tags and pre-diabetic individuals. Additionally, those who suffer from diabetes or obesity develop insulin resistance, which may trigger development in skin tags.  

Skin tags generally do not require any treatment. However, people may opt for treatment if they are bothered by it.

Before considering any skin lesion treatments, contact a board-certified dermatologist.


Natural Remedies

Skin Lesions Natural Remedies

Some people prefer natural remedies when treating skin tags. However, there is no scientific evidence behind these methods and should be used as your own risk.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is popularly known to treat acne. According to research, tea tree oil holds anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which help dry out small skin tags. Drying out the skin lesion has allowed the skin tissue fall off on its own.

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Treatment Options

Skin Lesions Surgery

Smaller skin tags usually rub off if they are small enough, but larger ones require a medical procedure.


According to research, electrosurgery effectively removes benign or malignant skin lesions while controlling bleeding. Additionally, an electrical current damages and destroys the troubled skin tissue.

Surgical Removal

Like many other skin lesions, skin tags are removed surgically.  Removing skin lesions through surgery are generally easy and painless.


One of the more common treatments, cryotherapy, is highly effective treatment for treating benign skin lesions like skin tags. During cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen freezes the skin lesion and later removed. 

If you plan on seeking treatment for your skin tags, consult with a dermatologist to confirm your skin lesions.


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