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Understanding Skin Tags: Causes, Types, and Removal Options

October 17, 2023
5 min read
Understanding Skin Tags: Causes, Types, and Removal Options

Skin tags - tiny, benign growths that often pop up on the skin's surface - can be more than just a cosmetic concern. They are a common and misunderstood occurrence, and although harmless, can have a profound effect on one’s self-confidence. At AL Aesthetics, we believe that knowledge is the key to taking control of your skin's health. In this blog, we’ll provide you with everything you need to know about skin tags, including their causes, types, and the safest removal options. As your go-to source for advanced skin tag removal, we’re here to empower you with the information you need to make an informed decision about these small skin companions.


What are Skin Tags?

Skin tags, medically known as acrochordons, are small, soft, and often flesh-coloured growths that typically hang off the skin's surface. They are commonly found in areas where skin rubs against skin or clothing, such as the neck, underarms, eyelids, and groin. Skin tags are usually painless, but they can become irritated or inflamed due to friction.

What Causes Skin Tags?

While skin tags may appear suddenly and without warning, there are several factors that contribute to their development:

  1. Genetic Predisposition:  A family history of skin tags can increase your likelihood of developing them. Genetic factors play a significant role in their occurrence.
  2. Obesity: Excess body weight can lead to more skin-to-skin friction, creating an environment conducive to skin tag formation.
  3. Hormonal Changes: Fluctuations in hormones, such as during pregnancy or with conditions like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), can trigger skin tag growth.
  4. Aging: Skin tags tend to become more common with age, as skin elasticity decreases.

Types of Skin Tags  

Some of the most common types of skin tags include:


The most common type, acrochordons, appear as small, fleshy growths connected to the skin by a narrow stalk.

Fibroepithelial Polyp:  

These skin tags are made up of fibrous tissue and often have a smooth, flat appearance.


Papillomas are a unique type of skin tag characterised by their cauliflower-like appearance. They have a rough texture and tend to grow quickly.

When to Seek Professional Help  

Determining when to seek professional assistance for skin tags is a crucial consideration. If you notice that your skin tags have become unusually large, painful, swollen, or if they are bleeding, it's a sign that professional evaluation is warranted. Additionally, skin tags located in sensitive areas like the eyelids or genitals should be addressed by a skilled practitioner.  

When in doubt about the nature of a growth, it's advisable to consult a dermatologist for a comprehensive assessment. While self-removal methods are a common approach, they may not always be the safest or most effective option, especially in cases of larger or more delicate skin tags.

Safe and Effective Removal Options  

When it comes to dealing with skin tags, one of the most critical considerations is choosing a safe and effective removal method. The right approach can make a significant difference in the outcome, minimising scarring and discomfort while ensuring the successful elimination of these often bothersome growths. Some popular removal methods include:

  • Cryotherapy:  This method involves freezing the skin tag with liquid nitrogen. It's a quick and non-invasive procedure, often leading to minimal scarring.
  • Electrocautery: Electrocautery uses an electrical current to burn off the skin tag. It's a precise and efficient removal method.
  • Snip Excision:  In some cases, your dermatologist may choose to snip off the skin tag with sterile scissors. Local anaesthesia is often used to minimise discomfort.
  • AL Aesthetics Expertise: Our skilled team of practitioners specialise in the safe and effective removal of skin tags, one of our Minor Ops procedures. We use the latest and most advanced techniques to ensure minimal scarring and optimal results. Opting for professional removal of skin tags at AL Aesthetics provides a range of advantages. Our expert procedures prioritise safety, minimising the risk of complications or infection, while ensuring the complete removal of skin tags, reducing the chance of regrowth.

Self-Care & Prevention Tips  

While professional removal is the most effective way to get rid of skin tags, you can also implement self-care and preventive measures, including:

  1. Proper Hygiene: Keep the skin tag and the surrounding area clean and dry to reduce the risk of irritation.
  2. Avoid Friction: Wear clothing that reduces skin-to-skin friction, especially in areas prone to skin tag growth.
  3. Weight Management: Maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the risk of skin tags in some cases.

In conclusion, understanding and addressing skin tags is not just about the physical aspect but also about boosting your confidence. AL Aesthetics is your trusted partner on this journey, offering expert insights and safe, effective removal options for these common growths.  

Remember, skin tags are benign, and professional removal at AL Aesthetics ensures safety, effectiveness, and minimal scarring. And don’t forget to embrace self-care and preventive measures to keep your skin healthy! Your well-being is our passion, and your radiant skin is our mission.

Book your consultation with us today and let’s get you on your way to clear, confident, and blemish-free skin.  

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