Skin Tag Causes
According to estimates, about every second person on this
planet has one or more skin tags on his/her body in one of
several areas - the groin,
armpits or eyelids. Yet, the question of skin tag causes has
not been answered by health professionals. One of the main
reasons for this seems to be the benign nature of skin tags.
Since they are known not to pose any threat to health, skin
tag causes have not been made a priority for scientific research.
Still, several studies have been conducted by several researchers
to find possible skin tag causes and their findings include
a number of influencing factors potentially responsible for
causing skin growths that include the commonly known skin
tags. The main causes are briefly described below.
One of the possible skin tag causes is heredity i.e. genetic
tendency to develop skin tags. This has been found particularly
in people who are in, or close to, the middle years of their
life. But people of any age group, including babies, are on
the average more likely to develop skin tags if they are born
to parents who have the same kind of skin growths.
A number of studies and surveys list obesity as one of the
of skin tags. Being overweight puts you at an increased
chance of getting skin tags. Overweight people usually develop
skin tags in their armpits, groins, on the neck, and on eyelids.
It is yet to be discovered exactly what causes skin tags to
grow in these parts in obese people. One idea is that rubbing
of skin against skin is an important influence on the growth
of skin tags. In women, this is thought to be responsible
for developing skin tags under the breasts.
Men and women are equally likely to get skin tags except
for pregnant women. Pregnancy is one of the main skin tag
causes in women. Pregnant women may develop skin tags under
their breasts (bra lines), under the arms, and/or on the neck
(between the folds). The good thing about skin tags in pregnancy
is that they commonly disappear, without treatment, in a few
months after childbirth. If they cause annoying symptoms,
tag removal can be performed safely by cryotherapy (the
of skin tags) in a dermatologist’s office.
Miscellaneous Skin Tag Causes
Besides the main factors mentioned above, other skin tag
causes have also been shown to influence the growth of skin
tags. The most notable of these is chaffing or rubbing
of skin against skin in different parts of the body. Elevated
levels of hormones, like those peaking during pregnancy or
involved in gigantism, are also regarded as possible skin
tag causes. Another cause, pointed out by some studies, is
the boy’s insulin resistance. In some cases, microorganisms
may also cause the appearance and/or growth of skin tags.
The Human Papillomavirus (wart virus) is one such example
of skin tag causes.