as acrochordons, are small flesh-colored skin growths that develop along skin creases. They tend to appear in the armpits, eyelids, groin, neck and under the breasts. They are particularly common in obese and overweight individuals. Skin tags are benign lesions that do not pose any health risk. They may, however, be a nuisance to individuals who consider them unsightly and unappealing. This is usually an indication for medical intervention through procedures such as excision, cryotherapy or cauterization.
How are they formed?
The pathogenesis of skin tags on the body is still relatively unclear. They are thought to be a result of skin to skin rubbing as is characteristic of skin creases. With time, a small pedunculated bag-like projection forms on the skin. Recent scientific studies have established an association between infections with low-risk HPV 6 and 11 and the occurrence of the lesions. Evidence also links them to obesity, insulin resistance and hyperlipidemia. There also appears to be a genetic predisposition, as they are common in certain families.
The occurrence of skin tags is not limited to human beings. Other animal species are known to develop similar lesions as well. You may be able to spot them in dogs, cats, and rabbits as tiny skin projections beneath the fur. They are usually quite harmless and there is no need for any intervention once identified.
How can they be prevented?
Since skin tags are associated with obesity, maintaining a healthy BMI through diet and exercise can be potentially preventative. Reducing one’s dietary intake of sugars will prevent the development of insulin intolerance, and subsequently, reduce the chances of developing these skin lesions. In order to reduce the friction along skin creases, one may apply some medicated powders in intertriginous areas. These minimize the effect of skin to skin rubbing while helping to keep the area dry at the same time. Ensure the powders are unscented so as to avoid irritation. in addition, avoid wearing tight clothing that may unnecessarily rub against your skin. These simple measures may prove to be incredibly helpful.