What do they look like?

Acrochordon. That is the medical name for a skin tag. And while it might be a complicated word to say, skin tags aren’t a complicated matter to cover. Figuring out if you have a skin tag depends on whether you know what a skin tag actually looks like. There are very simple signs to look out and this page will highlight what a skin tag is and what it does.

The first thing to realise is that skin tags are completely harmless, so no need to worry if you think you have one. Anyone can get a skin tag and there are no common symptoms that can lead to someone having one.

One prevailing theory of how they occur is due to irritation of the skin. A lot of people who are overweight and old seem to get skin tags. With that excess fat and folds of skin rubbing against clothes constantly, tags might be irritated in to growing in size, although remember that skin tags themselves don’t give off the sensation of feeling irritated.

How big a skin tag can be is completely random. Many are just a few millimetres in length, but they can grow to be a few centimetres in width too. You might be mistaken in to thinking that you have a wart but there are very simple signs to tell the difference. Skin tags are smooth to the touch because they are essentially just an extension of your skin, rather than an alternative growth.

Because they are soft, if you have a big one, it will seemingly sit quite foppishly, unlike a wart which is hard to the touch and stagnant. Skin tags also only ever occur in one or two spots if you manage to get them. They will be unrelated though, unlike warts which tend to grow in clusters near each other.

The main problem with how a skin tag looks is that for many people it just doesn’t look nice. The most common points of the body for someone to get one are one the neck (where skin folds in the middle), in your armpits, under the breasts and near the groin. You might realise that these are all parts of the body where sweat can cling to quite easily. While there’s no connection between sweat and skin tags, tags most likely form here because these are areas that move a lot.