The myths and the truths

You shouldn’t feel worried if you get skin tags. Noticing you have one, or watching it slowly grow might ring a few alarm bells in your head, especially if you seek advice from friends who mightn’t know what exactly they’re looking at.

The best way of understanding your skin tag isn’t a big a problem as it seems is to look at some of these truths and myths about them. It should help to put your mind at ease.

Myth

You get skin tags because you have bad skin.

Truth

Anyone can get skin tags, no matter how good or bad their skin is. There is no specific set of signs in place that say your skin tag is a result of bad skin care, but you should always remember to take care of your skin as much as possible.

Myth

Skin tags can be a warning sign of skin cancer.

Truth

Anyone can get skin tags, no matter how good or bad their skin is. There is no specific set of signs in place that say your skin tag is a result of bad skin care, but you should always remember to take care of your skin as much as possible.

Myth

Skin tags harden over time

Truth

Skin tag will always stay soft. If you have a lump on the skin that becomes harder over time, then it is probably just a wart.

Myth

Skin tags grow in exposed areas

Truth

They can appear anywhere in the body, no matter how much exposure to sunlight your body gets. It just happens that many occur in visible areas that are more noticeable.

Myth

Skin tags only occur in elderly people

Truth

Anyone can get skin tags, no matter what their age. It’s only seen as something that happens to elderly people because they might have excess skin and the collagen underneath is having a hard time connecting with other blood vessels, which in turn forces the skin outwards.

Myth

Steroids will cause skin tags

Truth

Steroids affect the muscles in the body more than the skin. While there is no real connection between prescribed steroid usage and skin tags, people who take illegal steroids run in to the problem of the bonds between skin and muscle having a hard time functioning properly and can cause the formation of skin tags. These tags though are still harmless.

These are just some of the main myths you’ll hear about skin tags. To find out more, check out some of other pages with all the relevant information you need.