What Are Skin Tags? Causes and Treatment Options

What Can I Do To Prevent Future Skin Tags?

What Can I Do To Prevent Future Skin Tags
What Can I Do To Prevent Future Skin Tags

Skin tags are generally not painful or dangerous, some people may find them unsightly or uncomfortable and want to prevent them from forming. Here are some tips for preventing skin tags: (5)

  1. Avoid skin friction: Skin tags can develop in areas where there is constant friction between skin folds. To prevent this, try to avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes, especially in areas prone to friction, such as the neck, underarms, and groin.
  2. Keep skin clean and dry: Maintaining good skin hygiene and keeping the skin clean and dry can help prevent skin tags from forming. Make sure to clean your skin regularly and pat dry with a towel, especially in areas where the skin folds.
  3. Maintain a healthy weight: Obesity and excess body weight can increase the risk of developing skin tags. Maintaining a healthy weight and BMI can help reduce the likelihood of skin tags forming.
  4. Avoid using harsh chemicals on the skin: Some chemicals or irritants can cause skin tags to develop. Avoid using harsh chemicals or irritating products on the skin, and opt for gentle cleansers and moisturizers.
  5. Protect skin from sun damage: Prolonged exposure to UV rays can damage the skin and increase the risk of skin tags. Use sunscreen with a high SPF (at least 30), wear protective clothing, and seek shade when the sun is at its peak to protect your skin from sun damage.
  6. Be cautious with jewelry: Wearing jewelry, particularly in areas where the skin is folded, can potentially cause skin tags to form. Be careful with jewelry that may rub against the skin repeatedly, and consider removing it if it causes irritation.