What Are Skin Tags? Causes and Treatment Options

Skin Tags Causes

Skin Tags Causes
Skin Tags Causes

Skin tags are benign skin growths that occur in areas of friction or rubbing – such as underarms, neck, groin, eyelids, and beneath breasts. The exact cause is not known, but some factors that may contribute to their development include: (3)

  1. Genetics – People with a family history of skin tags may be more prone to developing them.
  2. Obesity – Excess weight can increase the chances of developing skin tags due to friction and rubbing of skin folds.
  3. Pregnancy – Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to the development of skin tags.
  4. Age – Skin tags tend to occur more frequently with advancing age.
  5. Diabetes – People with diabetes are more likely to develop skin tags due to increased insulin levels.
  6. Human papillomavirus (HPV) – Some types of HPV can cause skin tags.
  7. Certain medications – Some medications, such as steroids, may increase the likelihood of developing skin tags.