25 Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much does skin tag removal hurt?

Depending on the method you use to remove a skin tag, will depend on how much it will hurt. Never try just pulling off a skin tag — this will be very painful and possibly bleed a lot. Doctors will usually inject a local anesthetic to help numb the pain if they are removing it with cauterization or surgically. Some creams may burn a little for a short while. Ligating the skin tag may make your skin feel like it is being pinched while the skin tag is dying.

2. What are the best ways to prevent skin tags from forming?

Keeping your skin clean and healthy will go a long way to prevent skin tags. Clean skin causes less friction and when our skin is healthy it is stronger, making it more difficult for skin tags to form. Anti-friction powders are also available to help reduce friction prevent skin tags. If you are overweight, losing weight will greatly aid in preventing skin tags.

3. Why do some people get brown skin tags?

Skin tags have 2 natural colors. They are mostly flesh colored and some people with lighter skin may notice that they have brown skin tags. These are both normal and fine. If a skin tag is lighter and then turns brown, this usually means the skin tag is thrombosed and will soon die and fall off.

4. Why are some people prone to skin tags?

Genetics. Some people are just genetically prone to skin tags. There is not much that can be done to prevent these, so it’s best to find a removal technique that works best for you in order to remove them when they appear.

5. Do skin tags have a root?

No, skin tags don’t have roots. They grow from the skin’s surface to form a pouch. It may seem like they do because when you remove a skin tag, a new skin tag may grow in the same place. That just means the area is susceptible to skin tags and not that a skin tag is regrowing from a root.

6. Can skin tags turn into cancer?

Skin tags will very rarely turn into cancer. They are very common, benign growths. Less than 0.5% of skin tags have been found to be cancerous.

7. Are skin tags contagious?

No, skin tags are not contagious. They can form in clusters if they are in an area of friction or if you have diabetes or prediabetes, but they don’t have any contagion or virus associated with them.

8. How can I treat a sore skin tag?

Skin tags can be painful if they have been pulled or scratched. To treat them, you should avoid them getting irritated. Apply some antibacterial cream and place a band-aid over the irritated skin tag. Leave it for a few days. If it does not heal on its own, visit your doctor.

9. Do skin tags sometimes disappear due to natural causes

The only skin tags that may disappear on their own without you removing them are skin tags that form during pregnancy.  Most skin tags will require you to remove them.

10. What is the cost of removing skin tags?

To remove skin tags in the doctor’s office, can cost from $100 to $500. Most insurances won’t cover the removal of skin tags because it’s considered a cosmetic procedure.

11. What causes skin tags in armpits?

Our armpits are on a major joint. Every time we move our arms, our skin rubs against itself or our clothes. Friction being a major cause of skin tags means that our armpits are a common area for skin tags to form.

12. Does chromium picolinate remove skin tags?

Chromium picolinate is a supplement that can be purchased at the drugstore or health shops. In order for something to be prescribed by a doctor, it needs to have been tested and approved by the medical community. Because chromium picolinate is a natural supplement, it has not undergone specialized trials to approve it for skin tag removal. However, many people have stated that they have used it to remove skin tags, and whilst it may take a couple of months to show results, it has been reported to prevent skin tags for as long as you are taking the chromium picolinate. Stopping it may result in skin tags starting to appear again.

13. Does dental floss remove skin tags?

Yes, you can remove skin tags by tying dental floss tightly around the base of the skin tag. An easier option may be to try TagBands. They work the same way to ligate the skin tag, but with an easier application. It takes about 4 – 7 days for the skin tag to fall off.

14. Can a wart remover remove skin tags?

Yes, many wart removers can also be used to remove skin tags.

15. How can I remove skin tags from the face?

Skin tags that appear on your face can be removed using TagBands or a cautery pen. However, don’t try these on the eyelids. For skin tags around the eyes, it is best to see your doctor.

16. Can I just leave my skin tag alone?

Yes, skin tags are harmless and benign. However, if it sits it a place that it can easily get irritated or pulled, it is a good idea to remove it as you don’t want it getting tugged or scratched.

17. How do dermatologists remove skin tags?

Dermatologists will usually surgically remove skin tags using a scalpel, scissors or a blade. Alternatively, they may cauterize the skin tag using a heat tipped pen or freeze it off using liquid nitrogen.

18. How do I remove skin tags with duct tape?

Using duct tape to remove skin tags is not advised. It is not a proven removal method and can irritate the skin tag. The method involves cutting a small circle of duct tape, to cover it, and stick it over the top of the skin tag. Replace the duct tape daily until the skin tag falls off.

19. How can you pull or cut off a skin tags off?

You don’t. Pulling off a skin tag opens you up to infection, scarring and possible profuse bleeding. There are many great products available to safely remove skin tags rather than just pulling them off.

20. Does HPV cause skin tags

No, HPV does not cause skin tags. HPV (human papillomavirus) is a virus and skin tags contain no virus, they are merely a bulb of skin made up of collagen and blood vessels.

21. What happens if you lance/prick a skin tag

A skin tag is not filled with any fluid that needs to be drained. It is mostly made up of blood vessels. So, trying to pop or lance a skin tag will just cause it to bleed and possibly get infected. It will not remove the skin tag.

22. Are skin tags hereditary

Yes, a susceptibility to skin tags does possibly live in your genetics and can be passed on between generations. If your family members have skin tags, you could have the gene.

23. Does Tea Tree Oil work on skin tags?

Yes, Tea Tree Oil does work to remove skin tags, but it’s not a 100% certain method. Whether tea tree oil works for you or not, will depend on your skin type and how vigilant you are about following the right routine to remove skin tags.

24. How long does it take for a skin tag to fall off?

This really depends on the method you use. The quickest options would be surgical removal or cauterization. Freezing or ligating a skin tag can take 4 – 7 days to fall off and some natural methods can take a little longer.

25. Are skin tags itchy?

Skin tags are generally not itchy, but they can get itchy if they get irritated. Try putting a band-aid over the skin tag to avoid further irritation and wait for it to completely heal before you remove the skin tag to prevent further irritation.