Although you can’t stop them from forming, there are some basic steps that can be taken to minimize the likelihood of their development. Although the removal of skin tags is curative, individuals with the tendency to develop them are likely to develop more over time. It may become necessary to undergo additional procedures to remove future skin tags. Below are some tips on how to prevent skin tags:

Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle & Diet:

As was previously established, the presence of skin tags can be an indication of your overall health. For those engaging in an unhealthy lifestyle that includes the consumption of excess sugar and saturated fats, skin tags could be signaling an underlying health condition. Studies have revealed that skin tags could be a symptom of prediabetes. As such, it is important to take steps towards losing weight and becoming healthier overall.

To fully understand how to prevent skin tags, you should consider why they are forming in the first place. As established, the skin of obese and overweight individuals has more folds; therefore, more sweating and skin-on-skin rubbing takes place. These actions play a significant role in the development of skin tags. To prevent them from forming, you need to get active and modify your diet.

Getting rid of excess weight will cause you to have fewer folds in your skin and sweat less. You should avoid fad diets and ensure your weight loss plan is safe and healthy. The prevention of skin tags will result from a consistent lifestyle modification and not a fad diet.

In addition, fewer pounds mean fewer hormonal changes. In addition to dietary changes, it is important to do cardio and weight training exercises to tone your muscles. This will reduce the presence of loose-hanging or stretched skin.

Success will not be achieved overnight; however, you will start to see results from making some basic changes. Studies have indicated that reducing your sugar intake is vital. Additionally, a direct link between diabetes and skin tags has been identified; therefore, sugar reduction is vital.

Avoid Wearing Tight Clothing:

Wearing tight clothing causes the skin to constantly rub against the fabric of the clothes. It also prevents the skin from breathing easily. Fashion often dictates how we dress; however, you should avoid consistently wearing tight clothes regardless of how stylish you find them.

In addition, wearing jewellery could also contribute to the development of skin tags. For example, wearing a necklace on a regular basis could result in skin tags growing on your neck. This is because of the friction caused by the piece of jewellrey. Wearing clothing with a looser fit can give you a more relaxed style without compromising your fashion sense. Furthermore, allowing your skin to breathe will cause you to sweat less. Jewellery and tight clothing can actually be worn on special occasions; just avoid wearing them too often. Modifying your behavior and doing things in moderation will help you to prevent skin tags from forming.

Use Powders to Reduce Friction:

As previously stated, skin tags tend to develop around parts of the body like the neck, groin, legs, under the breasts and armpits. Applying medicated powder can assist in keeping the area drier; thereby, reducing friction and irritation. Avoid using scented powders as they could cause additional irritation. 

While being knowledgeable about preventing skin tags is always better than treating or having them removed, there are always factors out of your control. For example, it is hard to avoid hormonal changes, and for expectant mothers this is impossible to escape. However, following the previously outlined guidelines on how to prevent skin tags can assist you in looking and feeling better. For individuals who already have skin tags, there are a number of techniques that can explored to have them removed.

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Associated Ricks

While typically harmless, current research suggests that there is a strong association between skin tags and prediabetes, also called insulin resistance, and Type-2 diabetes. In those with insulin resistance, insulin becomes ineffective at pushing sugar into cells and, as such, the blood sugar builds up and the body keeps producing more insulin in an attempt to normalize blood sugar. Eventually, the pancreas becomes exhausted and diabetes results. Early detection can prevent the development of this deadly disease. Diabetics, on average, live 10 to 15 years less than non-diabetics.

Dozens of studies show that as few as three skin tags on the body are linked to increased diabetes risk. Research has also shown that those with skin tags have higher cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, and C-reactive protein (CRP) than those without skin tags (all risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease). Those with elevated CRP, a marker for inflammation in the body, are four times more likely to develop diabetes. Thus, while many are bothered by the appearance of their skin tags, they can be a useful warning sign for diabetes that should not be ignored.

Recent studies have also linked a higher incidence of skin tags to conditions such as obesity and metabolic syndrome, high levels of cholesterol, and human papilloma virus. Studies of biopsied skin tags have found that some low-risk forms of the human papilloma virus (HPV) are often present in the tissue. However, the tags themselves are harmless (and not contagious), and they don’t need to be treated.

How Do I Get Rid of a Skin Tag?

Just because skin tags are common doesn’t mean they aren’t bothersome. If your skin tags irk you, rub against clothing, get caught in jewelry, itch, or you just don’t like the way they look, you may want to consider having them removed. There are a few different options available. However, before doing so most dermatologists recommend getting your skin tags checked out by a professional. dermatologists recommend getting your skin tags checked out by a professional. It is possible to misdiagnose them, and you don’t want to ignore a more serious medical issue.

However, skin tags can be removed by sealing off the blood supply, quickly and efficiently by:

  • Cauterization – the skin tag is burned off using electrocoagulation device to interrupt the blood supply to the skin tag.
  • Cryosurgery – the skin tag is frozen off using liquid nitrogen
  • Laser or IPL – is usually used for removing flat and pigmented moles.
  • Excision – the skin tag is removed with a scalpel

Electrocautery is a procedure that uses light electrical current to burn the skin tags or mole off, reaching only the outermost layers of the skin (so scarring is not a problem). Approximately 1-2 treatments may be needed. Local anesthetic is applied to the treated area before the procedure. Compared to cyrotherapy skin tag or mole removal, removing skin tag with electrocautery is easier to perform and control, so it can be safer, and more efficient.

Cyrotherapy is a treatment that removes skin tag or mole by freezing them using liquid nitrogen. The results of these skin tag or mole removal procedures depend greatly on the performer’s skill and expertise. skin burning or scaring could result from the treatment.

Laser or IPL is usually used for removing flat and pigmented skin tags or moles. This method of skin tag or mole removal may require about 3 treatments to make the flat skin tag or mole invisible. The laser beam or pulsed light is selectively absorbed by the pigment of the skin tag or mole, which is then destroyed and shed away.

Excision is a surgical solution for skin tags and moles, usually used to remove skin tags or moles that are potentially cancerous. The doctor may numb the treated area with local anesthesia and then remove the mole with a medical blade or incision. In the case of atypical moles, the doctor may remove a margin of surrounding skin as well. Since excision treatment usually leaves some degree of scarring, many patients have had disappointing experience with excision mole removal.

Since skin tags aren’t harmful to your health, health insurance plans typically don’t cover removal service. It’s considered a cosmetic procedure, unless the skin tag is particularly irritating or prone to bleeding. This, removal can cost hundreds of dollars out of pocket. Therefore, it’s no surprise that people would rather remove their skin tags without visiting a professional facility. Many dermatologists strongly recommend having a licensed professional remove your skin tags rather than trying to excise them at home, cautioning that improper removal can result in infection and scarring.

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Genetic or Hereditary Factors

Skin tags; no one likes the sight of them. But where do they come from? Well, you can thank your family for this one. Studies have shown a genetic predisposition to the development of skin tags.

Some of us are more prone to skin tags than others. Fortunately, the soft, benign bumps that can show up anywhere from your eyelids to your groins are harmless. Many of us have just one or two. But for the unlucky few who are genetically inclined, they might have a dozen or more. It’s all part of our nature, just like curly hair or green eyes.

And, of course, there seem to be genetic factors outside of conditions like these which still cause skin tags. Little research has been done into the topic yet. But it’s perfectly obvious when you think about it.

How do we know, then, that skin tags have a genetic cause? Like the genes for height or red hair, there are genes which predispose somebody to skin tags. So, if your mother has a dozen skin tags, you probably will too.

Scientists have found that since skin tags aren’t the most important genetic condition they’re working on fixing. Skin tag removal procedures are easy. However, if your skin tag increases in size, changes in colour, or causes you pain, see your doctor immediately.

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