What Causes Skin Tags and How Do You Get Them?

What Causes Skin Tags and How Do You Get Them?

How do you get skin tags? The small, round flaps of skin that can be found all over the body and which often seem to appear overnight can be a conundrum for many people.

Quick Skin tag Facts

  • skin tagSkin tags are clusters of skin cells, blood cells and collagen. They are not harmful in any way shape or form although they are linked to other medical issues at times. 
  • They can be found on men and women although they are slightly more common in women than men.
  • They are always benign (non-cancerous).
  • They can appear anywhere on the body, but especially the eyelids, neck, armpits, upper chest and beneath the breasts as well as in any folds of skin on the stomach for example.


The exact cause of skin tags is unknown although it has been observed that certain situations appear to have a link to the appearance of the lesions. Medically speaking, these situations are called risk factors.

  • Obesity is thought to be a common cause of skin tags. Professionals have taken note of the fact that the tags appear in places where there is a lot of friction from skin rubbing against skin and as obese people have more rolls of skin, there is an increased risk of gaining skin tags.
  • The female hormone has been linked to skin tags because of the abundance of collagen found in the flaps of skin. Further evidence to support this theory can be found as pregnant women, adolescents and women going through menopause often complain of the appearance of skin tags for the first time, or in abundance through this stage of their lives.
  • People who use steroids may be at risk of gaining skin tags. The steroids can often play havoc with the body’s hormones and production of collagen. Also, again as the body grows, there is extra friction caused in certain parts of the body which can also lead to the lesions.
  • Numerous studies have been launched into the link between skin tags and type two diabetes. It was found that a high percentage of patients, who had skin tags, also had this form of diabetes. Furthermore, when the patients were treated for their insulin resistance, a marker for diabetes type two, it was found that the skin tags disappeared. Further studies are being conducted and professionals are hopeful in finding a conclusive answer to both problems.
  • Genetics are also thought to play a part in the appearance of skin tags as most people who suffer with the lesions are often closely related to somebody else who has the same problem.

Most people may have skin tags appear one day and then shortly afterwards they will have disappeared, without any warning. They can simply come and go. But for many people, the tags can be a source of frustration, getting caught on clothing or being bumped, scraped and knocked every time they move. Fortunately, the tags are completely safe to remove and can often be done so using natural methods within the home.