Skin tags are small, flesh-coloured or brown growths that hang off the skin and look a bit like warts. They are very common and harmless. Skin tags can vary in size from a few millimetres up to 5cm wide. They are most commonly found on the neck, armpits, around the groin, under the breasts, and on the eyelids.
Who is affected by skin tags?
Anyone can be affected by skin tags, however they are most common in older people, people with diabetes and people who are pregnant.
Causes of skin tags
They are usually formed when skin rubs against skin or clothing. This also explains why they tend to affect overweight people or younger children who have excess fold of skin or skin chafing. Pregnant women may also be more likely to develop skin tags due to changes in their hormone levels.