Skin Tag

Who tends to get skin tags?

More than half if not all of the general population have skin tags at some time in their lives. They are much more common in middle age, and they tend to increase in prevalence up to age 60. Children and toddlers may also develop skin tags, particularly in the underarm and neck areas. Skin tags are more common in overweight people.

Hormone elevations, such as those seen during pregnancy, seem to be associated with skin tags. Skin tags that are bothersome may be easily removed during or after pregnancy.

Although skin tags often occur in perfectly healthy individuals, they can appear in patients with diabetes who also develop a condition called acanthosis nigricans on the skin of their neck and armpits.

Reviewed on 1/28/2015