What Causes Skin Tags? 

What causes skin tags to appear on the body? There are in fact a few suspected skin tag causes to discuss. They are not present at birth but appear later in life for a variety of possible reasons. Heredity plays a role in skin tag development as it does for many other skin and health conditions. Certain individuals are predisposed to these skin growths because their parents or other genetic relations were also susceptible to them. Friction or the constant rubbing of a skin area is suspected as being a cause for tags. Another skin tag cause is weight. Overweight or obese individuals develop skin tags more often than slender people. This may be because obese individuals experience more friction of skin areas because of frequent skin to skin rubbing.

Pregnancy is another answer to the question of what causes skin tags. Their development may be linked to changing and elevated hormone levels during the pregnancy period or after childbirth.

Individuals who develop a skin tag tend to develop more than one and it is not unusual to have multiple skin tags on the body. They do not spread but may develop in the same area because the same cause is acting in that area (e.g. friction).

Finally, age seems to be a cause for these skin growths. Tags are more common in middle aged adults than in teens and younger children. The frequency of occurrence increases as people reach the age of 60.

Note that skin tags are not contagious and therefore coming in contact with someone’s skin tag will not cause a skin tag to appear on your skin.


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