Skin Tags: What Are They, Why Do I Have Them, And How Can I Get Rid Of Them?

Skin Tags: What Are They, Why Do I Have Them, And How Can I Get Rid Of Them?

Skin tags are not harmful, but they can be a nuisance and a point of insecurity. Many people do not like the look of their skin tags or can feel them inside their clothes, while others may struggle to shave without cutting the skin tag. Depending on the size of the skin tag, it may become irritated if it rubs against your skin and clothing and, if it’s larger, can be pulled off or can burst. If this happens, you will likely see a lot of blood for what appears to be a small injury.

Having a skin tag removed professionally is the best option for avoiding these issues while preventing scarring. Whether it’s for aesthetic reasons or to improve everyday life, skin tag removal can be beneficial.

What Are Skin Tags, Why Do I Have Them, And How Can I Get Rid Of Them?

What Are Skin Tags? Skin tags are very common small, soft growths of skin that are typically 2 to 5 millimeters wide and can reach a maximum length of about 13 millimeters. Unlike other markings on the skin, skin tags are neither dangerous nor indicative of any diseases; they are benign, noncancerous tumour growths. Skin tags often grow in fleshy folds or areas where the skin rubs together. Sometimes a person only has one but they can also come in multiples or groups. Typically, skin tags are the same colour as the rest of your skin, but on occasion they can be a slightly darker shade. Although skin tags themselves are completely harmless, sometimes more serious skin issues, such as cancerous raised moles, can be mistaken for skin tags. If you see a growth you are suspicious of or if what you thought was a skin tag becomes darker or larger, visit a medical professional to have it checked.

Why Do I Have Skin Tags? The cause of skin tags is not completely known, but there are some contributing factors. A person tends to develop more skin tags as they age, and the development of multiple skin tags has been related to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Skin tags may also be genetic. Skin tags often develop due to friction of excess skin, but some skin tags develop without a known cause.

How Can I Get Rid Of Skin Tags? There are several skin tag removal techniques:

  • Surgery
  • Freezing, followed by removal (cryotherapy)
  • Burning (cauterization)
  • Cutting off blood circulation to the skin tag and allowing it to fall off (ligation)

Do not try to cut off or pull off your skin tags, as this may be painful and can cause bleeding and scarring. While there are several types of at home skin tag removal products available, some of them don’t always work effectively and they can be prone to user error. There is also the potential location of the skin tag that can be an issue; many skin tags develop on the armpits, eyelids, inner thigh, neck, and torso, many of which can be difficult to reach or potentially harmful to try. For the best results for skin tag removal, it is recommended to see a professional.

Glo Skin & MedSpa In Edmonton Offers Top Of The Line Skin Tag Removal

If you have one skin tag, or many, that you wish to have removed, choose the professionals at Glo Skin & MedSpa in Edmonton. As a top quality MedSpa, Glo Skin offers a variety of spa services, with skin rejuvenation including skin tag removal and mole removal. Our experienced staff will make sure that your skin tag is removed painlessly while minimizing the risk of scarring. If you have any questions about the skin rejuvenation services at Glo Spa or if you are interested in booking a professional skin tag removal, call Glo Skin at 1-780-481-9772 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: Can a skin tag grow back?
A: If a skin tag is correctly removed the first time, it will not grow back. If the skin tag is only partially removed, then it may regrow. See our skin specialists in Edmonton for skin tag removal to ensure all of the tissue is removed to prevent regrowth.

Q: Are skin tags different from skin tags or warts?
A: Yes they are. 

  • The average skin tag will be the same colour as the rest of your skin whereas moles are a  different colour, often darker than your skin. While skin tags are always raised, moles can be raised or flat. Moles can potentially be cancerous.
  • Warts and skin tags are both the same colour as the rest of your skin, but warts are often a rougher texture and can become much larger than skin tags can. Unlike skin tags, warts can be caused by diseases such as HPV, of which there are over 100 strains.

Q: How do I know that skin rejuvenation treatment is for me?
A: At Glo Skin beauty spa in Edmonton, we love to educate our clients about their skin and find the right options for each person. We offer no obligation Complimentary Consultations; you’ll have access to highly trained Skin Therapists who will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about the treatments and spa services that are best suited for you. Through a Customized Treatment Plan, we'll work together to help you achieve your ultimate skin goals.


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