Is a small benign tumor that forms primarily in areas where the skin forms creases, such as the neck, armpit, and groin. They may also occur on the face, usually on the eyelids. Acrochorda are harmless and typically painless, and do not grow or change over time. Though tags up to a half-inch long have been seen, they are typically the size of a grain of rice. The surface of an acrochordon may be smooth or irregular in appearance and is often raised from the surface of the skin on a fleshy stalk called a peduncle. Microscopically, an acrochordon consists of a fibrous core, sometimes also with fat cells, covered by an unremarkable epidermis. However, tags may become irritated by shaving, clothing or jewelry.
It is believed that skin tags occur from skin rubbing up against skin, since they are so often found in skin creases and folds. Studies have shown existence of low-risk HPV 6 and 11 in skin tags hinting at a possible role in its pathogenesis. They are more common in people who are overweight, have diabetes and in pregnant women. Acrochorda have been reported to have an incidence of 46% in the general population. A causal genetic component is thought to exist. They also are more common in women than men.
Because tags are benign, treatment is unnecessary unless the tags become frequently irritated or present a cosmetic concern. If removal is desired then there are different ways of doing so... cauterization, cryosurgery, surgical ligation or excision to remove the skin tag.
The Skin Classic with a gentle tapping of the skin tag will dehydrate the tag and will shed in few days. Any skin care professional other than MDs should treat skin tags rather than remove tissue from the body.
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