“What are skin tags and how can I get rid of them?”
Skin tags look like small pieces of hanging skin. Technically speaking, they are fibers, fat cells, and nerve cells covered in a small layer of skin. As for what causes them? “No one knows for sure, it may be friction at the areas,” Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, Co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C., says. Which is why they typically occur on parts of our skin that have creases and folds, such as eyelids and armpits.
The tendency to form skin tags also runs in families, Dr. Tanzi says. “If they are large enough, you can tie them off with dental floss to cut off the blood supply and they will eventually fall off,” she says. They can also be removed by being burned, frozen, or cut off, by a professional.