Let’s face it -- skin tags are meddling little buggers that can ruin the perfect strapless dress. Lift your arms to take in the summer breeze and there they are, dangling in a way that is anything but sexy. Yuck!
Skin tags are common. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) report that nearly half of people (46 percent) have skin tags, and about 59 percent will develop them by age 70.
However, skin tags are often confused with other blemishes. When it comes to skin tags, it’s important to know that they are not moles. They are growths on the skin that usually occur in areas of the body that get stifled by clothing or skin.
This is why lots of women find them under their breasts and below their abdomen. But you can also get them in other areas like eyelids. You can even get them on your neck, bottom and thighs.
Sports can fuel skin tags. Skin that is constantly rubbed in sporting activities can result in skin tags. This is one of the reasons why many women take steps to prevent chafing.
Skin tags also might be genetic, but they’re not more common in one sex than the other. Both men and women are said to get them equally.