Condition: Skin Tags

Condition: Skin Tags

What is a skin tag?

A skin tag is a tiny, soft, dangling piece of skin with a peduncle or stalk. They can appear anywhere on the body, although they are more common where skin scrapes against flesh or clothes.

Skin tags are benign, noncancerous, tumors of the skin. They consist of a core of fibers and ducts, nerve cells, fat cells, and a covering or epidermis.

They may appear on the:

  • Eyelids
  • Armpits
  • Under the breasts
  • Groin
  • Upper chest
  • Neck, in the case of papilloma colli

Unless they are in a conspicuous location or are regularly touched or scraped, such as by clothes, jewelry, or shaving, they generally go unnoticed.

Some people may have skin tags and are completely unaware of them. They rub off or fall off painlessly in certain situations. Under strain, very big skin tags may rupture.

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Skin tags are caused when clusters of collagen and blood arteries become caught inside larger sections of skin, although the specific reason is unknown.

They may be generated mostly by skin rubbing against skin since they are more frequent in skin creases or folds.

Some people appear to be predisposed to developing skin tags. Skin tags affect both men and women, although they are more common during pregnancy, in obese persons, and in those with diabetes.

Skin tags appear to be more common in:

  • People who are overweight and obese
  • People with diabetes
  • Women during pregnancy, possibly due to hormonal changes and high levels of growth factors
  • Those with some types of human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • People with a sex-steroid imbalance, especially if there are changes in levels of estrogen and progesterone
  • Those whose close family members also have skin tags

Skin tags treatments

If you decide to have a skin tag removed — for example, because it is bothering you or you don’t like its appearance — contact us.

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Visia Digital Skin Analysis

When we use the Visia Digital Skin Analysis to assess your skin, we are using a tool that allows us to see deep below the surface layer of your skin and detect a multiple of potential concerns. This advanced technology allows us to pick up on issues such as spots, wrinkles, texture, pores, UV spots, scars, red areas, porphyrins and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Acne can be caused by a number of factors. Acne can be hereditary, it can be hormonal, and it can be caused by a testosterone increase during puberty. It is also possible for acne to be caused by certain medications, some makeup products, and even wearing items of clothing or accessories that place pressure on a specific area of the skin – wearing a headband for instance.

Smoking is also said to cause acne in older people. Whatever the underlying reasons as to why you have acne, it all results in one thing – hair follicles becoming blocked by sebum from surrounding sebaceous glands, and dead skin cells. These plugged hair follicles can either turn into whiteheads or blackheads, and if the (usually) harmless bacteria that lives on our skin then infects the follicles, you can even experience cysts, papules, nodules or pustules. None of which are any fun for the person having to deal with them.

Our skincare experts take time to get to know and understand your acne concerns and issues, and only then will they make an informed decision as to which acne treatment is the best for you. That could be:

  • lightfusion™ Light Therapy
  • Skin Peels
  • Pixel Laser Resurfacing

You do not need to stop wearing makeup if you have acne. However, you should wear makeup that is non-comedogenic. This means that it doesn’t block the pores.

Not necessarily. As mentioned above, acne can be caused by a number of triggers, and however much you clean your face it’s not going to affect how crazy your hormones are being. Sometimes, cleaning your face too much can even contribute to acne as it can aggravate spots.

Furthermore, using alcohol-based cleansers can dry your skin out and this isn’t a good thing as far as acne is concerned. Despite what you may think, and even if you feel like you have excessively oily skin, it’s still important to use a moisturiser – just make sure you opt for a non-comedogenic one.

Everyone is different, but acne – more often than not – does eventually go away. For many, it’s puberty that can kick things off and acne often settles down when puberty does. However, acne can sometimes persist into your adult years.

That said, our skincare specialists have worked with many clients who wanted their acne to disappear and felt like they had tried everything. As you will see from our success stories and testimonials, we have had hugely positive and effective results.

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