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Skin tags: What they are and how to treat them

Skin tags are small, harmless growths that are very common. While many skin tags are barely noticeable, some may appear in irritating places or may become a nuisance.

The tags themselves are generally painless but they can appear in areas where they might catch on clothing. Skin tags can sometimes be virtually unnoticeable, other times they can grow in places where they feel obvious or irritating. Luckily, they are normally easy to remove.

What are skin tags?

Skin tags are benign growths that appear on your skin. They may look a little like warts, but they tend to be soft and painless and are attached to your skin by a thin stalk. Most are flesh coloured, although they may be a little darker than the rest of your skin.* They are made up of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels which are surrounded by skin.

Skin tags can range in size from just a few millimetres up to around 5cm.* They generally grow around the neck, armpits, breasts or groin, although they can be found on other parts of the body too.

Why do skin tags grow?

We don’t know exactly why skin tags appear, but they do tend to show up in areas where the skin rubs against itself or in areas where skin is often rubbed by clothing or jewellery.

Skin tags can be developed by both men and women and tend to be more common as we get older, or due to other factors like pregnancy, type 2 diabetes or obesity. There’s some evidence to suggest that skin tags can be hereditary, so you may find that they run in your family.

Skin tags aren’t associated with any serious health risks and, unlike warts, they aren’t contagious. 

Can skin tags be removed?

It’s possible to remove skin tags and there are several different ways it can be done. Most skin tags can be safely removed at home. However, if you have large skin tags, it may be worth checking in with your doctor before you go ahead.

Some large tags may bleed when removed and it’s worth getting the go ahead from an expert before attempting to remove them yourself. It’s also possible to book a removal with a professional. The removal of skin tags is normally thought of as a cosmetic procedure and may need to be done through a private practice or dermatologist.   

Why remove skin tags?

While skin tags are completely harmless, they can sometimes become irritated when they’re rubbed by clothing. This can be especially true when it comes to bra straps, collars or belt, which may tug at skin tags and even occasionally cause bleeding. Skin tags can also sometimes form in prominent places, such as on the face, upper arms or neck. When this is the case, many people choose to remove them.

How to remove skin tags at home

If you’re planning to remove skin tags at home, then our Freeze Away™ Skin Tag Remover could be the perfect choice. Offering fast results, Scholl's at-home skin tag remover safely and completely removes skin tags quickly and efficiently. Many skin tags can be completely removed in as little as one treatment, leaving you with healthy looking skin.

Our skin tag remover features the same cryotherapy freezing technology used by doctors., this handy solution lets you remove your skin tags in just five simple steps.

Do skin tags grow back?

Skin tags don’t grow back. Once they’ve been removed, they will stay away. However, new skin tags can appear in the same area, especially if that skin is in an area often rubs against other skin or clothing.

How Scholl's at-home skin tag remover works

The Freeze Away™ Skin Tag Remover delivers cryotherapy freezing technology via an aerosol. It has a one-handed precision applicator to help you target skin tags efficiently and takes effect in as little as 40 seconds.

The cryogenic technology will turn the treated skin white. and a small blister may form. Most skin tags will then fall off within two weeks. Our skin tag remover comes with 12 applications, allowing you to target and treat up to 12 skin tags.

Could the remover work on my skin tags?

To use the Freeze Away™ Skin Tag Remover, first check that your skin tags are:

  • Located on your neck, back, chest, underarms or groin
  • A similar colour to the surrounding skin
  • Soft and flexible, as well as raised above your skin and connected by a stem or stalk
  • Between 2-6mm

*Scholl Freeze Away™ Skin Tag Remover is designed for use on skin tags that are of a similar colour to your skin, between 2 - 6 mm in size.

Always read the instructions full before use. Our Freeze Away™ Skin Tag Remover offers reliable treatment from the comfort of your own home. Get your confidence back in as little as one treatment.

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