As you age your skin starts to change, you see more wrinkles and fine lines, it may seem thinner or more fragile, and you could even develop what’s known as skin tags.
They may look unusual, but they’re actually quite common, particularly among older people. Usually they’re found on the neck, armpits, around the groin or under the breasts, but they could appear in other areas as well.
They look like little warts, but are connected to the skin by a small, thin stalk and generally are around 2mm in size. However, they can grow much larger and range in colour from the colour of your flesh to dark blue.
It’s not clear what causes them – which may be a little frustrating – but it’s believed that friction may play a role, since they usually appear in skin folds. And while anyone can develop skin tags, they’re more common in older adults and people who are overweight or have diabetes. Studies also suggest they may be genetic, so if your parents have them, there’s every chance you could develop skin tags as well if you haven’t already.
Although they don’t typically cause any pain or discomfort, they can be embarrassing – particularly if they are in highly visible areas of the body such as the face or neck. If you have them yourself you probably know all to well the task of trying to cover them up with scarves or turtle-neck tops.
But, you don’t have to do this forever (especially as we come into the warmer months!) because there are ways to remove or at least reduce the size of skin tags, ranging from natural methods to surgery. The Natural Willow Wart and Skin Tag Gel is a winner in our eyes though.
It’s a more natural way to get rid of the small skin growths and doesn’t involve a trip to the doctor. The gel itself is made from plant extracts, including willow bark meadowsweet extract and white cedar oil, and it can actually helps with decreasing, reducing and relieving warts as well.
All you have to do is apply one or two drops to cover each skin tag (or wart if you have them too!) and place a dressing over the top so it can soak into the skin. You can repeat this process just once a day, or twice if you think it needs a bit more attention. And you can currently purchase this handy and affordable gel on the Starts at 60 Marketplace.
Of course, if your skin tags are really bothering you and you want a more immediate solution, they can be removed by a professional. Cauterisation is where heat is used to remove the growth from the body, or you can have the skin tag snipped off at the base during surgery.
There’s also cryosurgery which can be performed by a general practitioner. This process uses extreme cold, usually from liquid nitrogen, to freeze the skin tag off and is considered one of the most popular removal methods. But, if you’d rather not head to the doctor yet, the gel might just do the trick!
IMPORTANT LEGAL INFO This article is of a general nature and FYI only, because it doesn’t take into account your personal health requirements or existing medical conditions. That means it’s not personalised health advice and shouldn’t be relied upon as if it is. Before making a health-related decision, you should work out if the info is appropriate for your situation and get professional medical advice.
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