Can you imagine going to the doctor to have a skin tag removed, and a few months later it grows back again? It would be an emotional blow and extremely frustrating for that to happen. Is it even possible?
Do skin tags grow back? When skin tags are removed they will not grow back. Although in the future, it’s possible new skin tags will grow in the same area.
If you have multiple skin tags, like I once did, it’s very possible new skin tags will keep growing. If the cause of the skin tags is not corrected, the frustration of getting new ones is a possible scenario. If they are in the same area you had one removed, it’s even more aggravating. I’ll discuss this more in detail and tell you how you may prevent that from happening to you.
Why Other Skin Tags Grow Back
A friend had 6 skin tags which he had removed at the dermatologist. Luckily for him he never had more grow back in the future and today he’s skin tag free. He’s been following a skin tag removal system that helps get rid of them permanently. You can read about it and how some people got rid of skin tags in 3 days, on the developer’s site right here, Skin Tag Removal System.
Others are not so lucky, and it feels like a never ending battle for them. The following are reasons why new skin tags may grow back after you’ve removed one.
This occurs when your body doesn’t respond to the insulin and glucose in your body efficiently. Typically, people with insulin resistance are diagnosed with prediabetes which can lead to diabetes 1. Some numerous studies throughout the years have found an association between insulin resistance and skin tags.
A study in 2010, researched 98 people who had more than 5 skin tags each. Their purpose was to examine the association between skin tags located on the neck and armpits, with insulin resistance. They concluded the presence of multiple skin tags on a person’s body was associated with insulin resistance, irrespective of other risk factors 2.
The association between insulin resistance and skin tags has been shown to continue when someone has diabetes. A study of 102 people, 51 with skin tags and 51 without, was conducted to find a connection between diabetes and skin tags.
They concluded the people with skin tags had a higher frequency of diabetes than the people without. The researchers noted, the presence of skin tags can be used to help make an early diagnosis of diabetes 3.
Eating High Carbohydrate Foods
A low-carb diet can help decrease blood sugar spikes and help with insulin resistance. Since insulin resistance has been associated with skin tags, eating the right food may help prevent skin tags from growing back. Foods with a high glycemic index cause the larger spikes in blood sugar 4. The following are high glycemic index carbohydrates 5.:
- White bread
- Wheat bread
- White rice
- Brown rice
- Some breakfast cereals like Cornflakes
- Sweet potatoes
- Rice milk
Past studies have shown a link between being pregnant and having skin tags. This is because of excess hormones and changes to the body, especially during the 2nd trimester. Pregnancy hormones like estrogen and leptin are associated with skin tags.
A study of 33 patients with skin tags was conducted. Multiple skin tags existed on 28 people, while five had one skin tag. The mean number of skin tags on each person was 13.6. The study concluded a strong connection between skin tags and high serum leptin levels 6.
Hormone imbalances, similar to pregnancy, can occur when there is too much or too little of a hormone. Another hormone, estrogen was studied for its association with skin tags. A study of 25 people with skin tags aimed to evaluate the role of estrogen and androgen receptors in the formation of skin tags. Skin tags were cut off and examined for the hormone receptors which were found over 60% of the time 7.
A hormone disorder called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (POS) occurs when certain hormone levels are really high. One of the symptoms are skin tags, and one study found 10% of POS patients had skin tags 8 9.
It has been noted a great number of times, the presence of skin tags develop in areas of the skin with high friction. Under arms, skin folds, groin and neck are common areas where skin tags are found and also have more friction than other areas 10.
A dermatologist once noted the presence of skin tags along a woman’s tight bra strap. The woman performed a job where she repeatedly lifted her arms up and down, causing the bra straps to rub against her skin.
The Proper Way To Remove A Skin Tag So It Won’t Grow Back
The dermatologist has 3 common ways they remove a skin tag. During your consultation, they will determine which removal method to use depending on the number of skin tags, their location, size and how they’re attached to your skin.
Cauterization: This removal method involves burning off your skin tag with a cautery tool. The area will be numbed with an anesthetic. The skin tag will be held up away from the skin to expose the base where it will need to be burned. The tool is then used to burn through the stalk and instantly remove the skin tag 11.
Cryotherapy: This method freezes the skin tag off. The skin tag is sprayed with cold liquid nitrogen which kills the cells, making it fall off a few days later. If the skin tag is very large, the process may need to be repeated 12.
Excision: The removal involves cutting it off with a scalpel or surgical scissors. Once the area is numbed with an injection, the skin tag will be held away from the surface of the skin and cut off. The open wound may need a stitch depending on the size of the cut 13.
I wrote a whole blog post on these methods. In addition, you can learn the costs involved and when insurance will cover the removal. You can read about it by clicking right here, Dermatologist Skin Tag Removal.
Skin Tag Prevention
The following are some tips you can practice to help avoid skin tags from growing back or not at all:
- Follow a low-glycemic diet
- Avoid skin friction from tight clothes or jewelry
- Reduce skin friction from other skin
- Exercise and maintain a healthy weight
If you found this skin tag article interesting, check out these related skin tag articles found in this same website:
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Insulin Resistance & Prediabetes
- National Center for Biotechnology Information: Association between skin tags and insulin resistance
- Nepal Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology: Acrochordons and diabetes mellitus: A case control study
- Harvard T.H. Chan: Carbohydrates and Blood Sugar
- Harvard Health: Glycemic index for 60+ foods
- National Center for Biotechnology Information: Correlation between Serum Leptin Level with Type and Number of Lesion Skin Tag
- Journal of Microscopy And Ultrastructure: Immunohistochemical study of estrogen and androgen receptors in skin tags
- National Center for Biotechnology Information: A Patient’s Guide: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- National Center for Biotechnology Information: Correlation of Skin changes with Hormonal changes in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: A Cross-sectional Study Clinical Study
- NHS: Skin tags
- Wikipedia: Cauterization
- National center for Biotechnology Information: Just a pinch
- Health University of Utah: Facts About Skin Tags