Who wants a SKIN TAG? I'm sure you don't want that unsightly piece of hanging skin on you forever, do you? In this article, I will tell you what you need to know about skin tags, the risk factors associated with them and their treatment. Skin tags are tiny, fleshy pieces of skin that hang on creased areas of your body such as the eyelids, neck and even on your groin. They are harmless in nature. The size of a skin tag is usually about 1 millimeter but there are cases where they can be as big as a grape! Skin tags can show up on anyone at any age. The following contributors are believed to cause skin tags: 1. Obesity - Research show that overweight people are more prone to having skin tags. Overweight people have more skin folds, creases, and areas where their skin rubs together (which is believed to contribute to the cause of skin tags). One recommendation is for you to have an ideal body weight if you want to prevent them. 2. Pregnancy - The changing hormonal levels and weight gain in pregnant women also makes them prone to having skin tags. 3. Steroid Use - The use of steroids in large amounts has been shown to contribute to the development of skin tags. The steroid's chemistry on the body and muscles of a person causes collagen fibers of the skin to bind, creating skin tags. 4. Genetics/Heredity - Genetics also plays a role in skin tags. If you are born in a family where skin tags are a common problem, then there is a high chance for you to have them as well. Almost everyone has had one or two skin tags during their life. This is the reason why removing a skin tag is also creating a buzz in the world of dermatology as well. Skin care specialists are now developing products and procedures on skin tag removal. Hence, there are always many to choose from. The three main groups of skin tag removal include: Medical treatments and procedures, over-the counter products, and Natural Home Remedies. Medical Treatments and Procedures- The dermatologist can perform excision (the use of scalpel or surgical scissors to cut the skin tags), cryotherapy (freezing the skin tag with liquid nitrogen), ligation (use of a suture tied around the skin tag), electrocauterization (the use of electrodes to dissolve the skin tag) and laser therapy to remove skin tags. All of these methods are effective in skin tag removal. The type of treatment to be used will depend on your doctor. Over the counter products- There are many OTC skin tag removal products that are being sold locally and they are much cheaper than getting medical treatment. Natural Home Remedies- These are simple do-it-yourself procedures at home. Some excellent natural home remedies include apple cider vinegar, nail polish, dental floss and many more. More information about natural home remedy procedures is available online.