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How to Get Rid of Skin Tags

Skin tags, also known as acrochordons, are tiny, soft growths that often appear in the most inconvenient places and are a common skin concern.

Whether you’ve noticed them popping up around your neck, underarms, or in other areas of your body, dealing with acrochordons is a challenge that many of us face at some point in our lives. Fortunately, you’re not alone, and there are safe and effective ways to remove these blemishes, many of which can be administered at your neighborhood American Family Care.  

What Are Skin Tags


Acrochordons are small, benign growths that often appear on the skin’s surface. They are typically composed of collagen and blood vessels, covered by a thin layer of skin. 



These growths are characterized by several key features:


  • Size and Shape: Acrochordons are generally small, soft, and flesh-colored or slightly pigmented growths. They often have a narrow, stalk-like base that connects them to the skin.
  • Texture: They tend to be soft and pliable, similar to a small piece of hanging skin or a raised bump.
  • Color: The growths usually match your skin tone or may be slightly darker. In some cases, they can be pigmented.
  • Location: Acrochordons can occur virtually anywhere on the body, but they are most commonly found in areas where the skin rubs against itself, such as the neck, underarms, groin, and eyelids.
  • Painless: Skin tags are generally painless, although they can become irritated or painful if they snag on clothing or jewelry.

Causes and Risk Factors


The exact cause of acrochordons is not definitively understood, but several factors are believed to contribute to their development:


  • Friction: Tags often form in areas where skin rubs against skin or clothing, which can irritate the skin and lead to their development.
  • Age: Acrochordons become more common with age and are more prevalent in adults than children.
  • Obesity: People who are overweight or obese may be more prone to developing acrochordons due to the additional skin folds and friction.
  • Genetics: There may be a genetic component to tag development, as they tend to run in families.
  • Hormones: Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during pregnancy, may contribute to acrochordon formation.

Why Opt for Skin Tag Removal?


While generally harmless, these growths can cause various inconveniences, ranging from self-esteem issues to physical discomfort. 

Cosmetic and Self-Esteem Reasons


One of the primary motivations for removing acrochordons is the desire to maintain clear, blemish-free skin. The growths can be quite conspicuous, particularly when they appear on highly visible areas such as the face, neck, or eyelids. 

Potential Irritation and Discomfort


Acrochordons, especially those in areas subject to friction and irritation, can become annoying and uncomfortable. When they appear in areas like the neck, underarms, or groin, they can rub against clothing, leading to chafing, discomfort, and even pain.

How to Remove Skin Tags


While there are some home remedies available for acrochordon removal, we recommend that you seek professional healthcare services to avoid further irritation or even infection. 

American Family Care (AFC) is here to provide you with safe and effective solutions. At AFC, we understand that acrochordon removal is not just about aesthetics but also about your comfort and overall health. Our services are designed to address your specific needs, and we take pride in offering:


  • Expertise: Our healthcare professionals are highly trained in dermatological concerns. You can trust that you are in capable hands when you choose AFC.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: We maintain clean, well-equipped, and modern facilities to ensure a comfortable and safe environment for your procedure.
  • Patient-Centered Care: Your satisfaction and well-being are our top priorities. We tailor our approach to your unique situation and work with you to provide services that achieve the best results.

Explanation of the Process and What Urgent Care Patients Can Expect


  • Consultation: Our experienced healthcare professionals will assess your acrochordons, discuss your concerns, and answer any questions you may have.
  • Diagnosis: It’s essential to accurately diagnose the growths as skin tags before proceeding with removal. In some cases, a biopsy or examination may be necessary to rule out any other skin conditions.
  • Removal Procedure: The removal process will depend on the size, location, and number of acrochordons you want to eliminate. Options may include cryotherapy (freezing), cutting, or cauterization, all of which will be discussed with you beforehand.
  • Aftercare: Following the procedure, our team will provide guidance on post-removal care and any necessary follow-up appointments.


At AFC, we believe that everyone deserves the best care when it comes to their skin health. We understand the importance of efficiency in your healthcare experience. We aim to minimize your wait times and provide an exceptional experience when it comes to providing you with care.   

AFC is open seven days a week, and no appointments are needed! Contact us today for accessible care!

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