Skin Tag Tips & Tricks

Can Skin Tags Come Back? Understanding Recurrence and Prevention Tips

Feb 9, 2024

While skin tags are generally benign and easily treatable, their recurrence is not uncommon. Despite effective removal procedures like freezing or cauterizing, new skin tags may emerge over time, particularly if there are predisposing factors such as obesity and genetics, or if the removal of the entire skin tag is inadequate.

Additionally, the development of new skin tags in the same area is possible, especially if friction and skin folds persist, causing irritation and promoting their formation. Therefore, ongoing management and attention to underlying conditions are essential for minimizing the likelihood of skin tag recurrence and promoting skin health.

Skin tags may return if:

  • You struggle with obesity: Excess weight can contribute to skin folds and friction, creating environments ideal for skin tag development.
  • Your skin tags are genetic: Some individuals might have a genetic tendency toward developing skin tags. While complete prevention might not be possible, managing other risk factors can still make a difference.
  • You have hormonal fluctuations: Pregnancy, menopause, and other hormonal changes could increase susceptibility to skin tags.
  • Your skin tags are not properly removed: Proper extraction of the underlying tissue is crucial to help prevent recurrence.

To ensure that your skin tags are properly treated, it is recommended that you consult your healthcare professional or board-certified dermatologist to assess the situation before proceeding with their removal. Additionally, if you are concerned about a skin tag, they can rule out any other possible causes, such as skin cancer. Typically, dermatologists will utilize common methods for removing skin tags, which include cryotherapy, cauterization, or surgical excision.

How to Prevent skin tags from returning

To prevent skin tags from returning after removal, it’s crucial to adopt proactive measures and maintain diligent skin care practices. After skin tag removal, continue to monitor the treated areas for any signs of new growth or irritation. Early detection could allow for prompt treatment and could minimize the likelihood of recurrence. Be sure to keep the affected areas clean and dry to reduce the risk of irritation and friction, which can contribute to the formation of new skin tags. Avoid using harsh or abrasive skincare products that may aggravate the skin.

Additionally, wear loose-fitting clothing to prevent friction and rubbing against the skin, especially in areas prone to skin tags, such as the neck, underarms, and groin. Maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise and a balanced diet helps to reduce the recurrence of skin tags as well. As fluctuations in hormone levels can increase recurrences, consulting a healthcare professional about managing these hormonal fluctuations can help. If you have underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, that may predispose you to skin tag formation, we recommend consulting a doctor for appropriate management and treatment.

By incorporating these preventive measures into your skincare routine and lifestyle, you could help effectively manage the recurrence of skin tags and promote overall skin health. Regular monitoring, healthy habits, and proactive management are a step to preventing the return of skin tags after removal.

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