As we grow older, it’s common to focus on the condition of our skin, especially if we spot any imperfections. While this is partly a cosmetic perspective, there’s a sensible case to be made for checking for any changes in things like moles and freckles. People also care about their appearance, and scrutinising signs of ageing gets the better of us all at some point.
A frequent question we often hear is – will I get skin tags more in old age? Some studies indicate a higher prevalence of skin tags in older people. However, this doesn’t mean it happens to everyone, and we’ll explore some key points around this subject in this blog.
Before we jump straight into the science, it’s worth getting some baseline information on skin tags and ageing. Skin tags can form at any age, but research shows they affect people of fifty years and up more. Gender is not a determining factor, as these growths occur in both men and women evenly. A prominent theory of the nature of their formation is friction between the skin.
The typical place where most skin tags are found is where different folds of skin rub against each other regularly. Some of these areas are the armpits, groin, thighs, eyelids, neck, and breasts. To find out more about what skin tags consist of, click here.
In a recent study on skin conditions in nursing home residents, it was found that 27.4% have skin tags. The sample group ages were mostly of people between sixty and sixty-nine years old. Without a similar study on younger age groups, we won’t have a direct answer on whether age is a direct cause of skin tags. But this research equates to a figure of one in four elderly people displaying skin tags.
From this information, it does suggest older people are prone to skin tags forming, but it would help to see comparative data for younger people. There’s an argument proposing that age is a factor, but another aspect that crops up repeatedly is weight issues. This leads to a follow-up question – do skin tags accompany other medical conditions?
If you have skin tags and you find one or two new growths, it’s unlikely you have any related medical problem. Skin tags are perfectly safe, and they usually only become an issue if you catch one on clothing or when shaving. They are benign tumours with no links to any type of cancer or other epidermis conditions.
However, as we previously mentioned, skin tags do present more in people who are overweight or obese. Additionally, further studies show a connection between type 2 diabetes and skin tags. So, if you notice a lot of new skin tags forming and you display other symptoms, you should book an appointment with a medical professional to test for diabetes.
It’s worth remembering that skin tags also relate to numerous other conditions and lifestyle factors. Their presence doesn’t necessarily mean you have diabetes, but you should still have a test to be sure. Moreover, if your BMI is high, this might be a prompt to lose some excess weight and improve your diet. The thing to remember about type 2 diabetes is that, without a change in habits, you’re still at risk of it developing at a later stage.
Our skin inevitably changes as we age, which is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone has a choice on how they choose to deal with this. If skin tags are lowering your self-esteem, there’s no reason to keep them. Additionally, you shouldn’t have to pay hundreds of pounds if you decide you want to remove them.
The TagBand removal kit utilises an innovative method for removing skin tags from the comfort of your home. We use the ligation technique, which prevents blood flow to the skin tag and causes the growth to fall off after a short amount of time. You can also take advantage of our sixty-day money-back guarantee if you’re not completely satisfied.
At TagBand we’ve designed a range of product to suit all skin tags. Each pack comes with ten micro bands, but you don’t need to buy a new package if you run out. There are refills available from our online store.