Skin Tag, with its scientific name achrochordon, can be defined as benign, non-cancerous skin growth. This hanging skin growth, the simplest term that can be used for skin tags, is also known by other names including cutaneous papilloma, cutaneous tag, fibro epithelial polyp, fibroma molluscum, fibroma pendulum, papilloma colli, soft fibroma, and Templeton skin tag. Most of the times, skin tags are harmless and painless too.
Skin tags are composed of nerve cells, fat cells, core of ducts and fibers, covered with epidermis. They generally form on such body parts where there are creases on skin. These places generally include eyelids, armpits (axillae), under the breasts, groin, upper chest and neck. The color of skin tags may range from brownish flesh-colored skin bits to dark pigmented skin. Their size also vary. Diameter of some of the skin tags may appear as small as 2.5 mm to some others that may acquire a size of grape (1 cm in diameter) or even as big as 5 cm in diameter.
People who suffer from obesity or overweight, diabetics and pregnant women are prone to have skin tags. Sometimes heredity is also a cause for skin tags. Skin tags equally affect males and females.