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What Causes Skin Tags During Pregnancy?

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It might come as a surprise to learn that skin tags during pregnancy are extremely common. But why is this, and what can you do to reduce them? We’re here with the full scoop on skin tags during pregnancy. 

What Are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are tiny, mild skin growths that commonly appear in regions where there are skin folds, such as the neck, armpits, and beneath the breasts. There are many different explanations or ideas for why skin tags can appear, but let's talk about why they might show up during pregnancy. 

What Causes Skin Tags During Pregnancy?

 Many believe that skin tags are more common during pregnancy because of weight gain. The friction of the skin can cause skin tags to appear in places where the skin folds or moves closer together.

Some also think that skin tags are more prone to appear while you are expecting because of hormones. Your hormones can change drastically due to pregnancy, and your skin can change significantly because of this. There are still other possible reasons why skin tags show up, but overall, your body is changing with the welcoming of a new one, and that’s to be expected!

The good news is that skin tags are not harmful and do not threaten the body. It can be painful if they get pulled or stuck on something, but you should not feel worried if they show up on your body. Where on the Body Can You Find Skin Tags During Pregnancy? Skin tags can occur in places with folds or rolls, such as the neck, armpits, stomach, breasts, or anywhere on the body that experiences friction. Not everyone gains weight in the same places during pregnancy, so the areas where skin tags show up can vary based on the individual.

It is incredibly common to see women see a change in their skin during pregnancy, whether that is on their face, back, or anywhere on their body. Some also experience especially dry or oily skin, while others experience acne or even clearer skin. Your skin can become unpredictable during pregnancy, which can sometimes become discouraging. Thankfully, there are ways to treat skin tags, whether removed with a physician or resolved naturally! 

What Can You Do To Address Pregnancy Skin Tags? 

Although there is a chance that skin tags may not stick around after you have gone through the pregnancy, it is understandable to want them removed.

We highly recommend seeking medical attention to have skin tags removed. You should be especially careful with skin tags on your face or sensitive areas of your body. There are a few options if you want skin tags removed.

The three most common treatments for eliminating skin tags are cryosurgery, excision, and cauterization. Cryosurgery is a method in which the skin tag is frozen and subsequently removed with liquid nitrogen.

The surgical removal of a skin tag is known as excision. This is a much better option, especially if the skin tag is large. Finally, cauterization is a technique for burning off a skin tag. Your doctor can tell you which option is best for you.

Some skin tags can also disappear over time and do not need to be removed cosmetically.

Some have said that Tea Tree Oil or Apple Cider Vinegar may help minimize the appearance of skin tags naturally. Using either of these ingredients to dry out the skin tag until it falls off. The substance can be applied to the skin tag using a cloth or swab. While some have seen results using Tea Tree Oil or Apple Cider Vinegar, they are not proven to help remove skin tags.

Like anything else involving your skin, seek medical help if any part of your skin becomes infected or highly irritated.

Also, make sure to research safe products to use during pregnancy. These are certain ingredients that can be more harmful to use when you are expecting, so use caution when looking to take care of skin tags naturally or at home. 

Products To Try at Urban Skin Rx® 

At Urban Skin Rx®, we offer many products that can be especially nourishing and deeply hydrating to the skin during pregnancy. Your skin may be experiencing changes, but we have products that can aid your skin in staying moisturized and cared for while you are expecting.

We offer specific products that are safe to use during pregnancy, so there is no need to fear! We have got you covered. Whether you are looking for a serum, cleanser, lip treatment or cream, we have plenty of options! Let us know if you have any questions about these products. It’s our biggest priority to meet your skincare needs and help you along the way.

*If you have any questions about the use of any of our products during pregnancy, please consult your physician. If you have any questions about the concentration of a specific ingredient in any of our products, please contact 

We’re Here To Help 

Feel free to contact us if you need any help or guidance! You can reach us through chat, phone or email! We also offer virtual consultations and would be elated to meet with you to learn more about your skin or discuss our various products. And if you haven’t yet – take our skin quiz today! This is one of the best ways for us to learn more about your skin and provide product recommendations!

We’re here to offer assistance and want to make your skincare journey the best that it can be! 

In Conclusion 

Skin tags can happen any time but can be more common during pregnancy. When there is a change in weight or hormones, your skin can also experience changes as well. There may be additional reasons why skin tags present themselves during pregnancy, but overall, your body is experiencing many changes. Thankfully, these changes can be temporary and are not forever!

Skin tags are not harmful and do not need to be removed, but if you decide to do so, you can have them removed medically with a doctor or physician or try a natural route at home with your doctor’s approval.

We understand how unsettling changes in your body can feel, so at Urban Skin Rx®, we do our best to provide products that work hard for your skin in the most gentle ways. Our pregnancy-safe skincare is just waiting for you to try it out! And if you have any questions regarding our pregnancy-safe options, please do not hesitate to reach out to us! We are here to help and support you through all of your skin's challenges and changes.

By: Ivey Rogers Aesthetician Educator & Community
Engagement Manager