Skin tags and warts look very similar. But no matter which one you may have, you’d likely prefer to be rid of it.
The first step in solving the problem is properly identifying it. Learning how to spot the difference between skin tags and warts will help you determine appropriate treatment methods.
What Is a Skin Tag?
A skin tag is a benign growth attached to the skin by a small stalk. Skin tags are generally caused by friction in areas where the skin rubs together or where clothing may rub against the skin.
Repetitive motion causes irritation that forms a bump. That bump ultimately becomes a small flap, and that flap may eventually take on a spherical shape.
Skin tags commonly appear on the eyelids, around the armpits, under the breasts, the inner thighs, and the neck. Many people develop skin tags in the areas where their bra or suit collar creates friction.
If left unchecked for an extended period of time, skin tags may rip or bleed due to continuous irritation. Some people find that their skin tags will tear off. While this experience is significantly uncomfortable, it’s accompanied by minimal bleeding, and the skin generally heals quickly.
What Is a Wart?
Warts are smooth, round, flesh-colored growths that rise above the surface of the skin. In some cases, warts may have the appearance of several tiny tendrils cluttered together. Warts have a root system below the surface of the skin that sustains them.
Warts can be caused by several different contagious viruses. People develop warts when they come into contact with wart viruses. People with open wounds, people who walk barefoot, and people who use public pools may be more susceptible to developing warts.
Warts can develop anywhere, but most people develop warts on their hands, feet, or genitals.
Warts do not usually come off without proper intervention. If they do, they almost always grow right back. The removal of the wart doesn’t kill the virus that causes the wart. It may still be left behind even after the wart is long gone.
How To Tell the Difference Between a Wart and a Mole
Many people leave warts untreated because they believe their warts are moles. Moles contain dark pigments and are generally round in shape. Hair can grow through moles. In many ways, a mole is like a very large, semi-flat freckle.
Moles that contain several different colors and change in size or shape may be a cause for concern. If you’ve noticed an abnormal mole, especially if it begins to change in shape or size, you need to see your dermatologist immediately. Your dermatologist will need to remove it and send it to a lab for special testing.
Are Skin Tags and Warts Dangerous?
Skin tags come and go throughout your life if you’re prone to developing skin tags. While they aren’t aesthetically pleasing, they aren’t usually a serious cause for concern. If you were to neglect them, no harm would come to you.
Warts aren’t necessarily dangerous, but they’re usually contagious. It’s best to treat warts the moment you identify them. If you don’t, you risk spreading warts to other people or allowing them to appear in other areas of your body. Early and immediate intervention is highly advisable.
How To Spot the Difference Between Skin Tags and Warts
Skin tags are a single flat flap of skin that grows out on a stalk. Warts are either large, flat, perfectly round, or they’ll have dozens of small flaps coming out of the same circular wart.
If you only see one small protrusion, you’re likely dealing with a skin tag. Anything more complicated may be a wart.
How Warts Are Treated
Warts are tough to treat at home. The wart itself needs to be killed entirely, along with any other cells containing the virus.
If something hurts, your natural instinct is to stop doing it. This leads to incomplete treatments and recurring warts that may spread or infect others.
Dermatologists generally remove warts by freezing them with liquid nitrogen. The rapid freezing process kills the wart and many of its surrounding cells, making the wart easy to remove and reducing the chances of regrowing.
The liquid nitrogen removal method is fairly quick, and because it’s naturally cold, most people find that it’s the least uncomfortable method of wart removal. In many circumstances, people will need multiple treatments to ascertain that the virus has been completely eradicated.
How Skin Tags Are Treated
Removing skin tags isn’t medically necessary, but most people still prefer to do it. Skin tags are unsightly, especially if they’re in a noticeable location, like on the neck or the face. Skin tags can safely and effectively be removed at home with a little bit of patience.
A dermatologist can freeze a skin tag, burn it off with a special tool, cut it off with a scalpel, or tie a small surgical suture around it to encourage it to die off and fall away. These methods work instantly and usually don’t require follow-up treatments.
That having been said, many people find these treatments to be uncomfortable. This is usually seen as a significant drawback by people who want to remove their skin tags.
If these options seem a little too intense for you, at-home skin tag removing products may offer a slower and gentler approach without any discomfort, extreme heat, or extreme cold. Hempvana EndTag is designed to work gradually and naturally. It works to protect and moisturize your skin as it diminishes your skin tags.
Treating Skin Tags With Hempvana EndTag
Hempvana’s EndTag is a gentle at-home homeopathic skin tag remover. EndTag is applied with a mess-free brush applicator that allows you to thoroughly coat your skin tag without getting the mixture on your hands or dripping it on your clothes.
EndTag makes it easy to remove your skin tags and regain your confidence. EndTag works naturally and slowly to encourage skin tags to dry up and flake off. After a few weeks, your skin tags should diminish.
EndTag’s homeopathic formula is gentle enough to use on the delicate skin of your face and neck. Some people may be sensitive to ingredients like essential oils. You can perform a small patch test on the thicker skin of your arm before applying EndTag to your face.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is an occlusive moisturizer. It works to keep moisture sealed within the skin by forming a protective barrier. Hemp seed oil leaves the skin feeling soft, supple, and nourished. As your skin tag is fading away, the skin surrounding it will be left thoroughly moisturized.
Turmeric is a root with antioxidant properties. Topically applied antioxidants help to protect the skin from free radical damage. Such ingredients can help to minimize irritation on the skin’s surface.
Aloe vera is a deeply hydrating ingredient that works to soothe sensitive skin and protect irritated skin. Aloe is used to combat redness and to aid in the natural healing of wounds.
Our Homeopathic Blend
Our homeopathic blend of ingredients works to encourage your skin tag to fade away. Calcarea carbonica is used homeopathically for skin disorders.
Calendula officinalis is used to promote healing of the skin. Thuja occidentalis is used f0or skin tubercles and polypi.
How To Use EndTag
EndTag can be applied to skin tags three times daily. It can be used on adults and children six years of age or older. Skin tags will begin to dry and flake away over a period of 3 to 6 weeks.
EndTag is intended to be used as a complementary treatment. It isn’t a substitute for medical care. Speak to your doctor about your skin tags, particularly if they’re bothersome or if you frequently develop them.
Look and Feel Great
At Hempvana, we want you to look and feel your best naturally. Products like EndTag offer people a gentle way to gradually remove skin tags that may be affecting their self-confidence.