We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What are Acrochordons?

Mary McMahon
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
The Health Board is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At The Health Board, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Acrochordons are benign growths which form on the body, especially around creases like the eyelid, groin, and armpit. While acrochordons are technically tumors, they are not a cause for concern; many healthy people have these small growths, and they are nothing to be worried about. In fact, acrochordons are considered so benign that some health insurance plans will not pay for their removal.

You may also hear an acrochordon referred to as a skin tag, referencing the fact that acrochordons look like small tabs of skin projecting from the body. The size of these growths varies, with some being smaller than a grain of rice, while others grow to be around the size of a walnut. The acrochordon may be darker than the surrounding skin in some cases, and sometimes these growths are attached to the body on a small stalk which is known as a peduncle.

Often, acrochordons appear with no known cause. In other instances, they are sometimes linked with radical hormone changes and stress. People in high-stress occupations tend to be more prone to acrochordons, as are pregnant women. If the acrochordons are caused by stress, it might be a sign that some lifestyle changes would be a good idea, as stress can cause a variety of much less benign health conditions. In the case of pregnancy-related acrochordons, women should wait until the end of the pregnancy to seek treatment, as the acrochordons may reappear.

Depending on the location, acrochordons might be irritating, even though they are benign. These growths can get annoying when they are especially large, as they can get caught on clothing and jewelry, and they can be distracting around the eye. Some people also consider these growths to be disfiguring, especially when they appear on the face. Because of this, some people opt to have acrochordons removed.

Because these growths have nerves, a small amount of local anesthetic must be used before the acrochordon is snipped off, cauterized, or frozen. Because the growth is benign, a doctor will not generally request a biopsy, unless he or she thinks that the growth might be something other than a skin tag. Because acrochordons can sometimes resemble polyps related to more serious skin conditions, it is a good idea to bring skin tags to the attention of your doctor when you visit his or her office, so that the skin tag can be evaluated to ensure that it is benign.

The Health Board is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a The Health Board researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.