If you get skin tags – the annoying skin growths that commonly catch on clothing or jewelry – take solace you’re not alone.
Some estimates claim as many as 45 percent of the adult population are prone to skin tags. While they’re not a medical emergency, they can be perplexing, especially if you’re a skin tag neophyte. The medical term for a skin tag is acrochordon or fibroepithelial polyp. They’re benign skin lesions made up of skin tissue and fat. They can happen to anyone, and they can run in families. They’re a common dermatologic concern, said Dr. Kasia Masterpol, a Lahey Health dermatologist, now practicing in Burlington and opening soon in Woburn. She answered some skin tag 101 questions for our readers.