A Guide to Removing Skin Tags on the Labia, Vulva & Vagina

Most people don’t know much about skin tags, why they appear, or how to safely remove them. The chances are that you will get at least one skin tag during your lifetime, and a high number of women will get them in the vaginal area.

While skin tags on the labia or vulva cause medical and aesthetic concerns, they aren’t a health risk. They’re known as a benign skin condition, unlike a melanoma. It’s relatively easy to tell the difference between malignant and non-malignant growths.

Before we look at what causes skin tags on the vagina, and how to find a treatment, you need to know more about these benign growths. An understanding of the signs of a skin tag on the body can help you to identify them correctly in your genital area.

We know that skin tags are caused by the friction of skin against skin. When it comes to skin tags appearing on your outer labia or the vulva, they could be caused by everyday occurrences. This includes friction from underwear, the use of feminine hygiene products, body piercings, and sexual activity. There may even be genetic, hormonal, and weight-related reasons why they sometimes occur.

Skin tags on the labia and vulva, more commonly known as genital skin tags or vaginal skin tags, will often go unnoticed. That is unless the chafing of underwear is causing pain and infect, or pulling on the skin tag.

Why Do I Have Skin Tags on the Labia & Vulva?

There are no dangerous health concerns associated with vaginal skin tags. They are as harmless as they would be anywhere else on the body. They only require manual removal if they become a cosmetic issue or they’re affected your personal relationships.

You can either treat skin tags at home or get a dermatologist to remove them for you. Click on the option below to further explore your options:

What Is a Genital Skin Tag?

A skin tag is a small, soft growth that has the appearance of a fold or extra flap, that protrudes from your skin. They are typically either the same color as the rest of your skin, or slightly darker. Think of them as semi-deflated balloons made of skin, hanging off your body. While that may not sound like a pleasant sight, they tend to get ignored because they’re not all that noticeable.

What Causes Vaginal Skin Tags?

While there is no concrete notion as to what causes skin tags, as already discussed, many scientists and doctors alike have theorized that they may be caused by friction. Because of the most popular locations of skin tags; armpits, the neck, and eyelids, this theory has been widely accepted.

Are Skin Tags Risky?

Provided that skin tags are identified correctly, they are non-malignant and aren’t a sign of cancer. They’re referred to as a benign skin condition, which means that they’re completely harmless. If you’re unable to diagnose them, booking a consultation with a doctor is advised.

How to Treat Skin Tags on the Vulva

Do You Actually Have Genital Skin Tags?

It’s important to be aware of every possibility. Sometimes what you may think is nothing more than a skin tag could be something more serious. They can easily be mistaken for the following conditions by the untrained eye:

Irritation Polyps

When the labia rubs together due to tightly worn underwear, or other chafing factors, it can cause an irritation to the genital area. This could result in polyps, and these can loosely resemble skin tags. Reducing the irritation and friction can help to reduce the appearance of polyps.

Genital Warts

Warts are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), and HPV can be a serious condition. What’s a good way to tell the difference between warts and skin tags?

Warts will have a rougher surface and an irregular shape. Skin tags are mostly smooth and have a narrow stalk. Additionally, there are hardly ever any symptoms that go along with skin tags, while warts might cause itchiness.

STD

There is no link to sexual activity (except for the skin-to-skin friction). If you feel you may be at risk of an STD and are experiencing a skin disorder of the vaginal area, get a more concrete diagnosis from a doctor.

Pregnancy and Menstruation

While pregnancy doesn’t cause skin tags in the genital area, hormonal fluctuations can cause them to appear. A woman may also notice them while she’s pregnant, due to fast weight gain and a higher blood flow. This can cause skin tags to look more prominent.

Treatment Options for Vaginal Skin Tags

The basic treatment for genital skin tags on the labia or vulva is no different than treatment anywhere else on the body. Once you’ve ruled out other possibilities and are 100% certain you have skin tags, getting them removed is a personal choice.

The vaginal area can be extremely sensitive. Given that skin tags will only fall off if they’ve been deprived of oxygen, it requires some kind of restriction of blood to get rid of skin tags.

There are plenty of products for getting rid of skin tags. But the best thing to do to get rid of skin tags on your genitals is to visit a doctor. There are no stigmas or stereotypes that go along with vaginal skin tags, so there’s no need to feel any embarrassment.

There are five medical options for removing skin tags. These include the following:

  • Surgical – If you choose to surgically remove your vaginal skin tags, your doctor will actually have to ‘cut’ them off individually.
  • Laser – Doctors will use radiofrequency lasers to burn off the tags.
  • Cryogenics – Using liquid nitrogen, doctors will freeze skin tags instantly. Once they are hardened, they are easy to remove.
  • Cauterization – After numbing the area, a doctor will use an electrical current to burn off skin tags.
  • Tie them off – A thread is tied around the stalk, depriving the skin tag of a source of oxygen. It won’t be able to survive, so it’ll fall off after about a week. Many people have got results with the TagBand device.

Coping Each Day with Genital Skin Tags

Don’t feel ashamed if you have skin tags on the labia, vulva or genital area. They can appear anywhere. While vaginal skin tags may seem more personal than skin tags elsewhere on the body, it’s up to you whether you’d like to get them removed.

As long as you’ve ruled out other, more serious medical possibilities, knowing you have skin tags on your genitals needn’t be a problem. They’re just as common as skin tags elsewhere, but it’s a subject that people are reluctant to bring up because they incorrectly feel in some way responsible.