Because of massive changes in the levels of the hormones pregnenolone, progesterone, and estrogen, pregnancy wreaks havoc on a woman’s body, and her skin is no exception. All websites describe skin tags in pregnancy as one of the risk factors. Skin tags in pregnancy are common.
Because they are raised bumps that are often darker than your skin color, and because they do not go away on their own, this may worry many women who are thinking of having a baby.
If this has crept into your thinking, the reality is not as bad as it first sounds.
In one study with 607 subjects, researchers found that 555 women developed spots because of changes in skin pigment, 484 developed stretch marks, 15 developed acne, and 15 developed skin tags. Therefore, while it is nowhere near as bad as stretch marks, it is a skin problem that can appear during pregnancy. Still, it does not appear in such a high percentage of cases that it should scare you, or filter into your planning for pregnancy.
According to another study, the skin tags tend to appear between the fourth and sixth month and, you will be happy to learn, often disappear after the birth. If you have the type that disappears all by itself, doctors call them molluscum fibrosum gravidarum, instead of acrochordon, which is the medical name for a skin tag. They usually appear on your neck, in your armpits, on your inner thighs, and under your breasts.
Since many of them disappear when you give birth, the best approach is to wait until a few months after your delivery before you remove them. This also excludes the possibility that your removal method of choice may stress you, increase your blood pressure, or have some other medical effect on you or your baby during your pregnancy.
Unfortunately, your medical insurer may not want to pay for this, as skin tags are a cosmetic rather than a medical concern. This means that you will have to set aside anything from $50 (home remedy) to $200 (professional treatment) at a time in your life when you can ill afford it.
If you can afford it, a dermatologist can remove all your new skin tags in one session and, if he or she chooses to cut them out or remove them via cauterization, you can walk out of the office skin tag free on the same day. Laser treatment and cryosurgery require a few days before the tags fall off.
If you cannot afford it, Revitol Skin Tag Removal Cream is the best and gentlest of the over-the-counter creams with its active ingredient, thuja occidentalis, having been strengthened six fold. It is a natural plant oil and will not burn your skin or cause any pain.