Skin tags: localization and frequencies according to sex and age

Dermatologica. 1987;174(4):180-3. doi: 10.1159/000249169.


The relevant literature does not contain detailed numerical data about skin tags. We found 46% skin tag carriers in 750 unselected persons (25% males and 21% females). The risk of getting skin tags increases with age. The age of 50, however, seems to be a turning point, at which a stagnation of the increase is observed. The majority of the carriers had no more than 3 tags per localization; the most frequent localization was the axilla, followed by the neck. This study supplies objective data for the evaluation of skin tags as markers for colonic polyps and may provide standard values for future studies.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Fibroma / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sex Factors
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology*