Are Skin Tags Normal During Pregnancy?

Here's why you're getting skin tags and when they'll likely go away.
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ByDr. Francesca J. Fusco
Dermatologist
Updated
Apr 2017
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Noticed some extra skin under your arms or boobs lately? Don’t freak out (no, you don’t have some strange skin disease)—those are skin tags, and they’re perfectly normal during pregnancy.

Just like most of the other skin changes going on with your body (hello, dark spots on your face!), skin tags are a result of all those raging hormones. They usually form in areas where skin rubs against itself, which, let’s face it, is inevitable with all the weight you’re gaining.

But don’t worry, mama. Even though skin tags are annoying, they’re totally harmless. They typically disappear on their own, but if there’s still extra skin hanging around a few months after birth, you should schedule a visit with your derm for skin tag removal. The process is quick and painless (kind of like removing a wart), and you’ll come out tag-free.

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