I used to have a lot of skin tags. They are really not harmful, but I found them annoying. I had dozens of skin tags. They were:
- On my neck
- In my underarms
- In my groin area
Although not harmful, they bothered me. I had them for years, probably more than 30 years, although fewer in number until later years.
You can have skin tags removed, or you can even remove them yourself with some fairly simple procedures that you can do. I never tried to remove them, though.
Back in March of this year, 2017, when I did my first 10 days fast, although I did not realize it at first, nearly all of my skin tags went away. I only realized it a few days after the fast, when my wife asked me about it. When I looked, sure enough, they were almost all gone.
I say almost gone because even to this day, I still have one skin tag remaining. I am not completely certain why that one remains, but I suspect that it is because that skin tag is right next to a scar on my leg, a scar that I got during my heart bypass surgery last year. They surgically opened both of my legs to harvest appropriate veins to use for replacing my arteries at my heart. I can’t say for sure, but I think the very close proximity to the harvest site is why the tag has remained, but that is just a layman’s theory.
What causes skin tags?
This is something I discovered only a few days ago.
While the real cause of skin tags is still uncertain, the latest medical research is indicating that the possible (probable?) cause of skin tags is – Insulin Resistance!
Insulin Resistance is what causes/happens when you have Type 2 Diabetes. Since skin tags are far more common in obese people, it would make sense that it could be related to something like Insulin Resistance.
I saw this being discussed on a Facebook group about fasting, and did a little research and found a fair amount of information on the Internet concerning Insulin Resistance causing a large percentage of skin tags.
Another reason why the theory makes a lot of sense is that, at least in my case, I had a lot of skin tags before and I also had Type 2 Diabetes. When I started fasting, and particularly when I did my first 10 days fast, my Insulin Resistance was reversed, my Type 2 Diabetes went away, and what do you know, my skin tags disappeared as well!
Anyway, I thought this information was very interesting when I came upon it. It might be a warning sign for people who don’t know they have diabetes or insulin resistance. If you start getting skin tags, it might be time to go have your blood sugar and insulin levels checked!
Hi Bob: I have a question not related to this post but to a prior post of yours about how fasting had improved your eyesight in one eye and then felt it was starting to improve the eyesight in your other eye. The question I would like to ask is – did both eyes get much improved vision by your extended fast or just the one eye? Thanks for your anticipated reply.
Hi Richard. How are you today?
I am preparing to make a post about this very topic.
In short, though…
My right eye used to be (like 6 months ago) 20/200, which under US law is considered legally blind. Now, last time it was checked, it is 20/25, which is very close to normal.
My left eye has always been the one that had the biggest problems. On May 24 I had an appointment with my eye doctor and the vision was measured to be 20/400, so much worse than my right eye ever was. Just over a month later, in early July, I had a follow up appointment, and my vision had improved to 20/65, a huge improvement! My doctor was in disbelief!
So, things are getting much better with my eyes!
Thanks for asking.
Yvonne Espinoza Ramirez
I also found this extremely interesting.
Maybe there are different variety, but there is also a Viral version that spreads like warts.
I don’t know about that, Tom, but I am very certain that mine must have been related to Insulin Resistance, due to the fact that they disappeared the first time I did an extended fast.
Wow!! That makes sense!!
Once I found out about this, I had the same reaction!
So what is the “Fast?”
Besides, fasting, means that you don’t eat. For instance, if I do a 10-day fast, I don’t eat anything for 10 days.
Attached is when you go for periods of time without eating. For example, my routine right now is that I eat only one day a week, Saturday. So I fast from Sunday through Friday.
I agree, I find it very interesting.
Interesting. I started getting skin tags a few years ago. Probably right about the time I became diabetic.
I agree, go get it checked out, it’s not that big of a deal, and it’s actually easy to reverse. Although your doctor will tell you it’s not reversible.
Great article Bob, I am overweight and have type 2. I am trying to work on it.
I used to have type 2 diabetes, but I reverse it. Not that hard to do, if your interested let me know I’ll help share with you. I don’t want to pressure you though, it’s your choice.
how did u do it bob?
By eating a ketogenic diet, and fasting.
Really Informative. Thanks!
You’re welcome Rene! Thank you for reading!
Very interesting. Thank you
You are most welcome!
Bob did you start fasting using Dr Fungs books?”The complete guide to fasting”
His books and podcasts and videos! Dr. Fung is a great guy!
interested in your ketotenic diet. teach pls.
Hi Stella. You can check out my website, http://430ToFit.com or also check out this site: http://DietDoctor.com that is a great resource. Also, if you want to come visit at my house, I would be happy to show you all about it! Just PM me and we can set up a time that is convenient for both of us! I hope you are doing well!
there is some great information here…
I found it great info, Scott. I was surprised when I learned this.
William D. Kash
Very interesting Bob Martin. I found that Tea Tree Oil removes them quickly! Wondering why now
I really didn’t know about that. I find it better though that passing does it, because you don’t have to do anything and they just go away by themselves. Seems more natural.
William D. Kash
Yes of course i is but I was just wondering if the oil adds anthing to the body making them disappear?
Glenn Christian Reformina Cuarez
Thanks for the information sir..i have those skin tags on my neck.they are smaller than those in pictures..is it safe to remove them by my own?the first time i removed a single one was not harm me a lot but blood comes out a lot.
Im afraid to remove another one again
.i just pull it on my finger tips..
Hi Glenn, I believe it is safe. However, I’m not a doctor, so I would recommend that you check with your physician to make sure.
This sounds plausible. I think that fasting helping with insulin resistance probably comes under the general umbrella of “autophagy.” This article explains it better than I can: https://greatist.com/live/autophagy-fasting-exercise
Thank you for sharing that.
A bit off the subject, but I noticed that you have Amazon ads on your blog. I now live in Mindanao and and wondering how you get delivery from Amazon? I have tried to get delivery from Amazon and the orders are accepted but never forwarded.
1. The word is out that Amazon plans to have a distribution center in the Philippines in a year or so, so you will be able to order their products when that happens.
2. We have our son in the States purchase Amazon stuff, have it shipped to him, and send it to us in a Balikbayan Box.
3. There is a company owned by LBC called “Shipping Cart” you can have stuff shipped there and they will send it to you here in a Balikbayan Box.
Very Informative! I wasn’t aware that skin tags may be a sign of type 2 Diabetes and heart diseases. I found something different and informative about skin tags from this article. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Harvey. Glad you found the article informative. Take care!