I was talking to a friend the other day who wanted to learn more about skin tags. He wanted to know what I believed was the worst location on the body for skin tags to form. For me, that was an easy one. I quickly answered without hesitation and said the eyes. Because of their delicate location, he asked me what was the best way to remove skin tags on eyes?
The best way to remove skin tags on eyes is with cryotherapy tweezers. This procedure dips the tweezers in liquid nitrogen for about 10 to 20 seconds until frozen. The skin tag is grasped firmly with the tweezers for about five seconds. The tweezers are returned to the liquid nitrogen, and the process is replicated approximately three times.
There are other methods effective but this one involves no cutting, bandaging, numbing and is the least intrusive. For a location so close to the eyeball, like an eyelid, this removal method makes the most sense.
This blog post will tell you about this procedure in complete detail. In addition, I’ll compare it to other methods and inform you why this is the best way to remove a skin tag on or around the eyes.
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Cryotherapy Tweezers To Remove Skin Tags On Eyes
This procedure is well unknown and is fairly new. While conducting my research there wasn’t much written on it. Removing skin tags around the eyes can be a challenging task. Other methods are certainly possible and have been performed for years.
Using cryotherapy tweezers is tolerated fairly well by the patient. In addition, it can be performed in a dermatologist’s office without the need for special expertise or specialized equipment. The following are the steps that should be followed:
- A small amount of liquid nitrogen is poured into a container.
- The tips of the tweezers are dipped into the liquid for about 10 to 20 seconds. This time should be long enough for frost to form but not so cold that the tweezer cannot be held.
- Grasp the skin tag firmly with the tweezers for about five seconds, the skin tag should turn white.
- The tweezers are dipped into the liquid again, and the process is repeated for about three cycles.
Multiple skin tags can be frozen at the same time depending on the patient’s tolerance and the number of skin tags. Depending on your situation, the doctor may have you return for a follow-up or more treatments 1. There are other methods which I’ll inform you of now.
This method is similar to the last one but instead of tweezers, the liquid nitrogen is sprayed from a nozzle attached to a container. The liquid nitrogen’s temperature is about 320 degrees below zero. The extreme cold kills the skin cells of the skin tag which will typically fall off within a week. The cold may cause some stinging or burning pain for a few minutes.
The spray can be quite a challenge when spraying the upper or lower eyelid. In addition, there’s always a risk the patient opens their eyes slightly. Using the tweezers is much easier and safer.
From one temperature extreme to the other, cauterization is burning off a skin tag. Typically, the skin tag is held with a tweezer and pulled away from the base where it attaches to the skin. A clean burn through is made with a cautery tool instantly removing the skin tag. Depending on the tag’s size, there may be some bleeding which can also be closed off with the heat. A healing ointment and a bandage will be applied 2.
Depending on the exact spot of the skin tag around the eye, the ointment and bandage may be a challenge. In more cases than not, cryotherapy tweezers would make more sense than using cauterization.
A skin tag can be surgically removed. Typically, a scalpel or surgical scissors is used in combination with tweezers to hold the skin tag while cutting. Often an injection is used to numb the area. Depending on the size of the skin tag base, a stitch may be used to close off the cut and allow it to heal 3.
Because of the injection, bleeding and possible stitching, the cryotherapy tweezer method is more likely to be used.
Home Methods To Remove A Skin Tag On Eyes
There are many popular home methods advertised on video and on the internet. Most of them I’ve found to be completely ineffective and a waste of time, except for the first two. Some of them even claim to remove the tag overnight. I’ll tackle the most common ones here. Prior to removing any skin tag at home yourself, consult with a physician.
Tying Off Method
I discuss this method in complete detail in my free skin tag ebook. You can click the blue link and receive the PDF instantly. This method involves tying a thin string around the base of the skin tag. It will die and fall off in about a week, if it was tied off properly. Check out the ebook for tips and tricks to make it effective as possible.
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Apple Cider Vinegar
This removal method didn’t work for me, and I don’t recommend it for skin tags around eyes. There are two published reports about how apple cider vinegar caused chemical burns on two different people. You can read about the teenage girl and 8 year old boy in my blog post right here, Skin Tags Apple Cider Vinegar. The following are the steps to follow:
- Apply apple cider vinegar to the skin tag with a cotton ball.
- Wait about 10 minutes and remove it. Caution: Do not leave it on your skin longer!
- Wash the area with warm water and soap.
- Repeat daily until the skin tag falls off. If you feel any irritation, stop using it immediately.
Even if this method was effective for me, I would not recommend it for the eyes because your should not have toothpaste close to your eyeballs. I’ve tried straight toothpaste and also a mixture of toothpaste, castor oil and baking soda. Neither one did anything for me other than waste my time. There’s a reason why they call it TOOTHpaste and not SKINTAGpaste.
- Combine 1/4 teaspoon of toothpaste, 1 teaspoon of castor oil and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Mix all three together to form a paste.
- Apply the mixture to the skin tag and leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Remove the paste and wash the area with warm water and mild soap.
- Repeat 2 times a day.
Tea Tree Oil
This oil has been used for years in traditional medicine for various treatments. I guess for this reason, it’s being advertised by some to remove skin tags. This blog post is loaded with words of caution and here is another one: Tea tree oil is poisonous when taken internally and should be kept away from children and pets.
I’ve tried this, and it didn’t work for me. In addition, it is extremely dangerous to put near your eyes. If you’re still willing to give it a try, this is how most people suggest to use it on a skin tag.
- Soak a cotton ball with the oil.
- Apply it to your skin tag and keep it in place for about 10 minutes.
- Remove it and wash the area with mild soap and warm water.
- Repeat the application once a day until the skin tag falls off.
If you found this skin tag post interesting, check out these related skin tag articles found in this same website:
- National Center for Biotechnology Information: Just a pinch. Technique for skin tag removal in sensitive areas
- Wikipedia: Cauterization
- Health University of Utah: Facts About Skin Tags