The eyelid skin tags are one of the most difficult skin tags to tolerate because of their location. Most people look at your eyes when talking, so eyelid skin tags are most visible to everyone looking at you. Even to you, every time you look in the mirror to comb your hair, fix your makeup or brush your teeth, you see them all the time.
What causes skin tags on eyelids? Skin tags develop around the eyelids because a common cause is skin friction. Skin rubbing on other skin, like in skin folds around the eyes can cause skin tags. Other causes can be side effects of pregnancy due to hormonal changes and insulin resistance.
I can understand the frustration that comes with skin tags but I never had them on my eyelids or around my eyes. I was able to hide mine most of the time but other than wearing sunglasses, it’s almost impossible to hide ones around your eyes. Due to sensitive skin around the eyes, it also makes it painful when removing them. In addition, it’s more of a challenge for the doctor to remove them.
How to Remove Skin Tags On Eyelids
The dermatologist has 3 common ways to remove skin tags. The first one is with cryotherapy. This is when the doctor uses liquid nitrogen and sprays it on your skin tag to freeze it (resource). The temperature from the liquid nitrogen is approximately 320 degrees below zero! That’s cold, and when they spray it on you, you feel it. Cryotherapy on eyelid skin tags can be challenging depending on how close it is to your eyeball.
One physician noted, in an article published in Canadian Family Physician (resource), how his office is using one cryotherapy technique to remove delicate skin tags on eyelids. Instead of spraying the skin tag directly, they are placing forceps (tweezers) in liquid nitrogen for about for 10-20 seconds to make it cold. Then they are grasping the skin tag with the forceps for about 5 seconds when the skin tag turns white. They return the forceps to the liquid nitrogen again, repeating the process about 3 times.
Another method is cauterization. This involves the burning off of a skin tag with heat. A cautery tool is used to burn through the base of your skin tag where it attaches to the skin (resource). The tool is then used to help close off the wound and stop the bleeding. A healing ointment is applied to the area and covered with a bandage.
The 3rd method is removing the skin tag surgically. The skin tag will be lifted with forceps and cut off or snipped with a scalpel or surgical scissors. Depending on the size of the cut, a stitch may be needed to stop the bleeding and allow it to heal (resource).
There are many popular home remedies for how to get rid of skin tags. One of them is tying it tightly at the base with a thin string which will cut of the blood flow to the skin tag causing it to die and fall off. Usually, this method takes 7-10 days. This method works, I’ve tried it and have a free skin tag e-book which explains it in detail along with other valuable information about skin tags. You can download the free e-book from this website by clicking here.
Other popular methods are applying items that you already have at home, like apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and toothpaste on the skin tag. The problem with these methods is they need a bandage over the skin tag which is unpractical and I don’t want to imagine the pain and irritation if you get apple cider vinegar or toothpaste into your eyes. In addition, these solutions can be irritating to the skin wherever the skin tag is located and not recommended.
There are overnight remedies like crushed garlic, banana skin, castor oil & baking soda and toothpaste. For me these were a complete waste of time and in my opinion are unappropriate to try on an eyelid skin tag. At least they didn’t waste a lot of my time trying them. If you want to check out my blog post, you can read about them here.
There is another home remedy that is natural and removed skin tags in as little as 3 days for some people that tried it. I found it highly effective and reviewed it in a blog post you can read right here.
What are the risk factors for getting eyelid skin tags? Eyelid skin tags are more common for the following people:
- Family history of skin tags.
- Obese people.
- People with diabetes or insulin resistance.
- Pregnant women due to weight gain or hormonal changes.
- People who have hormonal imbalances.
- People with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
Are skin tags dangerous? No, most of the time skin tags are harmless and can be left alone. They are not contagious and don’t lead to cancer. Sometimes, a skin tag can get irritated and bleed because of excessive friction from other skin or tight clothing or jewelry.
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