Skin Tags on Eyelids: Cause For Alarm?
Acrochordon, more commonly known as skin tags, are something that several people experience at some point in their lives. They are nothing more than a small annoyance and occasional spot of irritation. Skin tags can occur all over the body, but do you know what do you do when one of these small protrusions takes up residence on your eyelid?
First, what exactly is a skin tag? Skin tags are small, usually rice-sized bits of soft skin that grow in areas where the skin creases — think armpits, groin, neck, and eyelids — and are harmless, except for their potentially annoying appearance. They are more common in women than mehWell, of course they are! Ughhh!
An unobtrusive little skin tag in an armpit or along the neck might only come to mind when aggravated by shaving or putting on deodorant, but a small skin tag on your eyelid is another matter altogether. If it’s in just the right spot it could be a tiny spot in your peripheral vision, but more likely the concern will be that it’s noticeable in other people’s vision when face-to-face.
Like tags elsewhere, the small fleshy stalks show up on eyelids because of the skin-on-skin movement of blinking, and while not dangerous, they are certainly more noticeable. So what do you do?
Well, for skin tags in general, the internet abounds with home remedies for removing the annoying bumps. However, you should always consult an eye doctor before trying anything you read on the internet when it comes to your health.
Similarly, for skin tags on the face, especially eye lids, it’s always best to see an eye doctor or dermatologist who has options to cut or freeze the tags off in quick and relatively painless procedures without causing any damage to either the sensitive skin around the eye or the eyes themselves. Removal also depends on the location of the tag — close to the eye can be tricky to remove and definitely should not be tried at home!
And if you’re unsure about whether the bit of extra skin is a tag or something like a mole that could be a sign of something more serious, it’s always a good idea to check in with your Optometrist who can identify the bump for what it is.
There are also natural remedies to remove skin tags like Australian Tea Tree Oil; be sure to ask your doctor about this before use.
Skin tags aren’t dangerous. They won’t turn cancerous or cause any other health problems.
If their appearance bothers you, see see an eye doctor or a dermatologist who can use techniques like freezing, burning, or surgical cutting to safely remove them.