Around 25% of the population suffer from skin tags in different parts of their body, they are usually harmless but are esthetically unappealing and can affect the self-esteem of anyone who has it. If you currently have one and want to get rid of it or want to know more information about them this article is your best choice.
What Is A Skin Tag?
Skin tags are small growths of skin that form on the surface and hang from a thin stalk and can have the same color or be darker than your skin tone and they consist of collagen and blood vessels surrounded by a covering of skin. Skin tags can appear on different body parts such as the armpits, neck, around genitals, under the breasts, but this article will only focus on the skin tags that grow in the eyelids.
Skin tags in the eyelid aren’t dangerous, they can’t cause serious health problems or turn cancerous. However, they can be annoying, cause discomfort if you rub your eyelids, and affect your appearance. Fortunately for us, there are many ways you can get rid of them, which we will discuss later in this article.
What Causes Skin Tags?
Skin tags happen due to excess cell production in the skin and these factors can make them more likely to appear:
- Genetics: For unknown reasons, some people are more likely to have skin tags than others. So if your parents have them you are more likely to have them too.
- Friction: it could be skin rubbing against jewelry, clothing, or skin rubbing to the skin. The area around your eyelids such as the lash line is commonly affected by friction every time we smile, blink, look around, etc.
- Hormonal fluctuations: A study performed by experts of the faculty of dermatology from the University Sumatera Utara in Indonesia such as Iman Budi Putra revealed that there is a strong correlation between the levels of leptin “the satiety hormone” and the appearance of skin tags. Another hormone is estrogen when the levels drop your skin is more prone to developing skin tags.
- Pregnancy: As we discussed above, any situation that causes hormonal fluctuations (such as pregnancy) can cause skin tags. A good thing is that tend to disappear after the pregnancy period.
- Obesity: Weight gain can increase skin friction and also cause hormonal imbalances.
- Insulin resistance and diabetes type 2: The consultant endocrinologist Dr. Mark Vanderpump states that skin tags could be an early sign of diabetes type 2 or insulin resistance so if you notice that you have too many skin tags around your lash line it is best to consult a doctor.
- Steroids: The illegal use of steroids can result in the appearance of skin tags in your eyelash line.
- Aging: As we age, our skin gets thinner, especially the one around our eyes and that makes it more susceptible to changes such as skin tags. The skin becomes weaker and less elastic and the skin starts to produce more oil. Due to these changes skin tags affect elderly people more.
- Papillomavirus: Some skin tags in the eyelash line can appear due to viral infections.
Identifying Skin Tags
There are different types of bumps that can appear on your eyelash line so it may be a challenge to know when you have a skin tag but here are some key factors to consider:
- Usually have a small size, no more than 5 mm.
- They are not contagious.
- You can pinch or apply pressure to them and they won’t hurt.
- Skin tags feel smooth and soft, just the skin around them, you may notice some changes in textures if they become irritated.
- They are peduncular, they form on the eyelash line on a narrow stalk.
The eyelash line is such a delicate area and easily exposed to others. Your eyes are the first thing people notice most of the time so it can easily affect your appearance. Sometimes the skin tags will fall on their own but other times they can become irritated or even grow too large that will obscure your vision. But don’t worry here are the best ways to get rid of them:
Some people claim that apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil are helpful to get rid of skin tags but the effectiveness of this method has never been proven.
This procedure uses extreme cold to freeze off the skin tags. The doctor will pinch the skin with a cotton swab that is soaked in liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tags. They will fall off within 10 days.
The doctor will use a small pair of sterile scissors or a scalpel to cut the small skin tags off. It works by cutting the thin stalk that attaches the skin tag to the eyelid. It is the fastest way to get rid of skin tags.
It includes numbing the are and burning off the skin tags in the eyelash line by using a laser device. It is effective and the burning prevents any bleeding.
This procedure works by using a fine string-like material to tie-off the skin tag and deprive it of oxygen.
How To Prevent Skin Tags In Your Eyelash Line
The eyelash line is the closest part to the eyes of the eyelids so it is important to take care of it and do anything you can to prevent those annoying skin tags from appearing. Although you can change your genetics there are some things you can do to avoid their appearance.
- Keep a healthy weight, practice some exercise, and have a healthy diet. This will also prevent conditions like diabetes type 2.
- If you have PCO’s, insulin resistance, or another condition that affects your hormones balance, consult your doctor.
- Avoid rubbing your eyelids, be gentle to them.
Skin tags in the eyelash line are common and most of the time don’t cause any problem but if you have one and it is affecting your self-esteem, causing discomfort or obscuring your vision then you should go to see a doctor, there are many safe and effective treatment options that will help you.