How to Remove Skin Tags on the Eyelid

Updated February 21, 2017

Skin tags, also known as acrochordons, are small flaps of skin that often appear on the body in places that rub together like the armpits, between the legs, the neck and the eyelids. While skin tags are generally harmless, when they appear in visible places, like the face and neck, they can cause you to feel self-conscious. Getting rid of skin tags around your eyelid can be tricky, but with a steady hand you can take care of them in the comfort of your own home.

Sterilise a pair of new nail clippers that have not been used to cut nails to avoid transferring germs or bacteria to the wound. Soak them in isopropyl alcohol for three to five minutes, then transfer them to a clean towel to dry.

Clip a 10-inch piece of thread from the spool.

Grip the skin tag by the end and draw it away from the face, exposing the area where the root connects to the skin.

Wrap the root of the skin tag tightly by winding thread around it. Tie the thread so you can work without it unravelling and allow it to cut off the circulation for two minutes.

Draw the skin tag away from the skin and place the clippers at the edge of the thread. Make one clean snip to avoid leaving a jagged-edged scar.

Hold a cotton ball over the wound, pressing tight against it until the bleeding stops.

Apply a small dab of antibiotic ointment to the wound. Be careful not to get any near your eye.


Work carefully when removing skin tags from the eyelid to avoid damaging your eye. Avoid using chemical solutions on skin tags around the eyes, as dripping chemicals into your eye could result in severe eye damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Nail clippers
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Thread
  • Cotton ball
  • Antibiotic ointment
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Jennifer Hudock is an author, editor and freelancer from Pennsylvania. She has upcoming work appearing in two Library of the Living Dead Press anthologies and has been published in numerous print and online journals, including eMuse, Real TV Addict and Strange Horizons. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing from Bloomsburg University.