How to Get Rid of Syringoma

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Syringoma is a skin condition in which non-cancerous bumps grow below the eyes and on the upper cheeks. The bumps are caused by growth in the sweat glands around and below the eyes. Although harmless, syringoma is cosmetically unappealling. There are several techniques for preventing and removing syringoma, some involving surgery. Review these steps to determine the best course of action for you to take in getting rid of syringoma.

Young woman looking in mirror at face.
Young woman looking in mirror at face. (Image: studiovespa/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Talk to your doctor or a dermatologist about surgical removal of syringoma. Options include laser surgery, electric cauterization (essentially burning off the bumps via heat), and freezing them off with liquid nitrogen or other subzero substance.

Laser skin surgery.
Laser skin surgery. (Image: AndreyPopov/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 2

Be aware that surgical procedures for removing syringoma can leave scars. Talk to your doctor about the downside to surgical removal as the solution could be worse than the problem.

Scar on skin.
Scar on skin. (Image: pistolseven/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 3

Check with your health-insurance provider before scheduling any cosmetic surgery. Many insurance companies classify these procedures as elective surgery, meaning there are no health risks being caused by syringoma and no health benefits to removing them. The procedures could be costly, depending on the extent of syringoma and the method of removal.

Close up of a health insurance file.
Close up of a health insurance file. (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Step 4

Prevent syringoma by taking care of your skin. Use a daily cleanser or astringent like witch hazel to clean pores and refresh the skin. Use sunblock and suntan lotion during prolonged exposure outdoors as there is medical evidence to indicate sunburn worsens syringoma and increases the chance of developing the bumps.

Wash face daily.
Wash face daily. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Step 5

Avoid squeezing, pulling or cutting any bumps yourself.

Woman squeezing face.
Woman squeezing face. (Image: Alliance/iStock/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Never attempt to remove syringoma yourself. The blood vessels under the skin beneath the eyes and cheeks are extremely delicate and will bleed profusely if you try to take off a bump. Also, there is risk of infection and a significant chance of scarring.

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