Don't Pop that Eye Pimple! Easy Tips to Heal Eyelid Blemishes
By Essilor News
If you have noticed a small white bump or pimple on your eyelid, you might be concerned. In most cases, these pimples are either a stye or chalazion, which are both caused by a blocked gland. While a stye can be painful and lead to redness and swelling, a chalazion isn't usually tender or painful at all - though it can last longer than a stye.
Another difference between the two is that a stye is an infection of an oil gland in the eyelid while a chalazion is generally not the result of aninfection but rather a blockage of an oil gland called a Meibomian gland, which is located near the eyelashes and produces a fluid that lubricates the eye.
Chalazia are most common in adults ages 30-50, and those who are most at risk for developing these bumps fit the following:
- Have previously had chalazia or styes
- Have a skin condition such as acnea rosacea or seborrheic dermatitis
- Have a systemic medical condition such as diabetes
- Consistently don't remove eye makeup completely
- Use old or contaminated cosmetics
How to Treat a Chalazion
Chalazia tend to go away on their own, though it can take up to a month. If you're hoping to speed up the healing process, follow the steps below - but remember to never pop the pimple as this could spread infection.
Here are a few home remedies:
- Apply warm compresses to the eyelid for 10-15 minutes up to 4-6 times a day for several days. The warm compresses may help soften the hardened oil that is blocking the ducts and promote drainage and healing.
- Lightly massage the eyelid for several minutes each day to help with the drainage process
- Remember to avoid rubbing, touching, or applying makeup to the affected area. Try to keep the entire eye area as clean as possible.
- An antibiotic ointment may be prescribed if your doctor determines that bacteria have infected the chalazion.
- A steroid (cortisone) injection may be recommended to reduce the swelling of a chalazion.
- If the chalazion grows large and does not heal after other treatments, or if it affects your vision, your eye doctor may suggest surgery to drain it.