5 Home Remedies for Styes Will Have You Looking Human Again In No Time, Without That Annoying Walk To The Pharmacy

The higher my glasses prescription got, the more sensitive my eyes became. Gone were the days I could sleep in my contacts. Buying cheap contacts that I can wear for weeks? Not an option for these old eyes; daily contacts are now the safest option for me. That being said, it's pretty hard to be a young lady/bartender that always has time to take care of your eyes. Sure, my contacts always make it out of my eyes, but there are nights I literally just pop them out of my eye and let them dry up on wherever they land. It's the very rare occasion I find myself falling asleep in my contacts, which you know means I'm sleeping with a full face of makeup too — and that means I'll probably need a treatment for styes when I wake up.

For those fortunate enough to not experience the pain and shame of the stye, you're seriously lucky. Most of us get at least one in our lives. They are pus-filled lumps (sorry) on the inside or outside of our eyelids that are the result of a bacterial infection. Styes are caused by a number of reasons, but since our bods naturally have bacteria that live on the surface of our skin, occasionally things are going to get real and bacteria infections happen.

A stye doesn't necessarily mean you have horrible hygiene, by the way. I know why the world plagued me with my last one: to teach me a very real lesson that my eyes weren't going to stand for being mistreated. Fortunately, with everyone in my family having horrendous eyesight prone to infections, I have a number of tricks up my sleeve to relieve pain and inflammation. I knew I would be looking human again in no time.

Here's a very important thing to remember about treating styes. Since we now know styes are bacterial infections we know that we are going to want to be cleaning the location thoroughly, with a powerful antiseptic that is anti-bacterial. The second most important thing to remember is that you're treating one of the most delicate parts of your body. Each time you are about to approach your stye, wash your hands first. In fact, washing your hands before you decide to rub your eyes during allergy season, get an eyelash out of your eye, or put on eye makeup is a smart idea to keep future styes away. Also, tossing your eye makeup is going to keep that embarrassing stye in your past and prevent them from popping up again.

Now that we've covered prevention and aftercare, let's get down to the fun stuff! These all-natural home remedies are all perfectly safe, effective, and cheap ways to soothe a stye. I have used each of them and can swear I have never had a stye reach its full potential (that's a classy way of saying pop) nor have I had a stye for longer than 5 days. Thank goodness for natural home remedies!

1. Green Tea and Black Tea

Salada Green Tea (6 PK), $26, Amazon

Obviously, tea is antioxidant heaven and the antibacterial properties are going to be a warrior in getting rid of a stye. Place a green or black tea bag in hot water and the hold the bag directly on the location, pressing firmly. If the stye is located on the INSIDE of the eye, then you'll want to use the eyelid as a barrier, pressing firmly down on the tenderness. As always, avoid direct contact with your eye.

2. Castor Oil and Turmeric

Castor oil has high anti-inflammatory properties and provides a unique source of soothing to the common pain associated with styes. The castor will help bring down the size of the stye even quicker when you make a paste with the turmeric, another anti-inflammatory that is actually known to decrease infections. Clean your stye first with warm water before applying this directly on the location. Repeat three times daily until the stye is gone.

3. Tea Tree Oil Solution

Tea Tree Oil, $12, Vitamin Shoppe

Perhaps my personal favorite way to kick a stye out of my life once and for all is using the tea tree oil method. Tea tree oil is highly anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and an anti-inflammatory, which means it cleans the stye while reducing inflammation and bacteria build-up. I use about a teaspoon of tea tree oil and then two tablespoons of filtered water (last thing you want is any extra bacteria) and then I place my concoction in the refrigerator so that the cold temperature will provide relief and also bring down additional swelling. Repeat this at least three times a day until the swelling and pain has gone down dramatically.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar Solution

Apple Cider Vinegar, $9, Amazon

Another popular remedy is apple cider vinegar for styes. ACV is a powerful antibacterial agent AND antiseptic. Putting a solution of ACV and water on your stye will help ease the pain and, of course, get rid of ugly appearance of your stye. Dilute your ACV in water and then stick in the fridge until you've got a nice cold temperature to apply directly on your stye three times a day until you are healed.

5. Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil, $20, Amazon

Perhaps one of the most soothing remedies that I've used for a stye is coconut oil. Coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory with healing properties that honestly make the pain of the stye go down dramatically. I suggest applying coconut oil to your stye after you've washed your face (and the stye) a few times daily. Keeping your stye moisturized with coconut oil throughout the day.

Oh, and just so you don't forget: Having clean hands before you get to treating is the most important step to kissing a stye goodbye!

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