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Natural Cures for Blepharitis

Last Modified on May 28, 2016

Blepharitis is generally a very uncomfortable eye condition; however, you can treat it. Castor oil, coconut oil, and tea tree oil are three of the best natural cures, but there are other effective options.

What Is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a condition that involves inflammation of the eyelids. The inflammation is generally caused by an infection that results as a malfunction in the oil glands located at the base of your eyelashes. If you have blepharitis, you’ll likely experience a variety of symptoms including watery or red eyes, a gritty or burning sensation in your eyes, itchy eyelids, greasiness in your eyelids, crusting of your eyelashes, and light sensitivity.

Can I Treat Eye Inflammation Naturally?

We advise at least seeing a doctor to determine the cause and severity of your condition; however, following diagnosis, you can typically treat blepharitis naturally. Castor oil, coconut oil, and tea tree oil are a few of the best natural remedies for blepharitis; however, there are a variety of others as well. It is also important to keep your eyes clean and to apply warm, moist heat to them each morning and evening.

1. Castor Oil

Castor oil is an effective treatment to relieve inflammation in your eyes. This treatment option also helps relieve itching, irritation, burning, and pain associated with the condition. To use this remedy, apply the oil all over your eyelids and eyelashes using a cotton ball or soft swab. You can also add a couple of drops of the oil to your eyes to prevent crust formation. The best time to apply this treatment is at night right before you head to bed.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is instrumental for treating pain and irritation in your eyes. This oil contains a variety of nutrients including fats that help restore eye health and reduce inflammation. To apply this remedy, soak a cotton swab in the oil and place it on your inflamed eyelids, leaving it there for approximately 20 minutes. Try to apply this treatment at least 2-3 times a day to prevent flare-ups in your symptoms.

3. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil helps treat the underlying cause of blepharitis as well as your symptoms. This option also helps reduce inflammation and itching. To apply this treatment, you will need to dilute the tea tree oil by mixing a couple of drops of tea tree oil with a couple of drops of vegetable oil. Then, soak a cotton swab in the oil and place it over your eyelid for 15 minutes.

Continue reading below for more natural remedies for blepharitis or share one of your own with us!

Remedies for Blepharitis

The Popularity of Blepharitis Remedies - Full List

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Apple Cider Vinegar12015-09-10
Baking Soda12016-04-10
Blepharitis Prevention Remedies32009-10-26
Castor Oil32013-09-27
Coconut Oil12012-01-11
Epsom Salt, Baby Shampoo Treatment12015-11-18
Hand Wipes32016-02-02
Histamine Allergies02014-08-05
Manuka Honey22015-01-04
Multiple Remedies02016-05-27
Potato Pack12013-01-05
Sea Salt and Coconut Oil12014-07-29
Shea Butter12014-09-19
Tea Tree Oil42015-11-11

Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by One Red Bug Eye (Van, Bc) on 09/10/2015
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10 min ACV EYE BATH 3x/day for 3 days: Submersion: 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar in one large salad bowl of warm water.

Put side of face in water bowl to keep breathing through corner of mouth, submerse eye, blink open while looking different directions to cover all areas.

Cured red bug eye with pussy node at bottom of eyelash sandy feel at tear duct. Eye was glued shut in AM from crust.

Note: Wore eyepatch to alleviate nocturnal scratching.

Baking Soda  

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Posted by Elaine (Los Angeles, California) on 04/10/2016
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I have had blepharitis for many years. I can't count all the treatments my opthalmologist prescribed. Everything he gave me either didn't work, made my eyes sore or made me sick. Recently, I tried the treatment advised on Earth Clinic for dry eye and found it has cleared up the blepharitis. About two weeks ago, I started dabbing my eye lids with a solution of 1/2 cup distilled water with 1/2 tsp. baking soda. I do this with my eyes closed. When they are dry, I redo. At first I was doing this 3 times per day. Now I just do it regularly morning and night. All the crusts that would form overnight are just about gone. My eyes are less sensitive to light, grittyness is gone, and my vision is improving. And, best of all, my eyes feel really good. Apparently, baking soda alkalizes and germs can't live in an alkaline environment. Hope this helps someone.

Blepharitis Prevention Remedies  

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Posted by Max (Bayside, Ny) on 10/26/2009
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Blepharitis-prevention. I have not had it in over 5 years. AM-I lie down and put a warm washcloth on eyes. Leave it there for 10 minutes. Shower and put the warm washcloth on my eyes while standing up for 3o seconds. Rub eyes with washcloth 7 x back and forth.Put baby shampoo on eyes and wash for 30 seconds. Rinse. Done. PM-I take a shower and repeat shower instructions. No meds needed greatest prevention.

Replied by Candice
Phoenix, Arizona
What a frustrating condition! I was a fool when I was younger and used an incredibly strong product to remove my eye makeup and oh, it did the job! As well as beginning the onset of my insanely frustrating issues with blepharitis! For at least 3 years I struggled with this condition and the only thing that I could find to clear it up was a prescribed topical, but it would only last for a short while before coming back full force. I tried everything! It wasn't until I was doing research and saw some info about baby shampoo being gentle and helping out people with this condition. I had already tried everything and was willing to try anything else, so I gave it a go and it was wonderful! I not only washed my eyelids with baby shampoo daily, but I moisturized my eyelids and the skin under my eyes with baby lotion right afterward. Sometimes I use different variations of the lotion, like the night-time baby lotion or I'll mix the creamy baby oil with the baby lotion and use that.. But I always make sure to use a baby lotion product and it's absolutely fabulous! It has been at least 5 years since I've had to deal with blepharitis! I continue to incorporate the baby shampoo (which removes eye makeup like a charm by the way! ) and lotion into my daily regimen. Other than it keeping that horrible condition away (which is enough reason in itself to use the baby products) - I attribute it to my lack wrinkles around my eyes when all of my friends my age have them. I hope this combination helps someone else out there as it has me! :)
Replied by Jennifer
Mesa, Az
I completely back up the baby shampoo comment. I use coconut oil, though, and take particular care to not put any of my other skin regimen on my eyelids. Before the shampoo, coconut oil, hot compresses, and occasionally topical antibiotic mixed with cetaphil soap- my eye-lid was SO bad that even philosophy miracle worker burned it. I remember a scab on my eyelid. It was so bad that I had to stop my latisse. Any one with this problem should try any and all of the above remedies, along with the other posters suggestions.
Replied by Kerri
Warwick, R.i.
I have been dealing with this since October. I had it years ago and it never got past redness part. I felt like I had something in my eyes, they burned, when I cry it makes it worse so I don't cry and believe me I would like to! It started in one eye, then went to the other and now both. Some days it feels like it is going away and the next its back.

I have oily eyelids, flaking and then peeling gross skin off my eye area, redness, soreness, itchiness, eyelashes here and there fall out and an ache or pain in my eye.

My Dr. gave me at first eye drops, ointment, but it didn't seem to clear and then I went on an oral antibiotic and just did the ointment and I have OTC drops. I went back 2 days before Christmas and he said looks good, the next day I started getting tough skin in the eye area and then it flaked and peeled off and it was gross. I am on a new eye ointment and one oral antibiotic a day.

I have too much going on I don't need another issue. I think that is all for now. I know now I am not alone, but it still stinks.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Kerri, some have had relief from dabbing Castor oil on the eyelids nightly, and some have done so with honey.
Replied by Kerri
Warwick, RI
I use an eye ointment at night now. How am I supposed to use the castor oil or the honey? I just find it strange putting honey there. How do you do it and how much? I am fed up with everything. The other day I thought it was clearing and then bam! It is back. My skin is tight again and it is going to start to peel. This isn't a way to start the New Year off.
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Kerri, the only way I have seen it (honey or castor oil) applied, is dabbing it ON the eyelids, not INSIDE the eye. It probably works a bit slower than inside the eye, but to me it sounds safer. I imagine you can dab it on during the day and wash it off in an hour or so.
Replied by Kerri
Warwick, R.I.
Well I will try that. I have to give my Dr a call because I am so tired of this.
Replied by Kerri
Warwick, R.i.
Okay I saw my eye Dr. again the other day. I was told that this blepharitis has to do with the weather and that it is common. Why do I get all this crappy stuff? I was told to use the Systane drops a few times a day and to use the Tobramax (I think I spelled it right) all around my eyes. This thing has got me so irritable and moody and I can't cry because it hurts! I don't know if I can post pics here or not and don't see a link. I told someone I feel like/look like a reptile zombie. It is all red, sore, peely/blistery and I look horrible! I want it to ease already. :-(

EC: Hi Kerri, feel free to email us your pics and we can post them in your thread. However, our form doesn't allow upload of pics at the moment... sorry!

Replied by Sp
Wb, Nj
Hi Kerri, I don't know if your medication has steroids in it, but if it does or if you have ever used a product with steroids in it please do a search for "international topical steroid awareness network", their forum has a section on steroid induced eye irritations, or "topical steroid addiction", or "topical steroid withdrawal". Good luck.
Replied by Kerri
Warwick, R.i.
This is what I am on; TOBRADEX? (tobramycin and dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension) is a sterile, multiple dose antibiotic and steroid combination for topical ophthalmic use.

Between what I read online and what dr's say or don't say I get scared. I am not feeling good on top of this today. I am beginning to think my obgyn could help me better!

I don't see the email to send photos.

EC: It's on the contact us page: ec1(at)earthclinic(dot)com

Replied by Sp
Wb, Nj
Hi Kerri, can your doctor offer you a non-steroid medication? Some people are very sensitive to steroids and have a very bad reaction. Unfortunately, most doctors will not acknowledge that steroids are not a wonder drug for everyone. Please search and read about other people's eye experiences with steroids. You may or may not identify with what you read, but if it is a bad reaction steroids it will only get worse as long as you use the steroids. Think back to what ointment you have used around your eyes - did it have a steroid in it? From what you posted it sounds like a bad reaction to steroids. I think you should look into this possibility. There is a usually a long healing period with multiple flares where you get worse again before you get better. Good luck!
Replied by Catherine Weiss
Umina Beach
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I just read an Article on Google about a man who had this condition for 8 years. Well, I've had mine for 1 and its so painful and irritating hurts, well this man cured it in himself with... guess what it is? Honey. So I'm all for natural treatments and in Australia I'm learning about the aboriginal cures they work so I'm looking into plants also natural but mananuka honey has in fact got an antibacterial ingredient in it. Any honey, but pure is better the "mananuka" tree or flower in Australia, has the quality, if it worked for him it will work for me, I'll get back to you guys on what works, ok? But the honey twice a day I'm trying, he said that he cured it, 100% and he looks happy. Thank you.

Replied by Stephon
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I am suffering from this condition for 3 years. My current own therapy is:

-face wash and warm compress 10 minutes (when I wake up)

-ordinary honey on lids 10 minutes, face wash, lid cleaning with q-tip (15h and 19h)

-face wash and warmcompress 10 minutes (before midnight)

-castor oil (2 drops) mixed with tea tree oil (1 drop), before I go to sleep, around midnight

It's better but not cured, will keep doing this for few weeks. Will try manuka honey if this fails, and/or get another oil instead of castor (coconut, or fish oil with omega supplements)

Replied by Jenn
Coborra, Australia
I would suggest you read the post which is above you. They cured the same condition as yours in 48 hours with potent Manuka honey....
Replied by Rose
I have read in one of the books that using steroids near the eyes can cause catarach so be careful, instead I am using the coconut oil around my eyelids at night before I go to bed, it helps some.
Replied by Chloe
Lexington, Ky
I have been suffering from blepharitis for years and finally there is a professional in-office treatment for it. It is called Bleph EX, the doctor cleans your lids under microscope with a special tool. You will get your before and after pictures, the difference is astonishing. I am symptoms free and finally not embarrassed by my appearance.
Replied by Priya
United Kingdom

Can I ask you how long you have to use the baby shampoo mix before seeing any results? I've just started cleaning lids with that mixture. Just after doing it my eyes feel fine but the gritty feeling and soreness comes back after half an hour. Thanks.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Priya,

I think raw honey or manuka honey would be safer than baby shampoo. Many have found it cures blepharitis.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Doreen
Middlesex Uk
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Worked Temporarily:
When you use Baby Shampoo for cleaning eyelids it is must be NO TEARS Baby Shampoo.

I found this tedious. My symptoms have worsened. The burning is like strong soap in my eyes. Running eyes and a lot of pain in the night. I can't open my eyes and they are very sticky and stuck together. I am now going to try Bhephasol (multi buy ) through Amazon, and eye gel (also multi buy) 3 in all and try this. Consistency is the key to any successful treatment. And then I will tailor down what I do to see how manageable my condition is. Cleansing the eyelids is the key to treatment.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Doreen, read up on Castor Oil for the eyes (some people just put it on the eyelid, not into the eye).

And some people are helped by applying honey.

Replied by Kathryn4
I am sure it was beneficial for me short term, but I had to stop it completely as it made my eyes red around the skin area.

Castor Oil  

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Posted by Maryalice (Eugene, Or) on 09/27/2013
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I tried putting castor oil in my eyes for a couple weeks. At first, I thought it was working, but then my eyelids became puffier. Very sad this did not work, because at first my eyes themselves felt so much better. I am 43 and I thought I was relatively healthy - not on any prescriptions, but for some reason I have not had any luck with getting rid of this blepharitis/dry eye issue. I even moved from SW Colorado to Eugene, OR for more moisture! I may try the castor oil again, but would love if someone would post additional remedies - homeopathy, herbs, etc. Also, my blepharitis is just redness, I can't see any scaling, but it does cause red, dry eyes.... doesn't help that I am a computer programmer.

Replied by Jaime G.
Montrose, Co
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Maryalice, how weird. I live in SW Colorado and am moving to Oregon soon to be near 2 of my kids. I just got Blepharitis the first time last year and today is the third time I've had this annoying condition. I keep it at bay by using a lotion I have with tea tree oil as the main ingredient. I went to Arizona over the weekend and did not bring my lotion. Guess what I woke up to Monday morning?

Replied by Lee
New Zealand
Can you tell me the name of the lotion you use please or its ingredients?

Posted by Matt C (Phelps, Ny) on 07/09/2011
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I have tried the hot towel method with no results. It is too hard to maintain the heat and moisture at the levels needed. What I have found effective is using castor oil; I found a good video on youtube that elaborates.

Replied by Nakedbigfoot
Eureka, Ca, 95501
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I also had terrible eye pain-mucus, redness, unbearable itchiness.... I thought it was pink-eye, except for it lasted 11 days!! So I finally saw an opthomologist who diagnosed me with Blepharitis (super irritated angry eyelids that don't produce enough oil).

The eyedrops he gave me worked alright; but my eyes would still "flare up" and become extremly irritated. My eyes always seemed to have a red tinge to them-which really really annoyed me.

I tried castor oil, and after only a few nights it seemed to provide a lot of relief! I use a cotton swab to dab the oil on my eyelids, and drop a few drops into my actual eye before bed. It does blur your vision a bit, so before bed is the best option.


Replied by Celeste
Southwest, Missouri
(I hope folks are not using drugstore castor oil processed with hexane. Hexane can cause blindness so everyone be sure to use only hexane free castor oil from the health food store or online.)

Castor oil has only very slightly helped my eyes. I've noticed that my symptoms are usually held at bay while I'm wearing foundation and either putting fresh foundation on before bed usually works at keeping it under control. However, this winter it's been worse than ever and so I've been washing with baby shampoo and using psoriasis lotions very lightly around my eyes (burns like the dickens for a few minutes) which helps tremendously but hasn't completely relieved it. I've also noticed when I eat fungus promoting foods like I did last night, it's absolutely horrible by morning (no matter what I put on my eyelids before bed) with much more redness, swelling, itching, burning etc than usual. Those foods would be sugar and grains for starters. I had popcorn and chocolate last night and I'm paying for it this morning!!

Replied by Anna
Barrington, Ri
How do I know what the castor oil is processed with? It says 100% castor oil on the bottle with no other ingredients. Am I ok? I hope so as I just put some in my eye before I read this. :(
Replied by Suzanne
My bottle of caster oil says it's hexine free. So, you might want to get another bottle that says this.

Coconut Oil  

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Posted by Clayton72 (Dallas, Tx) on 01/11/2012
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I recently came down with an eye infection. At first, I assumed it was Pink Eye but my actual eyeball was not red at all. There was swelling from the inner corner of my eye to the middle of the lid and my eyelid was pretty red. By the next day, my eye hurt really bad whenever I blinked. When I realized it was probably Blepharitis, I put coconut oil on it. I did that only trying to keep the scales from forming on the lid. Some of the pics I saw online were disgusting and some of the people had major crust forming around the lashes. I figured that coconut oil would probably keep the skin from collecting.

To my surprise, I found that as long as the coconut oil was on my lid, there was no pain. I never saw any scales form and within 2 days, my eye was not swollen anymore. You have to keep putting the coconut oil on (2-3 times a day), you will notice when it dries because your eye will be itchy and will hurt again. So happy it worked!

Replied by Theresa

Side Effects:
I've been using coconut oil for blephritis for couple of days and my eyes are sore and itchy.

Replied by Ankan

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I really like this page, I read a lot about different cures for blepharitis. I was also diagnosed with blepharitis about 7 months ago. At the moment I use an eye pad and massage and cleaning procedure two times a day. I am also trying this coconut oil thing. I apply it around my eyes in the morning and in the night. My issue is that when I apply the oil too close to my eyes, (and by too close I mean on my eyelids) then my eyes start to burn. They are so sensitive to everything. Right now, I apply it directly outside my eyelids, not actually on the eyelids. and that works if I do not apply too much of it. But yesterday before I got to bed I thought I should try to apply coconut oil on my eyelids and very close to my eyelashes, so I did. and today I have had a burning feeling in my eyes. How can my eyes react like this?



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Posted by Helen (Durham, County Of, UK) on 01/25/2015

I've suffered with this condition for a year, the warm compress, massage and cleansing doesn't seem to do any good at all, I hate having to look at people because I know my eyes look so bad, 2 months ago, my doctor prescribed me a weeks course of doxycycline, an antibiotic, before the week was up, my eyes were back to normal, I was so happy and relieved, but the condition has gradually started to come back, I did some research, and it is recommended that a 100mg capsule a day be taken for 1 month, then a 50mg capsule a day be taken for 2 months. Am going back to the doctors, will let you know how I get on.

Replied by Helen
Durham, County Of
2 weeks in to a 3 month course of doxycycline and there's a definite improvement already, my eyes aren't as sticky, crusted, red or watery as they were, I've got another 2 weeks of 100mg a day, then 2 months of 50mg a day, it seems to be working so far.
Replied by Helen Watson
Co.durham, England
I have completed a 2 month course of doxycycline, 100mg a day for 1 month, then 50 mg a day for 1 month, I put lacrilube ointment in both eyes at night, and the blepharitis has gone, I urge all sufferers to give it a try.
Replied by Mirella
Do you put the honey in the whole eyelid or just in the eyelid margins? Does it gets into your eyes ? How long do you leave it. Thank you for your help
Replied by Doreen
Middlesex Uk
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Better But With Side Effects:
Many years ago I was diagnosed from Moorfields eye hospital with Blepharitis, and put on 2 X 50mg of doxycycline for 8 weeks. I was feeling better and went to pick up my second months supply only to find the GP wrote me up for a 100mg. strength dose which made me so ill I had to come off this. I had thus wasted taking this for 4 weeks and now off the medication. I have just been left in a more severe condition. No GP can sort this out disregarding my inability to take a 100mg. tablet. So I am from today ordering 3 bottles of Blephasol to cleanse my eyes and then a lubricant gel for the dry eyes to see what works. I also will try the heated mask. My burning of the eyes is severe as is the stickiness so I have to try something that works better than the NO TEARS Baby shampoo which is tedious to use. Consistency is the key to keeping on top of cleansing the eyelids which is what is needed in this eye disorder of Blepharitis.

Epsom Salt, Baby Shampoo Treatment  

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Posted by Circuitrider (Hawaii) on 11/18/2015
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After dealing with blepharitis for about two years, I feel that I finally found a treatment that works for me. After poring over literally hundreds of posts on different websites and trying numerous treatments - the simplest has proven to be the best.

The problem with blepharitis is as soon as the infection occurs, the immediate reaction is to get rid of it quickly even to squeeze the infected gland and/or eyelid to remove the stye. As many of the previous posts already indicated, this only worsens the condition.

For many with blepharitis, as it was with me it meant keeping up with the condition every single day. I found that I had to keep a close eye on my eyelids to watch for any sort of inflammation or swelling that indicated that an oil gland was blocked. If there was any swelling, redness or indication that a meibomian gland had become blocked I would have to intensify the treatment.

Here's the treatment that I have been using and it is now worked for over a year now with no serious reoccurrence of infection:

  • microwaveable eye warmer with beads, (never bother with a single eye warmer) usually obtained at a local drugstore for about $10
  • Epsom salts - about 2 tablespoons
  • Baby shampoo - 5-6 drops (don't get cheap off brands, they sting)
  • About 2 cups of water
  • Small towel to just wrap around the heating pad

Heat up the water in a small bowl along with the Epsom salts and baby shampoo. Takes about 45 seconds by microwave. Heat up the beaded mask for your eyes takes about 20 seconds in the microwave. Then take the small towel and soak it in the solution and then wrap it around the beaded eye mask. The heat will last a good five minutes or so. Then if you want to go a full 10 minutes you can heated up and repeat the process one more time. It seems that if you're in the middle of dealing with an infection that a full 10 minutes does work better. This process softens the congealed oil's in your oil glands, it allows them to drain which is what you need to have happen.

The eyelid will immediately feel better. If there is a small white spot on the eyelid you will notice that eventually it starts to go down. As you may already know Epsom salts are used to draw out infections, and it feels really good on your eyelids even if you didn't have this condition. But it takes time to reduce the swelling. If you wake up in the morning with a crusty feel in the eyelid that means that the eyelid is draining, and that's a very very good sign. If you catch it early enough it will only take a few days and the infection will go away completely. Here's something else that seems to work well for some reason, if you can soak your eyes in the evening at about six or seven in the evening, and then again just before you go to bed, it seems that it really helps the eyelid to drain if you're dealing with an ongoing blockage.

I would like to add a few things that I feel do not work. Often you will read where just putting on a hot cloth is suggested but it doesn't get hot enough long enough to do any good. It is basically ineffective. Also taking a hot shower doesn't really get enough heat to where it needs to be. Also you will hear comments where you should heat the pad to where you can barely stand it, but you only need to heated to about 40° C. Hotter could be damaging. Some will say that it's not necessary to use any kind of solution, that it's just the heat, but the solution does cause better contact with the heat and the salt can have a therapeutic effect as well as the soap on the eyelid. I've also tried some other oils and other substances on my eyelids which only burn and perhaps could even damage your eyes. Unfortunately in talking with doctors about my eyes, they usually pass it off is no big concern which is a little bit annoying and simply say just soak your eyes. While that is basically true you have to approach it the right way for it to actually work.

Another device that I have used that is very helpful is an electric eye warmer that connects to USB port, especially designed for treating blepharitis not the usual eye warmer that might be commercially available. There's only one on the market that I have found and finally it past all the testing and is now available. I use every night in treating my eyes which is an alternative to the heated solution and eye warmer when not dealing with an infection.

So in conclusion, it takes 2 things, persistence and patience to deal with this condition as I have learned through experience. If you keep up with the condition of your eyelids, then you will not have to deal with embarrassing styes or chalazions when the stye gets to a larger size and takes much longer to heal. Incidentally, using the above method I have been able to heal chalazions in the same way, it just takes much longer. But with patience, you will eventually completely heal the eyelid.

Replied by Lynn
Has anyone else tried this remedy?

I bought manuka and coconut oil yesterday but since this is Editors choice wondering if I should try this first?

My aggravated eye only responded to the Tobradex ointment by becoming more painful, came off that pretty sharp so I have to look for alternatives myself. There seem so many choices it's difficult to know what to do and so fearful of ruining my eye further.

Hand Wipes  

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Posted by Susan (Albuquerque, Nm) on 02/02/2016
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Like most of you, I have struggled with painful blepharitis for years to no avail. Doctor after doctor, medications.... Thanks to your stories, I came across something that worked for me. I first tried the manuka honey which did well for the inflammation on the eyelid, but was not totally effective. I then purchased hand wipes (containing benzethonium chloride) and they have worked effectively and completely! No inflamation or itching. At this juncture, I use them about every third day, wiping them on the eyelashes and leaving on for only about 30 seconds, then rinsing with warm water.

Your stories and suggestions have saved my sanity. Please know you have made a huge difference in my life through the sharing of your hard-earned experiences.

Thank you!

Posted by Ophelia (Dana Point, CA) on 08/07/2014
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This is not my cure but I found it tonight and wanted to share.

I no longer have Blepharitis. There is a cure.

Benzethonium Chloride is the medicine in the products that get rid of Blepharitis. It is found in the antibacterial hand wipes known as WET ONES. It comes in a red box. Walmart or drug stores or grocery stores here carry it. I checked on the internet to find what products Benzethonium Chloride was in. You may have to order from a drug store on line if you can't get it there.

Let me explain how I got rid of it. I tore each hand wipe into 8 pieces and rubbed each eyelash are twice-4 times a day to start. After a week or two I went down to 3 times a day. After a month I went down to 2 times a day for several months. This is an infection in the roots of the eyelashes. Putting medicine in the eye doesn't do much. I tried 3 times with antibiotics. Did nothing.

When a friend said she got rid of it I jumped on it right away. She had it going up her eyelids.

Two people have gotten rid of this horrible itching. It is not a hit and miss thing. I kept at it for 3-4 months and it is gone.

The 3 Dr.'s who looked into my eyes tried to find it and couldn't. One was the Dr. who gave me the prescriptions for antibiotics and diagnosed the Blepharitis. This is not just a temporary relief thing I am writing blogging about. I learned how to blog to try to help others learn about the way to get rid of this infection in the eye lashes. The Dr.'s didn't seem to be interested in a cure. I did blog on one Dr.'s comment and he was interested and wanted to know if I washed my eyes off after using the wipes. I told him no I did not.

There is no need to suffer with this when there is a cure. Please be diligent and work at it for the 3-4 months. You do start to feel better. When I was done it itched once or twice and I used the wipes and it was gone.

Relief is not far way, Lynda

Replied by Cat
Allentown, PA

I tried the Wet Ones trick and yes it worked for a while to get my puffiness down, but it actually started to make my eyes worse after a while. The ONLY thing that has provided me some sort of relief is Blephamide Ointment that you put in your eyes.

It would be best that you also include that the Wet Ones tip may only work for a while for some.

Replied by Day
Hey I have a bump on my eye filled with puss I believe and its on my eyelid and a doctor prescribed me with a medicine for blepharitis so I guess its blepharitis do you think it will work for me? Ifs o can you please like tell me how you applied it on? and how it worked for you? Did you put it in your eye or on the outside skin prt for it to go away!! ??? Help me. Iv'e been depressed so much and I cry myself to sleep wondering if it will ever go away I need a true miracle . LET ME KNOW!!!
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Day, two helpful Blepharitis remedies are: castor oil and honey. Read up on it right here on EC.

Replied by Craig
Victoria, Australia
Hi Day (Usa)

I had the same problem 2 months ago and used diluted Apple Cider Vinegar (10 parts water-1 part ACV. I placed 2 drops in each eye, one in the morning and one at night, the next day it was gone.

I have recently had 2 bouts of mild conjunctivitis and sprayed Colloidal Silver on to them both times. They were also gone the next day. Either one will fix your problem. Good luck with it.


Replied by Jenni
Agoura Hills, Ca
Fabulous & word of caution. This is absolutely fabulous information & I will be retaining this very detailed process in a folder for future reference. One thing to bear in mind is that there is a strong possibility that our bodies will develop a resistance to this treatment. If you do find that this happens, the Manuka Honey &/or tea tree solution are extremely effective as well.
Replied by Judy
Anaheim, Ca
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I have had blepharitis since 2009. My tear ducts plugged with yellow waxy substance and were inflamed, red, painful, and runny. I daily removed strings of pussy mucous from my eyes. I just wanted to close my eyes and not open them again. I read Posted by Ophelia (Dana Point, CA) on 08/07/2014 about Wet Ones wipes and followed her advice. Today after 4 months of using them I went to the ophthalmologist. Seven or eight times he used words like pristeen and stellar when describing the condition of my eyelids now. Midway I did go through a crisis that it wasn't working. But I stuck to Ophelia's recommendation to treat my condition for a full 4 months with these wipes and diluted baby shampoo washes. I did find that I needed to moisturize my eyelids and surrounding areas once a day. But from what was a great suffering to being apparently cured, I am so grateful for the advice to use them. My doctor told me to just go to cleansing my eyes with the shampoo once a day. He didn't see any need to do any more. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am 73 years old, what a relief! $6 cure! Judy

Replied by Theresa
Can wet ones hand wipes damage my eyes because they are not for eyes?
Replied by Dawn
Dear Judy,

I read your comments regarding using wet ones for your eyes. I was wondering if you used heat compresses every day or at all? I am using the wet ones too and have clogged glands but I worry the heat compresses could encourage bacterial growth. Since you were successful could you tell me what you did? Thank you so much, Dawn

Histamine Allergies  

Posted by Daffodil (Seattle, Wa) on 08/05/2014

Blepharitis can be caused or exacerbated by histamine allergies. Foods that are high in histamines are: alcohol, aged cheeses, fish, tomatoes, and bananas. The body uses an enzyme called DAO to process excess histamines in the body; alcohol inhibits the production of DAO. So if you have chronic blepharitis, try not drinking alcohol for a while. You can also minimize consumption of foods that are high in histamines. There are also DAO supplements you can take. For me, not drinking alcohol and taking the DAO supplements has allowed my eyes to get back to normal. I also plan to use the other suggestions in here for keeping my eyelids clean.

Replied by Jenni
Agoura Hills, Ca
Thank you so much for this information regarding histamine blockers. Root cause analysis is critical when addressing a serious issue like Blepharitis... Your information, particularly regarding wine, allowed me to continue research & to begin testing some theories on myself so I can better understand triggers & find the right solution for me.


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Posted by Chris (London) on 12/06/2014
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Tried manuka honey no15 after getting no relief from using wipes recommended by optician...results were instant, itching stopped immediately and skin surrounding eyes felt moisturised....I'm a convert. It is expensive but well worth it.... also tastes good! Smear on eyes with clean finger, might sting a bit...leave for 5-10mins then rinse.....twice a day is working for me.....

Replied by Denise
Redondo Beach, Ca
Manuka honey... got the $20 jar at Whole Foods. It's going away in my eyes - already feel 50 percent better after 3 application of the honey. Miracle!
Replied by Danielle
London, Ontario
Hey everyone!

I've had blepharitis for a few years now. When I was first diagnosed the symptoms were bad and of course my nurse wanted to put me on medication. I don't believe in conventional medicine unless necessary and prefer natural remedies. So I never really tried doing anything about it other than polysporin. It didn't work but I didn't realize it can be a chronic condition. It seemed to improve on it's own.

The only thing I do is use sunflower oil to remove make-up. Maybe it helps. But when it flares up it's embarassing, so I wanted to find natural cures. You guys have a lot of good tips! It's great to share info and your own success stories. I'm definately trying some raw honey. I don't know if I can get the other honey mentioned.

Also just one tip- my mom thinks it's better to heal your body from the inside out. I've seen another tip about taking omega 3 fatty acid supplement. I would say it's better to simply include more food in your diet that's rich in this nutrient. I hope this may help.

Posted by Rosy (Uk) on 12/21/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Yes the honey works brilliantly for blepharitis. We treated my father-in-law with honey drops and they succeeded in keeping it completely pain and irritation free. His belpharitis was connected to his glaucoma and he was told he would always have it. He was given many different types of eye drops from the hospital, non of which worked, so the honey was a blessed relief for him. I would heartily recommend it.

Replied by Wendy
United Kingdom
I have bought a jar of Manuka Honey - please let me know how to make the eyedrops or can I just smear a small amount on my upper and lower lids?
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa

You could try both. Put a little bit of the honey wherever you have irritation. You can also dilute 1 teaspoon of the honey in a Tablespoon of warm water and use that as drops. I would use purified, filtered or distilled water, if possible.

I hope you have relief soon!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Wendy
United Kingdom
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Many thanks for the advice to use Honey - it is brilliant - my eyes are cured. Much love, Wendy

Replied by Meiday
Portland, Or
I have been diagnosed with Bleparitis. Only one eye. Warm compresses and eye lid scrubs are not working. I was using antibiotic/steriod ointment for one week and it appeared to help, but off of it for one week and it is all red, irritated and swollen again with tearing now. Doc keeps saying the same thing over and over. I can't even go to work it hurts so bad. I see that folks use coconut oil and honey to help. Mine is in the inside of the eyelid, so it involves the oil gland. I am also on a lot of flax seed oil. There has to be a better way!
Replied by Amyk
Los Angeles, Ca
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Hi Meiday,

Do you have allergies to dust, outdoors, grass, pollen etc.-- meaning airborne allergies? You should see if that is the cause. I have had airborne allergies all my life and then about 3 years ago I developed blepharitis in both eyes, which was due to my allergies. My eyes were burning, peeling, crusty, wrinkly and made my eyes droop. It was horrible! I tried castor oil, that made it worse for me. I kept changing out washcloths and even put frozen foods on them hoping it would help the burning, but it didn't. I also used an eyewash they sell at the drugstore, but that didn't matter either. Somehow I finally stumbled on MSM pills and after 3 days I was better. I bought MSM pills (it's the sulfur content) from CVS (1000mg per capsule), took 2 capsules 3 times a day, and that helped completely-- no more burning eyes! And then for the crusty, flaky, droopy part, I just used Cetaphil face lotion, just something really moisturizing, and really piled it on at night, and that took care of that. After about a month or two, I reduced my dosage to 2 capsules 1 time a day. I still take this dose today everyday on an empty stomach in the morning with some water and it keeps my blepharitis away. If for some reason I don't take it for a few days, my eyes start to feel the burn. Also, I had read that MSM and Vitamin C works well when taken together, but this wasn't so for me. For some reason for me, the Vitamin C canceled out the effects of the MSM, and made my eyes burn again. So I suggest that you take the MSM on an empty stomach with water, and not with orange juice or any kind of Vitamin C. Good luck!

Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc
Hello Meiday,

Re your eyelid condition;

On this EC website, if you look under Ailments, you'll see the introduction which states the cause of Blepharitis is a bacterial or viral infection that impacts the oil gland of the eye lid.

In that case, assuming an infection is the cause; if me, I'd consider applying Colloidal Silver to eye lid using an unscented handkerchief. I do this three times daily for four or five days. If improved in a few days, I'd continue until infection resolved.

I use CS when I get Pink Eye; two drops in each eye, twice daily for two days. Knocks out PE least for me. So even if I get a bit of the CS in the eye when applying to eye lid, I know that won't hurt the eye.

Replied by Crystal
Waco Tx
Hi I read your post and my 3 year old son is going through blepharitis. The light sensitivity is the worst for him and he itches and rubs his eyes. Could you please tell me what kind od honey you used? Would mean so much to him and me.
Replied by Jacqueline
Kuala Lumpur
How is the honey applied? And how many times day pls.... Tq n Regards

Manuka Honey  

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Posted by Karl (Bellevue, Wa) on 01/04/2015
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So, my wife, Julie, has been dealing with blepharitis for 14 months now. It started with a flaky, itchy rash (like eczema) on her upper eyelids and then it spread to her lower eyelids. It would also cause her left eye to water and tear up. She went to an allergist, a dermatologist and a esthetician to seek treatment. She tried creams, ointments, steroid creams, air purifiers (in case it was caused by an airborne allergen) and vitamin therapy. On a few occasions, it went away and then came back even worse. Needless to say, she was getting enormously frustrated that this condition might go on forever since nothing that the doctors prescribed was working.

I started looking for alternatives for her and came across a few people touting the claims of Manuka honey. The more I read up on it, the more I was convinced that it might do the trick. We went to Whole Foods and bought the most potent manuka honey we could find (+16). A higher number means higher potency. It was an expensive jar of honey, and if we were going to eat it, it would be nuts, but this was medicine. Julie put it on for 10 minutes at a time and left it on lightly overnight and, after one night, the upper eyelid inflammation and rash was GONE! After 48 hours, the entire thing was gone. She burst into tears after the first morning and is just absolutely stunned by how fast it worked and how effortless the application is. No side effects, no danger of a chemical in the eye...just all natural pure manuka honey did the trick.

If you are in that same boat and nothing is working for you, I highly recommend that you give Manuka Honey a try. It's really a miracle cure for this condition.

Replied by Gerda
Waukegan Il
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I am also dealing already with Blepharitis for 14 month. So far I have seen six different Doctors (nothing helped). After reading your article with Manuka honey, I thought I will give it a try. The Manuka honey +16 came in the mail yesterday.The minute I put it on my eyelids, I too was stunned how fast I saw a change. The swelling is going down. My face starts to look more normal again. I hope the honey will do the trick! Gerda

Replied by Stephon
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I am suffering from this condition for 3 years, it ruined my life. Finally I bought jar of manuka honey (+15) a week ago. In the beginning it was better, I really hoped that I got rid of blepharitis, however, after 4 days it became worse. I put it on my lids, 3 times a day for 10 minutes, than wash it, and before bed time without wash. Maybe that was too much, too often, so now I will try only with over-night aproach for few days. Every therapy started great but ended bad. Guys, do you have seborrheic skin? Should I put some honey or tea tree there too?

Multiple Remedies  

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Posted by Lena (Okc, Ok) on 05/27/2016

Thank you all for posting your experiences! It helps to know there are some things I can do topically along with what I'm doing below.


Went to my naturopath about this condition. He said my case was due to yeast overgrowth and put me on a candida killing diet along with:

Undecyn (2 caps 2X a day. Kills candida--which is essentially yeast overgrowth.)

Pau d'arco (2 caps 2X a day. Sooths rashes etc.) and

Probiotics (2 caps 2X a day. Healthy gut flora to replace candida).

It worked! (Granted, it took a couple of weeks for this to work.)

Interestingly, after having to go on 500 mg of Amoxicillin 2X a day to kill a tooth infection (in the bone) this flared up again. (Antibiotics kill good gut flora.)

So, back to the original cure... Meanwhile, I'm trying honey and coconut oil topically.