Effective Natural Remedies for Chalazion

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Shelby (Indiana, Pa) on 02/14/2016

This post is long overdue, but I wanted to write it in case someone out there gets into the same situation as I did.

Back in June I woke up to find a swollen upper eyelid. I've had styes in the past, so I knew immediately to start warm compressing. After a few days though, I noticed it wasn't going down at all and was actually feeling "harder". I went to the doctor as I had to go anyway for work. She told me of course to continue warm compressing and that it was just a sty. However, come the beginning of AUGUST and it was still wasn't gone. I went to my ophthalmologist, and they told me that two months was definitely too long. This wasn't a sty, it was a chalazion.

One way to tell the difference is that chalazion generally aren't sensitive to touch like a sty. Another way is that stys often have what looks like a white head, chalazions are red lumps. Chalazions are clogged glands while stys are infections of the glands. Anyway, I was heading back to college in a few weeks so I wanted this taken care of immediately. My options were to see if it would go away on its own, or surgery as topical ointments do not work for chalazions. I decided to get surgery. The surgery wasn't a big deal. It was very quick. However my eye was swollen and bruised for about a week..... And my chalazion was still there. Yes it was a little smaller, but it was still there and I was not happy. When I got my checkup the doctor told me to give it more time.

I went back to college and did my research and on this site is where I found that apple cider vinegar can help. So naturally, I bought some ACV with the mother (Definitely get with the mother). Twice a day I would apply some on a cotton ball and dab my chalazion. At night I would even hold it against my chalazion for five minutes. It didn't burn too much and by a few days later, I noticed my eyelid would have white and yellow crust when waking up... Which meant it was draining! It was noticeably smaller as well!

Anyway, in September I had to go back to the ophthalmologist for my second check up. At this point, I had a large hard white dot on my chalazion which meant it had formed a head. It was only a few days later when the white head finally fell off! I barely had a lump anymore but I continued with the ACV to make sure it was completely gone. My eyelid finally became flat and it still is! Overall, ACV with the mother was my savior to getting rid of this chalazion.

For anyone who gets chalazions or stys, I suggest purchasing regular old eye drops and using them regularly as a preventative. They will balance your eyes PH and keep glands clean and flowing.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kimber (Vancouver) on 07/07/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Re: Chalzion - Apple Cider Vinegar worked for me too. I had a large chalizon on my lower eyelid. Went to the doctor he said that he did not think it would heal itself and refered me to an opthamologist for the minor surgery to lance it. I decided to try some naturopathic remedies. SO!!! Glad I did. I used the egg compress (see a post later on) for a few days with the castor oil and frankincense. This brought out a bigger white head on the chalizon but nothing else. After a few days of this I decided to try the ACV. I bought some with the mother from a health foods store and took a q-tip and dipped it in the ACV and then carefully wiped the q-tip over the head of the chalizon on the inside of my lower eye lid. I did this in the morning and then again at night. Shazam - the chalizon almost immediately started draining. When you think about it -it makes sense. The ACV is a natural acid - which had the power to break through the blockage. When I woke up this morning the size of the white head in my eyelid was about 1/3 the size of the day before. I did another q-tip swab of the ACV this morning and the egg compress afterward and almost immediately the chalizon continued to drain more (I can tell by the white gunk in my eye - which I wash out with a cotton pad and water). I am gently massaging the outside lump under my eye and as I do I can feel more liquid released in my eye. Don't know whether it is a combination of everything that worked - but I would say that the ACV and the egg compress are the key.

Frankincense Oil
Posted by Anon (Malaysia) on 10/15/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Hi everyone, I just want to share what really worked for me. I have been suffering from chalazion for about 2 months now, I have tried apple cider vinegar, hot compress, salt solutions, antibiotic eye ointment, but none of them seemed to really help me. I was feeling quite down that it wasn't getting any better, so I started praying, and God answered my prayer when I stumbled upon essential oils. I read online, and saw other had good results with frankincense essential oil. I have only started using fankincense essential oil 2 days ago, and my chazalion is improving and decreasing in size. I use the oil 2-3 times a day on my eye area. but I think the one at native american nutritionals has some good reviews as well. Just want to thank God for answering my prayer and I pray that everyone who suffers from chalazion will have full recovery!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Boiled Egg Compress
Posted by Heather (Searcy, Ar) on 03/05/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar and hard boiled egg compress is working! Yay for home remedies and great people like all of you who share information to help others!

This is a before/week later picture of my 4 year old son's eye after he had a sty and then got pink eye on top of it! In 2 days it had swelled up to the big bump “chalazion” on top picture! I found this site and began using the hard boiled egg (wrapped in paper towel) compress for 10 mins. About 2-5 times a day and then carefully rubbing ACV on it with a q-tip and letting it air dry. I'm so amazed and plan to post another picture once it's completely healed!

Thank you everyone who has posted, it truly means so much that we don't have to have it lanced or worse!

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Bruci (Huntington, Wv) on 12/30/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I've had a few chalazion in my right eye for quite some time now, over a year. I've tried everything; apple cider vinegar, epsom salt, hot compresses, steam facials, etc. One day, I found a post (on here, actually) about activated charcoal. I've heard a lot of great things about its benefits, so I decided to try it. I mixed about 3 tablespoons of activated charcoal, 2 tablespoons of flaxseed (ground), and added about a half cup of water. I let the mixture sit for about 15-20 minutes to thicken. It should have the consistency of a paste. I got a paper towel, put a spoonful of the mixture on it, folded it over to enclose the mixture, and placed it over my eye. I also put a sandwich bag over the towel to prevent the mixture from drying, and wrapped gauze around my head to keep it in place. I slept about 7 hours with it on my eye, and when I woke up, I noticed my bottom eyelid got bigger, and when I pulled down my eyelid, I noticed whitehead-like spots. I decided to continue the treatment, and I've been doing it for 2 days now. So far, a few of the chalazion (chalazia?) have popped on their own. I'm going to keep doing this every night before bed & hope they're all gone within the next few days.

By the way, I found all needed items on Amazon. Activated Charcoal powder, ground flaxseed. IMPORTANT: Do not mix activated Charcoal with anything metal. The Charcoal will pull the the impurities from the metal.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Samantha (Santa Cruz, Ca) on 07/13/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My four year old hated warm compresses, so I tried massaging coconut oil into his eyelids (eyelash zone) after wiping with a damp cloth, morning and at night before bed time- just a quick 3-4 second massage to get it into the eyelid and inner eyelid area. Coconut oil does not irritate eyes.

It took some time for the chalazion to eventually burst and go away, but he has not had a recurring one since (it's been 6 months), and he was having them all the time (sometimes one in each eye). I think this is the way to manage someone (especially a child) who has recurring chalazion problems.

Give it Time to Heal Itself
Posted by Porpoisepal (Columbus, Oh) on 06/25/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Finally My Chalazion Cured Itself!!

Another very important cure to mention is time, about 9 months to 12 months. I felt hopeless for so long, I visited this site multiple times and tried all the remedies with minimal results, sometimes making the problem worse.

After months of self-treatment, friends and family were pressuring me to see a doctor. I wanted several opinions so I saw multiple doctors, and every one of them told me hot compress, antibiotics and surgery. Hot compress made it swell up and turn very red. Antibiotics just made me sick with no effect. Oral Amoxicillin, then Doxycycline, creams with Erythromycin and several eye drops including Azasite, some $300 eye drops they really try to sell you on. It got so red and inflamed I agreed to have it drained. Again my eye turned purple and swelled for a few days only to return to the red and puffy chalazion from before.

Then these doctors told me I absolutely needed surgery again and that going away on it's own would be a 1 in a million chance! BS! They were just salesmen in white coats, I can't trust em!

I believe our bodies have an amazing ability to heal themselves if we provide it the right food and exercise.

I can't say how much it sped up recovery time but I've also been vegan for the last 7 months and feel incredible! It's pretty cool stuff I highly recommend looking into it!

Age 22
6'3” 175lbs

Cure: Time, 9 months not visible, 12 months completely gone

Salt Water Rinse
Posted by Sara (London) on 04/09/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I had a ugly cyst under my lower eyelid..you bathe eye with salt and very warm water mixture as many times as you can..let swirl in eye about 60 seconds. Do it the next day too. You will see 24 hours your chalazion will virtually disappear. Mine burst and within a day or two has completely gone. It's the only thing that worked for me. Make sure water is not too hot only as warm as your eye can take. Salt and warm water ..a simple, effective, easy home remedy.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hot Compress
Posted by Cynthia G. (Michigan) on 08/09/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I was treated for Graves Eye Disease from 2006-2011 and had 21 eye surgeries through this ordeal.

I had 7 decompressions, muscle surgeries, eyelid stuff, retinal procedures and was warned that there was a good chance someday that the sebacious glands would plug up and I would have chalazians. I was treated throughout my eye disease at the VERY BEST EYE HOSPITAL, KELLOGG EYE CENTER, on Planet Earth. 4 years later I got my first chalazian and local doctors thought it was due mostly to all the build-up from scar tissue. So I tried heat compresses for months and one surgeon removed it by cutting through top of eye lid because my lids have been through too much and are brittle and cannot be flipped.

Then 4 stitches and cauterization later, I think all is well. Within 3 weeks I have 4-5 new bumps forming. So I go back and see another doctor and he suggests 4 shots to the eye that will infiltrate the bumps and tells me they will be forever banished in 30 days and NONE will return. I won't even BEGIN to try and explain how crazy painful this procedure was and now I know why FEW attempt this one but I was truly desperate. And I made a SERIOUS LAPSE IN JUDGMENT by not returning to the Kellogg Eye Center and Dr. Victor Elner.

Needless to say, 3 weeks after this last procedure, 3 more cysts appeared and rapidly enlarged. The doxycycline I had been on was doing nothing for me but giving me a constant and consistent yeast infection. I couldn't win. In fact, I felt like I was totally losing ground. So I got on the net and found Earth Clinic and in 12 hours my eye life began to change.

I read about the white tea bag compresses and the ACV applications to the affected eyelid and whammo....when I woke up in the morning my bumps were reduced in size noticeably and apoeared to be coming to a head. Now within 2 days we were able to express the bumps and I have not stopped with the vinegar as I believe it will keep the sebacious glands from hooefully clogging.

I also took someone's advice on Earth Clinic to use baby tearless shampoo to wash eyes. Great idea and I use nothing else.

And I top my regimen off with frankincense or purified castor oil to keep my lids smooth and soft. It has been only 2 full weeks and my affected eye looks so normal it is unreal. Everyday it looks healthier.

The last procedure, the one with the 4 shots to the lid, was traumatizing, and the combination I guess is what has caused me to lose roughly 25 or so eyelashes from the outside upper lid corner. Ugh! I am now hoping time and essential oils will encourage new growth. It has been approximately 3 months.

And I also drink 2-3 ounces of ACV a day and have done this for years. But it was the q-tip and ACV applied directly to the lid that started my turn-a-round. I must comment on how EASY hot compresses are with tea bags. They hold the heat better than anything plus to warm up you just drop back into your hot cup of tea. Chamomile tea works well, too. Have to wonder if the properties of tea are also miracle workers :-) I did both initially.

Any tips on lash growth? One thing at a time.......thank you! Cynthia

Posted by Mary (Tennessee) on 01/15/2021
5 out of 5 stars

I used the herb Echinacea for 2 weeks and the a bump on my lower eye lid near my tear duct. It just disappeared.

My pharmacist told me he had the same thing and to take the herb and it was gone.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Asalt (Colorado) on 12/18/2018
5 out of 5 stars

All those warm compresses, tea bags and massage did nothing for my chalazion. But Apple Cider vinegar made a HUGE difference in 2 days. It's now day 4 after ACV directly on a qtip about 4 times a day and it's almost gone. Thank goodness for this site - I was considering surgery since this little bugger wouldn't respond to anything else, and hearing people's terrible experiences made me try this as a last resort. TOTALLY WORKS! Use organic acv with the mother, I just put a few drops with an eyedropper and hold/wipe for a minute or two and then done!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Hot Compress
Posted by Marc (Pa) on 01/10/2018
5 out of 5 stars

40 Yr old male, had styes and chalazion off an on for 11 months. Lower eyelid.

Had chalazion lanced by an eye doc - it was a horrible experience and very painful despite the local anesthesia, plus it came back. Tried antibiotics including doxycycline and tobradex ointment for a month. Visited doctor 4 times, spent around $800 on this annoying condition. It would seemingly go away and keep coming back. I also was not religious about my treatment depending on the size of the lump. It kept getting worse and became huge (size of a gumball) and very red. Had a head like a pimple on inside of eyelid. The lump was very firm and seemed to not want to open up. Considered surgery. I was miserable and didn't want to go out if I didn't have to. The 2nd doc I visited said it was solid like butter and heat would make it liquid to drain out. He steered me away from a lancing and surgery.

Also tried dry warm compresses with a gel mask, hundreds of times. I tried tea bags with parsley, vitamin A, castor oil, colloidal silver, straight ACV, coconut oil, etc. Here's what finally worked for mine:

Was washing eyelids with baby shampoo 2 times a day or before any treatment, using colloidal silver (Sovereign Silver) drops, 2-3 drops directly into eye 2-3x per day for 4 days. Took multi vitamins. Drank ACV everyday (maybe a teaspoon). Used castor oil on lump topically. Was researching and found this site.

Went back to ACV, but this time warmed up some water, mixed in 1/2 ACV. Put a cotton ball into the ACV and soaked eyelid for 5-10 minutes.

Did some get inside eyelid? - Yes. Could feel the ACV working. Boiled water. Dip clean washcloth into the hot water and did a hot compress with this by getting it close to the lump but not touching until it was just hot enough to touch to eyelid. It was HOT. Re-heated the cloth when it cooled. Massaged on eye for 5-10 minutes and it finally opened up the chalazion from the inside of my eyelid. Kept massaging/milking the drainage out until I could not see any more coming out. A lot of yellow-ish oil/discharge came out. Kept using heat to try to keep the contents liquid. Flushed eye with warm water. Put in a few drops of the colloidal silver. Lump is not gone and is still somewhat red but looks way better and reduced the following day.

Mine may have been a combination of remedies, but I think the ACV followed by HOT WET compress did the trick. Will continue the 1/2 ACV with warm water soak, then hot compresses. Using coconut oil to help the skin on eyelid heal. That was a terrific feeling after this many months of enduring this embarrassing lump. So to those of you who are about to give up, use ACV soaks and go hotter with the compress! Moist heat seemed better then dry heat. It should open on its own without help of a doctor (they don't make money by recommending ACV). Thanks to all who posted their remedies on here, you helped me out.

Epsom Salt
Posted by Adaneth (North Cali., US) on 02/02/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I've had styes before which responds well to warm compresses, washed with mild soap. However the swollen area on my eyelid didn't respond well this time. My whole lower lid was swollen and itchy and warm as it is when a stye begins. I noticed an oil duct on my lower lid was not expelling oil as all the others were when I was pressing it. Then after a few days the swelling subsided and there was a small- med lump inside my lower eyelid. I could not see where there was any opening, besides the oil duct opening along my eyelid. That lump began to grow slowly. At first warm compresses helped to loosen it up a little. And I began to push on it and tried to squeeze it. I didn't do them religiously and the lump began to harden over time (a few weeks) and left what looked like a permanent stye. I was walking around with this for months.

By this time the warm compresses did not help anymore bc it had hardened. Then I did some research and learned that Epsom salt mixed with water, a ratio of half and half worked well. Tried it, and saw immediate results that same night. I read online that someone's chalazion came to a head and broke open under their eyelid as they applied the epson salt mixture. I kept having discard in that eye during the treatment, so I opened up the lower lid and saw that the chalazion had came to a head and a string of white exudate and oil was coming out of it. The epsom salt was drawing all the oil and fluids out.

Now I realized that this is the process of osmosis I learned in physiology and chemistry. Fluids or molecules from a less concentrated state will always pass through a permeable membrane into a more concentrated one. I was so relieved. I could see instant results as I pushed and same more of it come out, and the gradually decreasing size of the chalazion. But I don't think pushing on it is a good thing, because it can create more inflammation and cause the chalazion opening to swell and close like a zit. I pushed on this same chalazion when it first started months ago while I was doing hot water compresses, and after that it just sealed up. After seeing this, I just applied more compresses of the mixture and it was completely gone in two -three days. There is still a tiny small lump inside my lid, too small to be visible, but I think it's because all the tissues were stretched so much by the chalazion that it left a small space/cavity.

Take half a cup of Epson salt and add half of cup of boiling water. Mix and pour into another cup and sit down on the sofa. Test the water. You want it to be hot enough to place on your face without burning it. Take a face towel and dip it into the cup, wring out a little of the solution, but you want it to be wet and a little dripping so that the solution can actually soak into your eyes. Press this hot towel to your affected eye and let it seep in. Hold for 3-5 minutes. Repeat again and change water when it gets cold. Do this a few times throughout the day. I got lazy so I only did it twice a day or so.

Hopefully this helps.

Rice Sock and Massage
Posted by D (California) on 07/23/2016
5 out of 5 stars

FORGET HOT WATER ON A RAG!! It doesn't work! I promised myself that if I was to ever find out how to get rid of chalazions without getting them cut out I would share it with everyone because I know how much it sucks having them especially going and getting them cut out 4 times. For two years I have been looking for answers and it wasn't until I actually met someone who used to get them.

Very simple. Get a sock and put a handful of rice in it, tie it in a knot at the top and put it in the microwave for 20 seconds, let it cool off and apply if on the chalazion. The heat lasts way longer than hot water on a rag.

I would do this about 4 times a day and between those times, I would massage the chalazion. I had two on my eyelid and one coming on the bottom. Because of the rice in a sock, I no longer have them and life is turning around for the better!

Hope this helps anyone.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sandi (California) on 05/01/2014
5 out of 5 stars

When my father died, my mother, who had been married to him for 52 years cried non-stop. Eventually, she started getting chalazions in her eye. Little bumps inside her eyelids formed and got bigger and this scared her to death. They would also sometimes move from one eye to another. She went to a medical doctor. He just told her to put warm compresses on it. She went to 2 more doctors and they said the same thing. Two of them said it would be surgically removed in a few months if it didn't go away after using a hot compress. My mother was desperate because she doesn't want anyone messing with her eyes, and as a widow who lives by herself, she's very scared about losing her eyesight or damaging her eyes. I looked on EarthClinic and advised her to both drink ACV and place ACV on a cotton and cleanse her eyes, especially her tear ducts. Within days, it was gone. This was amazing to her because ACV did in just a few days what the medical doctors should have advised but didn't. Fast forward to today, and my mother said she was crying again over the last month, and problems with her eyes came back again. She used the ACV immediately, and the problem went away. (Not completely yet, but she will continue to use it until it completely goes away.)

Allergy Drops
Posted by Jennifer (Texas) on 03/10/2014

I had a chalazion a couple years ago. I never had one before and I went to my doctor 2 times and 2 different specialist. The first time I went to the doctor, I was told that I had a stye. The doctor told me that it would go away on its own, but prescribed some antibiotics and told me to take it until the bottle was empty. Of course any doctor will say to keep a warm compress on the eye. I put a warm compress on the eye constantly during this time frame and my eye would look like it was going down, but the next morning it looked swollen again and my eyelashes would be sealed shut. I went back to the doctor and we decided to lance the chalazion. The doctor flipped my eyelid and gave me a shot to numb the eyelid, but it didn't work. I felt the entire procedure. I had to wear an eye patch for a day. When I took the patch off, my eye was still swolen. It eventually went down and then I got a chalazion in my other eye.

I decided to go to my optometrist next. The doctor told me that the stye would go away on its own with warm compresses. I told him that I had been using the compresses and it didn't seem like it was working, not to mention that I hated getting up every few minutes to warm the compress so that I could keep holding it on my eye. The doctor prescribed me some eye drops. I used the drops, but this did not work.

I went to a specialist and he reiterated what the other doctors said, but he gave some good information. He told me that I didn't have a stye, but a chalazion. He told me that we could remove my glands, but my chalazion wasn't big and this was the first time I had it so he said that would be extreme. This doctor gave me a prescription for a different antibiotic. I took those pills until I came across a post about apple cider vinegar. I didn't dilute mine. I used a little ACV on a cotton ball and just swiped my eyelid a couple times a day. This burns a little bit, but it's not bad. Within a few days, the chalazion was gone. I haven't had any more problems and I wish I would have tried this to begin with. Although I have insurance, I still paid nearly $300 for 4 doctor visits and 4 prescriptions, not to mention going through a painful procedure where I felt everything. The ACV works!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jennifer (Arlington, Tx) on 08/17/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I went to 3 different doctors or 4 occasions for chalazions. This happened over a 2 month time span. I never had one before. I had the first one lanced, then a week later, I got another one in my other eye. I kept a warm compress on it as I had done before, as well as using an eye wash and eyelid wash pads. The second one went away, then I got another one in the other eye again. I spend hundreds of dollars to see specialist and purchase prescription medication. Nothing worked until I added the apple cider vinegar to my daily regimen. I was disappointed that I spent so much money going to the doctor, when all it took was apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball. I'm just grateful it worked and I haven't had an issue since then.

Hot Compress
Posted by Evan F. (Milwaukee) on 04/20/2021
5 out of 5 stars

I had surgery to remove chalazia in both eyes when I was in college. A few years later, one recurred, and there was no way I was doing that surgery again. While it was still in the tender phase I began using crazy hot compresses and pushing/rubbing qtips rolled in a mix of Dawn dish soap and hot water onto the bottom of the tarsal/lid plate (where the glands express). I did this with great vigor, like a Kennedy who really hates eye problems. After about two 15-minute rounds the chalazion spontaneously began to drain from its pore. It clouded my vision, and I'd never been happier for something to do so. I went to a budget meeting on the editorial board of my college newspaper, pressing on that thing just draining it in front of everyone. Truly a sight to behold.

Key is attacking them promptly. The puss oil will harden eventually, and at that point, surgery is the only real option. I used dish soap because it is the strongest surfactant I knew my eye could tolerate on a temporary basis. I do believe that enough hot soap water finally pushed up the pore into the blockage, which gave way.

Hot Compress, Castor Oil
Posted by Missm (New York) on 07/23/2020

I had enormous chalazions for the first time this year. They are often caused by demodex mites. Hot compresses do work, but now you must treat for mites.

Demodex mites love oily skin, face oils, face cream, eye makeup. Discard your eye makeup! You must start washing your face with tea tree oil which eliminates the mites. This is a process as it will take a month or more to eradicate them.

You will use only aloe gel as moisturizer. To a quarter size blob of aloe gel add one drop lavender essential oil or tea tree. These oils eradicate mites.

Use a sulphur soap, or PetMd Benzoyl shampoo which has sulphur, benzoyl peroxide and salycylic acid as shampoo and face wash.

Your bedding must be washed in hot water and with detergent and borax. Make sure you dry on high heat. Rotate your pillow cases everyday.

Diet! Mites love dairy. Eliminate! Ask me how I know!

if you cannot get mites under control you might try a pinch of borax in 16 ounces of water see if that helps, if not, then ivermectin might be in your future.

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