Pimples or Bumps on Eyelids: Causes and Treatments

The area around the eye is a very sensitive and having a bump or pimple on your eyelid can be very painful. Because the eyelid bump can become red and swollen, it can also cause a person distress and to feel self-conscious.


The most common kind of bumps or pimples on eyelids are styes, chalazia, milia spots, and papillomas and they can appear on the eyelid or along the edge of the eyelid. Most bumps that appear on the skin that protects your eyes are harmless and they should go away on their own. Sometimes, infections can cause redness, swelling and itching on your eyelid or eyelid rim. This may result in having watery eyes and possibly some discharge from your eye. Other times, the lumps resemble small white pimples on the eyelid and can usually be left alone.

There are many simple home remedies that can help to cure infected eyelid bumps and help to reduce swelling and redness. They can provide welcome relief if the eyelid bump causes a gritty or itchy sensation in your eye.

On rare occasions, a bump or a pimple on your eyelid may not go away or may interfere with your vision, and in those circumstances, it is best to visit your doctor or ophthalmologist.

Bumps or Pimples on Eyelids – Causes and Treatments


Let’s look at the various reasons why you might have a bump or a pimple on your eyelid. You will also find helpful home remedies that quickly help to treat infected red lumps on your eyelid.

One of the best home remedies to get rid of a stye is to apply a warm compress to the infected eyelid lump. Dr. Kathleen Romito on WebMD recommends applying a warm damp compress for 5 to 10 minutes, up to 6 times a day to help the stye heal quicker.

To use a warm compress to get rid of a stye and speed up the healing process, this is what you should do:

1. Soak a clean washcloth in warm water and squeeze out excess water.

2. Gently place the warm compress to the stye and hold it there for 5-10 minutes to increase blood circulation to the infected area and help the pus to drain.

3.Repeat the process 3-6 times a day until the stye goes away or some pus comes out.

Alternatively, you can also use a warm tea bag to help cure a stye naturally and soothe irritated eyes. Tea contains natural astringent properties that can help to reduce swelling and puffiness. A study also showed that tea is rich in antioxidants and green tea even has antibiotic properties which can help to reduce the bacteria that cause infections.

So, instead of the warm washcloth, dip a black or green tea bag in hot water for a few minutes. Squeeze out the excess water and make sure the tea bag is not hot. Gently hold the tea bag to the red lump on your eyelid for 5 minutes to help get rid of the stye quicker. Repeat up to 6 times a day until the inflammation around your eye has gone away and the discharge has stopped.

Aloe vera is another natural remedy for styes because of its soothing effect and anti-inflammatory properties. One study published in the journal Skin Pharmacology and Physiology showed that aloe vera is an excellent natural remedy to help reduce redness and swelling on many skin conditions.3

Use pure aloe vera gel to heal a stye faster by applying some gel to the affected area and leave it on for around 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Repeat 3 times a day to help reduce itchiness and redness of the infected eyelid.

You should always avoid trying to burst, pop, or squeeze the pus from the stye. Doing so could force the infection deeper into your eyelid causing complications and make it more difficult to treat.

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