Pimple on Eyelid

eye_pimpleIf you suffer from a pimple on the eyelid, there are several types of conditions which can result in this kind of a sign. It can be pretty painful or tender to touch, and also be in different color and size, but most conditions can be solved. The most common ones are stye, milia or chalazion. They can be uncomfortable and persist for quite some time, so it is important to get to know some of the main symptoms in order to treat.

Common Causes Of Pimple On Eyelid

There are numerous conditions which can occur on your eyelid, where most of them are treatable with home remedy actions such as warm compress on the eyelid which will suit the inflamed surface and ease the pimple drainage. Here is the list of the possible causes.


A stye is a condition which affects the duct of the oil glands at the root of the lashes. When the bacteria intrudes the opening of the gland, it causes the inflammation followed up with edema and a bump at the lash line. It can be painful and feel sore, it usually looks red with a yellowish pus inside a pimple. It is caused by staphylococcal bacteria which causes one eye problems. Your vision is not affected by this occurrence.

Treatment. Some styes subside on its own. It is important to keep your hygiene on an optimal level, keep your hands clean and use clean towels. Keep your sheets clean and don’t share towels with other people since it’s contagious. Never pop a pimple, it should burst on its own. It should calm down with warm compresses and if not, a doctor can opt for antibiotic ointment or drainage.


Another condition which is often wrongly interpreted as a stye. It is a condition which happens when the oil gland gets clogged. It is a smaller bump and it is usually less painful than a stye. The Meibomian gland which is affected is present at the bottom and the upper lash line. Similar factors are involved with the incidence of chalazion like in styes such as dirty hands and history of chalazia and stye as well. It can be a complication of a stye. It is a hard pimple which is tender, red and can cause tearing of the eye, blurred vision or photophobia.

Treatment. Most of the time, chalazion goes by on its own. It can be treated with some antibiotics and corticosteroid eye drops. As a home remedy, you can apply warm compress a few times a day for about 15 minutes. It will soften the gland duct and ease the drainage.


 Milia are small white bumps which mostly occur in newborns, but can happen at any age. There is no prevention and they occur when the skin flakes get stuck in the pore, at the surface of the skin. It is a cyst-like bump with keratin inside. They can appear on other areas too, such as nose and chin or cheeks. They are also known as “baby’s acne”.

Treatment. There is no proper treatment for milia, they disappear in a few weeks. They don’t cause any problems.


They are presented as yellowish pimples on the lid caused by a fat buildup under the skin. It is more common in adults and they can be an indicator of high cholesterol levels. They usually appear on both eyes and can be soft or solid. They are commonly placed on the inner corners of the eye.

Treatment. They are not dangerous, but can be a sign of a hypercholesterolemia and mean a risk for a heart disease. It won’t go away on its own and usually, it gets bigger over time. It can be removed with laser, cryosurgery, electric needle and acid dissolving. They can come back if the cholesterol stays on a high level.


They are tumor tissue found on an eyelid area. They can appear anywhere on the body. It is a benign form of a tumor which usually do not overpass to cancer. It can look like a pimple and have some similarities with a bump from a different cause. They are usually pink or skin color. They grow slow, but can be an esthetic issue.

Treatment. Surgery removal if it’s big and if bothers the patient. It is usually harmless. It should be monitored anyway for changes and to exclude the possibility of cancer.


It is a small sac filled with fluid. It can be caused by eye duct blockage, clogged duct from makeup and bacteria infection complications. It is red, swollen and can be painful. It can drain fluid on the surface, leaving the yellow crust on the top which can cause itchiness.

Treatment. It depends on the cause of the cyst occurrence. If the bacteria is the case, a doctor will prescribe some antibiotic ointments and you should keep your hands clean, don’t use makeup at the time and keep your towels and sheet clean. Warm compresses can help here as well.


Blepharitis is the inflammation of the hair follicle. It is usually caused by oil gland blockage which irritates the eye. It can be associated with bacterial infection as well, as rosacea, allergies, and seborrheic dermatitis. It can be chronical and hardly treatable. It causes discomfort in a form of watery eyes, redness, burning sensations, itchiness, flaky skin around the eye, photophobia, frequent blinking, loss of eyelashes, sticky and greasy eyelids.

Treatment. Warm compresses, hygiene, medications to fight the infections and inflammation such as eye drops, ointments, antibiotics. Restatis is calcineurin inhibitor with will calm down the immune system reaction. If it’s another cause involved, the treatment is symptomatic.


Rosacea is an inflammation of the skin which is followed up by dry, flaky skin accompanied with itchiness, swelling and redness. It is a relapsing condition, which means there are periods which are followed up with better state and it comes again after some period. It is a long term problem which may affect a person psychologically and socially.

Treatment. There is no known cure for rosacea, but there is a symptomatic therapy. You should avoid the sun, drinking alcohol and caffeine. You could use some gels and ointments which your doctor prescribe you for redness and itchiness reduction. A doctor may opt for oral medications such as antibiotics, depending on the degree of the condition.


Some allergies are followed up with a pimple appearance on the eyelid. It is usually not painful, but it is accompanied by swelling, redness and visible puffiness. It can be caused by chemicals from cosmetics you use, makeup or other oral causes.

Treatment. Dealing with the allergy will lead to pimple reduction. Depending on the cause, the therapy can vary.

When To Seek For Medical Attention

All the above-mentioned conditions have a certain period which is considered normal for the changes to pass. If a pimple stays on the eyelid for longer than expected, it is a sign that you should consult with your doctor about the actual change and for a proper treatment. You should see a doctor if your vision gets blurry and you start experiencing some vision problems, if your pimple starts to bleed or if it’s spreading around the area, if the photophobia gets worse or if it comes over and over again.