Do you know what a chalazion is?
A chalazion is a small non-infectious bump that develops either on the outer or inner lid of an eye. It develops when the duct that drains the meibomian glands (an oil gland) in the eyelid are blocked, causing fluid to back up inside the gland.
If you do a google search, you’ll see photos of all sorts of chalazions; some larger than others, and some located in different areas of the eyes. Many of the photos will make you cringe.
Over a year ago, I started noticing a small bump on my outer eyelid. It wasn’t bothersome at all, it was more of a cosmetic annoyance. Since I typically use my finger to apply my eyeshadow, I felt the difference on my left eyelid compared to my right eyelid. My left eyelid had a little bump. My right eyelid was smooth.
The bump wasn’t very noticeable, so I didn’t worry about it. However, when I visited my primary care physician last year in December for my annual wellness check-up, I showed it to him. He said, “Ah, looks like a chalazion. You can’t even see it. How did you even notice that?”
“I noticed it when I was applying my eye-makeup. Do you think it’s serious?”
“Nah,” he said. “It should go away on its own. Unless it’s causing you discomfort, I wouldn’t worry about it.”
So I didn’t worry about it except that a year later, it’s grown and became more prominent.
It was much more noticeable when I didn’t wear eye make-up. But when I did wear eye make-up, well… I’d cover it with thick eyeliner. One would need to get pretty close-up to see it.
Several months ago, I flipped my eyelid to see what was underneath that bump (warning, graphic image below). It was a white formation of some sort. I definitely decided I wanted this gone, so when I saw my optometrist back in September, I showed it to her and asked her, how can I get this removed? She told me I will need to get a surgical drainage procedure performed at an eye institute under local anesthesia, and she gave me a referral to one she highly recommended.
I didn’t like the idea of taking it to that level. I wanted this gone but, I also didn’t want to spend a significant amount of dollars to get this removed either.
I called the eye institute to get some more information. They couldn’t provide me with an approximate cost for the procedure. A $245 consultation would first be required to look at the chalazion so the doctor could decide the appropriate steps to take for removal.
That’s when I decided to look into alternative ways to remove the chalazion.
I learned that even after a surgical procedure, a chalazion can still appear in different areas of the eyes. They could also develop as a result of an eye infection. My optician said mine most likely developed slowly over time as a result of a stye I had years ago.
I also learned that using expired make-up and unclean make-up brushes can contribute to the development of a chalazion. Guilty as can be, I do hold on to make-up for years and… are you ready for this one? I have never washed my make-up brushes. Ever. I won’t even tell you how many years I’ve been using my make-up brushes. Okay, moving on…
Google is my friend. So are personal experiences from individuals who seek holistic methods of healing and find success in the process. There is always more than one way to achieve a particular result.
I came across a few videos of individuals who were able to remove their chalazions naturally using apple cider vinegar. That’s right! Apple cider vinegar! Who would’ve thought? And who doesn’t have apple cider vinegar in their fridge? I know I do!
The individuals who described their success stories shared that the size of their chalazion were extremely noticeable or large. One female shared that it went away after 5 days of applying apple cider vinegar on her chalazion. Her formation was on the outside of her eyelid.
What did I have to lose? I decided I would give this a shot!
I started by applying apple cider vinegar on the outside of my eyelid with a cotton swab in the morning AND at night before bedtime. I did this for a four days and nothing happened. It didn’t go away nor did it shrink.
I couldn’t find information as to whether or not it would be safe to apply this on the white formation under my eyelid. But that was my hunch. I started to think that this was probably the way to go. I probably needed to apply the apple cider vinegar to the white formation itself.
My philosophy is, if it’s safe to ingest, it would be safe to apply to the inside of my eyelid. The only downside is that it would burn like crazy. And it did, especially the first day I decided to apply on the inside of my eyelid. By the third day, it didn’t sting nearly as much.
I started applying the apple cider vinegar on Thursday night on the inside of my eyelid. I held my eyelid away from my eye so that much of the sting was gone before releasing my eyelid. My eye watered, which was normal. I applied it on the white formation under my eyelid AND I applied it on the outside of my eyelid as well. I only did this before bedtime by the way.
I applied it Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday night (technically Sunday morning at about 3:30 am since I was out social dancing Saturday night into the morning). Sunday night it looked a tad bit smaller and a little red. It definitely looked different compared to the days prior.
Monday morning when I woke up, my left eyelid was as smooth as my right eyelid. The bump was no longer visible on my outer eyelid. I massaged it gently blotting any excess water released from my eye with a tissue. I didn’t confirm that the white formation was gone until Monday night before bedtime. When I checked under my eyelid, the white formation was indeed gone.
Apple Cider Vinegar did the trick! It worked! And I’m stoked!
So now, let’s talk about the apple cider vinegar.
If you have a chalazion, I suggest you watch this success story on youTube, How To Get Rid Of A Chalazion Fast At Home.
In this video, Priya advises her viewers to use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, a reputable brand that contains the mother and is raw, unfiltered and organic. I can’t recall how much I paid for this bottle of apple cider vinegar which I purchased at Whole Foods but online, for a 32oz bottle, it’s showing a price of around $7! You will need only a small amount by the way.
When applying the apple cider vinegar on the chalazion, make sure that the area is clean. Best to do it after you’ve washed your face, or after a shower in my opinion.
Pour a small amount of the apple cider vinegar into a small container and dip a cotton swab into it. Apply the cotton swab gently on the chalazion, covering the area of the chalazion with the liquid. Since this is on your eye, you will feel a sting. It will go away after a few seconds.
Repeat this process for several days. Priya shared in her video that she did this twice a day for 5 days before her chalazion was gone.
I did this once a day for 3 days before my chalazion was gone.
Different individuals will get different results depending on size and other factors.
I’m excited to share this success story with you all and I wish you good luck with your experience! If you have a success story, please do share in the comments below. I would LOVE to hear about your experience! 😀