A possible relationship exists between the use of the prescription drug Accutane (for cystic acne) and the development of sties:
Accutane reduces oil production in facial sebaceous glands and disrupts function of the meibomian (oil) glands in the eyelids. The oil glands in the eyelids lubricate the eyes, helping to prevent the introduction of bacteria.
The possible link between sties and the use of Accutane may reside in the medication’s ability to reduce production of oil, which inhibits formation of acne, but may also invite opportunistic bacteria into the eyes. Sties are typically staphylococcal.
- Hot compresses made with tea or liquid extract forms of herbs such as Chamomile or Eyebright may be applied to the affected eyelid. Warm, moist heat softens the oil blocking a duct or gland.
- Refreshing hydrosols sprayed into the affected eye could include Roman Chamomile and Wild Bergamot.
- Herbs to support immune function taken as tea or liquid extract could include Echinacea and Lapacho.
- Herbs to cleanse the liver and to purify blood and lymph taken as tea or in liquid extract form could include Milk Thistle, Burdock Root, Cleavers, and the Burdock Purifying Tea.