Don’t forget that healing takes time. Don’t expect to try meditation and a new skincare line and end up with perfect skin in a week. Give yourself the gift of time and patience. The body is a complicated, miraculous system and each body processes change in its own time.
– Yancy Lael, Soulful Skincare: The Ultimate Guide to Radically Transforming Your Complexion (2016)
For as long as I can remember, every few months or so, I would develop a sty along my waterline. It made blinking irritating because the top lid would have to touch the bump on my bottom lid. Each time I had one, it would disappear on its own after a few days, and I would forget that I even had one.
As I got older, and started putting on makeup, the occurrences of stys didn’t increase (thankfully), but it made me remember that I had them because I wouldn’t put on makeup for the week of the stye. However, I knew that I couldn’t live like this anymore, not because of the inconvenience of not putting on makeup, but because it was just made a natural body function annoying.
A few weeks ago, during my recent eye doctor’s visit, which coincided with the time I started feeling a sty develop 😂, I asked her if there was any solution out there. I told her my situation, explaining that makeup was definitely not the cause, as I hadn’t put it on in over two months because makeup’s a hassle when you work in the summer.
She told me that the oils in my glands probably moved slower than most, so I had a proclivity towards developing infected oil pockets along my waterline. There was no permanent solution to get rid of it – I just had to be vigilant about keeping the area clean. She also recommended hot compresses at least once a week for ten minutes to stimulate movement in my glands in my eyes, though it would be most effective if I did a compress once a day.
I don’t know if I was doing it wrong, but the sty in my eye didn’t go away and grew more painful. I was desperate for a solution, but everyone online said the same thing my eye doctor said. I started thinking about all sorts of solutions, and one of them was a lymph node drainage method I read a few years ago, and thought that it would help with my affliction flushing out the dirty oils.
I discovered this method because of other problems – unluckily, I have been genetically cursed with eye bags, which made me look perpetually tired. I didn’t want to get fillers to get rid of them because the price of fillers add up over time, and while I don’t hate cosmetic surgery, I just don’t want that for myself. I stumbled across the lymph node drainage method after a few days of research, in which a person or yourself massages your face to help drain dirty fluids from your body.
It’s a simple method, and I have listed the steps below:
- Using your clean hands, use two fingers to massage the base of your neck, working your way up to your temple by going right under your ear and along your hairline in a circular motion.
- Next, massage towards your eyes, above and below, thoroughly, before going back to your temple.
- From your temple, massage downwards, back to the base of your neck.
- Repeat this a couple of times at least twice a week.
It may sound counterintuitive to go back up to your eyes, but to stimulate movement, you should open the channel both ways. I can’t really remember why it’s good to go both ways besides this reason, but if someone is familiar with this method, please explain it in the comment section below!
Besides helping get rid of stys, it’s also very therapeutic because it feels very refreshing and it’s also good for your health. I know it’s probably pseudoscience, but since it did work for me, I’m not going to say otherwise because if you suffer like I do, you become desperate for a solution. This is essentially the manual method of a skin brush, as it massages the nodes right under your skin to flush out fluids like excess water weight.
the girl who admitted getting stys, something girls don’t want to admit having