A warm compress, removing eye makeup and leaving the sty alone are all home remedies for styes, according to HowStuffWorks. People should also practice good eye hygiene and stop sharing eye makeup and applicators.
Heat helps to increase circulation, so using a warm compress on the sty brings more white blood cells to the area, claims HowStuffWorks. White blood cells help to fight infection. To do this, people should use a clean washcloth and use water as warm as tolerable. The compress should be placed on the eyelid for about 5 minutes each time. The individual may need to run the washcloth under warm water more than once to keep it warm. This should be done at least two to three times each day.
Though it is recommended for those with a sty to avoid eye makeup, if an individual chooses to wear it, the makeup should be removed completely each night, explains HowStuffWorks. The person's eyelids should also be washed in the morning before applying more makeup. Good eye hygiene should also be practiced for a person to treat a sty at home. The lashes should be washed each day with diluted baby shampoo or soap. A person may also use the over-the-counter product Cetaphil, as this does not dry the skin or sting.