View Full Version : Yellow spot under eye, possibly burned with Tea tree oil

01-13-2017, 01:00 AM
Several months ago, I noticed that the skin under my right eye was puffy and swollen. It didn't hurt or itch, but it was noticeable. I tried a few home remedies (cold spoons, cortisone), and then tried tea tree oil mixed with olive oil.

That didn't affect the swelling, but after a few weeks I discovered a yellow spot under my eye that's definitely more noticeable than the swelling! It's in the same place that I was applying the tea tree oil, so it would be a big coincidence to think it's unrelated. It's neither raised nor indented, it's not sore or itchy, it's just... there.

Placement is about 1/4" below my lower eyelid, and about 1/4" from my nose. It's roughly 1/4" high and 3/4" long, sort of shaped like South Carolina.

Now it's about 2 months later. I'm still swollen, but the yellow spot is unchanged. I've tried Neosporin (thinking it could be a burn from the tea tree oil) which actually seems to help with the swelling a little, but it's had no impact on the yellow spot. I've also tried applying retinol-based creams at night, but that hasn't had any noticeable impact, either.

My regular doctor can't see me until May since it's not an emergency (fat lot of good he does me). In the meanwhile, can you guys suggest what it might be, or any home remedies I might try?


01-31-2017, 12:42 AM
Well, for anyone that finds this in the future...

I've tried a HUGE variety of home remedies with no result, but my local health food store recommended Arnica. I tried that, and finally had some results, albeit mixed.

They gave me a gel and told me to apply it 3 times a day, but I really did it 4 or 5 times a day. After 2 days, the swelling had gone down significantly! Not completely, but more than anything else had done.

But here I am just over a week later, and there's not been any more change since those first two days. So it's still a bit swollen, just not as bad as before *. And the yellow spot, unchanged.

***** said to use it for up to 3 weeks, so I'm going to continue using it and hope for more of an improvement on the swelling. But so far, it's worked to reduce the swelling better than anything else I've tried.

Other things I've tried that had no notable impact:

Tea tree oil mixed 1:5 with olive oil
Hydrocortisone cream
Benadryl cream
Benadryl pills (allergy pills)
Indian healing clay (sodium bentonite mixed with vinegar for a mud mask)
Visine allergy drops
2 types of Retinol lotion
Cold compress
Hot compress
Clearasil (2% salycylic acid)
Vitamin D, CoQ10, Biotin (supplements taken for a few weeks)

* It's worth noting that my girlfriend had a similar experience with Arnica. Her wrist has been swollen and hurting for awhile, and she applied it to her wrist the same day that I started using it. The pain went away quickly, and she was tickled! But the next day, the pain came back and Arnica didn't seem to have any further impact. So we're not sure, do you build up a tolerance? Or did the Arnica in the gel "settle" so that all of the actual herb was in the beginning of the tube?

01-31-2017, 03:54 AM
Please be careful using tea tree or Retinol near the eyes..unless it is specifically made for the eye area (some Retinols are but no tea tree is) you shouldnt be placing it near the eye area. The skin near the eye area is very delicate and can get a chemical burn easily enough.

Arnica is an all natural gel/ cream made from a desert plant and although itsnt made for the eye, it is safer. It has healing properities and soothing properties and will help with swelling/ bruising.

Since you cant get in to see your regular doctor, why not try to see a dermatologist? This is a better solution anyway since all they do is work with skin.

01-31-2017, 06:38 PM
Please be careful using tea tree or Retinol near the eyes..unless it is specifically made for the eye area (some Retinols are but no tea tree is) you shouldnt be placing it near the eye area. The skin near the eye area is very delicate and can get a chemical burn easily enough.

Unfortunately, I read that LONG after I used it! That's why I thought this yellow spot could be a chemical burn, but it hasn't healed or lightened at all after several months so now I'm not sure. A chemical burn would have at least lightened, wouldn't it?

I tried two different types of retinol, and they're both specifically for the eyes (and expensive!). Neither had any impact on the swelling or yellow spot, though, so I stopped wasting them. I figure that, after this is resolved, I'll probably need some type of moisturizer to repair the skin damage.

Since you cant get in to see your regular doctor, why not try to see a dermatologist? This is a better solution anyway since all they do is work with skin.

I live in a fairly rural area, and the closest dermatologist is about 1 1/2 hours away. Plus, I'm concerned that his suggestion will be surgery, and I don't know that my insurance will cover it since it's basically cosmetic. So I'm trying to exhaust any home remedies before I move on to what I suspect is going to be pretty expensive and time consuming :-(

02-01-2017, 04:43 AM
My guess is surgery is not the answer, but I am not a doctor.
Can you get into a clinic such as a walk in clinic? Someone should look at this for you.
Retinols are probably the last thing you want to put on what you think is potentially a chemical burn because Retinols work by using a natural acid (vitamin A) which actually removes layers of skin...this is why it is effective for age lines (wrinkles)! You may need a prescription steroid cream or even a prescription cortisone cream to heal this before you can worry about any scar which might be left behind.
Only a doctor is really going to be able to determine if this is a chemical burn or if it is something else..Im sorry.
In the meantime, have you tried mositurizing this with something natural?
Coconut oil is a good idea. Coconut oil is safe in the eye area and has healing properties as well as antibacterial properties...make sure it is cold pressed virgin coconut oil which you can find in any supermarket or healthfood store...it might give you some relief. Again, I am not a doctor, but I do know that when I have had small spots on my face which are irritated (ususally from using too much acne medicine) coconut oil seems to help it heal faster.
Please try to see a doctor...the fact that it is yellow, it needs to be looked at.

02-11-2017, 01:04 AM
To give you guys an update, I spoke with a friend that's a (an?) holistic doctor. I described the symptoms to him, and he said that he thinks it's a blocked tear duct. Which is not something I had considered before!

I've been researching this for a few days, and while some of the symptoms match up... I don't have all, or even most. There's no pain, no redness, and no itching; no excessive tearing, and no mucus build-up.

So for a few days I've been using a Bausch & Lomb eye wash (which is pretty awesome, really; I'm going to keep this handy in my cabinet!) several times a day in the hopes of clearing out anything at the eye duct. I haven't noticed an improvement, but reports online said they used it for about 2 weeks.

I'm also starting to load up on Mucinex, after reading several reports from people that it helped to clear mucous out of their tear ducts. In retrospect, I DID have a nasty cold several months ago. I don't know if it started near the same time as the swelling, but maybe. And I always have bad allergies, anyway, so mucous in the tear duct... definitely possible.

I'm giving this until Friday (which will be 7 days of using Mucinex), and if there's no improvement then I'll try to convince my doctor to refer me to a specialist.

Thanks for all of the input, and I'll keep you posted if there's every any improvement!

02-15-2017, 10:43 PM
New update...

My doctor still can't see me until May, but suggested that I visit Urgent Care. So I went this evening.

After about 3 hours of sitting in the waiting room surrounded by kids with the flu, I finally got to see a doctor! She looked at it, reviewed all of my symptoms, and stated, "well, I have no idea what it is!"

Paraphrasing now, she said that she thinks I'll need to see a surgeon who will cut in to it, remove the plaque, and send it to a lab. She doesn't think we'll ever really know what the problem is, though, and that the surgeon will just remove the plaque and hope for the best.

She prescribed an antibiotic ointment (mupirocin 2%), so if that doesn't work then I guess I'm off to see a surgeon :'-( Now, I just have to hope I didn't catch the flu while in the waiting room!!!

I guess I'll abandon this thread now since it's apparently nothing more that I can do cosmetically, but I wanted to give one last update in case anyone comes across it in the future.