How do you get styes?

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There are small oil glands that sit around the eyelid and drain through ducts into the eyelashes.

If something clogs the duct, the oil can't drain and backs up into the glands. The gland becomes swollen and inflamed, causing the stye.
My daughter frequently kept getting styes, saw a doctor and was told it was blepharitis.
What is blepharitis
Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids. Blepharitis usually involves the part of the eyelid where the eyelashes grow and affects both eyelids.

Blepharitis commonly occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes become clogged. This leads to irritated and red eyes. Several diseases and conditions can cause blepharitis.

Blepharitis is often a chronic condition that is difficult to treat. Blepharitis can be uncomfortable and may be unsightly. But it usually doesn't cause permanent damage to your eyesight, and it's not contagious.
What are the treatments for blepharitis?
Home remedies for blepharitis usually include:
1. Warm Compresses. Use a wet clean washcloth with warm water and wring it out until somewhat dry.
2. Eyelid Scrubs. Use a clean washcloth, cotton swab (Q-tip) applicator, or lint-free pad that is soaked in warm water.
3. Antibiotics. This may be prescribed by the ophthalmologist in form of antibiotic ointment or so.
4. Eye Drops.
5. Skin and Eyelid Hygiene.
My personal experience, eye makeup is the bad guy.