Home Remedies for Puffy Eyes

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Beware of the aftermath of a classic tearjerker movie or partying until the wee hours of the morning. When you look in the mirror the next morning, you probably won’t like what you see. A red face and puffiness often affects the way you look when you’ve disturbed the blood vessels underneath the skin of your face. To alleviate the issue, consider home remedies for puffy eyes.

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Causes and Symptoms

The skin around the eyes is thin and sensitive because of all the blood vessels found underneath.
Puffy eyes occur when the eyes begin to swell due and one of many outside factors can cause the problem. Sometimes, the puffiness subsides briefly, while other cases produce severe, persistent or chronic eye puffiness. Usually, prolonged symptoms mean that your puffy eyes may serve as an indicator that you’re suffering a medical condition that needs the attention of a doctor.

Other times, the puffiness is brought on by one of your own lifestyle choices, such as staying up all night and not getting enough sleep. Common causes of puffy eyes include [1]:

• Fluid retention brought on by high sodium levels
• Allergies (to pollen, pet dander, mold, dust, and other allergens)
• Hormone changes, including pregnancy and menopause
• Prolonged periods of crying
• Excessive drinking of alcohol
• Dehydration (from a hangover or not drinking enough water)
• Certain medications
• Heredity (genes can make people susceptible to puffy eyes)

Common signs and symptoms of puffy eyes include swelling under the eyes or around the eyelid; excessive skin found under the eyes; red eyes; dark circles paired with sagging skin; itchy or irritated eyes; and the inability to completely open or close eyes.

Puffy Eyes Home Remedies

Puffy eyes are no good, as they can make you look old and tired. Usually, the symptoms are temporary, but it isn’t uncommon to have symptoms that last days and sometimes, even weeks. To lessen the amount of time you have for battling this frustrating facial blemish, consider the following home remedies for puffy eyes:

a) Water:

Water offers an internal and external home remedy for puffy eyes. Wash your face with ice-cold water to alleviate irritated eyes. Throughout the day, drink plenty of water to flush out your system of sodium and other unwanted substances that can contribute to puffy eyes.

b) Say ‘No’ to Salt:

Limit your sodium intake by going easy on the salt when seasoning your food. Salt leads to water retention, which can cause your eyelids to swell.

c) Cucumber:

There’s a reason why spas place cucumber slices over the eyes of clients. The cooling effect relaxes skin and helps reduce eye puffiness. Position two slices of chilled cucumber on the eyes for several minutes.

d) Gentle Tapping:

Encourage the buildup of fluid under your eyes to circulate and drain more easily by tapping gently on surrounding skin.

e) A Good Night’s Sleep:

If you don’t get enough sleep, you may wake up with dark circles and puffiness about the eyes. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night can prevent this from happening.

f) Hemorrhoid Cream:

Since hemorrhoid cream contains anti-inflammatory ingredients, try applying some of the cream on the thin part of skin underneath the eye to alleviate puffy eyes.

g) Potatoes:

For 10 minutes, place grated potato under your eyes to reduce swelling.

h) Tea Bags:

Place two tea bags in cold water to moisten, and then chill the bags in the refrigerator. For a couple of minutes, place the bags over closed eyelids.

i) Aloe:

Treat puffy eyes by rubbing the healing home remedy of aloe vera gel or cream on the skin.

j) Vitamin E:

Possessing rejuvenating and healing properties, rub vitamin E oil under your puffy eyes.

k) Avoid Caffeine:

Beverages that contain caffeine can cause swelling throughout the body. Drinks to be on the lookout for include sodas, coffee, strong tea, and hot chocolate.

l) Cold Milk:

Soak a cloth in cold milk to apply over your eyes. Leave the natural compress on for 10 minutes to reduce puffiness. This remedy also works to alleviate dark circles you may have under your eyes.

m) Ice Pack:

The cold temperatures of a regular ice pack can help reduce the swelling of puffy eyes.


[1] http://www.eyedoctorguide.com/eye_problems/puffy_eyes_puffy_eyelids.html


  • Liz =]

    Liz again. (Sorry, I just love this site, it helps alot. So I figure I’ll give as many remedies as I can, as a thanks to those of you that helped). Puffy eyes can be a sign of lack of sleep, allergies, fatigue, crying, ect.ect…. Eye drops help me. Also, the cucumber tip, when I hear “spa” I instantly think of cucumbers on your eyes. Not only does if feel cool and refreshing, but it really does seem to help rid your eyes of puffiness. Daily multi-vitamins seem to help also. For teens, like me, Once-A-Day has come out with a brand of multi-vitamins for teens. (they come in girls and guys, just like the adult vitamins.).
    Remember to get the correct amount of sleep, and to eat lots of healthy foods.
    Hope this helps.
    -Liz =]

  • dani

    hi there. i am only 13 and i have really pyffy eays. it makes me look so ugly expeshally when im trying to win a boys heart. can anyone please give me some solution to my problem
    i will repay the favour

  • Eric

    Dani, try elevating your head when you sleep. Sleeping at or near a 45 degree angle will cause the fluid under the eye to drain. Also, watch the sodium intake (expecially the nitrates in cured meats, and the MSG in food products)…..