Puffy Eyes: How They Happen and How to Fix Them

By Grace Davis

Puffy eyes unfortunately occur for many reasons, including allergies, stress, eye fatigue, and inherited facial characteristics such as texture. You may notice puffy eyes more as you start to age or for a temporary reason, such as lack of sleep, poor diet, or seasonal allergies – the triple threat. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits may improve your puffy eyes in less time than you anticipated. While certain home remedies, such as soothing cucumber slices, may temporarily relieve puffy eyes, a more long-lasting solution depends on the underlying cause.

What is causing my puffy eyes?

Swelling around the eyes is caused by an excessive accumulation of fluids (edema) in the surrounding skin tissue. Because the skin around the eyes is very thin, swelling and discoloration can be quite noticeable. To find the best solution for puffy eyes and dark circles, it's important to identify the underlying cause.

Puffy eyes generally result from a variety of factors, including:

  • Overconsumption of salt, which causes fluid retention
  • Allergies that can cause inflammation and swelling
  • Sinus problems
  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue and lack of sleep
  • Stress
  • Crying
  • Aging
  • Inherited facial features

So, what can be done?

Unfortunately, many people have puffy eyes simply because this trait runs in their family. Bags under eyes are usually a cosmetic concern and don't require specific treatment, however, home and lifestyle treatments may help reduce or eliminate puffy eyes.

Many temporary remedies also can help reduce the swollen look around eyes, such as:

  • Using eye drops for irritation caused by allergies, if applicable
  • Drinking enough fluids to prevent dehydration
  • Applying iced compresses or chilled spoons when your eyelids are swollen
  • Applying cucumber slices or chilled tea bags over closed eyes
  • Using creams and other skin products specially formulated for use near the eyes
  • Reducing salt in your diet
  • Eat potassium-rich foods, such as bananas, to eliminate excess fluids in your body
  • Splashing cold water over your face and eyes
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • One of the most common home remedies for puffy eyes is the use of hemorrhoid creams and ointments on the skin around your eyes. A common active ingredient in these preparations is phenylephrine, which is a medication that constricts blood vessels.
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    Of course, there are medical and surgical treatments available if you're concerned about the appearance of heavy under-eye swelling. Contact your dermatologist to seek further information in regards to treatment.

    The health of your eyes is closely associated with the health of the rest of your body, so understanding swollen eyelids can help you get the treatment you need! Stay updated on all the at latest in skin and skincare with VERI Nano by subscribing to us. You wouldn’t want to miss something that could save your skin! Link to our signup!

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