Understanding Puffiness of the Eyes: Causes, Symptoms, and Cure


Have you ever experienced waking up and looking in the mirror only to find out that your eyes are swollen and puffy?

Puffy eyes are among the most common facial problems encountered by both men and women. It is normally characterized by fullness of the skin under the eyes. Puffy eyes may create an appearance of tiredness, stress and anxiety. It makes our face look less refreshed and less attractive. Several symptoms of this problem include swelling around the eyes, puffy or swollen eyelids, itchy and watery eyes, redness of the eye and the inability to open and close them.

Common Causes of Puffy Eyes

There are several ways to cure or conceal puffy eyes. However, avoidance is still the best way to address this beauty problem. To be able to avoid puffiness in the eyes, one must know it causes. There are many different factors that are identified to cause puffiness under the eyes. Some of them are as follows:

Puffy eyes are one of the common symptoms of sinusitis or allergies or dermatitis. In these cases, puffiness is usually accompanied by itching or redness and may be cured by certain antibiotics. Consult your doctor for proper treatment.

Puffiness may be caused by changes in your body’s fluid balance, which may be caused by weather changes, travel or hormone fluctuations.

One of the most common causes is lack of or insufficient sleep. Puffiness becomes more apparent or worse during the time that you are awake.

Puffiness may also be caused by too much alcohol intake. Similarly, hangover worsens puffy eye conditions.

It may also be caused by drug induced hypothyroidism, such as lithium.

Puffy eyes may also be a hereditary problem.

Puffiness may also be caused by humectants, which are often one of the ingredients for making moisturizers. Humectants help keep skin hydrated by binding water, however it causes the tissue to retain excess water when applied around the eyes. Some of the most common humectants are glycerin and aloe.

Puffiness may also be caused by insufficient intake of water. Water is essential for flushing toxins out of your system.

Cure for Puffy Eyes

We all have heard of the traditional cucumber remedy. Lean your head backwards and place two cool slices of cucumber over your eyelids. Cucumber has astringent properties, which can constrict the blood vessels near your eye.

Caffeine has the same astringent property of cucumber, which can constrict the blood vessel. So, if you have them at home, put two moistened coffee tea bags instead over your eyelids. You may also use other flavored tea bags. Chill them first for better results.

You may also use potato. Grate the potatoes, chill it and place it over the eyelids. If you do not want to grate, sliced potatoes will do. Use it the same way you use a cucumber. Also try chilled strawberry. Make sure they are properly cleaned first.

Store your facial and eye creams in the refrigerator to chill before using. It has the same rational as the chilled cucumber, strawberry and potato slices.

Apply cool tap water compresses or ice cube wrapped in a paper towel under your eyes.

Tap your skin gently using your ring finger when you are applying eye cream to encourage the excess fluid to drain away.

Apply hemorrhoid cream under the eyes.

Try applying stiffly beaten egg whites under the eyes using a brush. Egg whites can make the skin feel tighter and therefore less puffy.

Rinse your face in cold water.

Chill a spoon in the refrigerator. After about 15 minutes of chilling, put the around the skin of the eye. The coolness of the spoon will help remove puffiness.

Preventing Puffy Eyes

Drink enough water to avoid dehydration.

Minimize sodium intake. Avoid salty foods, which cause the body to hold fluid.

Elevate your head when you sleep.

Get plenty of sleep.

Don’t drink too much alcohol.

You don’t always have to wear puffy eyes. AS long as you know how to keep your eyes healthy, you won’t have to say hello to puffy, swollen eyes ever again.