How to reduce facial and eye swelling, from reasons like pimples, lack of sleep, injury, or drinking.
What causes facial swelling?
A number of factors can contribute to facial swelling. Water retention, skin problems, crying, age and alcohol consumption can all cause the tissues in the face and around the eyes to look puffy. Injuries to the face and eyes, lack of sleep, bad digestion and some medications can also cause facial swelling.
What can I do about facial or eye swelling?
The first question to ask yourself is: what is causing my face or eyes to swell? Determine any factors in swelling and consult your doctor before taking action. If swelling is due more to daily activities than to medical issues, then a remedy is probably close at hand – probably as close as your cabinet or ice box.
If facial swelling occurs because of miscellaneous activities: drinking, crying, lack of sleep or slight skin imperfections the following may be helpful:
Compresses are made using a damp cloth. Depending on the nature of the swelling, the cloth can be either cold or hot. For pimples, use a warm or hot compress to speed the bursting process. Use the warm compress to apply slight pressure, but keep your fingers away from the pimple itself to prevent scarring. After a couple of heat applications, the pimple will be ready to dissolve. Once the pimple appears to be fading, switch over to cold compresses to quicken the healing process.
Cold compresses are great after a night of imbibing alcohol, as alcohol can lead to facial puffiness. Use a cold cloth or ice cubes to bring down under-eye swelling. Use the same method if lack of sleep or tears has caused facial swelling.
Whenever a day at the spa is depicted, you’ll invariably run into this image: woman with cucumber slices placed over her eyes. Cucumbers are not only for sandwiches and salads–this fruit’s astringent properties have been used for centuries to cool and sooth puffy eyes.
Facial masks can be purchased from nearly any local drug store. These eye masks contain a gel-like substance, which just like thermoses, are able to keep the mask cool or warm. For under-eye or upper-facial swelling, place these masks in the freezer until suitably cool. Worn for fifteen minutes to one hour, they help to bring down facial swelling. These masks can also be placed in microwaves or submerged in slightly boiling water for use as a relaxing heat mask.
Lack of sleep can cause the skin beneath the eyes to sag and swell. Sleep deprivation can be devastating because the body uses sleep time to rest and rejuvenate. If lack of sleep becomes a problem, you risk more than just eye and face puffiness. Eventually, insomnia takes its toll on an individual’s mental health. Over-the-counter sleep aids can be helpful to some, but the healthiest option is to consult your physician about remedies that facilitate better sleeping habits.
Tea soothes and relaxes when taken as a drink, but it also has the ability to work miracles when used topically. Although most teas are effective for taming facial puffiness, green tea has been shown to be an anti-inflammatory agent. Steep some tea to drink and use the leftover bags for your eyes and face.
While facial swelling is an annoying problem, remedies abound, and are usually items already in the home. Should facial or eye swelling become acute, consult your physician about its cause and to learn about suitable remedies. For swelling caused by daily life issues, using some of the easy remedies mentioned may take away a lot of the swelling – and most of your anxiety.