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18 Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes

If you are someone who is experiencing puffy eyes, then you need to try some of the ways for getting rid of the condition. Usually puffy eyes occur with aging. However, there are other causes of puffy eyes, such as edema, conjunctivitis, lack of sleep, unhealthy diet, enough of crying, allergies and some other health conditions. In this article we will see some of the ways for getting rid of puffy eyes.

Getting Rid Of Puffy Eyes:

Get Enough Of Sleep:

18 Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes

Sleep is very essential for each one of us. Lack of sleep can cause various problems and one of those is the appearance of puffy eyes. Adults require 7-9 hours of sleep at night and having a good night sleep on a regular basis could help you reduce puffy eyes. For having a good night’s sleep regularly you should have a proper bedtime routine.

Manage Your Allergies:

There are some allergies which cause puffy eyes. These puffiness in eyes might prompt you to rub your eyes even more and this would further cause puffiness in your eyes.

You should talk to your doctor and take the best treatments to alleviate allergy and also symptoms of puffy eyes. You might be prescribed with some eye drops or with OTC or prescription medicines.

Prop Yourself Up:

You should sleep with one or two pillows under your head so as to avoid fluid settling around the eyes. When you elevate, you increase proper circulation and prevent any extra fluid from settling around your eyes.

Avoid Alcohol:

You should try and limit your alcohol consumption. It is better to avoid alcohol and other drinks that are known to make you dehydrated. This is because dehydration could cause puffy eyes.

Drink Enough Of Water:

Puffiness of eyes can be because of dehydration. So, be very much sure that you drink enough of water every day and keep your skin healthy. You need to drink 8 ounce glasses of water regularly.

Use Some Tea Bags On Eyes:

You need to soak 2 caffeinated tea bags in warm water and chill this mild diuretic for some minutes in your refrigerator. Place these tea bags on each eye for 5 minutes so as to feel refreshed. Caffeine in tea helps in constricting the blood vessels of eyes, and thus reducing puffy eyes.

Eat More Potassium:

It is known that potassium can help in reducing excess of fluids in your body. Thus you must add lots of potassium-rich diet to your regular diet. So, eat more of beans, bananas, yogurt, and leafy green vegetables.

You can also ask your doctor if you can add a potassium supplement to your daily routine.

Pass On The Salt:

Consuming excess of salt can cause additional fluid retention in your body. This can even result in several other health issues, like a greater risk of stroke or heart problems.
As per the FDA, the current daily value for sodium intake is 2,300 mg.(1) However, the American Heart Association has recommended limiting sodium intake to 1,500 mg per day. (2)

We must tell you that more that 70% of sodium present in American diets are from restaurant or processed foods.(2) So, in order to reduce the salt intake, simply steer clear of cured meats, breads, cheese and several other processed foods.

It must also be noted that instant soups and other prepackaged foods have high amount of sodium in them. So, also try to avoid these foods. Instead try adding more of whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables to your daily diet.

Use A Neti Pot:

You can also try a neti pot. This looks like a small teapot, and is used to pour salt water into one nostril and to let it drain out from the other nostril.

This neti pot might help flush out all extra moisture in your sinuses that is caused due to seasonal allergies, infections, and cold.

Use Eye Cream:

There are a lot of eye creams available on the market that might give you some fair relief from puffiness of your eyes. You need to look for some ingredients like cucumber, chamomile, and arnica, in your eye cream. These creams might help in reducing inflammation and also in tightening your skin.

Be noted that eye creams and makeup with caffeine might also help in reducing puffy eyes.(3)

Use Cool Compress:

You can use a cool compress to reduce symptoms of puffy eyes. Simply place cool washcloth on your eyelids for at least 10 minutes and this could help drain any excess fluid from under your eyes and thus help you in reducing puffiness of your eyes.

Slice Some Cucumber:

Cucumber when placed over your eyes can help you get rid of puffy eyes and relax them. Cut a few slices of cucumbers and place them over each eye. Cucumber contains antioxidants that help in reducing irritation. The coolness from cucumber helps soothe eye puffiness.

Snag Your Baby’s Teething Ring:

Does it sound something strange? But, yeah you read it right. Baby teething ring can help invigorate you and reduce puffiness of your eyes.

Simply place 2 gel-filled teething rings of your baby in the freezer for some minute and then place them over you closed eyelids for about 10 minutes. This would greatly help you in reducing puffy eyes.

Reduce Sugar Intake:

You must be made aware that if you are eating sugar, you are simply triggering inflammation all over the body. You know there is inflammation in your body when you have swelling in your eyes. So, try to cut as much sugar as you can from your daily diet and see an immediate improvement in the puffiness of your eyes.

Rub Your Eyes:

Simply run your finger under cold water or simply place them on some ice cubes. Place your fingers on your eyes. This would help drain fluid that is beneath the eyes and would help you to get relief from puffy eyes.

Use A Potato On Your Eyes:

Did you ever know that potatoes can actually help you in alleviating puffiness of your eyes? There is a skin-lightening enzyme in potatoes that can help in relieving swelling of eyes. Simply grate 2 raw potatoes and place them into 2 empty tea bags and then put these tea bags with grated potatoes, one over each eyes.

Hit The Spoons:

You can get rid of puffy eyes through metal spoons. The sharp cold of metal spoons helps to revive your tired eyes and helps you improve your energy to boot.

Simply take 2 clean metal teaspoons and hold them for a few minutes under cold running water. Then lie down and then put the spoons over your eyelids for 30 to 60 seconds.

Talk To Your Doctor About Cosmetic Surgery:

If you are having severe cases of puffy eyes and if home remedies and lifestyle changes do not work on your symptoms, you might want to consider cosmetic surgery. There is a type of eyelid surgery known as Blepharoplasty, during which you doctor moves and removes excess of muscle, fat, and skin in your eyelid.

Your doctor might also recommend you for laser treatments, chemical peels, or some sorts of prescription medications so as to help you with severe cases of puffy eyes.


Generally puffy eyes are not a sign of any serious medical condition. However, if you are experiencing these puffy eyes for long time, or if you have pain, irritation and severe swelling in and around your eyes then you should consult with your doctor. This is because sometimes puffy eyes can be because of conjunctivitis, dermatitis, thyroid eye disease, and blepharitis.

You need to adopt healthy lifestyle habits in order to improve your puffy eyes in short time period.


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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:March 21, 2022

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