How to Reduce Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles

How to Reduce Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles

Sometimes, when we look in the mirror we might not be pleased with the image looking back at us. Most of us think it’s the effects of aging that cause wrinkles and saggy skin, but sometimes even the young and beautiful are affected by the sudden appearance of puffy eyes or dark circles.

And while makeup can hide a multitude of imperfections, it doesn’t cure the cause. It’s always important to make sure the symptoms are not a sign of a more serious ailment, and that includes seemingly benign symptoms like puffy eyes and dark circles.

What Causes Puffy Eyes?

If you have had the flu or spent a few nights working late or partying like an animal, there’s a good chance that the cause of your puffy eyes and dark circles are temporary and will disappear after a few good nights’ sleep catching up on some zzzs.

However, if you have been eating well and following your normal routine, you might want to check in case the underlying cause is a more serious issue, such as:

  • Allergies
  • Temperature change
  • Idiopathic angioedema
  • Sensitive skin
  • Thyroid issues

The most common causes of dark circles and puffy eyes are allergies, sensitive skin and of course, aging. But, if you rule out these factors, and you find you are experiencing some other symptoms such as fatigue, extreme thirst, and weight gain or loss, you should schedule a check up with your doctor to make sure you don’t have a more serious ailment.

It’s a good idea to take note of when the puffy eyes occur. If it occurs cyclically, it could be related to hormone fluctuations or a part of your wider routine that you may not have considered; for example, if you visit a certain location or friend once a month, you may be allergic to something in that location that you do not normally come into contact with on a regular basis.

What Is the Best Treatment for Puffy Eyes?

Natural remedies may be all you need to take care of your puffy eyes.

A cold spoon can work wonders, but if that doesn’t do the trick, consider putting a couple teabags in the fridge and then apply them to your eyes. The tannin in the tea is a diuretic that can help reduce swelling.

Applying egg whites can tighten the skin and reduce inflammation, and placing a slice of potato can help remove excess water.

Aloe vera and rose water are two natural remedies that may help reduce puffy eyes. Rose water acts as a natural astringent with anti-inflammatory properties, and aloe vera has excellent soothing properties and also moisturizes the skin

If you like salty foods, your puffy eyes may be caused by too much salt and water retention, if you think this might be the cause, reduce your salt intake and drink more water. The body holds onto water when it doesn’t get enough.

If natural remedies do not help and the symptoms last for more than a couple days, it’s time to book an appointment with your Kelowna eye doctor.

What Causes Dark Circles under Eyes?

Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by fatigue or allergies, but it could also be a sign of:

  • Eye strain
  • A genetic predisposition to periorbital hyperpigmentation
  • Atopic dermatitis.

Once you have determined the cause you will be able to discuss the best course of treatment.

Treatment for Dark Circles under Your Eyes

Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by fatigue or allergies, but it could also be a sign of:

If the dark shadows come and go at different times, they are most likely caused by diet, allergies, lack of sleep or eye strain. Natural remedies may help, such as placing cucumber, teabags, or vitamin K on the skin surrounding the eyes.

But, if you have permanent dark shadows you may need to seek medical treatment to find a solution.

Medical treatments for Dark Circles

Some medical treatments are simple and don’t involve a surgical procedure, but others may require a straightforward surgery. It all depends on the cause of the dark circles.

  • If hyperpigmentation is the cause of dark circles, a dermatologist might prescribe a skin-lightening cream. A chemical peel can also reduce pigmentation.
  • However, if the circles are caused by an excess of fat, a lower lid blepharoplasty can be performed by a plastic surgeon, oculoplastic surgeon, or dermatologic surgeon. This procedure reduces the bulk of fat and eliminates the shadow that may be cast on the skin.
  • Conversely, if the circles are caused by too little fat resulting in a gaunt look, surgical implants of fat or synthetic products can fill out the depressions that cause shadows.
  • If the dark circles are caused by thinning skin areas, medical tattoos can inject pigment into the area to lighten the shadows.
  • If the cause of the dark circles is simply aging, laser surgery can resurface and tighten the skin to improve the appearance.

Puffy eyes or dark circles under the eyes may seem like a cosmetic issue, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t talk to your Kelowna eye doctor about it.

Your optometrist will be able to help you determine the cause and can direct you towards the best course of treatment.

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