Are you wondering why you have bags under your eyes and how to get rid of them for good? You’re in luck! Although puffy eyes can be annoying, they don’t usually impact your vision or your health. But if you want to take care of the puffiness around your eyes, there are temporary as well as permanent solutions.

What Causes Swelling Around the Eyes?

There are many reasons for puffy eyes, including:

  • High-Salt Diet: Consuming a lot of salty foods makes you retain water, which in turn leads to swelling.
  • Allergies: Congestion and swelling from allergies can sometimes worsen under-eye puffiness.
  • Medical Conditions: Some conditions (thyroid problems) can cause the eyes to swell.
  • Genetics: Having under-eye bags can be a natural tendency that runs in the family. 
  • Natural Aging Process: Lack of firmness in the skin and muscles can be a result of aging. The most common cause of under-eye bags or puffiness is aging. Older skin matures and tends to fall or wrinkle. This weakening of the skin enables the fat encompassing the eye to swell out, producing that bubble-like look. 

How to Get Rid of Eye Bags at Home

There are many ways to treat under-eye bags, depending on the cause. At-home treatments can briefly reduce lower lids that are sometimes inflated from fluid accumulated in the undereye area. However, to effectively remove prominent under-eye bags, more serious treatment is often required. 

At-Home Treatments for Puffy Eyes

If you sometimes wake up with puffy eyes, these quick tips may come in handy. They help to reduce swelling until it subsides over the day.

  • Cold Packs: Numbing the area with cold compresses reduces inflammation by diminishing blood flow. You can put anything cold, such as an ice pack, frozen bag of veggies, or refrigerated spoons, over your closed eyes for a few minutes.
  • Hemorrhoid Creams: Some people rub creams intended for hemorrhoid treatment under their eyes. Such products carry ingredients such as phenylephrine to reduce swelling. NOTE: Use these products with care: They may irritate the under-eye area. Also, keep these products from getting in your eyes.
  • Caffeine: Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, which means it contracts blood vessels. Many beauty companies carry eye creams with caffeine to help treat under-eye puffiness. 

More Home Remedies for Treating Puffy Eyes

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties as well as moisturizing effects on the skin. Consider massaging an aloe vera solution under your eyes and leaving it on for about 15 minutes before bedtime. Clean it with a clean towel afterward.

Coconut Oil

The moisturizing qualities of coconut oil may improve skin health. Consider treating dark circles under your eyes by rubbing a few drops of virgin coconut oil under your eyes before bedtime and leaving it overnight.

Tomato Juice

According to a 2012 study, certain compounds (phytochemical lycopene) found in tomatoes may benefit the skin. Advocates of natural wellness recommend combining equal parts tomato juice and lemon juice and applying it under your eyes for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off with water. You can use the blend twice a day for a couple of weeks.

Medical Treatments for Under-Eye Bags

treatments for under-eye bags

If you’re still experiencing under-eye bags after trying some of the quick fixes above, these medical treatments may improve and even remove them permanently: 

Non-Surgical Options

These non-invasive treatments flush out the under-eye area:

  • Filler: This approach involves putting a filler substance where the under-eye region and cheek meet to form a continuous transition. The procedure is conducted in a doctor’s office under local anesthetic. Results last anywhere from 6 to 12 months. 
  • Laser Resurfacing: This procedure utilizes a laser to eliminate surface layers of old, wrinkly skin under the eye area and promote new collagen growth. The result – healthier, firmer skin. Results typically last years, depending on your skin type and sun vulnerability. 
  • Chemical Peel: A chemical peel removes wrinkly under-eye skin by eliminating surface layers. An application of a chemical solvent dissolves wrinkly old skin cells to unveil tighter, more radiant skin. Results may last years, depending on your skin type and sun vulnerability.

Surgical Option

A lower eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) is a procedure where the doctor rearranges the fat in the lower eye area and contracts the muscle and skin to produce a smooth transition. In most cases, a lower eyelid lift removes under-eye bags for life – with no regular touch-ups required.

NOTE: Oftentimes, patients may need more than one therapy to treat under-eye bags, such as coupling laser resurfacing with a filler or an eyelid lift.

Takeaway

Unless the bags under your eyes are purely genetics or the effect of advanced aging, you have several different options available to get rid of them, from a good old cold compress to drinking caffeine in the morning. If you’re still worried and our home treatments haven’t worked, consult with your doctor about medical treatments available to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags.

Further reading: 

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