Facial features, allergies and stress may all contribute to eyes appearing puffy. Sometimes homemade remedies may help, but for a long-lasting solution the underlying cause must be identified.
What Causes Ordinary Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles
Puffy eyes generally happen from a variety of factors:
- Sinus issues
- Allergies that cause inflammation
- Inherited facial features
- Overconsumption of salt
Aging can cause eyes to appear puffy because the tissue that protects the eye in the bony socket begins to push forward, and fill the space below the eye. As one ages, the membrane that usually holds fat in place thins out, resulting in bags under the eyes. Sometimes, even, puffy eyes just run in the family!
Why do we have puffy eyes in the morning?
When people are asleep, they don’t blink. Blinking is similar for the eyelids as walking is to the legs. When idle, swelling can take place in the lower extremities that will go away once they start moving and the trapped fluid begins to recirculate.
This happens in the eyelids as well. Once you wake up and begin blinking, the puffiness can diminish, usually within an hour.
When is it a Medical Condition?
When they occur unexpectedly, puffy eyes can signal a medical issue.
Eye allergies from hay fever and pollen are common. It can also be the result of an allergic reaction to different foods. During a reaction, the body releases a chemical called histamine that fluid leakage from the blood vessels, resulting in puffy eyes.
Eye infections such as pink eye can cause the eye to be puffy, red and inflamed. Some symptoms of thyroid issues can be swollen, red eyes. If one’s eyes suddenly turn swollen and red, a doctor should be contacted to rule out underlying medical problems.
What can be done about puffy eyes and dark circles?
Once a medical issue is ruled out, it’s important to check with your family to see if the issue could be inherited. In this case, a cosmetic procedure may help reduce the puffiness. If the cause is aging, cosmetic procedures are also an option.
Eye doctors and cosmetic surgeons can provide solutions such as chemical peels, prescription skin products, or an eyelid procedure to remove extra fatty tissue known as blepharoplasty.
Some at-home remedies that may provide relief are:
- Using eye drops to reduce swelling caused by allergies
- Reducing salt in the diet
- Splashing cold water on the face and eyes
- Applying chilled cucumber slices or tea bags on the eyes
- Drinking plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration
- Getting plenty of sleep and rest
- Applying specially formulated creams around the eyes
Remember that it is important to identify the root cause of the problem of puffy eyes and dark circles. Make sure to talk to a doctor before applying any creams or topical solutions to the sensitive skin around the eyes.