Tips for reducing puffy eyes

One of the most common questions patients ask is what to do about puffy eyes. There are several reasons this may occur. Because the skin surrounding your eyes is thin, with many tiny vessels, that area is particularly susceptible to swelling. Sometimes the problem is occasional and fleeting, but sometimes it is chronic.

There are steps you can take to prevent or control puffiness:

  • Allergies may be partially or entirely responsible for swelling in the eye area. If you experience symptoms such as frequent sneezing or sinus irritation, speak with your physician about seasonal or environmental allergies. Treating the underling sinus condition may reduce eye puffiness.
  • Lifestyle choices can cause or exacerbate the problem. Consumption of alcoholic beverages or excess sodium increase water retention. While you may not notice systemic swelling, the sensitive eye area is particularly susceptible. Limiting your intake of these substances may help.
  • Your choice of skin care products is also important. Choose products formulated for puffy eyes, especially those containing caffeine. Many moisturizers contain humectants, which help skin hydrate. However, using these products close to your eyes can increase fluid retention.
  • Be kind to your skin. Remove cosmetic products every night. Always be gentle when cleaning your face, and avoid rubbing your eyes. Try a soothing cool compress to relive the swelling.

If the problem persists, come to our office for an evaluation. You may need a minor dermatologic procedure, or just some guidance regarding the best products and skin care regimen for you.

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Be kind to your skin. Remove cosmetic products every night. Always be gentle when cleaning your face, and avoid rubbing your eyes. Try a soothing cool compress to relive the swelling – Dr. Ron Shelton

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