It may be because of a few long days or too many restless nights, dark circles and puffy eyes leave you looking and feeling like you are in a slump. Splashing cold water on your face cannot be a solution, you actually have to dig deeper in order to cure the puffiness and darkness around your eyes.
Reasons for puffy eyes and dark circles:
The skin around the eyes is the thinnest and when you have swelling, it indicates that there is an excessive accumulation of fluids known as edema in the surrounding skin tissue. Because of the skin being thinnest, the swelling and discoloration around the eyes becomes prominent.
But there are certain factors because of which puffiness is developed around the eyes such as the over consumption of salt that causes fluid retention, dues to allergies, sinus issues, dehydration, stress, lack of sleep, ageing, crying, and in some cases, it is due to inherited facial features. Sometimes the puffiness of eyes runs in the family so it is hard to cure it in this case. But with ageing, puffiness develops around the eyes because the fatty tissue inside the bony eye socket starts to push forward to fill up the place below the eyes.
More puffiness in the morning:
While sleeping, you don’t blink your eyes and it is the reason you get puffy eyes in the morning. In the non-blinking eyelids during sleep can swell in a number of people because the edema gets trapped and is released back after the circulation begins.
When do puffy eyes indicate of medical attention?
The swelling around the eyes sometimes signal an underlying medical issue such as people with thyroid eye disease can develop tissue and muscle swelling around the eyes. Graves’ disease can also be a reason for puffy eyes. An eye infection such as pink eye can also make you have puffy swollen eyes and dark circles. It is caused by the inflammation linked with the eye infection that can directly affect the neighboring eyelid. Also, systemic disease including kidney failure can also lead to swelling of the eyes as well as the entire body.
How can the problem be cured?
If you have inherited puffy eyes or dark circles from your parents, then it is best to look for cosmetic solutions that will help to reduce the puffiness. Puffy eyes because of ageing can also be cured with the cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing procedures etc. But there are some temporary treatments that can also help you to cure the puffiness and dark circles around the eyes such as:
- Drinking lots of water to prevent dehydration
- Using iced compressors on swelling
- Use of eye drops in case of allergies
- Placing chilled tea bags or cucumber or potato slices with eyes closed
- Reducing the salt consumption
- Getting enough sleep
The most common treatment for getting rid of puffy eyes and dark circles is to use hemorrhoid creams as well as ointments. An ingredient in these creams that is known as phenylephrine constricts blood vessels and reduces the diameter causing a dual effect on the eyelids.
But there are also some risks associated with hemorrhoid creams because if you accidentally get them in the eye, it can cause a severe inflammatory response known as chemical conjunctivitis, therefore, you should always ask your doctor before using it.