Treatment For Under Eye Bags

Submitted by Jerry Parker on July 9, 2012

Puffiness or swelling beneath the lower eyelids are termed as under eye bags. Mostly, they occur due to loose and sagging skin around the eye area. Under eye bags are also associated with dark circles.

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So what are under eye bags? Technically termed periorbital puffiness it refers to the puffiness or swelling results from fluid accumulation in the skin tissue around the eye area, known as orbits. Additionally, as we get older, the muscles of the eyelids weaken and can no longer hold up the skin as tightly.


Moreover, the collagen that gives structure to the cell also degrades. Consequently, skin starts to wrinkle and sag and fat deposits around the eyes start to occupy the area under the skin, resulting in eye bags.

Causes:

Apart from aging, some of the common eye bags causes include:
  • Crying, leading to salt water retention
  • Allergies, sometimes under eye bags are the primary symptom of the allergic reaction
  • Fluid retention
  • Eating salty foods
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Over/under sleeping
  • Heredity factors
Illnesses and diseases associated with under eye bags are as follows:
  • Mononucleosis
  • Trichinosis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Grave’s disease
  • Nephritic syndrome
  • Chagas
  • Dermatitis or inflammatory skin diseases

Home Remedies:

Eye bags treatments such as an eye lift surgery can help to get rid of under eye bags effectively. A cosmetic surgeon can carry out eyelid surgery by trimming down excess skin and stretching the skin firm over the under eye area. However, this is an invasive and expensive procedure. Simple (more economical) home remedies may also help reduce the appearance of eye bags.

Here are some tips on how to remove eye bags.

  • To prevent fluid retention, sleep in an inclined position with your head slightly elevated with a pillow.
  • Reduce salt and alcohol intake.
  • If the cause of under eye bags are related to age, consult a dermatologist for topical medication to prevent sagging.
  • Use a cold compress to improve blood circulation, reducing the swelling of skin tissues.
  • Stress is another cause for under eye bags and therefore meditation and yoga wil help greatly in reducing stress and thus solve the problems of under eye bags
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables that contain plenty of antioxidants.
  • Place used or fresh green tea bags, cucumber or potato slice over eyes to soothe them.
  • Low carb diet helps to prevent water retention.
  • Foods rich in vitamins A, C and E help to reduce eye puffiness.
  • For treatment of puffy eyes caused from allergies, an allergy test will help in treatment and further prevention.
  • Avoid stress.
  • Stay away from cosmetics , hair dyes, and soaps that you’ve noticed aggravate puffiness.

Under eye bags rarely require medical attention. However, one should see a doctor if the swelling is severe and persistent and accompanied with pain, itching and redness.

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