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How can I prevent puffy eyes?

Dr. Ellen S. Marmur, MD
Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

 

If you have puffy eyes, you are either retaining water or not draining it normally. Remember that sleeping puts the parasympathetic nervous system in control and allows peripheral vessels near the skin to open up, thus moving nutrients to the skin and draining fluid from it. Not getting enough sleep stops that process of normal fluid balancing from happening. Water retention shows up more in the skin, and especially under the eyes, but you are actually retaining fluid everywhere. Besides a lack of sleep, puffy eyes can be triggered by a sinus infection, a cold, or an allergy. Get enough sleep, and avoid salty foods, which cause water retention. Elevating your head with an extra pillow may help gravity along in the drainage process. Make sure that your puffiness isn't an inflammatory reaction to a skin care product, and see your ophthalmologist to rule out an anatomical symptom of something more serious.

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