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Home Remedies to Reduce Puffy, Red Eyes

Updated on October 24, 2007

Whether it's an evening of heavy drinking or a sleepless, restless night, fluid retention and stress can lead to red, puffy eyes in the morning. Also caused by allergies and changes in your hormones, puffy eyes happen when there is increased blood flow through the eyes due to the skin around the eyes being very thin. The production of too many tears can be another factor. There are several inexpensive home remedies for the treatment of puffy eyes.


Cucumbers placed over eyelids is a popular image seen in advertisements for spas and beauty salons across the U.S. The theory is that the moisture in cucumber slices is refreshing and soothing. They also contain an anti-irritation ingredient that helps deflate the skin around your eyes to reduce swelling.

How to use: Cut out two cucumber slices about ½" thick and place them in a bowl of ice water for approximately ten minutes. Splash your face with cool water from the faucet, then find a comfortable chair to sit in (do not lie down!) and apply the cucumbers for 5-10 minutes.

Tea bags

Because caffeine shrinks blood vessels, and puffy eyes are caused by irritated blood vessels and increased blood flow to the eyes, applying tea bags will help reduce redness and swelling. Placing the tea bags in ice cold water (see "How to use" section below) has a rebuffing effect that is soothing to the eyes. Tea also contains tannic acid, which acts as an astringent and may even tighten the skin around the eyes, at least temporarily.

How to use: Dip two tea bags in a bowl of ice cold water for a few seconds, then apply one to each eyelid for approximately 10-15 minutes. If this proves to be too soggy, another option is to lightly moisten the tea bags in cold water, then chill them in the refrigerator for a few minutes before using.

Frozen peas

There's a reason why you see mothers lunging for the freezer when their kid gets hit in the nose with a football. Anything that is frozen--ice packs, ice compresses, bags of vegetables--will help reduce swelling. Peas work the best, however, because the individual frozen peas are tiny enough settle in around the eye area, forming a kind of mold.

How to use: Remove the bag of frozen peas from the freezer, place it on a paper towel and allow it to thaw out for 10 minutes. Next, place the bag directly on the face so it covers both eyes, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

Washing your face with cold water, limiting your sodium (salt) intake, getting plenty of sleep, avoiding too much alcohol and drinking fluids are all other ways you can reduce the itching, redness and irritation associated with puffy eyes.

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      TROLL 6 years ago


      Seems legit?

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      Celine 6 years ago


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      rb 6 years ago

      food allergies can also cause dark circles. read into that and look for a cause rather than a treatment.

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      Random345 6 years ago

      I am also twelve and I have this problem with swollen eyes but I am anaemic. When I eat more meat and fruit, my eyes won't be as puffy. Try eating more foods high in iron and give it a week or so and you should be good!

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      charl 6 years ago

      anyone with conjunctivitis i stand by salt water its always helped me and anyone ive suggested it too. just boil the kettle dilute a teaspoon of salt into boiled water and wait to cool until its luke warm then pour over the eyes or use an eyebath if anyone can get hold of one these days. its not painful and only as uncomfortable as eyedrops and theres no blurriness like some eyedrops cause

      hope this helps

      and all the 12 year olds chances are it will go as you grow up so don't stress out about it as it says further up stress makes it worse and what 12 year old girl isn't stressed enough already

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      Bubble eye 6 years ago

      I d0nt think s0 it w0rks cause when i try it my eyes is getting bubble eye.huhuhu

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      jlee. 6 years ago

      Hmm, ill try the tea tags. i have tried everything else ! Just want the redness to go away .

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      sunil 6 years ago

      I am having red eyes all the time.... one doctor told me that i m having Blepharoconjunctivitis .. using the drop as he has suggested but then also there is no reduction in redness... even it has become more red.

      what i should do.. suggest me

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      paseandu 6 years ago

      tea bags do wrk...

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      Answers Around Us 6 years ago

      increase your intake of green leafy vegetables and avoid too much sugar intake and

      processed high fat foods .So eat right to see clearly.You may want to try this mam/sir i have prove this myself and the result was

      awesome. Very natural and you are assured that there’s no treat to your

      eyes…..Thank you and hope this helps

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      kins 6 years ago

      i ve used eye drops in my eyes but no satisfying eyes are so red dat as if m an addict..i ve been humiliated coz of my eyes a lot..i neither have allergy nor internal affect .but its al da time and night knw why...please help me...

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      pranie dywan√≥w warszawa 6 years ago

      one vote for cucumber :)

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      London's best carpet cleaning services 7 years ago

      Two thumbs up for the tea bags!They really work!

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      Traveling bags 7 years ago

      I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I’ll love to read your next post too.


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      Dinjo 7 years ago

      what kind of name is that! you obviously have a small one. idiot

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      Bigwhitecock 7 years ago

      You are all idiots, Put gasoline in your eyes

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      Anonymous 7 years ago

      The tea bags thing works a lot better if you use green tea. The green tea has antioxidants in it that soothe your eyes and reduce redness. You soak them in a cup of ice water for about 15 minutes and then put them on your eyes. They immediately start to reduce redness and swelling.

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      shell 7 years ago

      funperson, you may have an iron deficiency. look up foods high in iron, try to eat a lot of those for a while and see if it helps.

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      patty 7 years ago

      I use eye drops and the redness wont go away at all. I need a home remedy please. I have blue eyes and I always look like I just got done smoking pot and no I don't smoke at all. Someone help......

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      Im 12 7 years ago

      and what is this

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      girlintrouble. 7 years ago

      my eyes are really red and it doesn't itch or hurt, its just very dry and red. ive been trying tea bags but im not sure their working

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      sad 7 years ago

      my eyes are sooo puffy!~

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      foball star 7 years ago

      hey i play football go in to the the 9th grade girls seen to like me once i get to know them but now they don't cause puffy eyes i don't have any skin prablems any more

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      ~__(+_+)__~ 7 years ago

      im 12

      teabags make it even more puffy trust me!

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      sad 7 years ago

      tea bags work?

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      ksss 7 years ago

      tea bags really work! trust me!

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      sad 7 years ago

      whenever my friends talk about skin i get offenced their skin is clear and beautifull unlike mine...cry cry

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      sad 7 years ago

      im 12 and my skin is soo ugly and i have puffy eyes help!!

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      funperson 7 years ago

      With yer eye problems and yer great attiTUDE, you really are fun!

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      beyonce and lady gaga 8 years ago


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      funperson 8 years ago

      O and also I dont eat to much salt or any at that...

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      lady gaga 8 years ago

      me too!


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      funperson 8 years ago

      LISTEN !!!

      I've tried COLD water,,


      and even TEA BAGS!!

      and.. well.. I'm 12 years old

      I'm suppost to have clear beautiful skin

      BESIDES the whole ACNE stuff..


      I no ,I no who cares well i do u no....

      I don't have ALLERGIES OK!


      i like to draw so ,, sometimes my friends draw me.. Anyways they always DRAW MY DARK CIRLCLES!~~~~```~~

      One day I NEED to get a treatment

      I don't ask my docter because he/she . will say im still young it will go away

      I'll just keep with this stuff that says it supposably helps....

      I REALLY REALLY REALLY HOPES IT GOES AWAY!!! doesn't run in my family.

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      meg watson uk 8 years ago

      Omg the phrase 'douchebag' has reached the usa?!?!?!?!?!?! that is so cool

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      Natural Home Remedies 8 years ago

      Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients work together in your body to achieve and maintain a proper balance. Vitamins that Help Skin are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Niacin, Biotin and Vitamin K. Useful minerals for skin care are Zinc, Selenium and Magnesium.

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      joey 8 years ago

      what is this? some kinda jk?

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      okada 9 years ago

      "(do not lie down!)" << y not? doesn't dat help?

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      relentless A 9 years ago

      Kudos to "me" for verbally castrating "Duhh". The sad, plain truth of his moronic response no doubt stems from the fact that he was trying to impress his "also" mentally challenged chums hunkered around his laptop with the "quick, witty, oft misspelled" remarks that only he and his hand picked posse of douchebags find entertaining. What happened to the good ol' days when people like this kept themselves occupied eating paste and going around town on their bicycles .........and putting dead birds in their baskets.????

      Otherwise.........great responses from the non- Duhhs....

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      real 9 years ago

      haha i like "me"s comment to "duhh"

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      Me 9 years ago

      Too the moron that posted as "Duhh", duhh fits you just right indeed. Clear eyes is not a natural remedy nor a healthy option. So take your "duhh" knowledge elsewhere.

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      Duhh  9 years ago

      buy a bottle of clear eyes??

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      summer 9 years ago

      will try if any of these remedies work. Been crying all night and now I remember I have to conduct a class later.

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      MissMASSACRE 9 years ago

      Why am i on here?


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      Rogue 9 years ago

      I hope these really work, im going to try them out tomorrow since i have a big event on saturday me and my friend are serching for ways to get rid of the red (hers due to alergies mine due to lack of sleep and stress)

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      10 years ago

      Hope these work, I got a huge school event tommorow and can't have puffy or red eyes, Ya Know?

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      Alan 10 years ago

      I am goining to try some of these tricks tonight. Hope the Mrs will be ok with it.