Bags Under Eyes

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Bags under the eyes are often the result of temporary conditions and may be some combination of: lack of sleep, chronic stress, poor diet and/or fatigue which can result from illness or medications for example. People who suffer from allergies and sensitivities often have a bigger problem with bags under as well.


Bags, bagginess or puffiness of the skin under the eyes.


  • Lack of sleep and especially sleeping on side or stomach
  • Nutrition, poor diet, and especially foods that increase fluid retention such as salty foods
  • Seasonal and other allergies
  • Some medications
  • Aging: as we age the muscles supporting the eye lids sag, and puffiness can result
  • Occasionally, but not so often, baggy eyes can be related to thyroid and/or kidney problems. See dark circles under eyes.

Conventional Treatment

Conventional treatments include:

  • Rest and relaxation
  • Allergy medications - treat your hay fever
  • Surgical interventions

Home Remedies & Complementary Care

Sufficient sleep, stress management and eating a healthy diet are a couple of the simplest home remedies recommended.

As part of natural eye care, the healing properties of flowers and plants are used to treat minor problems such as puffiness under the eyes. Creams and lotions that contain herbs that help reduce fluid retention can be helpful. Massage and acupressure which increase circulation are also helpful.

  • Don't rub your eyes
  • Sleeping position If you sleep on your side or stomach, try sleeping on your back and even add an extra pillow under your head.
  • Allergies If you suffer from hay fever or allergies, a neti pot may help reduce excess fluid buildup.
  • Diet Eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet, avoid excessive alcohol, stop smoking.
  • Makeup Remove makeup before you go to bed
  • Cucumber water or thin slices of cucumber be applied to the skin around the eyes, especially if the skin is looking dry. Leaving the slices on the skin for at least fifteen minutes while relaxing will make your eyes look like new!
  • Tea Bag Treatment: Try applying a cold compress of rosemary tea to increase circulation, which helps reduce swelling around the eyes. Make tea by bringing a half-cup of fresh rosemary and a quart of water to a boil. Steep for 20 minutes, then strain and chill. Soak a washcloth in the tea, ring out extra liquid and place over eyes for 15 to 20 minutes, once a day, as needed.
  • Acupressure: This is a great circulation-boosting easy exercise that you can do yourself. Close your eyes and gently press your ring finger underneath one eye, moving from the inside corner to the outside corner. Do this 10 to 15 times. Then repeat on the other eye. You might also see our free eye exercises to help relax the muscles around your eyes.
  • Cold compress: Close your eyes and gently cover them with a cold washcloth for about five minutes, several times a day. This can improve circulation and slightly reduce the puffiness that some people experience.
  • Moisturizer: You can slightly plump up your skin using a good moisturizer, that contains vitamin C, licorice or fennel, and stabilized oxygen. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects skin cells from damage and supports collagen production. Licorice and fennel remove inflammation, and stabilized oxygen is a form of hydrogen peroxide that promotes circulation.
  • Spread on the sunscreen. Use a sunscreen especially made for the face with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, but preferably 20, "all day every day," to protect the skin under your eyes.
  • Freeze some parsley in ice cubes. Use the parsley cubes instead of eye creams to diminish dark circles and puffiness. Parsley is packed with chlorophyll which helps fade darkness, while the ice cubes reduce the swelling.
  • Some other Potato/Cucumber combinations that are helpful.
    • Close your eyes and cover eyelids with slices of raw potato or cucumber for 15-20 minutes. Wash with warm water and apply a cream.
    • Grate a cucumber, squeeze to take out its juice and refrigerate. Make a mixture of lemon juice, lanolin cream and cucumber juice and apply around the eye for 10-15 minutes.
    • Dip some cotton in a 1:1 mixture of potato and cucumber juices. Put the cotton on your eyelids and keep for 20 minutes. Wash your eyes with cold water.
  • Lemon/Tomato combinations are helpful.
    • Apply a mixture of lemon and tomato juice (equal parts) on the black circles 2 times a day.
    • Make a paste out of the following:
      • 1 tsp. tomato juice,
      • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice,
      • a pinch of turmeric powder, and
      • 1 tsp. of flour.
      Apply around eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.
  • Turmeric - pineapple paste try a paste of turmeric with pineapple juice.
  • Mint apply crushed mint around the eye.
  • Almond Oil massage with almond oil under and around eyes at bed time daily for 2 weeks and see the improvement. Almond helps to remove dark circles, and is an excellent "skin food".
  • Vitamin E Rub the area with a powdered Vitamin E capsule and wipe off with a mixture of honey and egg white.
  • Alternating hot and cold cloths alternate a hot (but comfortable) washcloth with a cold washcloth under your eyes for 10 minutes to increase circulation.
  • Egg White: Astringent egg white tightens your pores and reduces puffy bagginess. Egg whites have lots of the B vitamins that promote good circulation and reduce inflammation. You'll want to make sure your eggs have been tested for Salmonella. Dab half a teaspoon of one raw egg white on the clean, dry skin around your eyes only - don't get it into your eyes. Leave it on for about 15 minutes until it dries and then rinse well with warm water. Finally, wash your hands with soap and water.

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