Facial swelling develops for a variety of reasons, including sinusitis and a long night of crying. Such facial swelling usually localizes around the eye area. However, it’s not unusual for the swelling to spread to other areas of the face. In fact, swelling and puffiness is highly dependent on how and where fluids accumulate within the tender tissue of your face. Reducing puffiness in the face requires a topical treatment that will help return fluid-filled capillaries to their original size.
Apply cold compresses to your face to reduce puffiness. Slice up some refrigerated cucumbers or potatoes, lie back and lay them over the areas of swelling. You can do the same with a cold washcloth. Allow the cooling items to remain on your skin for five minutes. Check the puffiness. If it has not gone down, apply the cold for another five minutes. Repeat if necessary.
Prop your head up to reduce facial puffiness. Slipping a few pillows behind your head can help the excess fluid drain from your face. This is especially helpful if you suffer from sinusitis. Propping your head while sleeping can help to ensure that you don’t wake up with unsightly swelling.
Dab an eye cream around your eyes if your upper or lower lids commonly become puffy. An eye cream that contains vitamin K can help control swelling of the tender tissue around your eyes. Read the manufacturer’s directions on the packaging label before applying. Most eye creams require application to clean skin, once or twice a day.