Baggy Eyes

Facts About Baggy Eyes


Baggy eyes have plagued people for centuries.  Generally baggy eyes are a cosmetic rather than a medical concern even though there may be medical reasons for the dark circles and baggy eyes.


Aging is one of the most common cause of baggy eyes.  Skin starts to lose its elasticity as we age.  Think of an elastic band that, after years of use, doesn’t come back to its original size anymore.  This is what happens to your skin as you age and it is especially noticeable under the eyes.

Being tired also cause baggy eyes and dark circles under your eyes.   Again, it has to do with the elasticity of your skin.  When a person is tired, skin tone is lost and bags appear.

Fluid retention can also cause baggy eyes.  If your salt intake is high, or there are other diet and health factors that are causing you to retain water, one of the places the water retention, or edema, will show most readily is under your eyes.

Some people are just prone to baggy eyes due to heredity.  Bags and dark circles under the eyes can run in families and you can see this trait through many generations.

Allergies are another common cause of bags and dark circles under the eyes.  The irritation of the eyes and persistent nasal congestion will cause the eyes to look tired.  Nasal congestion also dilates the veins that drain from the eyes to the nose causing them to look darker.

There is rarely a need to see a doctor for baggy eyes, but if one eye is puffy while the other is not, or if there is discharge from your eyes, see a physician.  Otherwise, try some home care treatments.

Taking extra vitamin C may help with skin elasticity due to aging or tiredness.  Without vitamin C, collagen (the part of the skin that adds stability and tone) cannot be synthesized and used by the skin.

If you suspect that your eye puffiness is due to fluid retention, try to change your diet to include less salt and more fresh fruits and vegetables.  Adding another pillow may raise your head enough to help drain more fluid during the night and reduce morning puffiness.

A commonly used home remedy is to use cold in various forms.  Some people place a cold teaspoon over each eye for 20-30 minutes.  Placing used teabags that have been cooled onto the eyes is also a common remedy.  Use this time to relax as stress can also bring on puffy eyes.

If allergies are a problem, take some steps to get your allergies under control.  Some things such as smoking and second-hand smoke can make allergies flair or cause nasal congestion, so try to avoid these.  Avoid known allergens and work with a doctor to identify your allergy triggers.

Facial massage may help to temporarily relieve under-eye puffiness.  Massages with facial creams specifically formulated for baggy eyes may be helpful, as well as massages using almond oil or jojoba oil.  The skin should never be stretched during a facial massage.  Light pressure should be used and all of the oil or cream removed following the massage.

Often, using the remedies above, getting a full night’s rest, avoiding eye irritants, and taking care to eat well and exercise, puffy eyes will become less of a problem.

If these home remedies do not give you the desired results, or if you want a more permanent solution, there are other options.  Prescription creams are available depending on the cause of your eye puffiness and circles.  Chemical peels and laser therapy can also be helpful in some cases.  Be sure to check out the credentials of anyone offering these services, as they are not regulated in most states.