Heal a black eye

You have a black eye, a shiner, a periorbital hematoma, and it’s essential that you heal it as quickly as possible. Doesn’t matter how you got it. You played rugby yesterday, even though your work dinner is this week. Your wedding is in five days, and at the bachelor party… no details needed. Whatever happened, your eye is now ringed with a blue/yellow/violet, raised/droopy/tender bruise. And it’s not photogenic.

It can take up to two weeks to heal all the way, depending on how bad it is. But there’s plenty you can do to make it less painful, and less ugly. Here are some sensible and unexpected ways to get that black eye to go away.


First, Rule Out Emergencies

Grossest part of this article: If your black eye leaks pus, call a doctor.

The same is true if you took a hard blow to the head. Or if you’re seeing double. Or if it just won’t heal.

If it’s bad, get help. If it’s just a shiner, read on.

Ice Now, Heat Later

As soon as it happens, apply ice. But don’t even think about using a frozen steak.

“Steak was only recommended because it was cold,” says Brendan Camp, a board-certified dermatologist based in Northern Virginia. “I’d avoid raw meat because of the risk of infection, but you can use a bag of frozen peas instead.”

Wrap your peas or ice pack in a towel (or T-shirt) so you’re not freezing the skin directly. The cold will help minimize swelling, and constrict the blood vessels, which slows the bleeding underneath your skin that’s causing this shiner in the first place.

Ice it on and off for the first day or two. After a few days when the swelling has stabilized, switch to heat.

“Once your bruise has already formed, then you want to increase the circulation to the area with warm compresses,” says Camp. “Warmth causes the blood vessels to dilate, and more blood in the skin digests the bruise faster.”

Attack It Two Ways

Your black eye is technically two symptoms happening at once: swelling and discoloration.

For swelling, check out bromelain, a mixture of enzymes found in pineapples that is used to reduce inflammation. Just eating a pineapple won’t deliver a high enough concentration, but bromelain also comes in pill form.

For discoloration, try arnica, an herb often used as a skin treatment. It comes in a gel form and will usually mention “wound healing” on the tube.

Sounds Weird But… Stroke It Gently

Here’s one you haven’t heard before, in addition to warm compresses, gently petting your bruise can speed recovery.

“I first heard this in junior high,” says Camp. “When you get a hickey, you get a fine-toothed comb and basically gently comb your skin. For some reason, it reduces the intensity of the bruise and the swelling. It works.”

He theorizes that the gentle petting encourages circulation. And if you don’t have a comb, a toothbrush works just as well. But be gentle—don’t go overboard if your bruise is still tender or raw.

Your Last Resort: Make-up

Your healing could be well underway, but not quite photo-ready when you need it to be. Time to enlist your girlfriend, a girl friend, or those nice people at the cosmetics counter.

“As far as make-up goes, it’s all about color correction,” says makeup artist Justin Tyme. “Bruises take on many colors as they develop and heal, and using a complementary color will help negate the discoloration.”

For instance, a fresh bruise is blue-ish, so ask for a yellow-toned corrector concealer. If you’re in the later, yellow-ish phase, get something with a cooler tone. Once the color is neutralized, the bruise can be covered over with ordinary concealer that matches the rest of your skin.

One more thing: you’ll need to “set” it. And you have no clue what that means.

“Bruises are raised, sometimes warm, and constantly moving while they heal,” says Tyme. “This could lead the make-up to easily slide off if you don’t set it with a powder.”

So powder up, and you’re good to go. But if you’re going somewhere really important, consider bringing whoever helped you with your make-up as a date. For touch ups. And to keep you from sustaining any further injuries.

Table of Contents

  • What Is a Black Eye?
  • How Serious
  • Treatments
  • Prevention

A black eye can surround your whole eye, or it can just affect the area below your eye. It occurs as a result of blood collecting in the area. (Learn More)

A black eye itself is usually not serious, but it is possible that accompanying injuries could be problematic. If symptoms like persistent headache or vomiting occur, it is important to get medical attention promptly. (Learn More)

Treatment for a black eye usually involves ice, over-the-counter pain relievers, and elevating your head. If you care for a black eye properly, you can promote the healing process, but there isn’t a quick fix to make it immediately go away. The bruising has to subside on its own.

Tell your doctor about any treatments you are using to ensure their safety. (Learn More)

What Is a Black Eye?

A black eye describes bruising in the eye area. Blood collects in the tissues, causing a purple, blue, or black appearance of the area around your eye. There is usually not an injury affecting your actual eye, just the area that surrounds it.

In addition to the darkened skin, you may also experience:

  • Pain in the area.
  • Blurry vision.
  • Swelling in the affected area.

Some symptoms can indicate that a black eye may be accompanied by a potentially serious head injury. These symptoms include:

  • Double vision.
  • Blood on the eye’s surface.
  • Loss of consciousness or fainting.
  • Loss of vision.
  • Not being able to move your eye.
  • Ongoing or severe headache.
  • Fluid or blood coming from your nose or ears.

Any of these symptoms warrants a trip to the emergency room. A serious head injury can result in brain damage or death.

How Serious Can a Black Eye Be?

Most black eyes will heal in a few days without medical intervention. They usually occur when something hits your nose or eye. It is possible for both eyes to be blackened at the same time, depending on your injury.

Any trauma to the face may cause serious injuries, such as a skull fracture or bleeding in the brain.

Other potentially serious injuries that may accompany a black eye include:

  • Hyphema. This issue is characterized by bleeding in your eye. Hyphema may negatively affect your vision and cornea.
  • Ocular hypertension. This may occur along with eye or facial trauma. It is characterized by increased pressure inside your eye. Eyesight damage is possible if this is left untreated.

Black Eye Treatments

When you experience a black eye, it is best to be evaluated by a doctor. They can determine the extent of your injury and determine if something more serious is present, such as facial trauma or hyphema.

When a black eye is minor, home treatment is usually sufficient. Icing the eye can reduce swelling, lessen pain, and help to alleviate bruising.

When you apply ice to your eye, use a washcloth or similar barrier between the ice and your skin to prevent a cold injury.

Never ice the affected eye for more than 20 minutes at a time. Leaving the ice on for longer puts you at risk for frostbite in the area.

The cold helps because it constricts the blood vessels in the area. You can apply ice several times per day, as long as you use the proper technique.

Doctors may recommend over-the-counter pain medicine to alleviate any discomfort you experience. It is best to stick with acetaminophen. Both aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may thin your blood and worsen the appearance of your black eye.

There are other methods that may help to reduce the appearance of a black eye.

  • After about two days of icing the affected eye, you can start applying warm compresses to the area. This helps to promote healing by increasing blood flow.
    Be careful to avoid hot compresses that could burn your skin. As with cold compresses or ice, you can apply the heat for up to 20 minutes at a time.
  • Massage the area surrounding the blackened area. Do not massage the bruise.
    You can start this about 24 hours after you experience the black eye. This may speed up the healing process by activating the lymphatic system in the area.
  • When you are sleeping, keep your head elevated above the rest of your body. This encourages drainage, which may help to reduce the amount of discoloration and swelling you are experiencing.

Black Eye Prevention

Since most people experience a black eye as the result of trauma, reduce your risk of experiencing a trauma. Wearing a seatbelt is important since facial injuries are common during motor vehicle accidents.

There are other ways to reduce your risk of falls.

  • When you are doing any activity where facial trauma is possible, always wear protective eye gear, such as goggles. These will reduce the risk of taking a direct blow to the eye. They also help to decrease the risk of foreign objects getting into your eye.
  • Evaluate your home for hazards that could cause you to trip and fall, such as clutter on your floors, loose carpeting and rugs, and similar hazards.
  • Use assistive devices if you are a fall risk.

If you experience a black eye, get a doctor’s evaluation. They can determine the extent of the injury and recommend treatment options. It’s important to rule out brain injury.

While the above treatment methods won’t get rid of the black eye immediately, they will promote the healing process and could potentially shorten the overall healing timeline.

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Ocular Hypertension. American Optometric Association.

What Is a Black Eye? (May 2019). American Academy of Ophthalmology.

How to Properly Ice an Injury. (July 2019). Verywell Health.

What Is a Black Eye and What Can I Do About It? (September 2018). Medical News Today.

A black eye is most commonly a result of bruising due to an injury. It occurs when fluid collects in the tissues around the eyes and blood vessels under the skin’s surface become broken. A black eye is usually accompanied by swelling of the affected area.

Black eye, or periorbital hematoma, is a collection of blood located in the tissues around the eye. Any trauma to the eye or surrounding area can cause damage to the blood vessels, causing them to leak and resulting in the formation of a bruise. The skin around the eye is generally thinner than on other parts of the body, so usually, it doesn’t take much to get bruised there. Also, the skin tissue around the eye is looser, which means fluid leaking from blood vessels accumulates easier there.

A black eye is also referred to as a “shiner.” The term is believed to have been coined back in 1904 because the appearance of a black eye seemed to have a shine to it. Alternative explanation suggests it’s called a shiner because it appears as if a person applied black shoe shine around the eye.

Black Eye Causes

A black eye is commonly caused by trauma to the eye. If something strikes the eye, it can result in damaged blood vessels. Accidents that can lead to a black eye include contact sports, falling, bumping into something, or being directly hit in the eye. Even medical procedures can result in black eyes, including cosmetic eye surgery, sinus surgery, or dental work.

Serious causes of black eyes include cellulitis (a serious infection around the eye) and skull fracture.

Black Eye Signs and Symptoms

The most obvious sign of a black eye is a visible bruise and discoloration. A black eye can also be accompanied by swelling, pain, and blurred vision. More severe symptoms include double vision, vision loss, blood in the eyeball or on the eye surface, inability to move the eye, severe or an ongoing headache, fainting or loss of consciousness, and blood or fluid coming from the nose or eyes.

Black Eye Complications

Majority of the times, a black eye is a minor condition that will heal on its own. If the black eye was caused by a severe trauma, complications may arise. Complications resulting from a black eye include traumatic uveitis and iritis, hyphema (accumulation of blood in the front of the eye, can damage the interior tissues of the eye), glaucoma, retinal detachment, and orbital floor fracture, in which the eyeball is pushed deep into the socket, fracturing the bones that make up the eye socket.

Treatment Options for Periorbital Hematoma

Unless accompanied by serious symptoms the best you can do for your black eye is allow it to heal on its own. Feel free to apply something cold to the eye to help reduce swelling and stop bleeding below the skin surface.

You will also want to ensure you protect yourself from further injury to the eye to avoid the risk of complications.

You can take pain relievers if pain is present.

It’s always a good idea to visit your eye doctor after experiencing trauma to the eye just to ensure there is no deeper damage involved. Your doctor will instruct you if further treatment is required.

Home Remedies for Black Eye

A black eye can be treated with home remedies. Some of those home remedies include:

  • Pineapple: Place a slice of pineapple on the affected eye and keep it there for at least 10 minutes. It is also believed that consuming pineapple juice may offer benefits. This should be completed three to four times a day. This works because pineapples are rich in vitamins which can help promote healing.
  • Ice packs: If you are hit around the eye, to lessen the effects of a black eye immediately, apply cold to the area. Always ensure the eye pack isn’t going directly on the skin and not left on for too long or else this could lead to more damage. Applying for 20 minutes a few times a day can help reduce the effects of a black eye.
  • Warm compressed: The first day of the injury should be treated with cold but the days following should be treated with warmth. A warm compress can help promote healing by reducing swelling along with increasing blood circulation to the area which can promote recirculation of pooled blood.
  • Witch hazel: Soak a cotton pad in witch hazel and apply it to the affected eye for a few minutes. You can also mix witch hazel with chamomile and place it on the eye.
  • Oil: Natural oils like olive oil, castor oil, and coconut oil may alleviate bruising. Ensure you apply it gently.
  • Potato: Potatoes can aid in reducing swelling and pain. You can slice potatoes, refrigerate them, and apply a slice to the affected eye for a soothing sensation. You can also grate a potato and squeeze out the liquid and apply the ‘juice’ to your eye.
  • Comfrey root: Create a paste by grinding comfrey roots with some water and apply to the affected area. You can also boil comfrey root to make a tea, soak a cloth in the tea, and apply it to the eye.

By integrating these home remedies into your black eye treatment regimen, you may find that your black eye heals quicker.

Also Read:

  • Top foods to boost your eyesight and vision
  • Yoga for eyes: Easy eye yoga poses to improve vision

27 Ways to Get Rid of Dark Circles and Bags Under Eyes

March 18, 2016 • Look Good / Beauty

Reduce any dark circles and under eye bags you’ve accumulated from years of having fun.

Us human beings are imperfect creatures. We know we’d like to get in better shape, but that chocolate cookie looks mighty tasty. We know we have to wake up early, but there’s only one episode left on the Netflix show we’re binging on. We know we should apply sunblock religiously, but we forget to bring the bottle with us to the beach.

That’s life. But that doesn’t mean we can’t form some habits and best practices for mitigating the inevitable effects of a life well-lived. For every late night chatting over drinks, for every day out in the sun and for every bed time we didn’t have the energy to apply eye cream, there are as many tips and tricks we can use to fight signs of aging.

Nobody’s perfect. That’s why we’re here to list 27 different routines that will help reduce any dark circles and under-eye bags you’ve accumulated from years of having fun.

Why Do We Get Eye Circles?

To be honest, even if you’ve spent your life diligently treating your skin as carefully as you possibly can, we’re all going to show signs of aging sooner or later – and that includes under-eye bags and dark circles.

Over time, skin naturally loses collagen and grows thinner, so regardless of what kind of skin you have or what good habits you maintain, veins will inevitably start to show through the thin skin around your eyes. As we already know, exposure to the sun speeds up the process of collagen breaking down, so your best weapon against under-eye circles are disciplined and consistent sunblock application habits from a young age. (Wearing sunglasses while out in the sun helps, too – less squinting = fewer crows feet!)

The best habits, however, can’t change your genes! Genetics are the biggest determinant of what kind of skin we will have and what we’ll look like as we age. Those of us that have inherited fair or thin skin tend to show under circles more easily than others due to the fact that when our blood pools in the capillaries under our eyes, it’s simply more obvious through lighter skin.

Unfortunately, as more and more blood accumulates there, your delicate capillaries begin to stretch and strain under the weight, leading to more leaking and blood pooling – and ultimately even darker under eye circles.

Yet for others, dark under eye circles and under eye bags aren’t caused by either aging, sun bathing or genetics. Sometimes it’s a simple matter of allergies. Year-round allergies like those to dust or mold, or seasonal allergies many of us experience in the spring trigger the release of histamines, which cause an inflammatory response. That means our blood vessels become inflamed and swell – including those under our eyes.

Okay, so That Explains Why I Have Dark Under Eye Circles. but How Do I Get Rid of Under Eye Bags?

Experiment with the following routines to see which one works the most effectively for you. Remember to use patience and consistency when trying out a new routine. Follow the routine every day for 4 to 6 weeks. If after that period of time, you still don’t see the results you want, move on to the next practice and see if that works better for reducing your dark under eye bags and circles.


Even royalty gets dark under eye circles. (Kate, you’ll always be beautiful!)

The Best Routines for Getting Rid of Dark Circles and Under Eye Bags

1. Cold Compress

In the morning or evening – or better yet, in the morning AND the evening – apply a cold compress for about 10 minutes. If you have a mask you can keep in your fridge and pull out twice a day, that’s the easiest way to try this dark circle reducing method. Just make sure to keep it clean and give it a good soapy scrub a few times a week!

2. Cucumbers

We’ve all seen cucumbers used as cold compresses on television and in films – but do they really work?

In fact, cucumbers have skin-lightening and mild astringent properties, so you can use cucumber slices to fix raccoon eyes naturally.

To try this method twice a day, chop a fresh cucumber into thick slices and then refrigerate for 30 minutes. Then, leave the slices on your eyes for 10 minutes. Rinse your eye area with warm (but not hot) water after using.

3. Cucumber Juice + Lemon Juice

If cucumber slices don’t work for you, try mixing equal parts cucumber and lemon juice and then use a cotton ball to apply to your under-eye circles. (DO NOT get lemon juice in your eye!) Leave the solution on your skin for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

4. Rose Water

Rose water doesn’t just smell fantastic – it can also soothe and rejuvenate tired skin. Like cucumber, it’s a mild astringent, so it can work as a skin toner. Just soak cotton makeup remover pads in rose water for a few minutes, and then let the soaked makeup pads sit on your CLOSED eyelids. Leave them for about 15 minutes twice daily.

5. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are high in lycopene, a substance that’s excellent for your cardiovascular health, vision and your skin. Lycopene can help create softer, more supple skin, as well as decrease the appearance of dark under eye circles.

To gain the medical benefits of the lycopene found in tomatoes, mix equal parts tomato juice with lemon juice and then use a cotton ball or makeup remover pad to apply it to your under eye area. (Again, PLEASE do not get lemon juice in your eyes.) Leave the solution for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water, twice daily.

A tasty concoction of tomato juice, lemon juice and mint leaves to drink daily will also help improve your overall health as well as your skin.

6. Cold tea bags

If you don’t have a cold compress or mask to use, substitute with tea bags. Many teas like green tea have the added benefit of antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe strained capillaries in your under eye area.

To use cold tea bags as a compress, soak a tea bag in clean water and then place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Then, place the tea bags on your eyes. Leave for 10 minutes or so twice daily before removing and rinsing the area with warm water.


7. Potatoes

Potatoes are a surprising source of lots of vitamin C, which among other things is great for the synthesis of collagen to promote healthier, younger-looking skin.

To harness the power of vitamin C to treat your under eye bags, grate some potatoes. Extract the juice from the potato and soak some cotton makeup remover pads in the juice. Place the pads on your eyes for about 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

8. Cold Milk

Dairy products like milk are a great source of vitamin A, which contains retinoids that are great for keeping skin looking bright and young.

To gain the benefits of milk’s vitamin A, soak a cotton makeup remover pad in a bowl of cold milk for a while. Use the pad to apply the milk to your under eye bags and let it sit for about 10 minutes, twice daily. Rinse with warm water.

9. Orange Juice

Since orange juice is high in both vitamin A and C content, it can help remove dark circles from under your eyes. Add a few drops of glycerin to orange juice and then soak a cotton makeup remover pad to apply to your under-eye skin. You’ll reap the benefits of orange’s vitamins as well as the natural glow glycerin gives to your skin.

10. Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E helps fight the effect of free radicals that cause signs of aging like wrinkles. Before bed at night, apply a drop of oil (a little goes a long way) to your dark under eye circles, gently massaging it into the skin. Leave this on your skin overnight and in the morning, rinse with warm water.

11. Coconut Oil

As a powerful natural and gentle anti-inflammatory, coconut oil is an effective method for lightening dark under eye circles.

It also moisturizes while it lightens to help prevent wrinkles and fine lines under the eyes. Use coconut oil like vitamin E oil: rub it into your under eye area, leave it on overnight and then rinse it off in the morning.

12. Turmeric

As yet another powerful, natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, turmeric minimizes dark circles. Mix some turmeric powder with pineapple juice to create a thick paste. Apply this mixture to your under eye circles and leave for about 10 minutes before using a soft, warm and damp cloth to gently remove the paste. Practice this routine once a day.

13. Eat More Dark Chocolate

Here’s your excuse to indulge: Flavonol-rich foods like dark chocolate protect against the harmful effects of UV radiation, thereby slowing down the aging process caused by too much time in the sun – a delightful little fact after hearing for so long that chocolate is bad for our skin!

14. Eat More Salmon

Omega 3’s can be found in foods like salmon and walnuts. These fatty acids improve blood flow to the skin, moving blood out and away from your eyes instead of allowing it to pool there and cause dark under eye circles.

15. Curb Salt Consumption + Drink More Water

If you remember studying osmosis in high school biology, then you’ll recall that water in your body moves from places with the most water to those with the least. The parts of your body that are low in sodium (salt) contain more water, while the parts of your body with more sodium contain less water.

When your body doesn’t have enough water but too much salt, you can look and feel puffy and bloated. The skin around your eyes is especially thin and vulnerable to dehydration. When you eat a salty meal but don’t drink enough water, your body will literally “look” dehydrated – i.e., red, puffy eyes. So if you plan to enjoy a salty meal, counter the effects with plenty of water.

16. Curb Your Alcohol Consumption

Salt is bad but nothing dehydrates you like alcohol. Remember your last hangover? That’s why your eyes look red and puffy the morning after. Whenever possible, keep yourself to a two-drink maximum, drink plenty of water before you go to bed, and apply a night cream or heavy moisturizer around your eyes after a night out.

17. Eye Massager

Regular eye massage promotes blood flow to the under eye area and helps prevent blood from pooling in the capillaries under the eyes. FOREO’s IRIS is a spa-quality eye massager that you can use yourself at home. First, apply your favorite eye cream or serum. Turn on the IRIS and adjust to your desired intensity.

Next, move the IRIS from the inner corner to outer corner of the eye for 30 seconds (insider tip: make sure the button side is facing towards you).

80% of users who tried this routine experienced firmer and more elastic eye contours, and 84% of users saw increased product absorption.

Compared to those who applied eye cream or serum by hand:

  • The IRIS is twice as effective at reducing under-eye bags
  • 70% more effective at reducing dark under eye circles
  • 43% more effective at reducing wrinkle surface area
  • and 51% more effective at firming the skin under the eyes

Visit FOREO to learn more about the IRIS.


18. Get 8 hours of sleep

Nothing keeps under eye bags away like a full 8 hours’ of sleep. Get a good night’s rest – every night – and enjoy reduced under eye circles.

19. Sleep on your back

Since sleeping on your side or stomach allows gravity to work its magic, meaning fluid can collect under your eyes, try sleeping on your back with an extra pillow under your head.

20. Exercise + Meditation

Regular exercise enhances circulation, bringing blood flow to the skin to transform an aging, dull complexion into brighter, younger-looking skin – including the sensitive skin around your eyes. Moreover, the daily release of endorphins into your bloodstream keeps away depression and anxiety, keeping you happier, calmer and more balanced.

Meditation – whether it’s a mindfulness exercise after a yoga practice or the peace of mind you find on a long, quiet run or swim – also keeps stress (and the wrinkles and fine lines caused by stress) at bay.

21. Allergy Medicines

If your dark circles are at least in part due to allergies, taking antihistamines regularly can help reduce under eye bags and puffiness. Furthermore, allergies can also cause itchy eyes – and rubbing your eyes only makes under eye circles worse.

22. Apply Moisturizers Twice Daily

Don’t forget the most fundamental good habit – apply moisturizer twice daily. Use a lighter moisturizer for daytime with an SPF, and be sure to use a heavier moisturizer and eye cream before going to bed every night.


23. Use Retinoid Eye Cream

Many love to use retinoid eye creams, but it’s not for every skin type. Use sparingly – no more than twice a week – otherwise you risk causing red, flaky, dry skin.

24. Remove Makeup Correctly

Do not go to sleep with your makeup still on or rub your mascara and eyeliner off. Use a professional makeup removing solution – only a few dollars at your local drugstore or Sephora – to blot, not rub.

25. Wash Your Face Correctly

Wash with warm – not hot – water. Water that’s too hot acts as an inflammatory agent and will only make your eyes redder and puffier.

26. Use a Prescription-Strength Skin Brightener

If natural vitamins and skin brighteners don’t work, visit your dermatologist. She can prescribe a cream with hydroquinone, but be aware that prescription-strength skin brightener can cause irritation, so discontinue use if you notice any.

27. Professional Laser Treatment

If all else fails, you could try the most expensive option: professional laser treatment. A doctor can use lasers to reduce bluish and red discoloration under the eyes. Vascular lasers, as they’re known, work by constricting visible blood vessels, thus reducing the appearance of dark under eye circles.

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  2. Iolanda says:

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  3. Kiel Taylor says:

    Cucumbers really help, but I’m using potato as well as a substitute to cucumber if it is not available.

  4. Alexa says:

    That’s fine. Just cut the potato and squeeze it into and bowl. Then get a cotton ball and sunk it into the bowl. Finally, dab on both of your eyes. Use twice daily.

  5. Hetal Maheshwari says:

    Hello, I really impress from your article. It’s very helpful and informative content and I really follow this tips soon. Thank You.

  6. favour says:

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  7. Lucie Baker says:

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  8. nadia says:

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  9. Lisa Hill says:

    Here is the great advice to get rid of dark circles. I applied tomato juice to treat dull area of under eyes and this is such ingredient which works wonders for it. Thanks for sharing.

  10. priyanka oza says:

    Great information. Thanks for the wonderful article, it may be very helpful for everyone who is conscious about.

  11. Aurelie says:

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  12. Nicole says:

    Hi … thank you for the tips … I’m trying the vitamin under the eye for the dark circles.. have a great night ..

  13. Ashley Johnson says:

    I liked that you explained that there are many ways to prevent wrinkles around your eyes, but one way is by using a retinoid cream. I would imagine that it would be frustrating to start seeing wrinkles form around your eyes as you age. I will consider using an eye cream to minimize wrinkles starting at an young age.

  14. Kim kim says:

    Thanks for the write up hope it works for me

  15. Amy Winters says:

    Thank you for pointing out that cucumbers have skin lighting and astringent properties, so they can be used to fix dark circles under your eyes naturally. With having a little one, I hardly get any sleep. It’s good to know that there are natural ways to help the dark circles under my eyes.

  16. Marie Vega says:

    I tried the vitamin E let me say it truely works, it diminish my under eyes bags , was I Excited. Thank you so much for your ways to make the eyes looking Healthy…

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  36. Glam crazze says:

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  37. Celine long says:

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How to treat a black or bruised eye: Is it serious?

Eye Conditions

By Amy Hellem; reviewed by Gary Heiting, OD

A “black eye” is the term used to describe the discolouration that occurs around an eye after a trauma to the eye or surrounding tissues.

Technically speaking, a black eye is a bruise caused by broken blood vessels under the surface of the skin. Like other bruises, a black eye typically is accompanied by swelling.

Similar to bruises elsewhere on the body, a black eye usually is caused by blunt force trauma — a non-penetrating injury caused by impact. But there can be other causes as well.

What is a black eye?

The clinical term for a black eye is periorbital hematoma. Though more difficult to pronounce, this medical term more accurately describes the condition — it is a collection of blood (hematoma) in tissues that surround the eye (periorbital).

A black eye can affect the area under the eye, or it can surround the eye completely.

Any blunt force trauma to the eye socket or areas around it can damage small blood vessels under the skin and cause them to leak, leading to the development of a black eye.

Because the facial skin around the eye socket is relatively thin and transparent, even a slight pooling of blood can result in a very noticeable discoloration. Also, since the tissue in this area is relatively loose, fluid leaking from blood vessels easily accumulates around the eye, resulting in a puffy black eye.

What causes a black eye?

Black eyes are usually the result of an accident in which an object strikes the area surrounding the eyes.

These accidents occur for countless reasons, from playing sports to simply walking into something.

Other common causes include cosmetic eye surgery, sinus infections and nasal surgery. Even dental work and tooth infections can sometimes cause a black eye.

A serious condition that can accompany a black eye is bleeding inside the eye, in the space between the back side of the cornea and the front of the iris. This is called a hyphema. Hyphemas are medical emergencies because they can cause rapid increased eye pressure and vision loss from glaucoma if left untreated.

Another condition often accompanying a black eye is a bright red appearance to the “white” of the eye (sclera). This is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage. Subconjunctival hemorrhages often look scary, but they usually are not serious and typically resolve without treatment within a couple weeks.

Black eye treatment

In most cases, a black eye is like any other bruise and is not a cause for extreme concern.

However, it is always important to have an optician examine a black eye before trying to treat it on your own.

To gauge the severity of a black eye, look for the following symptoms, and if any of them are present, seek immediate medical attention:

  • Blood inside the eye (hyphema)
  • Blood flow from the ears or nose
  • Dizziness, fainting or loss of consciousness
  • Changes in vision, including blurry vision, double vision or loss of vision
  • Appearance of flashes or floaters
  • Vomiting
  • Inability to move the eye
  • Behavioural changes or lethargy
  • Severe pain
  • Bruising around both eyes
  • Persistent headache
  • Signs of infection, such as warmth, redness, pus, or fever
  • Excessive swelling or swelling that is not attributable to an injury

To care for minor black eyes at home, apply a cold compress as soon as possible following the injury. A bag of frozen peas works better than ice cubes, because it conforms more easily to the face.

Another option is to chill a metal spoon in the refrigerator, then gently apply the back of the spoon to different parts of the bruised area.

Never apply raw meat on a black eye, since this can significantly increase the risk of infection.

Cold compresses can be applied for about 15 to 20 minutes at a time and can be reapplied every hour. This will help constrict blood vessels and limit the amount of swelling.

For minor pain, over-the-counter analgesics, such as parecetamol, may help. (Avoid aspirin, which is a blood thinner and therefore might make your black eye look worse.)

For a serious black eye, your optician may have additional treatment recommendations.

How to get rid of a black eye

A black eye usually will disappear within a couple weeks. During this healing period, it’s important to protect the eye from further damage by avoiding any activities where additional injury could occur.

You likely will notice the colour of your black eye will change as it heals. Shades of purple, blue, and even green or yellow are not uncommon.

While there is no magic cure to get rid of a black eye overnight, here are a number of things that may help speed up the healing process so your eye can look and feel better faster:

A mild black eye may initially appear red, then darken and get more swollen with time. As a black eye begins to heal, it can turn purple, blue, green or even yellow.

  • Start with cold. Apply that bag of frozen peas, chilled spoon or some other method to lower the temperature of the area around the eye as soon as possible after the injury and frequently thereafter for the first 24 hours.
  • Switch to warm. After a day or two of applying cold packs, try gently applying warm (not hot) compresses to your black eye. This will increase blood flow to the area to facilitate healing.
  • Gently massage the area surrounding the bruise (not the black eye itself) in the days following the injury. This may help activate the lymphatic system near the bruise and speed up the healing process.
  • Snack on pineapple. This tropical fruit contains a mixture of enzymes that reduce inflammation and speed healing, which may help your shiner go away faster.
  • Vitamin C. Though vitamin C may do more to reduce how easily you bruise (by strengthening blood vessels, reducing their tendency to leak after blunt trauma), it also may help speed the healing of your black eye.
  • Bilberry extract. A relative of the blueberry and cranberry, blueberry contains potent antioxidants that may help reduce or eliminate bruising by increasing the effectiveness of vitamin C and strengthening capillaries.

In most cases, you will see noticeable improvement in the appearance of your black eye within a week.

How to prevent black eyes

To decrease your risk of getting a black eye, always remember to wear safety glasses, sports eyewear or even protective headgear that includes a face shield when you are involved in potentially hazardous activities, including playing sports.

Wearing a seat belt also is essential, legal requirement and significantly reduces the risk of black eyes from even minor vehicle accidents.

In addition, there are steps you can take around the house to prevent getting a black eye. For example, don’t leave objects on the stairs, since this can easily result in a fall and eye injury. Area rugs also can be a trip hazard, so make sure they lie flat and are wrinkle-free.

Find an optician near you and schedule an exam.


What Causes Bruising?

Almost all bruises are caused by physical injuries, though for some people, bruising easily is an embarrassing issue. If you’re wondering how to reduce bruising by avoiding it outright; the common causes of bruising are:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Concussions
  • Head Injuries
  • Muscle Sprains
  • Blunt Force Trauma
  • Medications (like blood thinners)
  • Supplements

Are There Different Types Of Bruises?

There are three different types of bruises that can occur:

  • Subcutaneous bruises
  • Bruises appearing just beneath the skin
  • Intramuscular bruises
  • Bruises happening in the underlying muscles
  • Periosteal bruises
  • Bruises occurring on the bones

How Long Do Bruises Last?

Most bruises will disappear after 2 weeks, some fade away later depending on the damage. The stages of bruising typically come in four parts.
At first, you will notice a bump that starts to look reddish or purplish on where you were hit, which may or may not swell up. After a few days, it will start to look blueish or blackish. After 5 to 10 days, it will start to fade into a greenish or yellowish colour. At 10 to 14 days, it will start to look light brown and get lighter after time until it fades away.

How To Heal A Bruise?

So you’ve had a rough tumble, and you’re wondering how to get rid of bruises quickly?

Bruises go through a number of colourful stages as they heal. As your body repairs the bruises, they change colour as a sign that your body is breaking down the blood cells in the skin. A bruise can be painful and look unsightly, luckily, there are a few easy bruise treatments to help speed up the healing process.

Here are 13 great ways to get rid of bruises quickly:

Apply witch hazel solution or toner to a cotton ball and rub and pat it gently on your bruise. Let it dry off, do not wipe off. You can do this two to three times a day. Depending on how big or how many bruises there are, you may also take a bath with witch hazel to help promote healing.
Witch hazel is commonly used for subcutaneous bruises appearing on the face and neck area.

Why It Works

Witch Hazel is not only popular in the beauty community as a toner, but it is also a natural astringent and is very popular as well when it comes to healing cuts. Applying Witch Hazel to a bruise helps reduce swelling.

You can buy Witch Hazel here.

12. Vanilla Extract

Apply one to two drops of concentrated vanilla extract to the bruise, gently massaging it in for a minute. Repeat this process two to three times a day.

Because vanilla extract is usually pretty sticky, it’s best to use this on bruises that are far from reach. Vanilla extract works best on subcutaneous-type bruises.

Why It Works

Applying vanilla extract to bruises can help prevent it from turning blue to black. Its antioxidant properties help in the regenerations of cells, which therefore speeds up the healing of bruises.

11. Compression

Wrap the bruise using an elastic bandage. Replace bandage every other hour with 20 minutes intervals. Do this for the one week as soon as you notice bruising.

Compression therapy for bruises is best used for bruises around the arms or legs for easier bandage wrapping. If you have bruised ribs though, it’s wise to avoid using the compression method entirely.

Why It Works

Squeezing the tissues can help prevent blood vessels from leaking. Compressing a bruise can lessen the severity of the bruise and reduce the pain and swelling.

10. Arnica

Arnica ointment or cream is popularly used for laser-induced bruises. You can often find Arnica labelled as “bruise cream.” Apply arnica ointment or gel topically on the bruise as many times as needed during the day.

Arnica can be used for any type of bruise found anywhere on your body.

Why It Works

Arnica for bruises is a popular homeopathic herb that can reduce inflammation and swelling.

You can buy arnica cream here.

9. Toothpaste

Before bed, wipe toothpaste on your bruise and cover with a bandage to avoid staining your clothes. Leave it on overnight and remove the bandage in the morning, wash with water, and reapply and bandage again at night. Repeat this for two to three nights.

Why It Works

Toothpaste helps break up clots and increases blood flow in the bruised and affected area. After one night, you will already notice your bruise getting lighter and a reduction in swelling.

8. Sugar or Honey

You will need sugar syrup, a bandage, and an ice pack. Pour warm sugar syrup on the bruise and cover with the bandage. Let the sugar solidify, and follow with an ice pack. Change the bandage every other hour. You can also use honey instead of sugar syrup.

It is best to use sugar or honey to treat bruises in areas where there is not a lot of body hair. Because the ingredients used are quite sticky, it might be painful to wash off due to hair sticking. When washing off honey or sugar from the body, make sure to use warm water.

Why It Works

Sugar and honey are usually used for skin-care rather than injury treatment, but they can work well on a bruises since they both have antibacterial properties.

7. Ginger

Wash ginger thoroughly, crush and apply to the swollen area—peeling the ginger is not necessary. Hold the ginger in place using gauze and/or plaster. Leave on overnight for the best results, and repeat for a day or two.

Why It Works

Ginger works wonders on inflamed, injured skin. Many people also use this method paired with a cold ice pack in the mornings for a speedy healing process.

6. Parsley

Wash a handful of parsley and crush with a mortar and pestle or chop finely. Apply this to the bruised area of your skin and wrap with an elastic bandage or cloth bandage. Leave it on for seven to eight minutes as often as needed with intervals in between.

Why It Works

Parsley is a popular anti-inflammatory herb. It is popularly used as well to help with pain and get rid of bruising colouration.

5. Aloe Vera

Apply aloe vera gel topically on your bruise. Aloe vera gel is readily available in most drugstores and beauty stores. Aloe vera can be used for bruising appearing anywhere on your body, but works especially well for facial bruises.

Why It Works

Aloe vera is known to be popular as an anti-inflammatory. For best results, make sure the aloe vera gel is pure, or better yet, straight from the actual plant itself.

You can buy aloe vera gel here.

4. Vitamin K Cream

Vitamin K ointment or cream can be purchased at most drug stores, over-the-counter. Vitamin K creams can typically be used for subcutaneous bruises, especially on the face. Apply the ointment to your bruise in gentle, circular motions. You may do this twice a day.

Why It Works

Vitamin K has properties that help to encourage blood clotting in order to prevent further blood loss.

3. Heat

Using heat is one of the most popular ways to help heal bruises. You can use a heating pad or a hot water bottle or even soak in a hot bath to promote healing. For bruises on your back and/or tailbone, lie down on your stomach and place a heating pad on your back for about 20 o 30 minutes. For bruises on legs, you may elevate your bruised leg while applying heat.

Why It Works

Applying heat to a bruise helps to boost blood circulation and increase blood flow. Any trapped blood from the bruise formation will be cleared away thanks to the heat. The heat helps to relieve any tension in the muscles as well.

2. Hirudoid Cream or Gel

Hirudoid cream is typically used for bruises with swelling, scarring, and even inflammatory conditions of the veins. To use, simply rub in a thin layer of the cream on the bruise, once or twice daily. Hirudoid creams may also come in gel form and are usually used to help heal bruises on veins.

Why It Works

Hirudoid creams and gels contain the active ingredient heparinoid. It is absorbed into the skin and works by dissolving small blood clots. This is why Hirudoid Cream is effective in treating bruises that are painful or uncomfortable. Hirudoid creams are very effective, but usually, require medical advice before use.

You can buy Hirudoid cream here.

1. Ice Pack

Use a reusable ice pack, a bag of ice, or even a bag of frozen food wrapped in cloth. Apply ice to the bruised area for 10 minutes at a time, with 20-minute waiting intervals before reapplying.
An ice pack is the best way to help heal a black eye, a bruised knee, a bruised heel, as well as most periosteal bruises. This includes bruises occurring on the toes, fingers, nails, knuckles, ankles, and foot.

Why It Works

Cooling your bruise with an ice pack helps the blood vessels reduce the amount of blood that leaks into the surrounding tissue. Using an ice pack on a fresh bruise can help reduce discolouration and swelling.

How to Get Rid of A Black Eye

A black eye is something that will surely make you stand out from the crowd. Whether you have a black eye from an accident or some facial surgery, it’s enough to make you want to hide under the pillows until it goes away. Luckily, with the help of ice and cucumber slices, you can get rid of your black eye and get back to feeling like normal once again. Read on to learn more about some easy ways to get rid of your black eye.

Ice It
Placing a bag of frozen veggies or even a frozen steak directly onto your black eye is one of the best ways that you can get rid of it. By taking down the swelling, icing your eye will not only help it to look better, but it will help it to feel better as well. Try icing your eye for 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off a few times a day until you notice that the swelling has started to subside.

Take Ibuprofen
Over-the-counter pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen are another fast and easy way to get rid of your black eye. Not only will ibuprofen help with the inflammation but it will also help with the pain as well. Often, a black eye is accompanied by a headache or tenderness on the face and around the eye, but ibuprofen should help get rid of it.

Cucumber Slices
Yes, this suggestion may sound a bit made up or just like a day at the spa, but placing chilled cucumbers over your black eye will help decrease the inflammation and restore moisture to the skin around your eyes. Simply take a chilled, peeled cucumber and slice it. Place the slices directly on your eye for about 10 minutes. Repeat a few times a day.

Although a black eye will go away on its own, by following the steps listed above you can help get rid of it faster. To learn more about your eye health or to schedule an eye exam, contact Millennium Park Eye Center.

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