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September 18, 2016
By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist






You greet the world with your face, which is why it’s so
distressing to have a puffy, swollen, bloated or otherwise inflated
visage on display. A puffy face can be a permanent look, or you
may wake up every morning with swelling – a puffy face in the
mornings is very common.

Why is your face puffy, and does it mean that something is
seriously wrong? A swollen or puffy face could be caused by a
number of health conditions and lifestyle factors. Here’s what you
need to know to keep your face puff-free and your body healthy.

What is a Puffy Face?

A puffy face is also referred to as a swollen face, or facial edema.
With a puffy face fluid builds up in the tissues of the face, causing
the face to look larger, puffier, and more inflamed. Swelling in the
face can also affect the eyes, upper arms, and neck. Facial
puffiness can be mild or severe, long-lasting or temporary.

Is a Puffy Face Dangerous?

Should you worry if your face is suddenly puffy? In most cases,
there is no cause for concern.

But there are a few health conditions that can cause your face to
swell. These include kidney disease, hypertension, physical
trauma, an allergic reaction, cellulitis (which is a skin infection
caused by bacteria), sinusitis, conjunctivitis (a swelling of the
eyes), thyroid problems, mumps, and Cushing's syndrome.

Cushing's syndrome can actually cause a condition called moon
facies or moon face, when the body is exposed for long periods
to high levels of the cortisol hormone.

This is when your face gradually becomes puffier and swells to
form a round shape – often so puffy that your ears cannot be
seen from the front. It is not usually serious but it can make you
feel embarrassed. The condition is also related to obesity.

If you are experiencing sudden, painful or severe puffiness and
swelling, contact your health provider. Similarly, if you have other
symptoms as well as the puffy face such as difficulty breathing,
fever, pain in the face, or redness in the face, consult your
doctor. You should get a puffy face checked out if it gets worse
or refuses to go away.

Lifestyle Factors that Cause a Puffy Face

If your puffy face is not caused by a medical condition, it could be
the result of lifestyle factors.

Pressure from pillows or bedding can cause fluid build-up
overnight, and alcohol, salty foods, not enough water, and too
much stress can also result in puffiness.

Hormonal fluctuations around your monthly period,
menopause,
or pregnancy can cause fluid retention which results in puffiness
in the face.

If your face is frequently puffy, what can you do? We looked at
the natural remedies that help relieve a puffy face, whether it is
caused by allergies, trauma, hormones, or other factors.

































1.
Take Bromelain for a Puffy Face Caused by Bruising

If you have recently experienced a physical trauma to the face
like a bump or a cut, the puffiness will probably be due to
bruising and fluid buildup caused by the injury.

A German study by Dr. M. Masson in 1995 found that bromelain,
an active ingredient in pineapples, reduced swelling in 59 people
with bruising and trauma injuries.

2.
Magnesium Helps Reduce Puffiness From Fluid Retention

Fluid retention is a common problem for women suffering from
premenstrual syndrome.

Fluid retention does not only affect the stomach and legs, it can
also cause a puffy face. In a 1998 study from the University of
Reading in the UK, researchers found that regular use of
magnesium could reduce the symptoms of fluid retention in
women with PMS.

In the study 38 women took magnesium or a placebo for two
months.

At the end of two cycles, magnesium significantly reduced
swelling and bloating.

3.
Calcium Can Reduce Puffy Face From Premenstrual Syndrome

Another natural remedy for relieving a puffy face caused by fluid
buildup in premenstrual syndrome is calcium.

A 1998 study from Columbia University, New York found that
supplementation with calcium reduced all major symptoms of
premenstrual syndrome including fluid retention – could be the
remedy for a puffy face.

4.
OPCs Reduce Facial Puffiness After Surgery?

Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) are found in pine bark and
grape seeds.

They offer inflammatory properties and may be useful for treating
minor injuries – including reducing swelling in the face following
surgery. In a 1984 study by Dr. J Baruch in France, 32 people
who had cosmetic surgery on the face and took OPCs had their
facial puffiness disappear much faster than an untreated group of
patients.

5.
Beware of Too Hot Water If You Want to Avoid a Puffy Face

If you get out of the shower or bath with a puffy face, it could be
the water is too hot.

A hot shower is not great if you suffer from puffiness in the face.
Cool water is best – and if you want to relieve the puffiness in
your face try cold therapy.

Cold slows down the blood flow to the face, reducing swelling
and inflammation.

You can apply cold with an ice pack or a cold towel, says the
University of Utah Health Care. Don’t apply cold to the face for
longer than 20 minutes at a time.

6.
Can Dandelion Leaves Be Used To Reduce Swelling?

Since facial swelling can be caused by fluid buildup, anything that
offers a diuretic effect could be beneficial. Dandelion leaves have
been shown to produce this kind of mild diuretic effect in a 1974
study by Racz-Kotilla E, Racz G, and Solomon A. Dandelion leaves
are therefore proposed as a solution for those suffering from
mild fluid retention, although there are no controlled studies to
prove this.

7.
Treat a Sinus Infection to Get Rid of a Puffy Face

Sinusitis, the swelling of the pockets in your face that are
inflamed and blocked, can cause a puffy and swollen face. Your
face is also likely to ache when you have sinusitis.

Research in 2006 from University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland
shows that a combination of primrose, gentian root, common
sorrel, and elderberry helps treat sinusitis.

In the study 300 young men taking this herbal preparation
experienced significant improvements in their condition. After two
weeks of the treatment, two thirds of the participants
experienced a cure, while only around one third of those taking
placebo described their symptoms as cured in this time.

The herbal combination is believed to help thin mucus and help
the immune system get rid of the infection.




































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Elderberries, in combination
with other herbs, can  reduce
face puffiness from sinus
infection.