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Home Remedies To Reduce Swelling On Face

Swelling on the face can be uncomfortable, but there are simple and effective home remedies to provide relief. In this article, we'll explore natural ways to reduce facial swelling and restore comfort.

  • 02 Nov 2023
  • 3 min read

Facial swelling isn’t uncommon and may show up as a result of an injury, allergy, reaction to or a side effect of a medicine, an infection, or a different clinical circumstance.

But here’s the good news. There are numerous medical and non-medical methods you can use to lessen the swelling or inflammation. Read further to know more.


How to reduce facial swelling after sleep

Waking up with a puffy face or swollen lips is not unusual for many people.

This can be the result of an excessive amount of salt in your diet, consumption of too much alcohol, dehydration, allergic reactions, mould, dust, pollen, hormone adjustments, and the manner in which you sleep with your face on the pillow. These can all increase inflammation causing swelling.

To reduce morning facial swelling, do not forget to try one of the following tips:

  1. Upon waking up, wash your face with cool water to lessen swelling.
  2. Avoid salty and processed foods before you sleep.
  3. Don’t go to sleep with your make-up on because irritation of the skin contributes to facial swelling in the morning.
  4. Stay hydrated. Make sure you’re consuming adequate water all day long.
  5. Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol.
  6. Don’t sleep on your stomach.
  7. Use cucumbers on the regions that appear swollen. The antioxidants in cucumbers soothe and provide relief for puffy eyes.


How to reduce facial swelling due to allergic reactions

Meals prepared with certain ingredients or medications, insect or bee stings, or even infections can cause allergic reactions that result in facial swelling.

Facial swelling due to a critical hypersensitive reaction can become risky if the airways swell up. This is a dangerous situation as it may also affect the tongue and pharynx.

That’s why, if you ever notice that your lips, tongue, or throat have swollen or feel that they are closing down, seek medical intervention immediately. However, when you have moderate swelling or a rash, you may take an antihistamine, but always consult your doctor before doing so.

If the swelling worsens or you see little to no improvement, talk to a physician as quickly as feasible. Depending on the reason for the hypersensitivity and swelling, your doctor may prescribe appropriate medicines.


How to reduce facial swelling due to an injury

A facial injury can result in swelling. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may experience swelling in different parts of your face other than the exact spot of injury.

To lessen swelling due to injury, you can use an ice pack on the area as soon as possible. The severity of the injury will decide your next steps.

If you have any headaches, bruising, or bleeding, you must see a healthcare practitioner straight away.

Visible signs and symptoms, including bruising or bleeding, can also indicate internal injury or any other clinical cause. You must seek clinical assessment for timely treatment and recovery.

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How to reduce facial swelling and bruising on the face

Bruising can take 1 to 2 weeks to fade. You may try over-the-counter ointments available at pharmacies.  You could also lessen mild swelling and bruising on the face with ice, hydration, Arnica, and bromelain (pineapple enzyme).

You could additionally avoid sleeping with your face down and try to keep your head slightly elevated. These guidelines may apply when treating swelling for post-surgical treatment as well.

Occasionally, medicinal drugs can help with aches, signs and symptoms, but you should always consult your physician first. Remember that even medicinal drugs can cause complications when taken without medical supervision.

When it comes to reducing swelling after an injury, remember that you must have patience to see results.


How to reduce facial swelling after surgery

Facial swelling due to surgical treatment can take considerable time to heal.

You can use several of the suggestions listed above for bruising. The usage of an ice pack or cold compress on your face is one of the best things you can do.

Your physician will likely have a particular protocol that you’ll need to follow. However, applying ice to the swollen area for 10 to 20 minutes at a time is a common practise. Your doctor may prescribe ointments to help reduce the swelling.

The type and extent of any jaw surgical treatment you’re healing from can also dictate how long the facial swelling lasts.



Facial swelling is a common reaction arising from several factors like consuming salty food to underlying clinical conditions. Several home remedies and high-quality treatments are available as long as your swelling does not require on-the-spot medical intervention. If the swelling persists, consult a doctor at the earliest.

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