Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The following tips can help you reduce or eliminate bags under eyes:

  • Use a cool compress. Wet a clean washcloth with cool water. While sitting up, apply the damp washcloth to the skin under and around your eyes for a few minutes using mild pressure.
  • Get enough sleep at night. For most adults, seven to eight hours a night appears to be the best amount of sleep.
  • Sleep with your head slightly raised. Add an extra pillow or prop up the head of your mattress. Or, elevate the entire head of the bed a few inches. This helps prevent fluids from accumulating around your eyes as you sleep.
  • Reduce allergy symptoms. Avoid allergens when possible, and ask your doctor about over-the-counter or prescription allergy medications. Talk to your doctor about prevention strategies if you develop under-eye reactions due to hair dyes, soaps, cosmetics or other allergens.
Oct. 28, 2011