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How To Get Rid Of A Black Eye

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How To Get Rid Of A Black Eye April 9, 2018

Do you look like you have been punched in your face? Or worse, does one of your eyes closely resemble a panda’s? A black eye is commonly a result of a hit on your face that causes bruising and clotting of blood under your skin, especially around your eyes. In this article, we will tell you how to get rid of one using simple natural remedies. Let’s begin!

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What Is A Black Eye?

Black eye is medically known as periorbital hematoma. It is often the result of an injury to the face, which leads to bruising around the eye. This condition is named so because of the color of the bruising.

We will now take a look at the causes of this bruising.

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What Causes A Black Eye?

  • Injury: When you injure your face, the tiny blood vessels under your skin tend to burst and leak blood. This causes the bluish black bruise around your eyes. The injury to your face can result from being hit by any object.
  • Cosmetic Surgery: In some cases, a black eye can also be caused by a cosmetic surgery or some dental work and might last for several days.
  • Medical Issues: Black eye is not dangerous and is often a result of bruising. However, in some cases, a black eye can be a sign of a more serious underlying medical complication. For example, bruising around both eyes can be an indication of a skull fracture or some other injury of the head.

Irrespective of how you have injured yourself, the following remedies can help you get rid of that weird-looking black eye faster.

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How To Get Rid Of A Black Eye Naturally

  1. Cayenne Pepper And Vaseline
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. Toothpaste
  4. Essential Oils
  5. Cucumber
  6. Green Tea Bags
  7. Petroleum Jelly
  8. Pineapple Juice
  9. Lemon Juice
  10. Orange Juice
  11. Raw Potato
  12. Ice Pack
  13. Warm Compress

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Home Remedies To Treat A Black Eye

1. Cayenne Pepper And Vaseline

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper
  • 5 teaspoons of Vaseline
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix one part of powdered cayenne pepper with five parts of Vaseline.
  2. Apply this mixture evenly around the affected eye.
  3. Leave it on for an hour or two and then wash it off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this twice a day.

Why This Works

The capsaicin in cayenne pepper makes this remedy very effective in treating a black eye. Capsaicin possesses powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that can relieve the pain and inflammation around the bruised eye (1).

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2. Coconut Oil

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You Will Need

Virgin coconut oil (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply an even layer of coconut oil around your eyes and massage gently.
  2. Leave it on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once every night.

Why This Works

The very act of massaging, combined with the benefits of coconut oil, is one of the best remedies to treat a black eye. Coconut oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe the affected eye. Massaging it can help clear the blood clots under your eyes (2).

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3. Toothpaste

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You Will Need

Any white toothpaste

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply a thin layer of any mint-flavored white toothpaste around the affected area.
  2. Leave it on for a couple of hours or overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily, preferably at night.

Why This Works

Toothpastes, especially the mint-flavored ones, are quite effective in soothing bruised skin (including a black eye). The anti-inflammatory agents in toothpaste help your skin recover quickly.

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4. Essential Oils

a. Lavender Oil

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You Will Need
  • 6 drops of lavender oil
  • 15 mL of any carrier oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix six drops of lavender oil with 15 mL of any carrier oil.
  2. Apply this mixture evenly around your eyes and massage gently.
  3. Leave this on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this every night before bedtime.

Why This Works

Lavender oil can help you get rid of a black eye, owing to its strong analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties (3).

b. Peppermint Oil

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You Will Need
  • 6 drops of lavender oil
  • 15 mL of any carrier oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Add six drops of peppermint oil to 15 mL of any carrier oil and mix well.
  2. Massage this mixture gently around your eyes and leave it on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once every night.

Why This Works

Peppermint oil possesses excellent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that can help treat a black eye. It also soothes the swelling and inflammation, if any (4).

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5. Cucumber

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You Will Need

Refrigerated cucumber slices

What You Have To Do
  1. Cut a cucumber into thin and circular slices.
  2. Chill the slices for an hour.
  3. Place a slice on each eye.
  4. Replace the cucumber slices 2 to 3 times.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

Cucumber has a high water content, and hence, it can help soothe and cool your bruised eye. It can also help reduce the swelling and pain (5).

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6. Green Tea Bags

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You Will Need

2 used green tea bags

What You Have To Do
  1. Place a used warm tea bag on each eye.
  2. Keep them on for 15 to 20 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this twice daily.

Why This Works

Green tea is packed with antioxidants, thanks to the presence of high levels of tannins. These tannins can help heal a black eye by reducing the pain and swelling (6).

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7. Petroleum Jelly

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You Will Need

Petroleum jelly (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply an even layer of petroleum jelly around your eyes.
  2. Massage for some time and leave it on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily.

Why This Works

Petroleum jelly is soothing, healing, and moisturizing and is thus a great option for treating a black eye.

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8. Pineapple

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You Will Need

Sliced pineapple pieces

What You Have To Do
  1. Place a sliced pineapple piece on each eye and keep them on for 10 minutes.
  2. You can also consume pineapple juice for added benefits.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this 3 to 4 times daily.

Why This Works

Applying pineapple topically can help in combating a black eye and consuming it can speed your recovery from within. Pineapples are rich in vitamin C and also contain an enzyme called bromelain (7). While vitamin C helps your black eye heal faster, bromelain reduces the pain and inflammation  (8).

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9. Lemon Juice

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You Will Need

1 glass of lemon juice

What You Have To Do

Consume a glass of lemon juice.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 5 to 6 times in a day.

Why This Works

Lemons are naturally anti-inflammatory and are also great sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C possesses antioxidant properties, which heal a black eye by repairing the damage from within (9).

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10. Orange Juice

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You Will Need

1 glass of fresh orange juice

What You Have To Do

Drink a glass of orange juice.

How Often You Should Do This

You must drink a glass of orange juice at least thrice daily.

Why This Works

Like lemons, oranges are also great sources of vitamin C. Consuming high amounts of vitamin C can acelerate recovery and help heal your black eye (10).

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11. Raw Potato

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You Will Need

Sliced raw potato

What You Have To Do
  1. Place a slice of raw potato on the affected eye.
  2. Leave it on for 20 minutes and remove.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this 3 to 4 times daily.

Why This Works

Raw potatoes contain high amounts of certain enzymes that can be used for dissolving blood clots. Additionally, potatoes have anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve the swelling and inflammation around the affected eye (11).

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12. Ice Pack

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You Will Need

An ice pack

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply an ice pack to your affected eye.
  2. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Remove.
  3. Repeat thrice.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

Ice packs can reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling around the affected eye (12).

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13. Warm Compress

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You Will Need

A warm compress

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply a warm compress to the black eye.
  2. Keep it on for 5 to 10 minutes and remove.
  3. Repeat twice.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 to 3 times daily for faster recovery.

Why This Works

A warm compress is a great option to relieve pain as well as improve blood circulation. It also helps in getting rid of the blood clots under your eye (13).

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These are the ways you can treat a black eye. But isn’t prevention always better than the cure?

Prevention Tips

  • Make sure that the rugs and carpets in your home are well placed, without wrinkles, to avoid tripping on them.
  • If you indulge in activities like martial arts, boxing or any other contact sports, wear a protective gear.
  • Always wear a helmet when you are cycling or riding a bike.
  • Always wear a seatbelt while traveling in a car.
  • Wear goggles for protection if you happen to be involved in activities like gardening or woodwork.

This is everything you need to know about a black eye and its treatment and prevention. Now that we are done with our part, why don’t you let us know how well this article has addressed your issues? Use the comments section below to share your experiences with us.

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Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

How long does a black eye take to heal?

A black eye usually heals within two weeks without any medical attention. If treated, it heals in a few days.

Can a black eye affect your vision?

A black eye usually does not affect your vision. However, if your vision is blurred or your eyeballs hurt, it could be due to an underlying medical complication. In such situations, it is best to see your doctor to identify the cause of your disturbed vision.

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