The Low Down on How to Get Rid of Bags Under Eyes

The Low Down On How To Get Rid Of Bags Under The Eyes

Have you quit using cream if you’re treating under-eye bags?

I feel like I should apologise, because despite what clever skincare marketing claims try to make you believe, there is no quick fix.

If you really want to know how to treat what’s going on south of your lashes, get the FULL SCOOP on how to get rid of UNDER-EYE BAGS.

Because understanding the CAUSES and BAD HABITS you need to QUIT is the first step in PREVENTION.


Sleep: It’s true that it can be hard to distract from tired-looking eyes, no matter what you do. Puffiness and dark shadows just seem to stick around, especially when we wake up. This is because the area under the eyes retains fluid, which accumulates under the eyes during the night, resulting in the area becoming puffy.
The Answer? Sleeping with your head slightly elevated will prevent fluid collecting in the tissues around your eyes.

Fat Pads: Because the skin is so thin around the eyes, excess fat deposits can create a bulging effect. Basically, the ligaments that support the fat pads under your eyes weaken, which causes fat to slip and bulge forward, creating the appearance of under-eye bags.
The Answer? The only way to really reduce these is through cosmetic procedures, which I discuss below.

Wear and Tear: If you’re serious about learning how to get rid of bags under the eyes, then you should know that years of rubbing, removing makeup, and wiping your eyes can make inflammation worseWhen the skin stretches, the contours around our eyes drop and become loose, and the pouch of fat under our eyes starts to balloon.
The Answer?  Be conscious of using harsh products and opt for fragrance-free makeup remover. Avoid touching and pulling the delicate skin around this area.

Lifestyle: Alcohol, smoking, and a high salt intake can cause water retention around your eyes.
The Answer? Think about leading a healthier lifestyle; stop smoking, minimise your sodium intake, get adequate sleep, and reduce alcohol consumption. Eating anti-inflammatory foods rich in omega fatty acids will help keep your skin nice and supple.

Sun Damage: This is possibly the most ageing problem around the eyes, where the skin is thinner than anywhere else on the face. UV rays break down our internal scaffolding, collagen and elastin, which leads to fluid accumulating in the area.
The Answer? Wear good shades and a use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above.

Medical condition: Sinus congestion, kidney problems, a sluggish lymphatic system, liver disease, or thyroid disorders can all lead to bags under the eyes.
The Answer? Each of these problems need to be addressed individually, so ideally you need to seek medical attention to get to the root of the problem.


Well, yes and no.

Put it this way – if it is immediate results you want, then yes.

Haemorrhoid creams contain benzocaine, an active ingredient that causes blood vessels to contract, which reduces puffiness.

As an aesthetician, I personally think haemorrhoid creams are too dehydrating, so whilst you may be temporarily shrinking your eye bags, long-term you are causing more fine lines and irritation.

I have also found that many people develop an allergy to benzocaine, which can make eye problems worse.


I get asked this question a lot by my clients, but there really is no quick fix when it comes to knowing how to get rid of bags under the eyes.

This condition is ultimately only correctable through eye-lift surgery known as blepharoplasty, which removes fat pads in the lower lid.

During treatment, the surgeon will cut below the lashes in the eye’s natural crease, where the excess fat, muscle, and sagging skin is either redistributed or completely removed.

The procedure is fairly straightforward, and usually done as an outpatient procedure.

If you are looking for a multi-purpose eye care product, Ageless Eye Duo is the perfect choice as it is formulated to work as a 3-in-1, treating a number of conditions around your delicate eyes.

14 thoughts on “The Low Down on How to Get Rid of Bags Under Eyes

  1. JSC says:

    In under eye surgery some Doctors go in behind the eye and therefore there are no stitches. Some Doctors cut under the eye and there are stitches. Which do you recommend and is there any other benefit to either type of operating under eyes?

  2. Gary says:

    I’m a 70 year old man developing bags under my eyes. They are soft and pliable so I am assuming more fluid than fat. Can the fluid be removed with a needle as opposed to being removed by incision.

  3. Laura says:

    I have horrible bags sitting on my cheek bones under my eyes–it’s hereditary. Insurance will cover the top, but not the bottom. I am considering sucking it out myself! No creams or oils have worked and I hate them!

  4. Terry says:

    Hello Samantha, I have been reading your web page about skin and hydration etc. Great info! I make my own products at home and use just about every ingredient you mentioned for combination skin.
    I just wanted to point out though, that the ingredient in haemorrhoid creams that constricts blood vessels is actually adrenalin. In Australia the product Rectinol used to include the ingredient until they reformulated it a few years ago as it is difficult to keep it stable. Benzocaine is a numbing ingredient, which blocks nerve endings. I still get the odd girl coming into the pharmacy and asking for haemorrhoid cream for dark circles and bags under their eyes after a long night out and I have to explain the ingredients to them.
    Cheers Terry

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Terry
      Great that you are formulating yourself and that you enjoyed my articles. I actually did not know that the ingredient was adrenalin really? Is it called Benzocaine Terry? Can you point me in the direction of this information please? Regards Samantha

  5. Robert Harrison says:

    The bags under my eyes are worse when I have allergic reactions like dust mites. I find that if I use a nasal saline spray there is a noticeably difference as my sinus drain a bit.

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