Bruising from a broken nose may spread from the nose to under the eyes and along both sides of the nose. Bruising occurs when blood vessels under the skin are broken. Because blood vessels in the face are close to the skin's surface, injuries to the face may result in dark discoloration of the skin. Home remedies may accelerate the recovery time of bruises from a broken nose.
Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel or cloth to the bruised area as soon as possible after breaking your nose. The ice reduces swelling and stops blood vessels from leaking blood into surrounding tissue, which results in bruising. Apply the ice pack for 10 to 15 minutes, then wait two hours and apply again repeating every two hours for the rest of the day.
Apply heat to the bruised area 24 hours after breaking your nose. The heat opens the closed blood vessels, allowing fluids to flush away the accumulated blood beneath the skin. Run warm water over a washcloth and apply gently to the face. Leave on for 20 minutes or until washcloth starts to cool. You may do this two to three times a day until bruises disappear. Do not apply heat until at least 24 hours after breaking your nose.
Herbs And Lotions
Apply two to three drops of St. John's Wort tincture to the bruised area of the face. St. John's Wort was used by Greek herbalists to heal wounds because of its astringent and antibacterial properties.
Apply cream or lotion containing vitamin K. Vitamin K helps break down blood that has seeped from the broken blood vessels so the body may reabsorb it. Find a cream containing vitamin K at your local drugstore and apply twice a day until the bruise has faded away.
Apply macerated or water-soaked cabbage leaves to the bruised areas of the face and nose. Cabbage contains anti-inflammatory properties that may speed healing.
Apply crushed parsley leaves to the bruises on your nose and face. Parsley is rich in nutrients that may shrink blood vessels, reducing the appearance of bruises.
Do not apply creams, lotions or tinctures to open or bleeding wounds because doing so may result in an infection. Discuss using any home remedies with your doctor first, as he or she may have reasons for you not to use them or recommend different solutions to address the bruising.