How to Get Rid of Facial Swelling

By Jakki Rochelle

When you wake up with a bad hair day you can always throw it into a ponytail or wear a hat, but it's a different situation when you wake up with a swollen face. Makeup just doesn't cut it. Facial swelling, or edema, has several causes. Water bloating, dental work and allergies can all lead to a swollen face. Luckily, there are actions you can take to reduce swelling and keep your face looking its best.


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Step 1

Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. When you don't get enough water, your body tends to store the little it does have, leading to bloating.


Step 2

Avoid excess salt in your diet. Eating salt causes your body to store water, which can make your face to appear bloated.


Step 3

Rinse your face with cool water and apply a cold compress. Cold compresses restrict the blood flow to your face, diminishing any swelling.


Step 4

Apply egg whites to your face as a mask to reduce swelling. Wait until the whites are completely dry on your skin before washing them off.


Step 5

Keep your face elevated while lying down. Use several pillows to keep your head raised higher than normal, keeping the blood from pooling in your face.