How to Speed up Healing of a Black Eye

Updated on September 30, 2008
B.P. asks from Trinidad, CO
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Hi mamasource moms! My question is about a black eye. I fell off the curb on Saturday and good thing the concrete broke my fall, directly on my check bone. Well, now I have a black eye and my husband and I are going away this weekend for our anniversary. I have been icing it and have cover up but are there any other tricks out there? I would hate to have this thing on my big romantic weekend. Any help would be great, thanks!!

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M.C.

answers from Denver on

Oh my! Just what do you think people are going to think? What I would do is by some concealer from Sephora, they sell some really great stuff used for this special kind of thing. Derma something. Anyway good luck!

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M.M.

answers from Denver on

Apply Arnic gel or ointment to the bruise area two to three times a day until it dissapears. You can find arnic gel at Vitamin Cottage and sometimes Whole Foods market.
I have used arnic safely for bruises and muscle soreness for years with no negative effects and it reduces the visible bruising significantly.

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M.M.

answers from Denver on

Apply Arnic gel or ointment to the bruise area two to three times a day until it dissapears. You can find arnic gel at Vitamin Cottage and sometimes Whole Foods market.
I have used arnic safely for bruises and muscle soreness for years with no negative effects and it reduces the visible bruising significantly.

M.S.

answers from Colorado Springs on

Arnica works wonders!

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M.D.

answers from Denver on

Oh you poor thing!

Go get yourself pure Lavender oil (Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage or other natural food store) and dab it, full strength, with your finger tip, on the bruise. Keep putting it on, until the bruise is completely healed.

It works like magic.

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M.H.

answers from Pocatello on

I agree with some of these ladies that Arnica Montana will help speed the healing. I would suggest you use the pill form of Arnica and then also get some Hyssop Oil, dilute if 50/50 with almond oil (unless you are allergic, then use another vegetable oil) and apply that to your bruise 2-3 times a day. I did this for a bruise I got on my bum when I fell down the stairs. Instead of taking three weeks to heal it only took a week and a couple days.

Good luck!!
ME

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J.R.

answers from Salt Lake City on

A little make-up never hurt anyone. I had a horrible black eye and nothing helped it get better faster. Patience is a virtue they say. I became very skilled at heavy duty make-up. Good luck, and he loves you anyway!!

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S.T.

answers from Denver on

Hi B.,
Believe it or not, magnetics! I've had several occasions where it saved the day. My expectation was a decrease in swelling and bruising, not the absence when I thought I fractured my arm. Other parts of my body bruised, but not this spot. I also did full impact on my face in a ski accident and by the time I got down the hill, I looked like Angelina Jolie! I used a spot magnet on my lip on the ride home and then used a biaxial magnet that evening. It was back to normal size by the next morning and only a little of the blood was in the surrounding tissues. My husband had extensive knee surgery and they told us the lower leg would swell and turn back and blue, but it never did (can even send you pictures of it).

It is all natural technology too. While I don't have anything to lend you at the moment, if you live in the area, you are welcome to come over and use my Power Mag. I can also email you more info explaining the science behind how it helps promote healing etc. I've seen over 75 amazing things in about a year.

Take care and let me know if you want more info or want to try anything,
S.

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C.H.

answers from Denver on

I had a black eye once from a diving board accident (whee!) and it lasted about two weeks.

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M.C.

answers from Denver on

Oh my! Just what do you think people are going to think? What I would do is by some concealer from Sephora, they sell some really great stuff used for this special kind of thing. Derma something. Anyway good luck!

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J.N.

answers from Salt Lake City on

I don't know anything that would speed the heaing. But for the 'cover-up' you want to use a concealer that is close to your own skin if the bruise is still purple/black. Yellow concealer is best for covering up redness (like blemishes). Use a good quality cleanser, toner/freshner, then moisturizer before putting concealer up. Start with a tiny bit of concealer, pat in on the bruise. Add more as needed, but dont cake it on. Don't try to blend with the rest of your skin. Give the concealer a minute or two to dry before putting on foundation (on the whole face). Use small amounts of foundation - easiest is dot forehead, nose, chin, cheeks, then spread and blend. When going over the concealer, try to pat more that spread so you don't rub the concelaer off. You can use liquid, powder, or mineral powder foundation, just make sure it's a high quality. Look for the word 'non-comodagenic' on the label - that means it won't get in to your pores. In general it's better to get a premium product rather that something from the drugstore.

Hope this helps!

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C.B.

answers from Denver on

Well, I am an occupational therapist and I have used Kinesiotape to increase circulation and decrease the "black eye colors" within a day or 2 instead of a week. You can get this stuff at an outpatient physical therapy location or look it up online, the tape is close to flesh colored.

Another treatment is applying silver spoon right out of freezer with circular massaging. One more trick that I have heard of is in your local health food shop Arnica, I think I spelled that right?

Good luck, bummer about the eye, my son who is just 2 bonked my in the eyebrow bone and I had a black eyelid for a week.

C.

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K.J.

answers from Salt Lake City on

i heard a raw piece of meat helps. i also heard the same about windex. personally, i believe in aquafore, but i don't know if it works on bruises.

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D.W.

answers from Boise on

I've heard rubbing vanilla on it immediately helps it in the very beginning, but I don't know about afterwards. From the other posts, I think I'd try toothpaste at night and Arnica the rest of the time and see what happens.

Best wishes and have a great time!!

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A.G.

answers from Missoula on

My skin bruises very easily and I have used white toothpaste dabbed on at night to heal tenderness and discoloration. You might try it. There is something healing in it.
Congratulations on your anniversary! It will be terrific regardless, just because of your great attitude!
Blessings!

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C.A.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Alternate ice and heat (15 min on/off) every few hours or so, and massage the area gently. It helps break up the clot and speed healing. It should clear it up enough by the weekend that anything not gone would be covered with makeup. Good luck!

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F.N.

answers from Denver on

After 24 hours you can use heat to open up the blood vesseles to move the dried blood out of the area.
I have also heard of using ipson salts, or vinagar to help break up the dried blood.

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J.H.

answers from Billings on

You know, I saw show on the Discovery channel where a bride-to-be had a similar injury, and had a black eye, and wanted it fixed by her wedding day. A leech was attached to the bruised area, and it took the blood right out! I am guessing you don't have access to leeches...my kids have had black eyes, and they seem to go from black and blue to green and then yellow fairly quickly, depending on the severity of the bruise. I would say a week or so and it should be light enough that you could cover it with make-up. Sorry, I don't have any better ideas besides the leeches.

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O.L.

answers from Denver on

I saw that some others suggested this too, but I wanted to emphasize it again...

Arnica. This stuff is amazing. When my boys get a bonk, I put it on right away & it prevents most bruising. And it reduces pain, too. :) My older son hit his head on a Mexican tile porch... the very corner of the bottom step. Two years later he's still got a dent in his forehead, but thanks to Arnica it barely bruised at all.

Congrats on your anniversary!

H.Q.

answers from Great Falls on

I have no real suggestions for you. Just some words of hope.

When I was in the 8th grade, I got kicked in the face by a horse (don't ask!). My eye was so swollen that I could cup my hand over it and feel my eyelid in my palm! This was 2 weeks before 8th grade graduation. Had to go have stitches and everything. I looked TERRIBLE.

I tell you that short tale to let you know how bad it was and that within a week, the swelling was gone and most of the discoloration. Your face is the fastest healing part of your body. So, take heart - it may be gone on it's own. Other than that, all I've got to say is cover up!! Sorry.

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