How to Get Rid of a Black Eye Fast

A black eye can occur for a variety of reasons such as nasal injuries, facelifts, jaw surgery, allergic reactions, bites, a skin infection around the eye or a dental infection. However, the most common cause of a black eye is a blow to the face. Black eyes can cause pain, blurry vision, swelling and headaches.

Black Eye

The following remedies can help you quickly get rid of a black eye. However, if the skin around your eye is cut or you are having symptoms like dizziness, nausea or vomiting along with vision problems, you should consult your doctor immediately.

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1. Ice Pack

The first thing you need to do is apply an ice pack to the affected area as soon as possible. Ice will help reduce the swelling and constrict the blood vessels to reduce internal bleeding and further bruising. It will also speed up the healing process.

  1. Wrap ice pieces in a clean cotton or muslin cloth.
  2. Hold it over the eye for 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. Repeat the process several times a day during the first 48 hours.

This also will help relieve pain. Never use ice directly on the eyes and do not rub the ice pack on delicate skin like that around your eyes. Instead of ice, you can also use a packet of frozen vegetables.

2. Warm Compress

After one or two days of getting a black eye, you need to apply warm compresses. This will help increase blood flow to the tissue around the eye and accelerate the healing process.

  1. Dip a clean cloth in warm water, and squeeze out the excess water.
  2. Put the warm cloth on the affected eye until the cloth becomes cool.
  3. Repeat the process several times a day.

If it doesn’t cause pain, you can also massage the area with a warm washcloth. This will help improve blood circulation and remove the dried blood accumulated under the skin.

3. Vitamin C

When suffering from a black eye, it is very important to include foods with vitamin C in your diet. There are many food items rich in vitamin C such as Indian gooseberries, guavas, peppers, sweet potatoes, limes, lemons, broccoli, mangos and oranges. Vitamin C makes the walls of the blood vessels thicken, aiding the healing process. Alternatively, you can take a vitamin C supplement to give your body the needed daily dose.

4. Pineapple and Papaya

Pineapple and papaya are two fruits that can help in treating a black eye. Both are very rich in antioxidants that speed up the healing process of almost any kind of injury that causes discoloration of the skin. These fruits have a special kind of enzyme that soften and heal the skin. To reap the benefits, you can either:

  • Apply the pulp of these fruits topically around the blackened area of the eye, or
  • Drink these fruit juices or simply eat the fruits.

5. Cayenne Pepper and Vaseline

Many people use cayenne pepper and Vaseline to treat black eyes.

  1. Mix together one tablespoon of cayenne pepper and five tablespoons of melted Vaseline. Mix it well and allow it to cool.
  2. Apply this mixture to the affected eye. Be extra careful not to get the mixture in your eye.
  3. After a few hours, wipe it off with a wet tissue or cloth.
  4. Do this one to three times a day, depending on the severity of the black eye.

6. Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is regarded as a good healing agent for many problems including black eyes. The following are a couple of ways to use this home remedy.

  • Soak a cotton pad in witch hazel and place it on the affected eye for a few minutes. This will have a gentle soothing as well as healing effect.
  • You can also prepare a solution of chamomile essential oil, witch hazel and water. Dip a clean cloth into the solution and place it on your eyelid and surrounding area. Repeat the process two to three times a day.




  1. Oluwaseyi Olanrewaju March 8, 2013, 3:16 pm

    Its very inspiring with no side effect because Its natural. Keep up the good work.

  2. The juice of potato is really wrks on dark circles i used it nd i got a effective result its a amazing tip for clear dark circle,, this all are very effective,,

  3. Tooth paste

    Add a drop of tooth paste under the eye repeat this for a week or two and you will notise the black will go away :) hope it helps

    • hi kate if we use the tooth paste dont we get any irritation

      • pimples sucks i used to to have a lot ..and i cant remember who told me abt washing my face as much as i can wash the oil and bacteria off your face ..point anyways just letting you know wat helped me.
        now i have to go look after my black eye…

    • I’ve heard it used before but I’d say wouldn’t say toothpaste is particularly effective when you say a WEEK or two

    • Christie Robinson August 13, 2014, 12:06 am

      Doesn’t a black eye usually just go away within a week or two? Just a thought.

  4. The tips are nice. The items suggested are cheap and the results they produce are amazing. I am actually getting rid of pimples and undereyes!
    Thanks a lot!

    • Please share how your getting rid of pimples?? I’m in my 30’s and what can I say..? I have the chin of a 16 year old… lol

  5. honey and lemon are very nice it cure the pimples and now i am very happy.thanks for giving the idea and they are great

  6. thanks its works ………..

  7. nice 1 there guys keep it up

  8. It is very useful. Thank you

  9. Pryia can u or neone plz give me info on the lemon & honey for pimples ver intrested jus turnen 30 n Jan now my face wanna get pimples wow lol plz help

  10. Kristyne Nkwanyuo September 21, 2013, 4:11 am

    Pineapple and pawpaw therapy is very effective.I started gettin the results almost immediately.

  11. Several methods: 1. Apply ice immediately for a couple minutes several times a day for 2 days. Make sure not to burn the skin. You can also use a gel eye mask. 2. Plenty of rest and water and fruit juices with Vitamin C/K, avoid sleeping in eye, elevate head. 3. Lubricate and massage with coconut oil, Vaseline, tea tree oil, vitamin e or C, aloe gel, etc. 4. After a day or two apply hot compress, followed by the hickey removal trick with a circular lipstick top. Use plenty of oil to reduce hurting skin. The trick to this is to create a suction. Use different size of caps depending on the size of bruise. Follow this with another hot compress for a few minutes. 5. Use Anti-Puff eye roller (garnier or other brand) to help with puffiness.


  13. I just wanna try this home remedys they sounds so intresting wow hopes they work

  14. Well, I’m going to try the black eye trick.
    I will let you know. People keep asking of my
    Did it, and was just clumsy and Something and
    Hit my forehead. Now i have big shiner on left eye, t
    Two days later.

  15. Your own pipi in a towel will work fine … for 1 or 2 days… i done it my self and i know it works

  16. michael faherty January 4, 2014, 5:48 pm

    when I was a kid i’d hear about placing a piece of beef steak over the black eye. True or old wives tail?? Thanks

  17. had an allergic reaction and swelling in my eyes, now the dark black eye effect is there. I will try these methods to remove my black eye effect. Thanks

  18. oh man oh man i got the shit kicked out of me good this time. Got caught under the slide with the little Cambell girl by her farther. He beat me something good. Well I’m home now under house arrest and looking to get rid of this black eye before my court chase in two weeks hoping this works….keeping my fingers crossed. = )

    • seriously?! Are you a pedophile? Or did you just like that tryin to be funny? Cause I don’t think it is at all… and if you’re just genuinely putting your business out there like that I think you should reconsider and take this off especially if you have a pending court case because you basically just confessed and admitted guilt. I realize this was back in February so it might be too little too late but that was not a smart move on your part posting that… some people, lol

  19. You have to put yogurt on your eyes. On the first day put peach yogurt, on the second put strawberry, and on the third put blueberry and it should all be healed up. For severe bruises put some extra blueberry on the 4th day. I have heard that this also works with frozen yogurt. I think it might be good to try because it’s colder and will help too.

  20. I heard vinegar works well

  21. i am harsha even my face look so bright and charm the dark circle cause dullness i am going to try all the home remedies thanx a lot 4 all thr tips i am so happy…………..

  22. Tried the pineapple n papaya remedy n they worked grt

  23. I mixed cayenne pepper n Vaseline together and put it on my face its burning hopefully its working I let you know by morning how long should I keep it on

  24. I tried Braggs organic raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar for my blackeye I got over the weekend. My boyfriend decided to beat me up pretty bad! I started using it right after the cops took pictures of me & brought him to jail. Gotta say it worked wonders for the pain & took the black, blue, redness & swelling away! Good luck

  25. This is helping a lot! I was racing my friend on a bike, i was standing up and minutes before my dad said “SIT DOWN!” Looks like i didnt listen. I got a black eye, but it is not what hurt. Above it is what hurts. I was unconsise for like 2-4 seconds, i’m gald a car didnt come by. Thanks its helping a lot!

  26. Get a cereal plate and get like 20 little ment leafs and put a little bit of water onto the plate and alot salt then smash it all together Intel you see that it’s smashed real good then you get a cotton soak it up and rub it against your black eye.

  27. The cayenne pepper and vasoline works really good just tried it and the bruising is already fading!

  28. I’m busy trying the toothpaste remedy. And wow my eye burned like 5 minutes. Just hope it works

  29. I received a collagen treatment yesterday and a vein was hit in my eye .Its very blue ! I’m leaving an abbusive marriage and unfortunately I know what everyone thinks ! I need help !!hopefully the Vaseline and cayenne works quickly


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