• Face swelling, known as "puffy face" or "moon face", has many causes. The medical term for this condition is facial edema, and is caused by fluid buildup in the facial tissues. Sometimes this condition can indicate a bigger underlying problem, while other times it is just a side effect or an allergic reaction.

    Allergic reaction

    A puffy face is an indication of a moderate or severe allergic reaction. It could lead to swelling of the tongue, eyes and throat. Seek medical attention immediately.

    Cushing's Syndrome

    Cushing's Disease, also known as Cushing's Syndrome, features a puffy face. Women with Cushing's also have excess hair growth with the puffy face symptom.


    If facial puffiness suddenly appears and it is not related to any known condition, a cool cloth, ice or cool water can help reduce the swelling. If the puffiness does not go down, seek medical attention.


    A puffy face may be an indication of dehydration. Be sure to drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water per day. Avoid diuretics such as tea and coffee, as these flush even more water from your body.

    Other effects

    Swelling of the face is often accompanied by redness, especially around the eyes and nose.

    Do's and don'ts

    Do not use matte makeup to try to disguise a puffy face. Matte makeup only highlights the problem. Splash cold water on your face, then apply moisturizer instead.


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