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High cheekbones are an attribute many people admire. Puffy cheeks -- not really a sought-after quality. Puffiness on your cheeks can be a sign of lots of different ailments, most of which are not too serious. The best way to get rid of the dreaded chub is to be aware of your beautiful bod, so you can figure out the cause easily.
Put ice on a cheek that's puffy in a localized area due to an insect bite. Even if you aren't strictly allergic to any kind of bug or bee, its saliva or venom can be irritating to your skin, causing your cheek to swell. Ice kills the pain -- but what about the bug?
Reduce cheek swelling related to insect bites or food allergies with an oral antihistamine medication. Don't overdo it; follow the package directions to hopefully avoid that common sleepiness. A little hydrocortisone cream doesn't hurt either.
Use only hypoallergenic or noncomedogenic cosmetics on your face. Look for these terms on the labeling of your facial cleansers, moisturizers and makeup. Your cheek puffiness could be a sign of contact dermatitis or an allergic reaction to the chemicals and scents commonly found in your makeup bag.
Drown yourself in water. Not literally, but drink lots of the stuff. Drinking water and eating fresh fruits and vegetables that contain water help you fight against water retention. The telltale puffy face can also appear when you consume too much caffeine, alcohol or salt, so you might want to cut back on the chips, soda and beer.
Step up your workout program to slim down your cheeks. Physical activity helps keep excess water from pooling in areas of your body, including your face. You might end up slimming down and firming up your other cheeks at the same time.
Puffiness that's accompanied by swelling around your mouth or throat needs a lot more treatment than you can provide at home. You could be having a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Get to the doctor, stat!