Bruised face

A bruised face is characterized by build of blood leaking from damage blood vessels amidst the skin and muscle.

Generally, a bruised face completely subsides within 2 weeks. As an initial response to the injury, the skin turns pink or reddish. After 1-2 days, the blood that accumulated at the site turns bluish or dark purple in appearance. After 5-10 days, the bruise turns greenish or yellowish in color which indicates that healing is taking place.

After 10-14 days, the color of the bruise turns yellow-brown or light brown. This the last phase where the body absorbs the accumulated blood. The color will steadily fade, and the skin returns to its normal color.

Management of a bruised face

Bruised face

If an individual was hit in the face and it was hard enough to trigger a bruise, apply an ice pack right away.

The treatment for a bruised face is divided into – right after the injury and 36 hours after. The earlier treatment is initiated, the sooner the injury will fade.

Immediate care

If an individual was hit in the face and it was hard enough to trigger a bruise, apply an ice pack right away. This will help deal with the inflammation and reduce the swelling. It must be applied for 10 minutes at a time and remove for around 15 minutes.

The on and off application of ice must be repeated for around 3 hours. At the same time, keep the head elevated to relieve any pressure on the site.

After 36 hours

After 36 hours, switch to a warm compress. The heat helps increase the flow of blood to the site of injury.

Pain control

If a pain medication is needed, avoid using too much NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Remember that these over-the-counter drugs can also thin out the blood and make the bruise worse. It is recommended to use acetaminophen instead of an NSAID.

Disclaimer / More Information

The information posted on this page on a bruised face is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to how the injury is treated, register for first aid training at one of our training centers located throughout Canada. The training centers are in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Saskatoon, Victoria, Surrey, Mississauga, Winnipeg, Red Deer, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.


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