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Dark Circles

Dark undereye circles can be caused by a host of different things from heredity to allergies to poor sleep. Treatments include eye cream, intense pulsed light therapy, skin resurfacing and injectable fillers, but before you choose one it's important to determine the cause. This is a common problem and are frequently described as "tired eyes." Although dark circles may be the result of facial aging, they can affect both men and women of all ages and have a variety of causes.

Dark eye circle causes

According to medical experts in the RealSelf community, possible dark circles causes include issues related to facial aging, lifestyle choices, and other causes, which include the following:

Facial aging and dark circles

  • Volume loss or fat descent in the cheeks
  • Under eye volume loss
  • Lower eyelid (canthus) laxity
  • Thinning under eye skin
  • Bulging under eye fat

Other causes of dark under eye circles

  • Hyperpigmentation caused by melasma
  • Allergies
  • Nasal congestion
  • Medical conditions (eczema, thyroid problems, etc.)
  • Venous congestion in under eye blood vessels
  • Environmental exposure
  • Heredity

Dark eye circle prevention

There are simple things you can do to alleviate dark circles under your eyes. Sometimes the problem is minor or temporary, in which case an inexpensive home treatment may be appropriate.

  • Get enough rest. Sleep deprivation only makes dark eye circles more obvious
  • A gently applied black tea bag or cold compress can reduce blood vessel dilation.
  • To decrease pigmentation, protect against the sun by wearing (large) sunglasses.
  • Slight elevation of the head during sleep will help prevent fluids from draining toward the eyes.
  • Refrain from smoking. If you already smoke, quit now.
  • Nasal decongestants, such as saline spray or a saltwater solution, can help prevent blood vessel dilation.
  • Don't rub the area around the eyes; it will only make the condition worse