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What Causes Dark Circles Under The Eyes?

There are several reasons and causes for why your eyes have dark circles underneath. Some are genetic and some may be helped. Let’s take a look:


Hypersensitive responses and eye dryness can trigger dark circles. At the point when you have a hypersensitive response, your body discharge histamines as a reaction to hurtful microorganisms. Other than causing awkward side effects — including irritation, redness, and puffy eyes — histamines additionally prompt your veins to enlarge and turn out to be more noticeable underneath your skin.

Hypersensitivities can likewise build your inclination to rub and scratch the irritated skin around your eyes. These activities can decline your manifestations, causing aggravation, growing, and broken veins. This can bring about dull shadows underneath your eyes.


Aging is another normal reason for those dark circles underneath your eyes. As you get older, your skin gets thinner. You also lose the fat and collagen expected to keep up your skin’s flexibility. As this happens, the dim veins underneath your skin become more obvious making the zone beneath your eyes more noticable.


Dehydration is a common reason for dark circles under your eyes. At the point when your body isn’t getting sufficient water, the skin underneath your eyes starts to look dull and your eyes appear sunken. This is because of their closeness to the bone underneath.

Eye Strain:

Staring at your computer, phone, or tv screen can cause significant strain on your eyes. This strain can cause the blood vesels around your eyes to enlarge. Thus, the skin encompassing your eyes can become more dark.


Sleeping in, extreme fatigue, or simply staying up for a few extra hours beyond your usual bedtime can cause dark circles to appear under your eyes. Lack of sleep can make your skin become dull and pale, resulting in your blood vessels beneath the skin to show.

Sleep deprivation can also cause liquid to collect underneath your eyes, making them seem puffy. Subsequently, the dark circles you see may really be shadows projected by your own puffy eyelids.


Family history is also a factor in whether you expereince dark circles under your eyes. It tends to be a trait that is inherited and usually seen early in childhood, possibly worsening as you age (or even slowly disappearing with time). Predispositions to other medical conditions can also result in dark circles.

Too Much Sun Exposure:

Overexposure to the sun can make your body produce an overabundance of melanin, the shade that provides your skin with its colour. An excess of sun — especially for your eyes — can cause pigmentation in the surrounding skin to become darker. 

What professional treatments get rid of dark under eye circles?

You should always consult with a physician before attempting to diagnose a skin condition or self-treat. Your physician will have the greatest insight and recommendations for addressing dark circles. You should never attempt to self-diagnose what could be an underlying medical condition. Some of the most common treatments include:

  • chemical peels to reduce pigmentation
  • laser resurfacing the skin to enhance skin tightening
  • certain medical tattoos to inject pigment into thinning skin areas are increasingly popular, but also controversial
  • tissue fillers to conceal blood vessels and melanin that are causing skin discoloration beneath your eyes.
  • fat removal to remove excess fat and skin, revealing a smoother and more even surface
  • surgical implants of fat or synthetic products

Before considering any cosmetic procedure, discuss your options with a professional and your physician. Consider whether the treatment is invasive, which can be  expensive, painful, and often require a long recovery time. When it comes to cosmetic solutions there are no guarantees, and every product and service works in different ways for diferrent people.

Do dark circles come back?

For some people, dark circles are only temporary and attributed to aging or a lack of sleep. In spite of the fact that there are various at-home and clinical treatments available to improve the presence of your dark circles, there is no need for concern. However if the darkness or swelling becomes worse with time, then talk to your physician to ensure that you are receiving the appropriate care.

How do I prevent and treat dark circles?

Resolving your dark circles depends on their cause. There are both home remedies and professional methods that can help manage this condition. Some of the most popular home methods inclue:

  • AlumierMD AluminEye™ Cream 
  • Get extra sleep. Allow yoruself to rest for up to 8 hours each night. Sleep loss can make the skin appear pale, making dark circles more pronounced.
  • Elevate your head. Allowing yourself to sleep on a slight incline will prevent fluid from pooling under the eyes.
  • Concealing with makeup. Temporary makeup applied daily can help reduce the appearance of dark circles. However, some cosmetics can also worsen the condition if there is an allergic or immune response.

You can connect with a dermatologist in your area using the Canadian Dermatology Association “Find a Dermatologist” Tool.

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