What Causes Dark Circles Under Your Eye

on Wednesday, 09 March 2011.

What Causes Dark Circles Under Your Eye

Dark circles, or bags under your eyes, have many causes. These include:

  • Increased melanin (also called hyperpigmentation)
  • Fat loss beneath the eye
  • Broken blood vessels

Working hard and playing hard- too much caffeine and tobacco and too little sleep -- is a less common cause of eye puffiness and bags.

5 Solutions for Under-Eye Circles and Bags

Try these tips for brightening your baby blues or bodacious browns:

  • Get enough sleep. Sleep not only helps keep eyes bright. It also aids your body in repairing cell damage to your skin.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Though they may perk you up in the short term, caffeine and alcohol don't do the same for your skin. They can cause mild dehydration, making dark circles more obvious.
  • Consider skin lighteners . If the dark circles under your eyes are due to too much melanin, creams containing lightening agents such as retinol, hydroquinone, kojic acid, green tea, vitamin C, or soy can be helpful,.
  • Consider  injectable fillers.  if your dark eye circles are due broken blood vessels. Fillers can also help if fat loss is the cause of bags under the eyes.
  • Look into laser treatments and vitamin K. Laser treatments may reduce the look of dark circles due to broken blood vessels. Skin care products containing vitamin K can also help.


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