How to Treat Under Eye Circles

January 21, 2022

Did you know that under eye circles can be linked to serious medical conditions? Fortunately, most cases of dark circles under eyes are not serious and can have various causes. However, how can you know what causes your dark circles and what kind of under eye circle treatment options are available? 

This guide will answer these questions and more. By the time you’re done reading, you should have all the information to remove dark circles under the eye without any problems. To start, let’s take a look at why you might have dark circles in the first place.

What Causes Under Eye Circles

Under eye circles are very common both in men and women. These circles are often the enemy of many since they can make you look older than you are. They can also make you look unwell, depending on how dark they get. 

The most frustrating aspect is that it can be very difficult to get rid of dark circles. However, if you know what causes them, they can be more easily treated. The first thing you need to know is that some people are more likely to get dark circles than others. 

For example, the elderly are more likely to get dark circles than younger people. If your skin is dark, you may also be more likely to get dark circles due to the extra pigmentation in your skin. Some people may be born with a predisposition for periorbital hyperpigmentation which involves darkening of the skin around the eyes. 

More often than not, under eye circles are caused by a lack of sleep. However, it seems that any changes in your sleep schedule may cause dark circles since oversleeping can cause them just as much as not sleeping enough. The reason why fatigue can give you dark circles is due to your blood circulation. 

When you are deprived of sleep, you’re not at your best. Because the skin around your eyes is very thin, your blood vessels will show more easily from under your skin and make your skin appear dark. Sleep deprivation can also cause puffiness and water retention under your eyes which can cause additional shadows in the area.  

More Causes of Dark Circles

If you have a balanced sleep schedule but still have dark circles, you might be wondering what the cause is. Allergies are another common reason for dark circles. Allergies tend to affect the eyes and can make them red, itchy, or watery. 

Allergies can also influence your blood vessels because of the inflammation that allergies cause. Most notably, allergies tend to dilate your blood vessels. This is not ideal for your appearance because the blood vessels around your eyes will become more noticeable and can give you dark circles. 

If you don’t have allergies, you may be dehydrated. Your water intake also has a lot to do with the size and visibility of your blood vessels as well as the tone of your skin. When you’re dehydrated, your skin will not look healthy and vibrant. 

Instead, when you’re dehydrated, your skin will be thinner and paler than usual. When your skin is pale and isn’t plumped with water, it will sink against your eye sockets and make your eyes appear especially sunken and dark. This, of course, is not ideal if you’re trying to treat dark circles under your eyes. 

You may also be getting older. As you age, your skin will get thinner. As your skin gets thinner, it will more easily show the blood vessels underneath.

So, what are your options when it comes to treating the dark circles under your eyes?

How to Treat Under Eye Circles the Right Way

Once you find the cause of your dark circles, you can treat them without any problem. A cold compress almost always works to reduce the appearance of dark circles. This is because, if your blood vessels are dilated, the cold will help to shrink them down to their normal size so they will not be as visible. 

You can make your own cold compress by getting some ice and wrapping it in a cloth before applying it to your eyes. You can soak a rag in cold water before applying it to your eyes if you don’t have ice on hand. You should hold your cold compress to your eyes for around 20 minutes. 

After 20 minutes, you should see an improvement in your dark circles. You should also try to catch up on your sleep. Try to get a healthy 8 hours of sleep every night and you will likely see an improvement in your under eye circles. 

More Treatments

When you sleep, also be sure to keep your head lifted on a pillow. This is important because if your head is not elevated, more blood might pool in your head, especially under your eyes. This can lead to puffy and dark eyes.

When your head is elevated, you can ensure that your head has proper blood drainage. If none of the previous tips work, you can always try applying tea bags to your eyes. While this may not sound very scientific, many teas are antioxidants that fight inflammation. 

By applying tea bags to your eyes, you can quickly reduce any puffiness and inflammation in the area. If you don’t see any improvement after the tea bags, you can always see a dermatologist in Naples. There are surgeries such as blepharoplasties that can remove excess skin under the eyes and give the area a fresh and youthful look.

Beyond that, there are also lasers that can target and reduce hyperpigmentation around your eyes. This is ideal if your dark circles have to do with hyperpigmentation from sun exposure. If you don’t like the sound of lasers, there are some creams that can reduce hyperpigmentation as well.

Treating Your Dark Circles

By the end of this article, you should know all about the causes of under eye circles as well as the treatments. If you have dark circles, you now have plenty of options to try to get rid of them.

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