How to Get Rid of Dark Under-Eye Circles

Under-eye skin is extremely delicate, and must be handled with great care to avoid stretching or damaging delicate capillaries, which could result in dark circles. If this problem has become an ongoing problem for you, there are numerous over-the-counter (OTC) treatments and lifestyle adjustments which may provide relief.

Dark circles tend to be hereditary. That means you probably inherited them from both parents, with those with fair complexions typically suffering the most noticeable dark circles; though people with darker skin tones can also develop them. Though not harmful in any way, dark circles can make you appear older and more tired than you actually are.

Sleep is essential to overall body health, and can also play an important role in reducing under-eye circles. But their appearance varies widely from person to person as many other factors can contribute to its formation, including poor blood circulation (from cold air or itchy skin), puffiness and genetic hyperpigmentation of certain areas of skin becoming darker than others.

Home remedies have proven helpful for improving the appearance of under-eye circles:

Many find light-reflective concealers and creams helpful in brightening and depuffing their under-eye bags, both physically and cosmetically. You can find these products both at beauty stores as well as online. Furthermore, face powder can soften and illuminate darkness under the eyes.

Elevating your head while sleeping may also help alleviate under-eye bags and puffiness, along with salty foods that cause water retention. Caffeine, alcohol and smoking should also be limited as these factors could all exacerbate dark under-eye circles.

Lastly, it is wise to seek medical assistance if your under-eye circles are accompanied by itching or other symptoms indicating an underlying health problem. A healthcare provider can review your symptoms and conduct a physical exam to establish whether they’re caused by allergies, skin condition or something else entirely.

People suffering from severe under-eye circles who want to eliminate them permanently have some in-office procedures available that can help. Dermal fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm are popular choices; Dr. Campbell advises finding an experienced board-certified dermatologist when considering this delicate area of their facial structure – they should take note when working on under-eye contouring as overfilling can give a droopy or puffy appearance and injection of blood vessels can worsen dark circles even further.