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About Dark circles by Skin Soul

Dark circles around the eyes, as well as eye bags and puffy eyelids, can be caused by a number of factors other than the intrinsic aging process, allergies and nasal congestion, atopic dermatitis, pigmentation irregularities, sun exposure, smoking, and drinking alcohol and caffeinated beverages can be the cause of dark, shadowy eyes. But sometimes it’s simply a matter of genetics, and dark circles are passed down from one family member to another.

Doctor, dark circle under my eyes give me tired and aged look, how to get rid of them?” Being a dermatologist, i understand that dark circles that appear due to exams, emotional stress or prolonged illness fade with time. However if your dark circles do not fade, then they might be due to the structural changes at the level of skin, bone or vessels. This article describes how to get rid of dark circles from dermatologist point of view

According to medical experts, 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.

Lifestyle choices and under eye circles:


hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage

Caffeine consumption

Alcohol consumption

Sleep deprivation


Dietary deficiencies

Other causes of dark under eye circles:

Hyperpigmentation caused by melasma


Nasal congestion

Medical conditions (eczema, thyroid problems, etc.)

Venous congestion in under-eye blood vessels

Environmental exposure


Dark circles under eyes treatment

Before undergoing dark circles treatment, it is important to know exactly what is causing the dark circles. At skin soul, we follow a few certain steps in understanding the Cause,

Treatment suitable for the cause.

Results desired

A detailed history and facial analysis with the doctor helps us understand the cause of the dark circle and the modality of treatment needed to get the desired results

In some cases, a combination of treatments may be appropriate, especially if there are multiple factors causing your dark circles. Common procedures doctors recommend to get rid of dark circles include the following

Dark circle eye cream.

skin lightening with topical bleaching agents may be recommended by your dermatologist to reduce dark circles caused by hyperpigmentation from melasma or sun damage.

Creams which contains hydroquinone, are often recommended, as are products that contain kojic acid, vitamins c and k, green tea, and licorice.

Sun protection: sunscreens are a must in prevention of the appearance of further dark circles and even maintaining the achieved results.

Skin resurfacing for under eye circles.

laser resurfacing and chemical peel may be used to help reduce dark circles by increasing collagen production, decreasing pigmentation problems, and improving overall skin quality. However, laser treatments and chemical peels are most effective when used as part of a combination approach in treating dark circles.

Glycolic peels at weekly intervals are cost-effective and result in oriented treatment for dark circle reductions.

There stay on peels are also available for patients with dark circles but suffer from sensitive skin issues.

Hyaluronic acid facial fillers for dark circles.

Injectable fillers containing hyaluronic acid are often used to correct dark circles created by thinning under eye skin or fat and tissue loss in the under eyes or upper cheeks hyaluronic acid fillers are absorbed by the body within a few months to one year, so results are temporary. But safer as compared to permanent filler available nowadays.

Cheek lift to correct darkening under eyes.

A cheek lift, or mid-facelift, can effectively and permanently correct dark circles caused by cheek descent, or drooping, a common result of facial aging.

In addition to treating dark circles, a cheek lift may be performed to reduce under-eye puffiness and deep nasolabial folds.

PRP – platelet rich plasma therapy.

PRP is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. As a concentrated source of autologous platelets, PRP contains several different growth factors and other cytokines that can stimulate healing of soft tissue.

Prp helps in increased stimulation of collagen, improves the circulation giving a more youthful under eye

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.

Diet: a well-balanced diet rich in iron, vitamin k, vitamin c not only reduces your dark circles but also gives a healthy glow to the skin.

Sleep: both, lack of sleep and excessive sleep, should be addressed. Research now shows that 6.5 to 7.5 hours of sleep at night with 15-20 minutes of power naps in the day time is sufficient.

Consumption of excessive alcohol, smoking, caffeinated sodas, addictive drugs, etc. Should be avoided.

Sun protection: wearing good quality sunglasses and applying sunscreen daily on the under-eye area will reduce the sun damage to the delicate skin of eyes.

Dr. Sneh Thadani

( Skin Soul Clinic, Vashi Navi Mumbai. )


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