Dark circles under the lower eyelids are common in men and women. Often accompanied by bags, dark circles can make you appear older than you are. To make matters worse, they can be difficult to get rid of. While fatigue may seem like the most logical explanation for this condition, there are a number of factors that can contribute to dark circles under the eyes. In most cases, they are no cause for concern and do not require medical attention.

Though they can affect anyone, dark circles are most common in people who:

  • are elderly
  • have a genetic predisposition to this condition (periorbital hyperpigmentationTrusted Source)
  • are from non-white ethnic groups (darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation around the eye area)

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WHAT CAUSES DARK CIRCLES?

There are a number of contributing factors for dark circles. Some common causes of include:


FATIGUE

Oversleeping, extreme fatigue, or just staying up a few hours past your normal bedtime can cause dark circles to form under your eyes. Sleep deprivation can cause your skin to become dull and pale, allowing for dark tissues and blood vessels beneath your skin to show. Lack of sleep can also cause fluid to build underneath your eyes, causing them to appear puffy. As a result, the dark circles you see may actually be shadows cast by your puffy eyelids.


AGE

Natural aging is another common cause of those dark circles beneath your eyes. As you get older, your skin becomes thinner. You also lose the fat and collagen needed to maintain your skin’s elasticity. As this occurs, the dark blood vessels beneath your skin become more visible causing the area below your eyes to darken.


EYE STRAIN

Staring at your television or computer screen can cause significant strain on your eyes. This strain can cause blood vessels around your eyes to enlarge. As a result, the skin surrounding your eyes can darken.


ALLERGIES

Allergic reactions and eye dryness can trigger dark circles. When you have an allergic reaction, your body release histamines as a response to harmful bacteria. Other than causing uncomfortable symptoms — including itchiness, redness, and puffy eyes — histamines also cause your blood vessels to dilate and become more visible beneath your skin. Allergies can also increase your urge to rub and scratch the itchy skin around your eyes. These actions can worsen your symptoms, causing inflammation, swelling, and broken blood vessels. This can result in dark shadows beneath your eyes.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT CAUSES THE DARK CIRCLES UNDER YOUR EYES?
The dark circles can be a result of lack of sleep, exhaustion from staring at a computer screen for long hours, liver malfunction, and vitamin deficiency.
HOW CAN I GET RID OF DARK CIRCLES?
The best solution is to improve the sleep routine and avoid mobile surfing at late night. In fact, you can also visit a skin clinic for the dark circles removal treatment as they can also help.
WHAT IS THE BEST TREATMENT FOR DARK CIRCLES?
From home remedies to laser treatments, there are many treatments available. However, for effective solution consulting a dermatologist is the first step to be taken.
WHICH VITAMINS ARE GOOD FOR REDUCING DARK CIRCLES?
Vitamin K, C, E, A, B3, and B12 found in food and supplements can help in reducing dark circles. Having a healthy and nutritious diet is a must.

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