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What Causes Dark Circle Under Eyes and How To Get Rid Of Them?

April 22nd, 2012 · 3 Comments ·


When you look at a person, it is the eyes that normally catch the attention.  If you have dark circles under eyes, they tend to make you look old and tired.  Given a choice, we do not want those panda look alike eyes.  So, it is important to learn about the causes of these infamous dark circles and how to get rid of them.

Skin around the eyelids, both upper and lower eyelids, is actually the thinnest skin on your body.  It is about 0.5 mm thick compared with 2mm in other area.  Since it is very thin, it is highly susceptible to darkening and puffiness.  When blood passes through the large veins close to the surface of skin, it produces a bluish tint.  The more transparent the skin, the darker the circles appear.  Bags under the eyes are formed by fatty tissue and fluid.  Some people have them at early age.  Shadows from overhead lighting may cause the appearance of circles.


  1. Heredity and Age – Dark circles under eyes can be an inherited trait, especially when we approach 40s. When people get older, skin loses collagen, it gets thinner therefore making the reddish blue blood vessels under your eyes more obvious.  When it gets thinner, it may sag too causing bagginess.  If your mum or dad has dark circles under their eyes, you probably will have them too.  You inherit the thin and transparent skin under eyes.  Sometimes, it may not be the skin, but the bone structure causing the deep-set eyes and making the eyes like having dark circles.
  2. Fatigue – Lack of sleep or long work days in front of computer can cause paleness of the skin which makes the dark circles appearing darker.
  3. Medications– Medication which causes blood vessels to dilate may cause circles under the eyes to darken.  Because the skin under the eye is delicate, any increase in blood will be shown through the skin in the form of dark circles.


  4. Diet – Lack of certain nutrients such as iron may contribute to the discoloration of the skin under the eyes.  Lacking protein, vitamin B and folic acid may cause that too.  Excess dietary salt which increase fluid retention may cause the eyes puffiness that may cast shadows.
  5. Hormone Change – For ladies, if you suffer from under-eye puffiness on regular basis monthly and it happens several days before your period, it is most likely caused by premenstrual water retention.  For pregnant lady, because the skin tend to become pale, the veins under the skin become visible.
  6. Sun Exposure – Exposure to sun may make the skin under the eyes look darker.  It prompts your body to produce more melanin which is the pigment that gives skin its color.  Also, sunlight weakens skin and making the dark circles worse.
  7. The other thing, you may find that your dark eyelids are more obvious even after a long night sleep.  The truth is that when you lie down, gravity causes fluid to collect in your lower eyelids which may produce shadows below your eyes.

How To Cure or Prevent Dark Circles Under Eyes

  • Most women only think of expensive cosmetic when comes to curing the dark circles.  Bear in mind that this method only conceal the circles and do not really cure them.  Some of the skin cream manufacturers claim that with their products contain Vitamin K, C or E and they help to reduce under eye circles.  If you are using cream, read the instruction because most creams are not meant to be left on the skin around eyes for long hours.  You probably will only see the result after long term daily use.


  • If you have the habit to rub your eyes, stop doing it. Rubbing can break tiny capillaries beneath the skin causing the dark circles.
  • If tiredness is the cause, a good night sleep will be the cure. What is more important is to change your lifestyle to get more sleep.  Some people find that sleeping with extra pillows helpful in fighting against the fluid retention on the lower eyelids.  If you sleep with your head facing downward, fluids will settle around your eyes and cause puffiness.  Remember that alcohol can adversely affect the quality of your sleep.  So, you want to stop drinking and see if that helps. Check out the article of How Much Sleep is Enough and How Can You Sleep Better?
  • While resting, apply fresh cucumber slices, slice of raw potato or moist cold tea bags to your eyes.  You can refrigerate them overnight so they will be ready.  Do not use herbal teabags because they are not as effective as normal teabags.   Lie down and let them stay on your eyes for about 15 minutes.  Alternatively, splash your eyes with cold water or by putting a cold spoon against them. The cold will help prevent wrinkles and dark circles.


  • Put hot and cold clothes alternative under eyes for 10 minutes.  Then gently massage with almond oil or crushed mint leaves on the dark area before going to bed.  They help removes under eyes dark circle.
  • If you know that you will be under exposure of sun for long hours, apply sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 under the eyes to prevent skin weakening.  Wear dark sunglasses too.
  • Do not consume too much dietary salt.  Excess salt causes the body to retain water in unusual places and one of them may the under the eye bags.

Hopefully, by knowing the causes and the ways to cure the dark circles, you will look youthful again.  No more panda eyes.




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  • Lea // May 9, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Lack of sleep, allergies, too much salt or acholol and harsh environmental conditions can result in sleepy, irritated eyes. Eye gel packs and cucumber based gels and pads work great, but if you need a quick de-puff you may only have to reach as far as the fridge or medicine cabinet: * Slice of Life Throw on a couple of cool cucumber slices on your eyes and relax for a few. Cucumbers are loaded with nutrients including Vitamin C and will add an instant freshness to your face. * Eyes Tea Soothe with the healing power of Chamomile or Herbal Tea bags. Dip the tea bags in cold water and place on your eyes for about 15-20 minutes. * Potato Your Peepers Boiled not baked. Let it cool off till it’s slightly warm. Slice and place on your eyes. Potatoes contain a high content of starch, which reduces puffiness and redness. * Witchy Woman Soak a couple of cotton pads in Witch Hazel and place on the eyes for about 15 minutes to reduce inflamed eyelids and help lighten dark circles. * A Little Preparation Who Knew! Dabbing on a small amount of Preparation H shrinks the baggage under your eyes too. (Hey, beauty pageant queens do it!) Just be careful not to get it in your eyes. You can also dive in your make-up bag for a quick cure. Applying a white liner or shadow in the crease of your eyelids will instantly widen the appearance of your eyes. If you want to diminish dark circles apply a concealer that has an orange tint, this will neutralize the blue that makes you look sleepy. Here’s a list of suggested products that will brighten up tired eyes. Hydra-Firming Eye Gel with elastisomeaeLocks in 40% more moisture all day!Find out more, click here. Alpha Hydrox Multi-Performance Therapy Cream With the help of antioxidants and alpha-hydroxy acids diminishes puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. Available at drugstores BeneFit Eye Lift Contains botanicals and plant extracts. Works to minimize the appearance of puffy eyes. Available at most department stores Du Wop Two Italian Girls i gels Soft cool eye gels that come in three different formulas. Each are infused with botanicals and essential oils to diminish under-eye darkness and puffiness. To order call 1-800-600-3458 Pond’s Cucumber Eye Treatments Pads are moistened with natural anti-inflammatory agents, including cucumber extract, to soothe and calm tired eyes. Available at drugstores

  • Scarlett // May 25, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Hey dear i was really upset due to dark circles but after reading these causes i am feeling well and will avoid from these causes on my daily life thanks.

  • EyeSoothe // Jan 27, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Great info! There is no end of health and skin benefits of cucumber. It works wonderfully to treat dark circles and puffy eyes. I use cucumber slices for my dark circle under eyes and my eyes feel better after using this. Thanks.

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