Have you been troubling with dark eye circles and desperately finding ways to treat them? Do you need to use an under-eye concealer most of the time?
Before you spend hundreds of dollars on expensive eye care, let me share with you on what are the common causes for having dark eye circles and their possible ways to treat them.
Under-eye circles are special conditions and do treat them with care.
1. The darkness of the circle may due from a shadow cast by the eye bag.
Do a test: Try pushing on one of the bags and see if the darkness disappear. If yes, it means that the darkness of the circle is not inherent to the skin.
Possible treatment: If your eye bags is very prominent, you may consider to surgically remove the solid fat pad.
2. The skin around the eye area becomes thinner and transparent over time.
The skin under the eyes is thin and delicate to begin with. As we age, skin and the fat pad under the eyes becomes thinner, causing blood vessels to become noticeable. This gives the appearance of dark circles. Sun damage can make it worse because it weakens skin.
Possible treatment: Building up the thickness of the skin could help to lessen the transparency. Using a eye cream with vitamin C and vitamin A to jump-start collagen content and thicken the skin around the eye areas.
3. Due to the fragility of blood vessels.
Blood vessels under the eyes can become dilated and engorged, which can contribute to dark circles. Excess dietary salt and smoking are common causes. Conditions that cause fluid retention (e.g. heart, thyroid, kidney, liver diseases) or medications that cause blood vessel dilation may be a factor. Your doctor should be aware of any symptoms you’re experiencing.
Possible treatment: Apply with vitamin K, it may heal the broken capillaries to prevent them from leaking blood into the under-eye region, although the effect will probably be very modest at best.
4. Deposits of dark pigment cells from chronic inflammation.
Eczema is a chronic inflammation of your skin that can cause dark circles around your eyes from patchy areas of discoloration and flaking.
Possible treatment: A fading cream that breaks down dark pigment discoloration will help most. Make sure the fading cream is non-irritating, otherwise it can make the problem worse. Bleaching agents like kojic and ascorbic acids are said to lighten dark pigments and green tea extract can soothe redness and inflammation.
As we age our skin loses elasticity and becomes lax. As the lower eyelid becomes lax it fails to support normal fat which lies below the eyeball. This fat pushes the lower eyelid forward and forms a puffy eye or eye bag. The eye bag or puffy eye creates a dark shadow beneath the bulge where the arcus marginalis is tethering the skin to the underlying bone.
Possible treatment: Ablative laser resurfacing can remove wrinkles and stimulate new collagen production in the skin. In some cases fractional laser resurfacing can be used to plump or thicken thin eyelid skin. These treatments can remove pigment and wrinkles and remove dark circles under the eyes.
6. Unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking, drinking too much caffeine and over-indulging in alcohol.
Smoking, drinking too much caffeine or consuming alcohol may cause dark circles beneath the eyes. Caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate the skin, which makes the capillaries and blood vessels more prominent. Smoking prematurely ages the skin and can irritate the eyes and the skin tissue beneath it.
Possible treatment: Needless to say, quit all the bad habits and start a healthy diet and lifestyle. Nicotine, alcohol and caffeine can cause the capillaries to leak iron and blood cells into the under-eye area, giving it a dark appearance.
7. Lack of sleep.
At least 7 – 8 hours of sleep (hours vary for person to person), ensures a relaxed mind and body, normal blood flow, takes care of all wear and tear during the day, energizes you and brings the glow back in the morning. Dark circles around the eyes, blotchy skin, and lifeless appearance of face are all side effects of not getting enough sleep.
Possible treatment: Switch off that TV, log-off your laptop, and get away from the party night life and catch a good night’s sleep.
8. Bad circulation.
Suffering from purple circles under your eyes and puffy eye areas? Poor blood circulation may be the culprit here, and it’s an important thing to realize and learn how to reverse to better your health and help to increase your appearance by getting rid of those purplish under eye circles.
Possible treatment: Go for some tapping eye massage twice a day to improve circulation.
Another recommendation for dark eye circles would be Intense Pulsed Light (aka IPL) Photo Facial Treatment For Removal of Dark Eye Circles – These therapies are not lasers. They use a flash of light which specifically targets the color of a pigment or blood vessel in the skin. The light is adjusted to be absorbed by the color red or brown. IPL can help lighten dark eyelid skin caused by blood vessels or pigment and remove dark circles under the eyes.
At Porcelain, we recommend our customers to try out our RevitalEye Luxx which helps stimulate collagen and elastin production and improve blood circulation too. It’s suitable for all puffy eyes, dark circles, eye bags and fine lines. Book an appointment with us now!