Why Do I Have Dark Circles Under My Eyes?

Do you struggle with dark circles under the eyes? Dark circles appear differently for everyone depending on skin color. Some may appear purple, dark brown or black. For some dark circles can be due to exhaustion and lack of sleep. For others it can also be a result of allergies, aging or even genetics.

According to Dr. Abigail Donnelly, board-certified dermatologist with Forefront Dermatology, “If you struggle with under eye circles, your first stop should be a visit with your dermatologist. The eye area is complex anatomically, and the delicate skin of the lower eyelid is susceptible to numerous issues that can contribute to darkness, shadows and discoloration. A careful examination can help pinpoint the unique causes of your concern.”

When exhaustion is the reason behind the dark circles it is because the lack of sleep causes fluid to build up near the blood vessels under the translucent skin, making dark circles look even darker when you’re tired. “The anatomy of eye and mid-face also plays a role,” added Dr. Donnelly. “A prominent tear trough – the area extending from the inner corner of the eye diagonally toward the cheekbone – can create a hollow, causing shadowing that makes dark circles more apparent. This trough can appear or deepen with both bone and fat loss that accompanies age.”

To treat dark circles, dermatologists may prescribe a topical retinoid that will thicken the skin and increase cell turnover making the underlying darkness appear less visible. “I also recommend creams and serums with hyaluronic acid and ceramides to hydrate and repair this easily dehydrated and irritated skin, or with caffeine to shrink swollen tissue under the eye, reducing puffiness” noted Dr. Donnelly.

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