Preventing Dark Circles Around 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 result from 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 anatomically complex, and the lower eyelid’s delicate skin 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, 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 the 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 bone and fat loss accompanying age.”

To prevent and 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. Don’t forget that getting adequate sleep can also help when the darkness is tied to exhaustion. 

If you suffer from dark circles around the eyes and no amount of rest or over-the-counter skincare products are helping, our team at Forefront Dermatology is here to help. Find a location near you and schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists.