Dark Circles Under Eye

Dark circles under the eyes are a common complaint of both men and women, although they can occasionally be seen in children.

As people age, the skin becomes thinner and collagen is lost, sometimes enhancing the appearance of blood vessels beneath the eyes and making the area appear darker.

In this article we will be looking at the symptoms, causes, prevention and treatments of the dark circles beneath the eye.



  • Irritability, fatigue and anxiety because of poor sleep quality
  • Itchy skin and rash in case of allergies
  • Mild swelling or puffy bags under the eyes
  • Pain or pressure in the face because of sinusitis
  • Severe headache because of sinus infection
  • Watery and itchy eyes, sneezing and nasal congestion



  • Heredity. Dark circles under the eyes can appear in childhood, and are often an inherited trait. Some children will outgrow them, but others will not.
  • Allergies. Nasal congestion can dilate the blood vessels that drain from the area around your eyes, causing them to darken.
  • Sleep deprivation is the most common cause, and the easiest to prevent, but…
  • Oversleeping can also cause dark eye circles.
  • Iron deficiency can prevent the blood from carrying sufficient oxygen to eye tissues.
  • Age. As we get older, we lose some of the fat and collagen surrounding our eyes. This loss, combined with the thinning of our skin, magnifies the appearance of dark eye circles.



Treat: Rinse your face with cold water. Hot water can worsen puffiness and make the dark circles more obvious. Use a cold compress such as chilled cucumber slices, tea bags, or a damp washcloth. Lay flat and set the compress on your eyelids for at least 10 minutes.

Protect. You should use moisturiser with SPF protection daily, especially on the face. Sun damage can worsen and exaggerate dark circles under your eyes. Keep the thin, delicate under eye skin moisturized to prevent drying.

Conceal. Use a brush, blender sponge, or your ring finger to dab on some concealer. To create the illusion that your face is lifted; apply it in a downward pointing triangle. A little goes a long way, so blend well to get just the right amount of coverage.

Don’t let dark circles under your eyes ruin your look! If home remedies don’t work, consult a professional esthetician to see if there’s a facial or skin therapy treatment that will combat this skin discoloration.



  • Cold Therapy: Wrap a few ice cubes in a soft napkin and place it under your eyes. This reduces the dilation and discolouration in the blood vessels. Instead of an ice pack, you could also try a bag of frozen peas, a chilled teabag and a cold spoon.
  • Cucumber Slices: This happens to be one of the most commonly used remedies for reducing puffiness and dark circles, as it immediately refreshes the skin around your eyes. Apply a thick slice of chilled cucumber on each eye and just relax for about 15 to 20 minutes. For best results, use this remedy every day.
  • Elevation: Place two or more pillows under your head when you sleep or take a nap. This prevents the puffiness that occurs when liquid gathers in the lower eyelid
  • Shades and Sunscreen: In the short-term, a tan may hide your dark circles, but as tan wears off your shadows may be more prominent than before. To prevent this, protect your skin from extra pigmentation.


  • Saline Spray: Relieve your nasal congestion by rinsing your sinuses with a saltwater solution or an over the counter saline spray. This should help alleviate dark circles
  • Potato: There are natural bleaching agents present in potato that can help lighten the dark circles and get rid of the puffiness around the eyes. Grate two small chilled potatoes and apply it on to your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes, before rinsing your eyelids off with cool water.
  • Sleep: While lack of sleep may not necessarily cause dark circles, it could cause you to appear pale, which makes the dark circles on your skin stand out more evidently. To avoid this, make sure that you get at least 8 hours of sleep each day.

These home remedies are quite safe if used correctly, but it is best to check with a doctor before trying any of them.


Beauty & Lifestyle

…with Nikki Boa-Amponsem

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