Reasons and Treatments of Dark Circles

Reasons and Treatments of Dark Circles

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The reasons behind dark circles

Dark circles are non-hormonal skin conditions that often appear due to one of any the following reasons:

    • Vascular inflammation (fatty, fibrous thickening in the arterial walls)
    • Bad sleeping habits
    • Allergies
  • Iron deficiency
  • Gene pool
  • Depression
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hollow eye (lack of sufficient amount of soft tissues around the eyeball)
  • Arcusmarginalis deformity (structural condition characterized by a deep depression beneath the lower eyelid)

Dark circles treatment

Taking balanced diet, going to bed early at night and staying away from stress and fatigue are the easiest options fordark circles treatment.Following are some home remedies for dark circles treatment:

  • Drink lots of water daily.
  • Massage dark circles daily with a good cold cream at least for 15 minutes before going to bed.
  • Prepare a paste of turmeric powder in pineapple juice and apply it on dark circles.
  • Dip cotton buds in cold rose water and place these buds on the dark area.
  • Use moisturizers that have natural ingredients like avocado oil, sesame oil, vitamin E and vitamin K.
  • Take balance diet. Foods enriched with iron are particularly good for dark circles.
  • Use sunglasses to shield eyes from direct sunlight.

Medical treatments for dark circles

Medical treatments are frequently used to treat dark circles. Each technique has a specific set of advantages and disadvantages and your surgeon is the right person to decide the best treatment option for you. Medical procedures for dark circles treatment enlist following options:

Intense pulsed light: it treats dark circles that appear due to blood vessels and pigment in blood. While some doctors suggest IPL for dark circles appeared due to vascular pigmentation issues, others do not advise it in an area close to eyes.

Skin resurfacing: lasers and chemical peels are sometimes suggested for dark circles. They enhance collagen production and reduce pigmentation issues. They leave the treated area smooth. However, they are combined with other treatments for better results.

Facial fillers: hyaluronic acid fillers make area under eye smooth. Dark circles that appear due to thinning of under eye skin or due to fat or tissue loss are usually treated with facial fillers. Body absorbs hyaluronic acid in few months and the patient needs repeated injections to maintain the results. Fillers that inject a person’s own fat usually stay permanent.

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty: it is an invasive procedure to treat dark circles. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is a permanent solution and often it involves one or more of the following when it is performed to treat dark circles:

  • implant placement
  • removal, implantation or replacement of fat under eyes
  • arcusmarginalis release


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