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Our last post discussed laser-based acne treatments and how they work. This is an innovative way to tackle acne problems, as well as scarring from past acne breakouts. Acne can be debilitating, and typically prescribed treatments are not always effective for everyone. If you are interested in learning more about how laser-based acne treatments work, we encourage you to check out our last post.

Today, we’ll be talking about dark circles under the eyes and how you can combat them. If you are sick of hearing, “You look tired,” or sick of trying to cover up your under-eye area with concealer or foundation, this article is for you. Having dark circles can affect your self-confidence and overall appearance. There are many factors that can cause dark circles to appear under the eyes, but luckily there are also ways that you can get rid of them! If you are interested in learning more about dark circles and how to get rid of them, you’re in the right place! Let’s get started.

Dark circles often appear under the lower eyelids and may be accompanied by “bags” under the eyes. The skin appears darkened, usually due to the dark tissues and blood vessels beneath the skin showing up more prominently. This can happen because of a number of factors and can affect anyone. However, dark circles are more common among older adults and people with darker skin tones who are prone to hyperpigmentation around the eye area. Oftentimes, dark circles are not a sign of a medical issue. Rather, they may be a consequence of certain aspects of your lifestyle. 

Causes of Dark Circles

One of the most well-known causes of dark circles is fatigue. Whether extreme fatigue or simply staying up a few hours past your usual bedtime, this can cause your skin to become paler and dull. This, in turn, makes the blood vessels and tissues under the eye become more visible. Not getting adequate sleep can also cause fluid buildup under the eyes, leading to puffiness. This puffiness can cast a shadow on your skin, appearing as dark circles. Additionally, too much sleep can also cause dark circles to appear under the eyes. This is known as oversleeping, and happens when you sleep more than nine hours in a 24-hour period. 

Another common cause of dark circles is something that can’t exactly be prevented– Aging. As we age, we see collagen and volume loss. Our skin becomes thinner and loses elasticity, and this volume loss can hollow out the undereye area. As a result of this, the blood vessels beneath the skin become more visible, leading to the appearance of dark circles. 

Other causes of dark circles include dehydration, eye strain, allergies, and even genetics. Dark circles developing under the eyes can be inherited, and over time, the circles may lighten or darken. Some people naturally have dark circles under their eyes due to inherited eye shape and structure. 

Treatments for Dark Circles

The type of treatment that works best for you may depend on the root cause of your dark circles. Generally, people tend to see optimal results with a combination of lifestyle changes, cosmetics products, and even cosmetic treatments. Speaking with a licensed professional, such as a dermatologist or esthetician, may be able to help you narrow down the cause and select the best treatment plan. 

When it comes to at-home treatments, you may consider using a cold compress. Applying a cold compress can reduce swelling and puffiness and temporarily shrink blood vessels. This can minimize the appearance of dark circles. You can do this by running a cloth under cold water and holding it under your eyes for about 20 minutes, or by wrapping a few ice cubes in a cloth and doing the same thing. You can also purchase under-eye patches from a cosmetics retailer. These patches are usually gel-like and contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or ceramides which help retain moisture and plump the skin. These can be a great addition to your skincare routine. 

One of the best, natural treatments for dark circles is getting enough sleep! Sleep is just as important as a healthy diet and adequate exercise. Being well-rested will not only help you feel better overall, but it can also reduce puffiness around the eyes. As mentioned above, a lack of sleep can also make your skin appear paler and duller, making blood vessels underneath the eyes stand out more. Additionally, you may want to take a look at how you sleep. Is your head flat on a pillow? If so, this may be allowing fluid to build up or pool underneath your eyes during the night, resulting in dark circles or puffiness when you wake up. To remedy this, try propping your head up with a few pillows and see if it does the trick.

You can also fight dark circles with cosmetics or beauty products. There are many eye creams on the market that target dark circles, puffiness, and signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Experts say the earlier you start caring for your under-eyes, the better– This means applying eye creams before you develop dark circles. Again, the key ingredients you need in your eye cream may depend on the cause of your dark circles. Some popular ingredients for treating dark circles include:

  • Hyaluronic acid: A natural substance in the body, found in connective tissue. It retains moisture to keep skin hydrated and looking supple.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is known to slow signs of early aging, improve the appearance of dark spots, and give the skin a healthy glow.
  • Retinoids: This class of compounds derived from vitamin A helps reduce wrinkles and increases the production of collagen. They also stimulate the production of new blood vessels, which can improve skin color. 
  • Vitamin K: Vitamin K protects collagen and has anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce puffiness or swelling. Its healing properties help fade the appearance of dark circles.

Since the under-eye area is extremely delicate, you’ll want to make sure the cream you choose is specially formulated for the eye area, and that you apply it gently– Too much rubbing can increase the appearance of dark circles. 

There are also more advanced treatments for dark circles, such as laser therapy, injectables or fillers, chemical peels, and microneedling. Laser therapy can be beneficial if your dark circles are due to hyperpigmentation, genetics, or sun exposure. The concentrated laser can improve collagen production while decreasing pigmentation. Fillers containing key ingredients like hyaluronic acid can help reduce the appearance of dark circles by smoothing the under-eye area. This can also lift the surface of the skin, minimizing the appearance of blood vessels or darkened tissue. A chemical peel can smooth and brighten the under-eye area by removing dull or dead skin cells, effectively minimizing dark circles and wrinkles. Microneedling stimulates collagen production and increases blood flow, adding volume to the under-eye area. 

As you can see, dark circles may affect your confidence, but they do not have to be permanent. A variety of at-home and professional treatments are available. Please remember that some treatments, such as fillers, laser therapy, chemical peels, and microneedling, should only be done by a certified professional in a medical setting. We hope you found this article informative and we encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns regarding treatment for dark circles. At Coastal Laser and Aesthetics, we are committed to helping you look and feel your best through high-quality treatments. We offer skin resurfacing treatments, laser hair removal, chemical peels, Botox, dermal fillers, and more! Beautiful, radiant skin begins with a strong foundation of skincare fundamentals and a set of trusted skincare professionals. You can book your free consultation, read up on our services, and browse our active promotions all on our site! Until next time—thank you for reading!