What causes dark circles under eyes? The medical term is hyperpigmentation: a skin condition that thousands of people suffer from. It’s the result of too much melanin which causes skin darkening – but dark circles can also be caused by a lack of iron or sleep. Where skin is especially thin due to ageing or genetics the blood beneath becomes more visible and creates the appearance of dark circles.
What causes hyperpigmentation?
Common results of hyperpigmentation are liver, brown, and age spots, freckles, pregnancy-related skin discolouration, and dark circles. The causes include:
Here are a few dark circles under eyes treatment you could try…
You’ll need to get your doctor to perform a tester spot to see if laser treatment is suitable for hyperpigmentation under the eyes – the testing will determine if your skin will take to the laser – dark skin may darken further instead of lightening. The procedure is carried out with specialised lasers that target specific pigments – removing them without causing scarring. The light is absorbed by blood vessels, resurfacing the skin and reducing dark circles.
This is a safe and popular skin renewal technique when performed by professional cosmetic doctors like Dr Q. After an initial consultation at the Luxe Skin Clinic you’ll be given a local anaesthetic to make the procedure comfortable – the derma roller creates tiny injuries in the skin to stimulate collagen and thicken the skin under the eyes, making dark circles less visible as pigmentation is lightened.
This surgical option aims to rectify prominent under eye bags that cast dark shadows – another alternative of how to remove dark circles under the eyes. One of the available options is to surgically remove fat from the inside of the eyelid – the other more common procedure is to remove excess fat and skin, as well as tightening the muscle for a better overall effect.
These cooling patches work by hydrating and brightening the under eye area – moisturising ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and anti-inflammatories are used to refresh and reduce puffiness. The patches fit perfectly under the eyes and adhere well to the skin – giving instant relaxation and an effective treatment.
Using a concealer can help to correct skin tone – and can act as a barrier to help protect from sun damage. A yellow base is recommended to counteract blue under eye circles, and fairer skin types should go for a porcelain toned option. Lightening eye creams containing hydroquinone may irritate delicate skin under the eyes so you’ll need to take medical advice before using this bleaching agent.
Certain foods are known to help with healthy skin – fresh salmon contains a carotenoid that improves skin elasticity, and eggs and avocados are rich in a vitamin called biotin that also keeps skin healthy. Green tea contains anti-inflammatories that help protect skin cells, and anti-aging sun potion tablets contain Vitamin B12 – a rich source needed to help with dark circles if you need a supplement.
Some experts advise using two pillows to keep your head elevated – helping to stop build-up of fluids in your lower eyelids which tends to give the impression of puffiness and dark under eye circles. When you lack sleep your circulatory system is compromised causing stagnant blood in the vessels under the eyes due to lack of draining – proper sleep is a key factor.
Not ready to book a face to face consultation? Why not tell us about your concerns and we will call you back to discuss treatment options.
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