Causes and Remedies: Dark Circles Under Eyes
Dark circles under the eyes (periorbital dark circles or periorbital puffiness) can be a big worry for the beauty-conscious as well as for normal people. These circles or bags take away the freshness of the face and leave the person looking pale, ill, or old.
Dark-colored semicircles under the eyes, or shadowed grooves called “tear tracks” may give the impression of age or ill health. But this impression may be incorrect; appearance is not necessarily reality.
Usually, dark circles are more a cosmetic issue than a real health concern. A person with dark circles under their eyes may not be old or unwell but just have unusually thin skin, unusually highly colored blood vessels, puffy skin, sagging skin, or hyperpigmented skin under the eyes, either for genetic reasons or because of some temporary condition.
In many cases, there are things you can do to reduce or prevent dark circles. In all cases, makeup can do wonders to change the way they look (see the video below).
Causes of Dark Circles
Let’s discuss the ultimate causes of dark circles. There are many causes, so there are many actions you can take to address them.
- Thin skin under the eyes. Skin under the eyes is thinner than skin elsewhere (half a millimeter or less, as opposed to about two millimeters), and so is more transparent; it shows the blood vessels underneath more clearly than other skin does. Skin under the eyes may be even more transparent if it is pale due to anemia or pregnancy. The blood beneath it appears bluish rather than reddish because skin transmits blue light better than other colors. Thus skin around the eyes may appear bluish, brownish, or even greenish, depending on a person's basic skin color.
- Extra melanin (dark pigment) in the skin around the eyes. This hyperpigmentation is common among people of South Asian or Mediterranean descent. It is genetic and has nothing to do with age or illness. A dermatologist may treat this pigmentation pattern with a cream including hydroquinone (bleach).
- Shadows from sagging skin under the eyes. Skin may sag into a pouchy, hammock-like shape because age and sun have destroyed much of the collagen and elastin, the stretchy proteins that make young skin look smooth and taut. The sagging skin is thinner in places, and so looks darker, and the “tear trough” area under the hammock looks dark because it is in shadow.
- Shadows from puffiness or edema. Fluid retention can cause the skin to dome up around the eyes, leaving a shadow below. Allergies, crying, temporary illness, excessive salt consumption, or stress (which releases cortisol and increases blood volume) can cause puffiness.
13 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dark Circles
There are many things you can do to eliminate dark circles under your eyes and keep them from coming back.
- To reduce puffiness, a temporary cause of dark circles, change your sleeping habits. Sleep on your back, elevating your head with one or more pillows. Gravity lets fluid buildup drain away.
- Sleep well (doctors advise at least eight hours of sleep daily) to have a fresh and circle-free face. Lots of sleep means less stress and thus less puffiness.
- Control allergies and the puffiness they cause. Take proper medication for allergies to airborne materials like flour or smoke. If you have dust allergies, make your bedroom as dust-free as possible: use bare floors, put dust covers on mattress and pillows, and remove or cover upholstered furniture, clothes, books, and papers.
- Remove all eye make-up, like eyeliner and mascara, before going to sleep. Anything that irritates eyes can leave them watery and puffy.
- Use a Neti-Pot to rinse the nasal passages, to relieve sinus infections and hay fever that cause puffiness under the eyes.
- Daily exercise circulates blood throughout the body and the face, reducing puffiness. Concentrate on yoga too, which stimulates your breathing, leaving fresh skin.
- To eradicate morning puffiness and bluish color, apply something that cools the skin and the capillaries beneath it, reducing swelling and making the blood vessels less visible. Apply cucumber or potato slices, chilled spoons, or bags of ice water to the area around the eye for up to an hour and a half.
- Include plenty of green vegetables, fruits, and vitamins in your diet. Eat seasonal fruit like bananas, mangoes, and oranges, along with vegetables like spinach, greens, carrots, and brinjals (eggplant).
- Include plenty of iron in your diet, from whole grains, legumes, eggs, or iron supplements.
- Reduce salt in your diet to reduce puffiness.
- Arrange your life to reduce stress. Stress releases cortisol, which causes increased blood volume and puffiness, and has other undesired effects.
- Stay hydrated; dehydration causes thin and sagging skin. Use moisturizer. Limit cigarettes and alcohol.
- To keep looking young years longer, protect your face and eyes from the sun. Ultraviolet light from the sun destroys protein in the skin. Use sunscreen and a hat when you go out.
Using Makeup to Hide Dark Circles
Makeup is very effective at concealing dark circles, whether they are caused by hyperpigmentation or something else. Use cream makeup in shades a little lighter than your skin tone to bring sunken areas "up." Use shades a little yellower, even orange or peach in tone, to neutralize the blue tone of thin under-eye skin.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
kavya singh on January 06, 2019:
i have my dark circles from the past 9 years i have a toned skin but under my eyes dark circles does not look good even i look good in dresses but i dont look good from the face i feel very bad when people says that you have dark circles it hurts mee but i cant find any solution for these home remedies rid my dark circles for an hour but i have a permanent dark circles in my face even i eat healthy food,i dont watch tv much ad i sleep regular in night but also i dont understand how i would get help from these...for a teenager its very imp to look good ad fresh but i dont feel so i dont feel energetic at all a day..i m helpless plz understand mee ad give mee some tips plzz its request
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Niharika Afroja on September 03, 2017:
Hi guys. I have dark circles. I have used many home remedies it didn't work. Give me some new advice
Adamberg on July 03, 2017:
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RICHARD J COLBY on May 30, 2017:
don't stare at computer for long period of time , that will cause dark circles,i only spend 1 hr ago , thenleave for awhile do something else
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Take cotton and soak it with honey turmeric and milk put on eyes for an hour it will remove dark circles permanent
Kukku on April 28, 2017:
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Garcia Nancy on December 28, 2016:
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ANU on October 16, 2016:
I used Almond Oil ,But it dint work.can u plz suggest me someother home remedies.??? PLEASE..
ifyokoye on October 03, 2016:
have any body tried bio balance eye dark circle treatment? want to know pls
Arohi on September 15, 2016:
I have dark circles from 4 years Nd home remedies does not works even homiyopathic medical does not work pls give me some tips what should i do
FrancyzaLima on May 22, 2016:
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Tyana on April 03, 2016:
Yeah, I've lived with under eye circles my entire life. But nothing works with them, It isn't from allergies, lack of sleep or from any congestion. It is simply from genetics...what should I do?
Hindustani on March 31, 2016:
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Elena from London, UK on February 15, 2016:
Thanks for sharing the tips.
Diana Abrahamson on February 07, 2016:
I know a few people who could be interested in this article..thanks!
Mindy Bowes on December 01, 2015:
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DREAM ON on November 08, 2015:
I also have dark bags do from lack of sleep. I will try your remedies. Thanks for sharing.
black on November 04, 2015:
I sleep almost 10 hours a day... my age is 14 and I have dark circles which look like someone has painted semi-circles under my eyes with black paint... plz help me.. these methods do not really work.. give me a better advice...
aryaarooz on November 04, 2015:
nice tipzzz.... i will try it
Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on November 03, 2015:
I gave up wheat and the bags went away, but the genetic circles remain. They aren't dark anymore, but I have high cheekbones and the eye circles remain above them.
sana khan on November 01, 2015:
Let see.... it's works or not.......
Akshay verma on October 29, 2015:
I have dark circle in 2 year, how can i get reduce of it tell me plzzz
Nathya on October 26, 2015:
I hv dark circle frm my childhood,how cn i get rid of it.pls tl me
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saba on October 08, 2015:
Saba i have dark circle16 years what can i do
fathima on September 19, 2015:
honey on September 14, 2015:
use eyemax cream suggested by doctor
selvi on September 12, 2015:
Plz tell how can i remove my dark circle
AntonioAdzaga on September 03, 2015:
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FuckerJoker on August 24, 2015:
Try charcoal its effective
anju bairagi on August 21, 2015:
How can remove dark circuls
korean girl the enlighten beauty on August 14, 2015:
I think it is easy to use removable medicines came from beauty
bella the younger one on August 14, 2015:
i use pipino or potato ,i think this can be effective..
JASMINE on August 13, 2015:
Plzzzzzz tel me how to remove dark circles around eyes some give me tips
barsha on August 09, 2015:
Plz help me to remove dark circles around my eyes
saba on August 08, 2015:
U can use lemon juice and tomato juice and keep using that until they finish
sana on August 07, 2015:
Its difficult to remove d dark circle ...but ,my mom told one tips..take a slice of cut pieces of potato &keep u r eye in 30 mints...daily following people's only try tis..got a best results frds..:)
Narendra on July 21, 2015:
Give me home solution
skd on July 21, 2015:
Hw can reduce my eye black spot.
madhu on July 15, 2015:
Hii guys my name is madhu.i have black circles.so please tel me a solutions.ad fast to cure it
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Anushka Gautam on June 21, 2015:
plz... plz give me some natural tips to reduce dark circles......
Dr dipak on June 19, 2015:
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Chandra on June 19, 2015:
I’ve been using Darkaway for about three weeks and I can already see a reduction in the dark circles under my eyes. I also feel like the skin is more supple around my eyes.
umer shazu on June 10, 2015:
plse give us suggestion about dark circlus.any medicans
suresh on June 10, 2015:
Pls help me how to remove the black circle
Masibanda on May 21, 2015:
Add Your Comment what do i do to get rid of dark marks
ashlesha Kushwaha on May 15, 2015:
Potatoes doesn't work fast suggest something dat works fast
h on May 15, 2015:
aromamagic on May 13, 2015:
I used to feel shy for going out because of wrinkles under my eyes. I tried cucumber, almond oil, rose water etc but it did not work. Finally I came to your page. I followed up your tips and it worked out. Thank you for sharing it.
REZA on May 08, 2015:
pleas don't worry aboute it . you coould remedy every thing if you are calm in your life .and with attention to your values. you are the best human in this world . take every thing easy . i hope every one have a nice and enjoyable life. thank you for reading
shubham on May 06, 2015:
tell me something that eally works
shalini on April 29, 2015:
How to remove dark circles
Janver Ignacio on April 28, 2015:
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Nusrat on April 28, 2015:
Useless. It doesn't work.
simran on April 18, 2015:
using milk for the rid of dark circle is the best way or not
pinky on April 17, 2015:
Plz help me to reduce my dark cercle.
Due to darkcercle l can't makeup my eyes.
Kritika on April 05, 2015:
Melaglow is the best cream to reduce dark circles but it works after 1month. Use twice daily.
is radio therapy really works on darkcircles on April 05, 2015:
Is radio therapy really works on dark circles
usha on April 01, 2015:
Pls I used various cream bt no result pls give some idea
Fahim on March 29, 2015:
which cream is better to remove block circles under eyes...
usha on March 26, 2015:
no working man
Ruqiafun on March 26, 2015:
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kanna on March 23, 2015:
please tel me how to remove my dark cirle
mily on March 21, 2015:
Pls tell me about cream for dark circle.....
sayed abdou on March 19, 2015:
please tell me how to get ride of these dark circles,i have them for about 12years now and im really looking older dan my age
Michelle Gore on March 17, 2015:
DermalMD Under Eye Treatment serum worked great on my dark circles. I have been using this daily and i see a good improvement in the appearance of my under eye area. All natural and organic ingredients are good for the skin under the eyes. My dark circles improved and i am glad that i received this product as a part of testing and reviewing for an honest opinion
swetharaj on March 15, 2015:
Need a perfect tip to reduce dark circles
pooja on March 09, 2015:
Old remedies!Give something new plzz!
akhil katal on March 06, 2015:
Plz tell me the easy tips its does not work
sutapa on February 26, 2015:
Pls.. pls.. pls.. tell me how to remove my under eye dark cercle???
arsh on February 26, 2015:
can u please give the list of products in written form which are using in the video ..it's a humble request please mention the product name with detail .
Michelle Gore on February 26, 2015:
Okay jigu you can use eyerid serum which is really help you to remove your dark circle.
jigu on February 25, 2015:
Plz tell me the treatment of remove dark circle...its hereditary so i m very worry about it....plzzz give me suggestion....
Michelle Gore on February 24, 2015:
Well I use eyerid serum on my face and neck before moisturizing. I have sensitive skin and it does not irritate me at all. I like that it's lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. My skin is looking healthier and brighter since I started using eyerid serum and my age spots are starting to fade. Will reorder this serum!
fathima on February 19, 2015:
How can i remove my dark circle quickly
anjali on February 17, 2015:
How can remove. The dark circle plzz give me a solution guys as wellas best clinic address for dark circle
purvi on February 14, 2015:
How can i remove my dark circle quickly
sneha on February 11, 2015:
How can i remove my dark circle fast
Sushmitha on February 06, 2015:
I have the habit of sleeping late in the night, because of lack of sleep I got dark circles under the eyes. I used a lot of products to remove it but of no use. After using all these, I have chosen one product randomly that is DarkAway and within few days my dark circles gone. It is one of the best cream for dark circles.
kaveri on February 05, 2015:
hw cn i remove my dark circle?
Fareen on January 28, 2015:
Try DarkAway..It is one of the best dark circles correcting cream....I got a fine result....it cleared my dark circles and made me look better....
j.p on January 25, 2015:
kavi on January 22, 2015:
avoid stress ad completely rest ....
ruchi on January 20, 2015:
How to remove dark circles plzzz
sanju on January 16, 2015:
sufiya on January 16, 2015:
Cucumber really works...n d potato slice also do work..best results may come out
bhanu on January 13, 2015:
How to remove darkcircle plzzzzzz
padu on January 13, 2015:
Go to beauty parlor and ask them for dark circles treatment, eye massaging with Vitamin E and Vitamin K under eye cream will really help in reducing the dark circles quickly. Do this monthly and also drink lots of water, stress free and additionally adequate sleep will work out well.
Maani on December 30, 2014:
How i can remove dark circle i am from pakistant tell me any trick or cream which is effective
prachi on December 29, 2014:
Plz give me only one solution remove my eyes dark circle I m already try any cosmetics cream medicine but no fair result
pratik on December 28, 2014:
I will try.
kiera on December 28, 2014:
Thank you so much,
to giving this article.
It is helpful for me.
emaan on December 26, 2014:
Plz tell some solid solutions!
Ashwini on December 26, 2014:
Pls give me best tips for remove dark cercils under eye urgently
sreedevi on December 18, 2014:
Iam suffering my dark circles in my face
please help me
sara on December 18, 2014:
i don't understand.............????????