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Ask a Dermatologist What Causes Dark Circles Under The Eyes?

Let’s face it: Having dark circles when you wake up is not that great. Your bags reflect your stress, your lack of sleep and your unhealthy lifestyle!

While the internet might have you believe that a single approach will work to treat dark circles, in fact there are a myriad of factors that contribute to their development, and understanding each is key to getting rid of them once and for all. 

It’s important to figure out what the biggest contributing factors are, so you can determine the best treatment option.

That’s what we’re here. Keep scrolling to discover all of the factors that cause dark under-eye circles so that you’re better prepared to treat them when they arise.

Reasons for dark circles include:

  1. Dehydration.
  2. Lack of sleep.
  3. Straining of your eyes.
  4. You’re experiencing contact dermatitis.
  5. You’ve got seasonal allergies.
  6. You have an underlying medical condition (such as anemia, mal-absorption syndromes, poor nutrition, vitamin deficiencies, hypothyroidism, and certain metabolic syndromes that can also lead to dark under-eye circles).
  7. You are getting old.

At the end of the day, if none of the other causes resonate, your genes could be to blame.

Among the most prevalent and unfortunately the most difficult to treat is simply genetics (this is called periorbital hyperpigmentation), besides that there are always things you can try to help mask the appearance of dark circles, such as eye creams that include caffeine, retinol, algae, hyaluronic acid, and more.

If the cause is your lifestyle the treatment is modifying it, like sleep more, eat healthy and of course use the right skincare products!

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Dr. Donika

About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
She has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.

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