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Dark Circles: What Are the Common Causes?

The most common causes of dark circles under the eyes are lack of sleep and genetics. Dark circles under the eyes can also be caused by allergies, excessive alcohol consumption, and aging. Although, dark circles are mostly caused by genes, you still have the power to control their appearance by taking note of the following:

Blue/ Purple Circles

✔ Blood Problems & Poor Lymphatic Circulation

If a blood disorder runs in your family, you should have it ruled out immediately by visiting your primary physician. It may require medical treatment instead of an aesthetic remedy. 

✔ Vasodilation

Our vessels dilate whenever it needs to increase the blood supply in a certain area. This happens around the eyes when:

  • We watch too much TV or stay in front of the computer for hours.
  • We oversleep or experience sleeplessness.
  • Our allergies are triggered.

✔ Dehydration

Whenever our skin is dehydrated, it loses its fullness and emphasizes the hollowness around the eyes, creating a dark shadow.

✔ Thin Skin

Because of the thinness of our skin around the eyes, the color of the vessels becomes more visible.

You can use an eye cream that contains low-dose retinol to increase collagen production, which can improve skin volume and eventually conceal the color of the vessels. 

Brown Circles

✔ UV Exposure 

Too much UV exposure can create hyperpigmentation around the eyes. So don’t forget to include the eye area when wearing sunblock. 

✔ Melanin Pigments

Aside from UV-induced hyperpigmentation, small scratches around the eyes can cause tiny dark spots that contribute to the dark circles.

Also Read: Things to Know about Coconut oil for Your Skin 

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Dr. Elli Reyes
Dr. Ellie Reyes

About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.

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