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How to Get Rid of Under-Eye Dark Circles

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Best Treatments for Under-Eye Dark Circles

Best Treatments for Under-Eye Dark Circles

How to Get Rid of Dark Circles

What causes dark circles under the eyes? There are many reasons why you may notice discoloration under your eyes. As someone who has had dark circles and dealt with them before, I have learned what causes them and how to try to get rid of them once and for all. Find out what is is causing your unsightly racoon eyes and how you can look rested and refreshed instead.

Causes of Dark Circles Under Eyes

  • Lack of sleep
  • Dehydration
  • Aging - losing fat
  • Hormones
  • Allergies
  • Health (anemia or iron deficiency)

Treatment Options for Dark Circles Under the Eyes

The first thing you will want to do is consider a lifestyle change. Make sure that the discoloration you are noticing isn't because you aren't taking care of yourself before considering other treatment options. For example, not getting enough sleep is a major culprit of dark circles as well as poor diet. Make sure that you are eating well - fruits and veggies and healthier foods. It's important to limit sugar intake, especially things like soda and items that really don't offer any nutritional benefit. Anemia and iron deficiency can sometimes trigger the appearance of dark circles, so make sure you are eating a balanced diet.


There is something to be said about hydration. In most cases, water is readily available and it is the ultimate secret to healthy, glowing skin. If you are dehydrated, dark circles are more likely to appear. You need to drink your recommended amount of water daily and avoid alcohol or drug use if you want to look healthy and refreshed. It's the way to go.

Hydration is a sure way to get good looking skin.

Hydration is a sure way to get good looking skin.

1. Allergy Medication

As always, checking with your doctor is of utmost importance if you are going to alter your healthcare routine. Allergies are a common culprit of under-eye discoloration. Are you noticing that the circles appear during a certain time of year or season? If the appearance coincides with other symptoms of seasonal allergies, then you may be onto something. Allergies can also be food-related and environment-related (think dust mites in the house).

Do you find yourself rubbing your eyes a lot because they are itchy? You might want to focus on cleaning up your household (look for good air purifiers) or simply get rid of the dust bunnies on your floor. Maybe you need to vacuum your couch or wash your bedding more frequently, especially if you have pets or a lot of activity under your roof.

Some people who are experiencing allergies may notice a decrease in under-eye circles caused by allergies after taking non-drowsy Benadryl or Claritin and similar meds. Some choose to receive an allergy shot from the doctor. This approach works for some people who are otherwise healthy.

2. Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is a prescription medicine that can help with under eye discoloration. If you also have baggy eyes, then this form of treatment likely won't help because it only treats discoloration and not the actual baggy skin due to loss of fat under the eye.

The appearance of these dark circles is a result of the Tyndall effect, which is what happens when light is refracted from hitting the vessels that are deep in the skin of your eye tissue. If the contouring of your face and the vasculature beneath your eyes are the cause of the dark circles (due to light refraction), the hydroquinone likely won't help in the same way that it would by otherwise removing pigmentation abnormalities.

Hydroquinone is good for reducing hyperpigmentation but requires a prescription.

Hydroquinone is good for reducing hyperpigmentation but requires a prescription.

3. Fillers Under the Eyes

As you age, you lose fat in your eyes and this leads to a purple appearance or purpleish tone under your eyes. Luckily, this can be fixed with fillers. Sometimes baggy eyes might be a result of fat loss as well. You can observe under-eye bagginess in certain light in addition to just dark circles. Either way, you have a few options.

Fillers cost about $1,000 and can last a year. Basically, the filler is placed underneath your eye to replace the lost fat and the recovery is quite minimal and the results are instantaneous. You will want to go to a good plastic surgeon of you go this route. You will want to be able to see many examples of their under-eye results before deciding on who to go with. If they don't have any pictures to show you, go somewhere else. A good place to look is on a website called Realself.com. They have lists of good plastic surgeons.

You may decide to go with fillers instead of spending tons of money on eye creams. You will save money in the end because eye creams can be expensive and many don't work. If you end up not liking the results or think that your plastic surgeon did not do a good job, you can dissolve the filler or you can just wait until it dissolves. This is not a procedure you want to be cheap on, so find a good one and know that you will save money and not have to spend on makeup and expensive eye creams down the line.

4. Surgery - Blepharoplasty

If your under-eye circles are from baggy eyes, then a blepharoplasty is probably the procedure you want to go with. It is a permanent solution but it costs $4,700 dollars. It seems like it's a lot of money, but you have to think about what is going to save you money down the line and make you happy. Again, you will want to find the best surgeon possible because if they mess up on this you are stuck with the results (you might be able to fix the results with fillers). This is not a procedure you want to try to save money on. You will save money, however, not having to wear as much makeup. Again, you might want to look at Realself.com to find a good doctor (that's what I use).

5. Laser Treatments

Laser treatments are very effective in that they can vaporize damaged eye cell and remove under-eye discoloration. If you are experiencing the unwanted under-eye discoloration because of bagginess under the eyes, this option will not help. Laser treatments do not treat baggy eyes. There are tons of superficial blood vessels that can add to the discoloration, and laser is what targets this vasculature.

How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Permanently at Home

For those of you who do not want to try any of the above-mentioned treatments, you can go the all-natural route. These treatments are good for overnight remedies or 2-day fixes. Here's what you can try:

  • Cold compresses: Cold compresses are effective for lessening the appearance of under-eye discoloration. A wet towel from the freezer works well or a gel eye mask.
  • Facial rollers: Facial rollers are quite the rage right now. You can put them in the freezer and then roll them over your face or hold them under your eyes to reduce puffiness.
  • Cucumbers: Drinking cucumber water (adding it to your hydration game) and slices of cold cucumber over your eyes is a common method for reducing puffiness.
  • Rose water: Rose water is very good for the skin; you can use it on a cotton swab and apply it.
  • Tomato-based toner: Burt's Bees makes a great tomato-based toner; toners help to reduce unwanted pigmentation.
  • Cold tea bags (caffeinated): Caffeine does wonders for the skin, so pop a couple of damp green tea bags or black tea backs in the freezer for a short window and then rest them on your eyes.
  • Vitamins E, K, C: Serums with vitamins can help quite a bit for restoring tired skin. Rose hip oil is great as is vitamin E and both are easily applied.
  • Sunlight: Although you always want to protect your skin, sometimes staying indoors for too long can cause that fatigued look. You need a healthy dose of vitamin D for your body to undergo it's normal processes.
  • Glasses: If you sit in front of a computer all day, reading glasses with a blue light filter will help reduce eye strain and improve your look. It's also important to take breaks if you work on a computer.

I generally go the all-natural route. Hopefully some of these suggestions work for you. I have also paid for laser therapy and it worked wonderfully. Share your methods in the comments below.

Natural methods for rested eyes

Natural methods for rested eyes

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