Dark Circles Under Eyes

Dark circles under the eyes are pretty commonly present in both males and females. They are often associated with bags and may make you look older than your actual age. Moreover, more often than not, it isn't easy to treat them.

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Dark Circles Under Eyes

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Causes of dark circles under the eyes

Some of the typical dark circles under the eye’s causes are:

  • Fatigue: Fatigue and sleep deprivation are the most common causes of dark circles. Lack of sleep may make your skin pale and dull; thereby, allowing the blood vessels and dark tissues beneath the skin to show.
  • Age: As you grow old, your skin becomes thinner, and the collagen and fat present beneath the skin also become less. As a result, the dark blood vessels present underneath the skin become visible, appearing as dark circles under the eyes.
  • Eye strain: Staring at the computer or television screen may cause marked strain on the eyes; thereby, enlarging the blood vessels surrounding your eyes. Due to this, the skin around your eyes may darken.
  • Allergic reactions: Allergies and dryness of the eyes may be one of the causes for dark circles under the eyes.
  • Dehydration: When the body is dehydrated, the skin below the eyes appears dull, and the eyes appear sunken.
  • Sun overexposure: Too much exposure to the sun may cause excess production of the pigment melanin, especially in the skin surrounding the eyes, causing dark circles under the eyes.
  • Genetics: You are more prone to develop dark circles under your eyes if you have a family history of the same.
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Dark circles under the eye’s treatment

Your doctor may offer various treatments depending upon the cause of the dark circles under the eyes. These include:

  • Skin-lightening creams: Your dermatologist may prescribe skin-lightening creams containing kojic acid, azelaic acid, hydroquinone, or glycolic acid. Some of these skin-lightening creams that contain the active ingredients in lower percentages are also available OTC (over-the-counter).
  • Dark circles under the eye’s laser treatment: Laser treatments utilize heat energy and vaporize the damaged cells. Laser treatment also targets the darker pigment present in the skin of the undereye cells. Apart from lightening darker skin color, dark circles under the eye’s laser treatment Los Angeles may also induce collagen formation.
  • Chemical peels: Your dermatologist may suggest one of the light chemical peels as the dark circles under the eye’s treatment for you. These peels will include retinoic acid, hydroquinone, or glycolic acid.
  • Blepharoplasty: You may also opt for the blepharoplasty procedure in which a plastic surgeon may surgically remove the fat from the lower lid. This procedure may help in reducing the shadow produced by the eyelid; thereby, reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
  • Fillers: Your plastic surgeon or dermatologist may inject a dermal filler (hyaluronic-acid based) into the undereye tissues. Fillers help in reducing the undereye volume loss that may result in dark circles.
  • PRP treatment for dark circles under the eyes: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a natural dark circle under the eye’s treatment that doesn’t require surgery. In this therapy, the doctor will extract your blood and separate the plasma containing the valuable growth factors and collagen from the remaining blood’s components. They will then inject the plasma into the undereye area to boost the tissues in this area and rejuvenate and repair them.
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Dark circles under the eye’s treatment cost

The cost of treating dark circles under the eyes depends upon the type of treatment you are getting. For example, skin lightening creams may cost between $ 40 and $ 100; a chemical peel may cost about $ 600; the average cost of blepharoplasty may be about $ 6500. A PRP treatment may be between $ 1100 and $ 1400.

Preventing dark circles under the eyes

You may help in preventing the appearance of dark undereye circles by addressing the following lifestyle factors:

  • Reduce stress and get enough sleep: According to research, stress may increase the appearance of dark undereye circles, whereas getting proper rest and reducing stress reduces discoloration.
  • Protect your eyes from excessive sun exposure: Wearing sunglasses with UV protection covering the eyes and applying sunscreen on the area surrounding the eyes may help prevent or reduce the dark circles under the eyes.
  • Reduce the consumption of alcohol and stop smoking: Excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking may accelerate your body’s aging, thereby making you prone to the occurrence of dark undereye circles.
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