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How to Get Rid of Dark Under Eyes?

Do you struggle with dark circles under your eyes that make you look tired, older, or unhealthy?

Many people suffer from this common cosmetic concern that can affect their self-esteem and confidence. Dark circles under the eyes can have various causes, such as genetics, aging, allergies, dehydration, sun exposure, smoking, alcohol consumption, poor diet, and lack of sleep. Some of these factors are within your control, while others are not. However, you don’t have to live with dark circles forever. There are effective ways to treat them and restore a youthful and radiant appearance.

Causes of Dark Under Eyes

Dark circles under the eyes can occur for a variety of causes. The most prevalent cause of black rings is aging. As you age, the skin behind your eyes loosens and thins, making the blood vessels beneath your skin more apparent. This may darken the look of your under eyes. Tear troughs, or hollowed-out portions, may also occur. Tear troughs create shadows, which accentuate the impression of swollen eyes.

Other causes of dark circles under your eyes may include:

1. Genetics

Some people are born with a tendency to have darker skin around their eyes, regardless of other environmental or lifestyle factors. This is because they inherit certain genes that affect the production and distribution of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. They may also have thinner skin or more prominent blood vessels under their eyes, which make the area appear darker.

2. Dermatitis

Dermatitis is a general term for inflammation of the skin that can cause itching, redness, swelling, and dryness. There are different types of dermatitis, such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) and contact dermatitis. Both of these can affect the skin around your eyes and cause dark circles.

rubbing eyes

3. Rubbing Your Eyes

Rubbing or scratching your eyes can be a habit or a reflex that you do when you are tired, stressed, or have something in your eye. However, this can be harmful to the delicate skin around your eyes and cause dark circles.

Rubbing your eyes can cause your under eyes to swell and your blood vessels to break, resulting in inflammation and discoloration. It can also damage the collagen and elastin fibers that keep your skin firm and elastic, leading to wrinkles and sagging. Rubbing your eyes can also transfer dirt, oil, or bacteria from your hands to your eyes, which can cause infections or irritations.

Lack of sleep

4. Lack of Sleep

Lack of sleep or poor sleeping habits can make your skin appear pale or dull, which exposes the dark tissues and blood vessels under your skin. Lack of sleep can also cause fluid retention and blood accumulation under your eyes, creating a puffy and dark appearance. Moreover, lack of sleep can affect your mood, energy, and health, which can worsen the appearance of dark circles.

5. Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a condition where some areas of your skin produce more melanin than others, resulting in darker patches or spots. Hyperpigmentation can affect any part of your body, including the skin around your eyes. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by various factors, such as sun exposure, hormonal changes, medication, injury, or inflammation.

Sun exposure is one of the most common causes of hyperpigmentation, especially for people with darker skin tones. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays stimulate the production of melanin, which protects your skin from sun damage. However, too much sun exposure can cause your skin to overproduce melanin, creating dark circles or spots under your eyes.

Dehydration

6. Dehydration

Dehydration is a condition where your body loses more water than it takes in, which can affect your health and appearance. Dehydration can make your skin dry, dull, and flaky, which can accentuate the dark circles under your eyes. Dehydration can also cause your eyes to sink into your sockets, creating a hollow and dark appearance.

Alcohol

7. Lifestyle Factors

Other factors that can affect your lifestyle and your appearance are stress, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking. These habits can cause premature skin aging, dehydration, and inflammation, which can worsen the appearance of dark circles under your eyes.

Medical Spa Treatment for Dark Eyes

At Skin Secrets, you can choose from several options to treat your dark circles, depending on your needs and preferences. Some of the most popular treatments are:

Laser Eye Treatment

This is a procedure that uses a laser to remove the top layer of the skin and stimulate the growth of new collagen and elastin. This can improve the texture, tone, and color of the skin under the eyes and reduce the appearance of dark circles, wrinkles, and scars. The laser also helps to shrink the blood vessels that cause the darkening of the skin. 

The benefits of The C02 Dot Laser speak for themselves:

dermal filler

Dermal fillers are products that add instant volume to plump up sagging skin and fill in and smooth out wrinkles on the face and neck.  These are injectable substances that can plump up the hollows under the eyes and smooth out the skin. They can also correct the tear troughs, which are the grooves that separate the lower eyelid from the cheek. Some of the common fillers used for this purpose are hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid. These fillers are biocompatible and biodegradable, meaning they are safe and gradually absorbed by the body.

Microneedling prp

3. Microneedling and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

The use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as a means to promote healing of soft and hard tissue injury, is well documented. It has been discovered that PRP possesses growth-promoting properties that may accelerate the repair of aged and damaged tissues. It is known that PRP contains many growth factors, hormones, nutrients, protein stabilizers, and other important bioactive compounds that can stimulate cellular and tissue regeneration, improve healing time after procedures, stimulate collagen growth in the skin, improve wrinkles and tightness, and can even stimulate hair growth on the scalp. Its use in the field of cosmetic surgery has become popular in the past ten years. 

In its most basic form, PRP can be defined as patients’ blood which is spun down in a special tube to produce a liquid high in all of these properties. The liquid is then injected under the skin or micro-needled in during treatment or after a procedure for quicker healing.

This is a technique that involves creating tiny punctures in the skin with fine needles. This triggers the skin’s natural healing process and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. This can help reduce the dark circles, fine lines, and sagging skin under the eyes. The microneedling device also delivers topical serums or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into the skin to enhance the results. 

Cape Coral, FL's Premier Medical Spa, and Anti-Aging Clinic

Dr. Greta McLaren has undergone extensive training in both cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. She is a laser Surgeon and aesthetic medicine specialist who is considered an expert and has been invited to teach her aesthetic skills nationally to other physicians throughout the United States. She is a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and the American Society for Photodynamic Therapy.

Don’t let dark circles under your eyes ruin your appearance and your mood. Contact us today at 239-800-SKIN(7546) to schedule your complimentary consultation.