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What Causes Dark Circles Under Eyes

Dark circles under eyes are a common concern that affects many people, regardless of age or gender. Though harmless, they can be frustrating to deal with and can make you look tired, stressed, or older than you really are. Let’s find out what causes dark circles under eyes so you can begin to get rid of them. 



Unfortunately, many of us may have a genetic predisposition to dark circles under eyes. If your parents or other family members have dark circles, it is likely that you will too. Dark circles under eyes appear because the skin there is much thinner and more delicate than other parts of the face. The skin sensitivity can make the blood vessels more visible, causing the area to be visibly darker than the rest of the skin.



One of the most common causes of dark circles under eyes is ageing. As we age, our skin loses collagen and becomes thinner, which can make the blood vessels under the eyes more visible. As well as this, the skin around the eyes also becomes more lax. Skin laxity can cause bags and puffiness, which may also lead to the appearance of dark circles.



One of the more surprising causes of dark circles under eyes is allergies. Allergies can cause inflammation and swelling in the body, including the skin under the eyes. This can make the blood vessels more visible as they dilate and darken to create a shadowy appearance. Common allergens include pollen, dust, pet hair, and certain foods.

Sleep Deprivation

Often, a night of poor quality sleep can be evident on the face due to dark circles under eyes. Lack of sleep can cause the skin under the eyes to become pale, which can make the blood vessels more visible. Sleep deprivation can also cause fluid retention and puffiness, which can exacerbate the appearance of dark circles.



When the body is dehydrated, the skin can become dry and dull, the eyes can appear sunken, and blood vessels can become more prominent. These factors combined can make shadows more noticeable. 


Sun Exposure

Excessive sun exposure can cause the skin to produce excess melanin. An increased level of melanin in the skin may lead to hyperpigmentation and a darker appearance under the eyes. 


Dark Circles Under Eyes

Dark circles under eyes can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, ageing, allergies, sleep deprivation, dehydration, and sun exposure. By taking steps to prevent and treat these causes, you can reduce the appearance of dark circles and achieve a more youthful, vibrant appearance. Find out what steps to take in our next blog.

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