What Are The Reasons Behind Dark Circles?


Dark circles or periorbital hypomelanosis is a common problem. Every 9 out of 10 people complain of having dark circles. It is a difficult condition to completely correct but there are therapies to reduce its appearance. Dark circles give the face a tired and sad look and make you appear older.


  • Constant rubbing of eyes: it traumatizes the skin around the eyes and leads to the creation of fine lines.
  • Allergies: Atopic dermatitis, asthma, sinusitis, rhinitis, allergies to cosmetics or eye drops
  • Sunken eyes, tear trough
  • Sign of aging: loss of elasticity of skin creates folds and makes the under-eye area appear darker
  • The superficial location of the vasculature on the skin under the eyes
  • Pigment deposition in under-eye skin
  • Swelling under the eyes


Uncorrected refractive errors could lead to tiredness of the eyes at the end of the day. This can worsen dark circles. Hence get your eyes checked.


How to Get RId of Dark Circles?

Having Dark Circles is a distressing experience. Medically this condition is called Periorbital hyperpigmentation and an astounding 53% of the Indian populace will suffer from the condition. This is to say that you will find dark circles (of variable severity) on every other person that you come across. There are two ways that you can try to prevent dark circles.

Lifestyle Modifications

Lifestyle modifications will treat dark circles that are caused primarily by an unruly and unhealthy lifestyle. A lifestyle that involves habits, sleep deprivation, and sun damage can damage the skin and are also known to cause skin damage around the eyes. Here’s what you can do,

Control your sun exposure

You need to control your sun exposure, as increased exposure to the harmful rays of the sun can boost melanin pigmentation around the sensitive areas around the eyes, thus leading to dark circles. We recommend that you wear quality sunscreen and use barriers (sunglasses) to prevent this damage.

Get ample sleep

Not getting enough sleep or leading a stressed-out life is another major cause of dark circles. Make sure that you get at least 8 hours every day to stay away from dark circles.

Control any habits that you might have

Smoking, binge drinking, and other habits have been known to be underlying cause for the dark circles. Stop smoking and drink only in moderation and see if your problem goes away on its own.

Eat right

Not eating right, or sparing your body of the nutrition that it so thoroughly deserves is another way to make sure that you make your skin quality suffer. Vitamins such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E are responsible upkeep and regulation of healthy skin.

Topical therapy

If you want to try something that temporarily alleviates the problem and is soothing at the same time, you might want to

Try tea bags

Tea bags have been known to reduce the appearance of dark spots and dark circles, for the best results, dip tea bags in ice-cold water and then put them at the site.

Also, cold compresses

You can use a cotton ball dipped in cold water or the back side of a cold spoon to compress the area.

Cucumber or potatoes?

They both work equally well, just grind some up and freeze them, the mush that you get after should be applied to the dark circles.

Get professional help

The best way to get rid of dark circles permanently is to spot the underlying cause, and in order to do that, you need to seek professional help.


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