Causes, Prevention and Treatment of Dark Circles under the Eye

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 28, 2011

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Prevention and Treatment of Dark Circles under the Eye

Dark circles under eyes are characterized by a visible discoloration of skin beneath the eyes.


  • Thinning of skin: Ageing process causes thinning of skin as production of collagen decreases and plumpness of skin is lost. This thinning of skin makes the reddish-blue blood vessels underneath the skin visible. The blood vessels underneath the skin cause this discolouration.
  • Pigmentation problems which is a common issue with Africans and Asians who have uneven skin tones.


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  • Allergies: It is a reaction to any material or food product that can cause the eyes to itch. Rubbing or scratching the skin around the eyes can also lead to discolouration.
  • Heredity: Dark circle under eyes can be a genetic characteristic which runs in the family. As translucency of skin can make the blood vessels visible, when blood circulates it gives a bluish hue from above. Skin texture in many instances is a hereditary factor.
  • Exposure to the sun can cause excess production of melanin which can appear as dark circles around eyes.
  • Certain medication causes the blood vessels to widen which can seem like dark circles. Examples of medication can be blood pressure and nasal decongestion drugs.
  • Anemia:  Iron deficiency anemia can make skin look pale thereby making blood vessels under your skin visible.
  • Lack of sleep and dehydration can cause paleness and shriveled skin which can make blood vessels under the eye area visible as dark discolouration.


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  • Use a sunscreen to avoid damaging and weakening of skin. As skin is thinnest around eyes, use sunglasses to protect them from sun damage.
  • Have a nutritious balanced diet to avoid any kind of deficiency. Vitamin A is good for the eyes while vitamin C strengthens blood vessels.
  • Have a proper lifestyle to avoid fatigue and lack of sleep.


  • Application of vitamin K cream can help counteract bruising and reduce the dark eyes effect.
  • Creams containing vitamin C, Vitamin E and retinol might be effective in lightening dark circles.



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