What are Dark Circles?

What are causes dark circles around our eyes?

Dark circles are caused by tiredness or working too hard or even just staying up late. While this can be true, the truth is that your genes play a huge role here. So what exactly is happening when you get dark circles under or around your eyes?

Eye issues appear in three major forms: dark circles, fine lines, and eye bags and puffiness. So, this means dealing with eye issues is a lot more complex than it’s made out to be. There is no miracle cream or serum you can apply that will rid of them in an instant. But having a dedicated eye routine can help to reduce the appearance of these issues. Here, we’ve broken down the main causes of dark circles and how to combat them.

Some of the more common causes of dark circles under the eyes include:

1 Dark circles under the eyes can appear in childhood, and are often an inherited trait. Some children will outgrow them, but others will not.

2 Nasal congestion can dilate the blood vessels that drain from the area around your eyes, causing them to darken.

3 Sleep deprivation is the most common cause, and the easiest to prevent, but …

4 Oversleeping can also cause dark eye circles.

5 Eczema

6 Stress

7 As we get older, our skin becomes thinner.

8 Iron deficiency can prevent the blood from carrying sufficient oxygen to eye tissues.

9 Minor trauma that causes the appearance of a black eye

10 Crying

11 Excessive smoking or drinking can contribute to under-eye circles. Also, people who drink too much coffee or who use cocaine or amphetamines may have difficulty getting enough sleep.

12 Fluid retention, as may occur with pregnancy or weight gain.

13 Skin pigmentation abnormalities. The skin around the eyes is thinner, which is why your blood vessels are more readily visible through it. For this reason, irregular distribution of the melanin that gives the skin its color can cause dark circles to appear beneath the eyes. This is frequently a problem for people of Asian or African descent.

14 Excessive exposure to the sun. Sun exposure encourages your body to produce more melanin.

15 As we get older, we lose some of the fat and collagen surrounding our eyes. This loss, combined with the thinning of our skin, magnifies the appearance of dark eye circles.

16   Excess salt in the diet causes fluid retention throughout your body—including underneath your eyes.

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