DARK CIRCLES

About Dark Circles :

Also known as Racoon Eyes. There is under eye darkening below both the eyes.

Causes :

  • Allergies

  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema)

  • Contact dermatitis

  • Fatigue

  • Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)

  • Heredity — dark under-eye circles can run in families

  • Pigmentation irregularities — these are a particular concern for people of color, especially blacks and Asians

  • Rubbing or scratching your eyes

  • Sun exposure, which prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color

  • Thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen — common as you age — can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obvious.

Aggravating factors :

  • Stress

  • Nutritional deficiency

  • Irregular sleep cycle

 

Presentation :

​Bilateral under eye darkening.

 

DARK CIRCLES: Tips for Managing

  • Use a cold compress, a chilled teaspoon or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a soft cloth against the area to make these dilated vessels constrict.

  • Extra pillows. Elevate your head with two or more pillows to prevent puffiness that develops when fluid pools in your lower eyelids.

  • Extra sleep. Although short nights don't usually cause under-eye circles, a lack of sleep may make you paler, so shadows and circles you already have become more obvious.

Dark Circles