The causes of dark circles

Dark circles make lots of people self-conscious, they can be a sign of tiredness and lack of sleep, but they can also be caused by a number of things like ageing, conditions that affect the thyroid and even allergies. 

If you are not used to having dark circles, you may worry that there’s something wrong as they can appear purple, blue, dark brown or even black on the skin. This is rarely a cause for concern, but they can affect self-esteem and make people self-conscious. Some common causes of dark under eyes are;

  • Allergies/hay fever
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Anaemia
  • Thinning under-eye skin
  • Lack of sleep or poor sleeping habits 
  • Eye rubbing
  • Ageing
  • Sunlight overexposure
  • Dermatitis 
  • Genetics
  • Dehydration
  • Smoking

 

In terms of ageing, this is caused through the loss of fatty tissue, and the skin under the eyes thinning. This is why you may start to see dark, hollow eyes more as you age.

lady with eyes closed and gold under eye patches
lady with dark underyes and eye patches

Treatments for Crows Feet

In terms of ageing, this is caused through the loss of fatty tissue, and the skin under the eyes thinning. This is why you may start to see dark, hollow eyes more as you age.

There are lots of different treatment methods for dark circles, and lots of preventative measurements you can take to minimise the chance of developing them or worsening them. 

Treatments for dark circles

  • Tear trough filler
  • Topical creams
  • Chemical peels

 

How to avoid/minimise dark circles

  • Getting enough sleep
  • Reducing stress
  • Wearing sunglasses 
  • Stopping smoking
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Wearing SPF

 

Overall, dark circles can affect people of all ages and ethnicities. If you’re concerned about dark circles, you can book in for a consultation with one of our medical professionals today to assess and advise you on treatment.

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