Dermatologist, Valerie Goldburt, MD, PhD, says that she hears patients complain about under-eye bags a lot, often “several times a day.” Those patients are encouraged to first determine what’s causing their under-eye issues and then work to solve them.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common reasons for dark circles are fatigue and “shadows cast by puffy eyelids or hollows under your eyes that develop as a normal part of aging.” Fatigue may be a common cause for dark circles, but if you’re getting enough sleep, the real culprit may be one of these causes:
Heredity: Does your mom or dad suffer from the same dark circles? They may be the reason.
Allergies: Sniffling, sneezing and light-headedness aren’t the only things caused by hay or dander.
Eczema: The itchy skin disorder may be the culprit behind your dark circles.
Nasal Congestion: Like allergies, nasal congestion can cause dark circles.
Sun Exposure: Been laying out more than you should? Sun causes your body to produce more melanin, which leads to more color in the skin.
Aging: Most adults don’t want to hear this, but aging darkens the skin. It leads to unwanted age spots and dark circles under the eyes.
Stress: Hey, calm down. Relaxing may be the secret to curing your dark circles.
Alcohol Consumption: Heavy drinking can have a lot of negative effects on the human body, including dark circles around the eyes.
The Mayo Clinic recommends that you see a doctor when the discoloration only appears under one eye and seems to degrade as time goes on. This could indicate that there is a more serious issue. If the issue isn’t painful and it’s not exacerbating as time goes on, then you’re welcome to try any combination of the creams and treatments available to treat dark under eyes.
In our modern world, there are a number of new and groundbreaking treatments available to sufferers. For instance, you could take advantage of modern laser therapy. Sometimes, you may even be a candidate for cosmetic surgery designed to remedy this issue. Both of these things are expensive and the Mayo Clinic recommends having realistic expectations, “because results aren’t always perfect…”
It’s important to also have realistic expectations for serums and skin creams. A great way to determine a product’s value is to look into user reviews. These aren’t paid reviews by doctors or spokespeople. Instead, these reviews are far more valuable reviews written by real people, just like you.
Ask a Beauty Blogger What Works
Beauty bloggers are taking to their websites to provide honest reviews about skin creams, capable of eliminating those dark circles under your eyes. Memories Overtaking Me is a beauty blog, focused on providing high-quality product reviews. This beauty maven and blogger is one of many who provides Forever Flawless reviews, a product that’s infused with diamonds to provide relief to swollen, puffy and/or dark under eyes.
“A tiny bit of the soothing clear serum goes a long way and within minutes I started feeling a tightness (not painful) under my eyes,” says the blogger, after using the eye serum. She goes on to post before and after pictures that show just how excellent the product works.
The Bottom Line
Dark circles are often temporary, unless they’re hereditary or a sign of aging. There’s no real cure for more permanent dark circles, except an invasive surgery or laser procedure. The best thing you can do for your eyes is try a few home remedies or a reputable cream. If all else fails, talk to a doctor if it worsens.
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