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Definition

Dark circles under the eyes are an extremely common and distressing issue. Dark circles make you look older, tired, stressed, sick, depressed and just plain bad. The skin below our eyes is thin and is not as well endowed with oil glands as the rest of the body. Consequently as we age, the skin gets dry and wrinkled. As a result, the veins in the lower eye area appear more prominent. This results in dark circles under the eyes.
Three things contribute to dark rings under the eyes:

  • an inherited tendency
  • natural aging processes
  • lack of sleep

Causes

The skin under the eyes is thin and delicate to begin with. As we age, skin and the fat pad under the eyes becomes thinner, causing blood vessels to become noticeable. This gives the appearance of dark circles. Sun damage can make it worse because it weakens skin.

Dark eyelids can also be caused from swelling in your lower eyelids. When you're lying down, gravity causes fluid to collect in your lower eyelids, which may create shadows below your eyes.

Dark circles are also caused by chronic sinus infections, recurrent colds, or blockage of the nose by large adenoids. Dark circles under the eyes are especially noticeable in children with fair complexions.

During pregnancy and menstruation the skin becomes pale and the veins under the skin become visible.

While dark circles under the eyes may be a bothersome cosmetic problem, they're very common and generally aren't considered too much of a health hazard.

Symptoms

The common symptoms which appears are-

  • Persistent eye rubbing
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Allergies
  • Hay fever
  • Allergic shiners
  • Dust allergy
  • Mold allergy
  • Eczema

Treatment

Moisturize the area with an eye cream containing nourishing antioxidants that help protect the skin, such as green-tea and grapeseed extracts, and vitamins C, E and K.

Any medications that you are taking that cause blood vessels to dilate; can cause circles under the eyes to darken. Because the skin under the eyes is very delicate, any increase blood flow shows through the skin.

The best way to prevent dark circles under the eyes is to eat, drink and sleep well, reduce stress and combat fatigue. When dark circles do occur, this site offers natural, inexpensive methods of reducing or curing them.

Using an under eye concealer is the best way to hide the unsightly dark circles. Do not choose a shade that is much lighters than your skin tone else it will accentuate the baggy dark circles. Dab concealer gently under the eyes and blend it with the foundation.

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