What Causes Dark Circles Under Your Eyes?

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What are Dark Circles?

Dark circles under the eyes is basically a situation where a person gets discoloration under and around the eyes due to a number of different factors. This can be quite an inconvenience for a lot of people, especially women because having dark circles makes a person look tired and gaunt. Getting dark circles is quite common, especially for those of us who tend to stay up late. It is quite important to note, though that some people, due to their skin type and genetics, are more prone to getting dark circles than others. Since it is a quite common occurrence among most people, it is still important to know about the causes and treatments for dark circles. This way, you will know how to deal with it in the event that you end up waking up with dark circles around your eyes.

Various Causes of Under Eye Dark Circles

Dark Circles Due to Lack of Sleep:

Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Lack of sleep is the most common cause of dark circles in most people. This is probably because the lack of sleep tends to make the skin look a lot paler than usual. Since a lot of blood vessels are located around the eyes, when the skin looks pale, the blood vessels become more prominent, which results in the appearance of a bluish shadow under the eyes. Lack of sleep has also been said to mess up the circulation around the eyes, so the skin around the eye area will also tend to look dehydrated and dull.

Dark Circles Due to Allergies and Skin Disease:

Itching and irritation due to allergies, psoriasis, eczema and asthma are also associated with under eye dark circles. The rubbing and scratching of the skin around the eyes sometimes causes the blood vessels to swell up and sometimes burst, which makes the skin around the eye area look dark and sallow.

Dark Circles Due to Aging:

It is no secret that the skin loses collagen as it ages. This means that the skin will become thinner and more translucent as a person gets older. This means that a lot of the skin discolorations will become more visible, which of course includes dark circles around the eyes.

Dark Circles Due to Serious Illness:

Some cases of dark circles can be attributed to underlying illnesses. People who suffer from liver disease tend to experience skin discolorations like liver spots around the body. Having dark circles is also actually quite common as the blood vessels tend to dilate because of the liver condition. Having dark circles around the eyes is also known to be a symptom of anemia. This is when the body lacks the sufficient supply of iron, which tends to make the skin look pale. When a person suffers from anemia, the skin also does not get the proper supply of oxygen, which makes the skin around the eyes look darker and more dehydrated.

Conclusion

In general, dark circles are quite easy to deal with. Most women simply opt to put a few dabs of concealer on the dark circles to minimize the discoloration and to help make their face look a bit brighter. It all really depends on how bad the dark circles are, as some make the effort to layer on foundation, concealer and powder to counteract dark circles. If the cause of the dark circles is simply the lack of sleep, then the best solution is to just make up for the sleep that you lost. Sleep, in combination with drinking lots of water and making sure that you use a good eye cream will do wonders for the skin around the eyes in terms of helping it recover.

It is a fact that most, of not all persons in this world will have to contend with dark circles around the eyes a few times in their lifetime. This is why it is important to keep yourselves informed when it comes to the causes and treatments for this skin issue. Apart from the treatments and quick fixes that were previously mentioned, the best and probably most overlooked course of action is prevention. This means having a solid skin care regimen, which you start doing at an early age, having a healthy lifestyle and sleeping well. This is the proactive approach to take care of the skin around the eyes, which can help prevent dark circles and delay the signs of skin damage.

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