8 Causes Of Dark Circles You Should Be Aware Of August 8, 2016

No one wants to end up looking like a giant panda! Unfortunately, dark circles seem to have become a part of everyday life for many. Most of the people attribute those pools of dark circles to various reasons ranging from exhaustion, lack of sleep to the computer screen light. But before we give you the exact causes, let us give you a brief on exactly what they are and the myths related to them.

What are Dark Circles?

Dark Circles are the half-moon bluish black patch that is formed under our lower eyelids. Dark circles make you look older, tired, stressed, sick, depressed and just plain bad. There is a common myth that dark circles are formed only after a certain age. But the truth is that if you study throughout the night, next morning you are sure to find those ugly black marks under your eyes. What causes dark circles?

Common Causes Of Dark Circles:

There can be many reasons for dark circles occurrence, some of the causes are:

1. Genetics:

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Blame it on your parents? Well, it’s true. Dark circles are hereditary and research indicates that genetics play a major role in passing down dark circles in coming generations.

2. Aging:

The skin around your eyes is delicate and thin and as you age, the skin becomes thinner. The thin skin makes the blood vessels more prominent.

3. Unhealthy Habits:

Excessive smoking and consumption of alcohol can lead to dark circles getting prominent. Excessive smoking makes your blood vessels appear more prominent, thus causing the dark circles. And of course, it is a no-brainer that smoking and consuming alcohol don’t do any wonders for your health. Also, try to avoid caffeinated drinks.

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4. Nutritional Deficiency:

Poor nutrition and diet can also cause dark circles. If your daily diet lacks the required dose of essential vitamins and nutrients, you are likely to have dark circles around the eyes.

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5. Fatigue and lack of sleep:

Inadequate sleep often results in dark circles under the eyes. It is a known fact that lack of sleep makes your skin look pale because of which the dark circles become more prominent. Do ensure that you get a minimum of 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

6. Not Removing Eye Makeup:

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If you love eye makeup, ensure that you get rid of it before you sleep. Clean your eyes with a good cleanser, wash your face to get rid of the excess oil and dirt and follow up with a light moisturizer. Just before you sleep, use a good quality eye gel that will soothe your eyes while you sleep.

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7. Hormonal Changes:

The phases of pregnancy, post pregnancy and menstruation can cause a lot of hormonal changes within your body. The changes clubbed with an entire gamut of lifestyle changes can cause stress and leads to dark circles under the eyes.

8. Dehydration:

If you do not drink 8 glasses of water to keep your body hydrated every day, chances are that you will have dark circles under your eyes.

These are the 8 most common causes for dark circles under eyes.

Other factors:

Allergies are also major cause of dark circles. In such cases, consult a dermatologist. Taking multi vitamins may also help to prevent dark circles. Blocked nose can cause the same problem as the veins around the sinuses are darkened. Mental stress tends to make the skin dark as well. Reduce your stress levels and be relaxed. Relaxing makes your skin healthy and young. Iron deficiency anemia may cause a bluish tinge below the eyes. Also, avoid rubbing eyes as it may result in allergies.

Hope you like this article highlighting the main causes of dark circles is informative. Please leave us a comment.

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  • Ekantika

    Nicely wrote! i’ll note this tips..thanks :)

  • TanayaPatil

    useful article i will be cautious thanks prats

  • LoukyaVerma

    Very useful article i will definitely take care thanks for the info

  • Rohini

    I have some dark circle is there a good way to reduce them

  • Tanuja

    nice article very informative thanks for sharing

    • Prats

      Welcome!

  • Prats

    @Rohini : If you apply make up, then wipe off all traces of make up before you sleep and use a mild but effective eye gel that will clear the dark circles with regular use.

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    We are glad to know that you found our article to be informative and useful Batul :-)