Don’t you just hate the appearance of shallow, dark circles under your eyes? Well, fret no more! Here is a detailed post about the causes and remedies of this hideous problem.

Dark circles may be hereditary or part of the ageing process or can even be caused by stress. Dark circles are a problem that occurs irrespective of your skin colour and type. They make you look much older than you actually are! The skin around your eyes is very thin and delicate which makes these dark circles even more prominent. As this region does not have oil glands, it needs special care and attention.

Dark circles are characterized by the blood vessels present underneath the skin’s surface around the eyes. The blood leaks out from the capillaries making the vessels visible through the skin. This discolouration of the skin is likely to affect everyone at some point of time, but for few the darkness around the eyes is seemingly constant and just refuses to leave.

Dark circles can develop at any age but are mainly visible during adolescence, early 20’s and especially in the old age. You can minimize the appearance of dark circles and in some cases completely get rid of them. The most efficient way to prevent dark circles is by following a nutritious diet, which includes fresh fruits and vegetables, salads, yogurt, sprouts, dairy products, unprocessed milk, lentils and beans. Daily exercises along with deep breathing helps blood circulation, oxygenation and controlling stress.

Causes Of Dark Circles:

There are numerous causes of dark circles. Relevant information about the different causes of dark circles will help you choose a better treatment plan. Here are some of the most common causes:

1. Hereditary:

One of the major causes of dark circle is heredity. You are most likely to develop dark circles if your parents also suffer from the same. It happens because your family might have a tendency of having thin skin layer around the eyes or having more blood vessels than the average lot. Or, both the cases can be present. This leads to awfully bad dark circles.

2. Broken Blood Vessels:

If the blood vessels which supply blood underneath the eyes ruptures, it leads to limited blood supply. When the haemoglobin level, oxygen carrying molecule, within the blood is reduced, the result is skin darkening.

3. Anaemia:

Iron deficiency often lead to shortage of oxygenated blood which further aggravates dark circles. Anemia results in improper blood supply.  Therefore, the capillaries under the eyes supply insufficient oxygen. Yet dark circles alone do not signify that a person is suffering from anemia. There might be other reasons involved as well.

4. Hyperpigmentation:

Perorbital hyperpigmentation is a condition in which the production of melanin around the eyes is more active than average, thus resulting in dark circles.

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5. Nutritional Causes:

Not having a proper, balanced diet could be a major cause of dark circle. Deficiency in some nutrients, like iron and Vitamin E can lead to dark circles. Moreover, the type of medications which dilate blood vessels and make them more apparent, cause the emergence of dark circles.

6. Allergies:

Allergies such as hay fever, dust allergy and mild allergy not only cause itchy eyes, but can also cause skin discolouration which appears as dark circles under the eyes. Some allergies can be treated with medicines, but most drugs often cause dehydration which may cure the itching but may leave you with dark circles around the eyes.
a healthy skin and refreshed eyes

7. Dehydration:

Dehydration also leads to emergence of dark circles. Dehydration symptoms include a dry mouth, dry skin, fatigue, dark coloured urine and of course dark circles. In mild cases, drinking electrolyte rich beverages and adequate consumption of sodium might solve the problem. But if the dehydration is more severe, you may need medical attention.

8. Smoking:

Smoking leads to vascular problems constricting the blood vessels. This leads to poor circulation of blood which makes the under eye darkness more prominent.

9. Lack of Sleep:

While it may not be the major cause of dark circles, lack of sleep can lead to stress and other health related problems creating a paler, fatigued skin which create hollows under the eyes and makes the dark circle more noticeable. A good 8 hours sleep will be more than sufficient and will help to ward off exhausted looking eyes.

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  • Deepakshi

    Thanks a lot. Pls keep doing such good informative article. and also cfm if such remedies will remove eye bags. If not then what is the home remedy for I bags.

  • Nimrata

    helpful article :) thanks arshi !!

  • KalpanaMalhotra

    Massage with almond oil under and around eyes at bed time daily for 2 weeks for removing dark patches under eyes naturally. i used it always.. nice article :)

    • anjali

      what kind of almond oil??? can we use almond hair oil

      • StyleCraze

        Hi Anjali, the almond oil used to apply on dark circles is organic or sweet almond oil and not the almond hair oil.

  • Rohini

    Dark circles can develop at an early age, like adolescence and early 20s, recently i have this problem too. Cucumber juice is a common remedy. so i used it.. now its ok :) nice article arshi :)

  • Divyasri

    Nice tips arshi thanks for sharing with us

  • Deepshika

    I think this is a very useful tip to reduce the dark circles which is a big problem in the youth nowadays.I work for a software company and it becomes really hard to avoid dark circles under my eyes which makes me look so dull and lose my self confidence.I think i’m definitely gonna try all these remedies now . Thank you

  • Kriti

    I have really stubborn dark circles. .. Have tried almond oil and body shop vitamin e cream for more than 2 months now. .. No results

    • soujanya rao

      these natural remedies do work it takes a long tme as you have tried it… But the dark away do not take much tme .. It shows effect from the day one…. try darkaway….

    • nadiya firdouse

      u should try ‘DarkAway’
      tremendous results from day 1 itself..

      • rishikas

        Yes, DarkAway really works…my dark circles are all gone..thanks a lot nadiya…..

  • Rukminder

    Pls suggest me best under eye cream

  • mari

    Plz give a medicine for under eye dark circles

    • Aleena

      For Medicine its better to use darkaway dark circles cream. i tried every thing else i found this one to be the best working for dark circles . it give u fast result.

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    • Richa

      Thanks and do try the remedies! :)

  • Amit Kumar

    I am getting marriage on 26 Feb…..give me some tips for glowing face, I am 25 years old man

  • Sipra Dash

    I have been using the Oriflame Essentials eye contour gel for the past week and i can already see some changes in the under eye region. I hope this solves my problem and get me ready for the vacation next month.

    Do not take it from me, make your own decision.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Shweta, proper sleep and nutrition are essential to get rid of dark circles. You can follow simple procedures of putting cucumber/fig slices over your eyes for 15-20 mins regularly or other methods as mentioned above in the article. For emergency attending a party or can invest on buying a good eye concealer to give an instant fresh look.

  • Treat My Dark Circle

    I tried many methods to treat my dark circles and finally found Rodal bee Venom Eye Cream to be effective.

  • patel priyank

    dark circle since last 4 years. i confused about the following comment. please give a best a comment. i tryed every thing all in home care. but no results… pllzzzzz plzzz helpppp!

    • StyleCraze

      Dear Priyank, you can try any of the remedies mentioned above in the article regularly to get rid of dark circles…also ensure that you stay away from stress, stay hydrated. Includes fresh fruits, coconut water and plain water in your diet. Good and undisturbed sleep of 7-8 hours is important too. Hope you find these tips to be useful.

  • StyleCraze

    Dear Nelly, if applying almond oil hasn’t worked for you then you can try other methods too such as dip cotton balls in rose water and keep on the under eye area for 20 minutes, everyday or apply cold milk or iced water compress over the eyes and leave for 15 – 20 min. This is also quite effective. If none of the remedies work for you, then consult a doctor to know the cause of your condition.

  • StyleCraze

    Dear Berok, proper sleep and nutrition are essential to get rid of dark circles. You can follow simple procedures of putting cucumber/fig slices over your eyes for 15-20 mins regularly. For emergency attending a party or can invest on buying a good eye concealer to give an instant fresh look. Olay Regenerist Eye Regenerating Cream, RoC’s Correxion Eye Cream and Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector are few names of the cream that you can try too.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Zaara, lack of sleep and taking stress often leads to dark circles. Some of the best remedies on how to get rid of dark circles lie in our kitchen.
    1. Cucumber and potatoes are the effective remedies for dark circle. You can apply any of these two on your eyes. Slice or grate the two vegetables and place the slice over the eyes. You can also use the juice and dab some with a cotton ball.
    2. Apply almond oil around your eyes and leave it overnight. Wash if off gently after waking up in the morning.
    Follow any of these remedies regularly for a couple of weeks. Sleep for at least 7-8 hours and keep your self hydrated.