Dark Eye Circles

Under Eye Circles Treatment | Illinois Dermatology Institute

At IDI, we believe you can look and feel your best – even if you have dark circles under your eyes. Darker areas under your eyes can hurt your self-esteem due to dehydration, genetics, or fatigue.

The good news is that dark circles usually don’t indicate a health problem. But we understand if you want to lighten or remove them for aesthetic reasons. And we’re here to help you get the best treatment option.

To schedule a consultation, please make an appointment today.

To learn more about dark circles, here’s a look at what causes them and the various treatment options available at IDI.

What are Dark Under Eye Circles?

When the area of the skin under your eyes looks darkened, you have dark circles under your eyes. The dark area might be dark black, light brown, purple, or even blue.

Along with the color, dark eye circles have multiple components:

  • Atrophy (Thinning) of the skin, allowing a shadow to occur
  • Pigmentation, idiopathic or postinflammatory
  • Superficial arteries and veins
  • Dilatation of capillaries

These darker areas can affect just about anyone. But they are most common in older people, people with a family history, and people with darker skin tones.

The main problem for most men and women? The darker circles make you look much older and tired than you are.

This is why many people seek treatment for under-eye circles.

So what causes them? There are many possible causes of dark under-eye circles, from insufficient water to genetics (ouch!). However, as mentioned above, it’s usually not a severe medical issue.

Dark Eye Circles: Causes and Treatment

Some common causes of dark eye circles include:

  • Dehydration: Not drinking enough water might make the skin under your eyes look darker and dull.
  • Dermatitis: Your under-eye area might seem darker with skin conditions such as eczema and contact dermatitis. This is because both skin conditions cause your blood vessels to dilate and show under your skin.
  • Genetics: Maybe you were born with it? Many studies reveal that dark circles run in genes.
  • Hyperpigmentation: Our skin gets its color from melanin. However, when we’re out in the sun for too long, it might cause our body to produce more melanin, which might also cause dark circles under our eyes.
  • Lifestyle factors: Smoking, stress, and drinking too much alcohol can all cause dark circles under your eyes.

Treatment Options

At IDI, we encourage you to contact us for a proper diagnosis of under-eye circles. With a proper consultation, we can suggest the right treatment option to lighten or eliminate the dark areas.

Some treatment options include:

  • Low concentrations of retinoids or creams containing growth factors should be tried first to obtain some thickening of eyelid skin.
  • Injection of Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
  • Laser resurfacing
  • Topical creams and bleaching agents
  • Chemical peels
  • Tissue fillers
  • Eyelid surgery

Please schedule an appointment for cosmetic dermatology. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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