Although dark eye circles are not dangerous, many people seek ways to treat or hide them. However, it may not be possible to remove them altogether.
Some people may think that dark circles under their eyes make them look tired and older, so they search for home remedies and treatments that can minimize their appearance.
Keep reading to learn more about how to remove or improve the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
Once a person understands why dark circles develop under their eyes, they can select an appropriate treatment. Some people change their lifestyle habits, while others turn to treatments and products that they find in beauty stores. While these are likely safe, most of these home treatments may be ineffective.
People may not be able to remove dark eye circles altogether, but several techniques and remedies can help minimize their appearance.
1. Getting adequate sleep
Some people notice dark eye circles when they experience periods of low-quality sleep. Lack of sleep may aggravate dark eye circles.
2. Elevating the head during sleep
People who experience darkening of the skin under their eyes in the morning that fades slightly throughout the day may have increased blood vessels or vasculature around their eyes. The darker color can also be the result of swelling.
By elevating the head during sleep, blood will travel away from the head and face and may reduce swelling and lessen the dark color under the eyes.
3. Applying cold compresses
People with increased vasculature under their eyes may benefit from applying cold compresses. Cold compresses can constrict the blood vessels around the eyes, which can reduce their appearance at the skin’s surface. Compresses can also reduce swelling around the eyes and lessen the dark color.
4. Minimizing sun exposure
People can reduce dark eye circles by protecting their skin from the sun. Ultraviolet radiation can worsen dark eye circles in
5. Cucumber slices and tea bags
Sometimes. people apply cucumber slices to their eyes to reduce the appearance of dark eye circles. Although the mechanism of its effect is unknown, the cold temperature of the cucumber slices may improve swelling due to sleeping, eczema, or allergies.
Some people also use tea bags. Letting them cool off in the fridge and then placing them on the eyes might produce the same effect as cold compresses or cold cucumber slices. Some suggest using
Caffeine can also speed up blood flow across blood vessels around the eyes and can give a youthful and fresh appearance to the skin.
It is important to note that researchers have not studied the effects of applying cucumber slices or cold tea bags to the eyes to prevent or treat dark eye circles.
6. Vitamin C
Vitamin C can
People may notice an improved appearance of dark circles under their eyes when using beauty products with high concentrations of vitamin C.
7. Retinoid creams
Retinoid creams, found in beauty stores, can also help
Retinoids creams are not appropriate for everyone. People should talk to their doctor or another healthcare professional before using retinoid creams.
8. Hydroquinone, kojic acid, and arbutin creams
Hydroquinone, kojic acid, and arbutin are compounds that disrupt the production of melanin in the skin. According to an article in the
Kojic acid and arbutin are naturally derived substances. In
Before using a beauty product containing hydroquinone, kojic acid, or arbutin, people should consult a doctor or dermatologist. Hydroquinone is only available as a prescription through your doctor. Previously it had been available over the counter, but the status was changed in 2021 following a ruling by the FDA.
9. Vitamin K
Further studies are needed to confirm the efficacy of vitamin K and caffeine loaded pads for reducing dark eye circles.
10. Concealers and makeup
Some people choose to use
Optical diffusers are a type of cosmetics that reflects light away from the skin and can improve the appearance of dark circles. These techniques do not treat or prevent dark eye circles.
To remove dark eye circles permanently, people need to figure out their cause. People can develop dark eye circles for multiple
- genetic factors
- presence of melanin in the dermal layer of the skin
- post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- secondary to eczema or allergies
- lifestyle habits
- swelling of the eyes
- presence of blood vessels at the skin surface
- shadowing due to thin skin
- lack of sleep
- alcohol overuse
People can change certain lifestyle factors to improve health and reduce the appearance of dark eye circles. However, a person cannot modify some other factors, such as genetics.
People can try to use products or methods to reduce the appearance of dark eye circles, but they may not be able to remove them entirely or permanently.
Dark eye circles under the eyes are not detrimental to a person’s health, but some people may choose to consult a doctor or dermatologist for cosmetic purposes. People who experience low self-esteem or poor quality of life because of dark eye circles may benefit from seeking medical help.
A doctor or dermatologist can help to diagnose and classify dark eye circles, which can help people choose the most appropriate treatment or lifestyle change. Doctors can also help people manage their expectations around the effectiveness of each treatment.
Bear in mind that most treatments require months of daily use before a person notices any significant change.
Sometimes doctors may
However, some people may require invasive techniques, such as:
- chemical peels
- medical tattoos
- ablative laser resurfacing
- hyaluronic acid gel soft tissue fillers
- fat transfer
People should only consider these options in extreme cases.
Dark eye circles are a common reason people consult a dermatologist.
Some people may not like the appearance of dark circles under their eyes and experience low self-esteem and reduced quality of life as a result, but it is important to remember that they are harmless.
Several medical treatments and home remedies can help reduce the appearance of dark eye circles. These may include cucumber slices and beauty products.
Although most of these treatments are safe to use, researchers have not confirmed their effectiveness in reducing dark eye circles.