• Doug Cook

Causes of dark circles under the eyes

Most people believe that dark circles under the eyes are due to fatigue, lack of sleep or long hours of watching the computer/TV.

Dark circles may be a sign of a health problem.  Some experts associate them with diseases such as anemia, dehydration, or liver problems.

They can also appear when some red blood cells go out of the capillaries. This triggers the production of enzymes that destroy red blood cells.

It is the process of destruction that darkening under the eyes.  For this reason, people with thinner and more sensitive skin are most prone to dark circles.

However, the most common causes of dark circles under the eyes are:

  1. Aging

The skin under the eyes is very thin and delicate. As we mature the skin  gets even thinner, making the blood vessels more visible in this area.

  1. Genetics

Hereditary predisposition and genetics can also play a major role in this condition.

  1. Food deficiency

Dark circles under the eyes may also be due to improper nutrition.

  1. Lack of sleep and constant fatigue

The lack of sleep or exhaustion can make the skin pale, thus creating a greater difference between the color of the body skin and its color under the eyes.

  1. Cigarettes and alcohol

They both can show up on your face leaving dark circles under your eyes. These habits sometimes cause one staying up late at night or sometimes early in the morning, which is also badly reflected on the skin, outlining even more dark circles.

  1. Sun exposure

Increased sun exposure can result in pigmentation of the skin’s surface and dark circles under the eyes. Prolonged exposure to sunlight produces more melanin around the eyes than usual.

Excessive melanin in the epidermis makes the skin brown and the excess melanin in the dermis makes it look blue-grayish.

  1. Hormonal changes

In women, the skin undergoes dramatic changes in the different phases of life.

Women are more prone to developing dark circles under the eyes during pregnancy or during menstruation.

  1. Allergies

If you experience itching in the eye area, rubbing and rubbing the skin there may cause dark circles. Another reason can be food allergies.

  1. Anemia

Low levels of iron are the most common form of anemia, and iron deficiency is one of the most common causes of dark circles under the eyes. Also, anemia can make your skin look pale and ashy.

  1. Dehydration

Тhe truth is that insufficient water-intake is also one of the most common causes of dark circles under the eyes. Water helps flush out the toxins from your system and thereby reducing the amount of salt concentration in and around the eye area.


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