Share 02/05/2019 5 Jaw-Dropping Causes of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes: What is the Best Solution? Dark circles under the eyes are most often associated with lack of sleep and fatigue. Whilst this can be one of the causes, there are many other reasons one can have dark circles. Let’s see what the most common causes are: • Reduced Sleep/Stress: Fatigue, lack of sleep or staying awake beyond your normal bedtime is often a reason for getting dark circles under your eyes. Sleep deprivation makes you appear pale making the dark tissues / blood vessels under your skin more pronounced. Sometimes there can also be fluid build-up under the eyes making them appear puffy. • Ageing: Natural ageing can also cause dark circles. This is because as one gets older, the skin becomes thinner and one tends to lose fat and collagen that help maintain elasticity. Once this begins to happen, the blood vessels under the skin become more visible causing the area to darken. • Pregnancy: During pregnancy, there are fluctuations in the levels of hormones, which can sometimes lead to dilation of small blood vessels around the eyes, which can make dark circles more apparent. Also, some women can suffer from insomnia during their pregnancy, leading to dark circles. • Allergies: Allergies and dryness in the eyes can cause dark circles. The body releases histamines as a natural response to an allergy. Besides causing discomfort, itchiness, redness / puffy eyes, histamines can cause blood vessels to dilate and become more visible leading to dark circles. • Dehydration: Often times, when one’s body does not receive adequate water, the skin beneath the eyes look dull and appear sunken. How to Reduce Dark Circles It is easy to combat dark circles! The easiest solution is to get more sleep, treat allergies and drink lots of water. If the reason for dark circles is dilated blood vessels, then a cold compress on the eyelids yields good results. You can also conceal dark circles with make-up. If you have any concerns about the development of dark under eye circles you should contact us at Aayush Eye Clinic A unit of Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital and we shall examine and advise you on the treatment options.