Combat Dark Eye Circles by Identifying the Cause

There are a number of problems that occur around the eye area which make people look much older than they really are. Dark circles make people look exhausted, for example.

Eye wrinkles, puffy eyes, and dark eye circles are problems most people must face and arise from a number of different reasons. Most of these eye concerns come with aging, but genetics can determine how quickly aging occurs. People with deep set eyes can have the appearance of dark circles because of shadows that may appear.

This article will discuss:

Causes of dark eye circles

While many people believe dark circles result from lack of sleep, there are a number of causes for dark eye circles from genetics to diseases. In some cases, dark circles could be a sign of more serious health problems so it is crucial to identify the cause.

Dark eye circles begin in the blood capillaries around the eye area, or periorbital skin. Sometimes the red blood cells in the capillaries escape into the skin. This occurs all over the body, but the reason we see the dark circles in the eye area is because the under eye area is so thin and translucent. The capillaries are also very close to the skin.

Here are some other causes for dark circles:

  • Thinning skin. When aging occurs, the skin becomes thinner while the fat underneath the skin is lost. Thinner skin allows the blood vessels under the eyes to become more noticeable.
  • Allergies. Food allergies and sensitivities can cause dark circles. Identify allergens to see if that is the root of dark circles.
  • Genetics. People with lighter skin have more noticeable dark circles. This can be an inherited trait.
  • Fluid retention. Smoking, medication, and high amounts of sodium can cause the under eye area to be more dilated.
  • Lack of sleep. Not enough sleep causes thin skin to become thinner, and dark circles more visible.
  • Dehydration. Drink enough water to keep the eye area healthy.
  • Anemia. Lack of nutrients and iron can cause eyes to become darker.
  • Sun expose. The sun can cause an increase in pigmentation under the eyes, causing dark circles.

How to prevent dark circles

Even if the cause of dark circles is genetics, there are some ways to prevent dark circles or reduce the appearance of them. Instead of using homemade concoctions to reduce dark eye circles, aim for a healthier lifestyle which will make dark eye circles less noticeable and will results in better overall health.

To prevent dark eye circles:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Apply sunscreen under the eyes; use SPF 15 or 30 at least.
  • Get enough sleep. Sleeping with an elevated head can reduce dark circles.
  • Reduce sodium intake.
  • Exercise to improve circulation.
  • Avoid rubbing eyes. Periorbital skin is very delicate.

Reducing the appearance of dark eye circles

With plenty of rest and Dr. Perricone’s Ceramic Eye Smoother, the appearance of dark circles and discoloration will diminish.

Ceramic Eye Smoother is formulated with:

  • DMAE. DMAE provides firming and toning benefits, enhances facial contours, and enhances strength of other antioxidant therapies.
  • Beta Glucans and Xylitol. These compounds attract hydration and bind moisture to the skin.
  • Microspheres. Microspheres reduce fine lines and size of enlarged pores while leaving a flawless smooth surface.
  • Fullereness. This provides antioxidant protection, reduces appearance of skin imperfections, and soothes skin.

This cream should be gently applied to the eye area every morning for instant and long term benefits.

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  1. I have dark circles, I think from allergies, and I’ve had them all my life. I’m going on 60 and really wish there was some way to reduce them, as well as the wrinkles on my cheeks and upper lip lines!

  2. I would LOVE to become a tester for your products. I can’t wait to receive my free samples.
    It would be amazing to find something to help my dark circles, they really make me look older than I am. (43)

  3. I am currently 21 years old. All the women in my family have dark circles under their eyes and I have started to get some as well!! Would love to try this and ANY product you’d like to send my way!! I love trying things and recommending them to my friends! Thanks!!

  4. I just paid $125 for a product that was SUPPOSED to guarantee me results. NOPE!!! Didn’t work. I have had dark circles under my eyes since I was 19 years old. I have stopped eating certain foods, using certain products, etc….EVERYTHING! Nothing has worked as of yet. Please, please, please let me be a product tester. I need help with this issue!!!

  5. I would love to become a tester of products like these. I have a particular interest in help with dark circles under the eye.

  6. You have no idea everything I have tryed to get rid of my dark circles. I would love to test this.

  7. I would LOVE to become a tester for your products! I have had dark circles under my eyes ever since I can remember and I am 60 years old now. Have tried many products to no avail and would appreciate any product that can help my problem.

    Please let me test it for you!

    Betty Baum

  8. I have tried many products for my dark circles but they have not worked. I would love to try this product.

  9. over the past year, I’ve noticed dark circles getting worse and I use eye cream, but I need something better. I want to look fresh and awake even when I’m not.

  10. I’m really excited to try your products

  11. I would love to try this I have low iron and I struggle with my health and the dark circles make me look worse

  12. I have had this issue ever since I have had children and no matter how much sleep I get they just dont seem to go away compleatly. It would be really nice to look rested for once in a long time.

  13. I would love to become a test for this product. I’m only 32 years old and I’ve inherited my dad’s baggy eyes. I have tried everything! Im a photographer and luckily I can photoshop my puffiness out of pictures, but Id rather not have to do that being that I’m so young.

  14. i’m only 36 years old but signs of aging troubles me, real dark circles around my eyes, crow’s feet, laugh lines and lines on my forehead. I tried different products before but no help so I would love to test your products and be of any help in improving your products.

  15. Sadly, I have very dark circles under my eyes. I truly do not understand why, I get a full eight hours of sleep each night, as well as use creams and gels for my undereye, as well and drink a lot of water. I frankly do not quite understand, I really hope that Dr. Perricone’s product would really help me and eliminate the dark circles that I tend to get every time I wake up! My co-workers always think I never get enough sleep!

  16. I would like to test your products,especially for eyes.

  17. It would be so great to find a product that actually would help with the dark circles under my eyes!

  18. So excited about this product! I’ve been dealing with dark circles due to allergies for a couple of years now. It’s so embarrasing! I hope this will do the trick.

  19. I would love to be a tester of this product! Thank you so much!!

  20. As a fairly new baby boomer, I would certainly put the anti-aging products to good testing. I already belong to several other groups that test different products, but nothing for skin care and body wellness. I feel that I belong to the loudest majority of our population today, which only become more vocal and vital. Let me give my honest opinion about your products. Thank you.

  21. Great blog! I’d love to be a product tester. I have tons of skin concerns that I’m sure your products could address!

  22. I have always had dark circles and been very self conscious about it. I wonder if this would help

  23. i’ve tried almost every product out there for under eye and nothing seems to would be great if this product really work..

  24. I would love to try this product. I have dealt with dark circles since I was about 12 yrs old…I am now 37. I absolutely hate it. Even with make up I can’t hide it.

  25. I have tried tons of products to combat bags and Under eye circles and nothing has helped. Can your product work for me? I’d like to try it. Please I just turned 50 and I don’t want to look soooooo tired and old! Thanks in advance

  26. I would honoured to have a chance to test Dr Perricones products. They are wonderful and unique. I have tried almost everything out there for under eye circle and puffiness and NOTHING has ever made a remote difference or worked. I have faith in Dr. Perricone’s line and i dont eat much salt and have a good diet so would love a chance to test his eye products and all the others!

  27. have terrible dark circles, would love to test product.

  28. No matter how much water I drink or sleep I get, I cannot seem to get rid of the dark circles under my eyes. I have tried many products and nothing seems to work. I want to look normal and not have people keep asking me if I am tired all the time. I would love to see if your product works!

  29. if I could find a product to really work on dark circles, I would love to give anything a try! Wrinkles too ;)

  30. Hate that I have dark under eyes circles. My mom does too and I can’t believe I got them sooo early. Would love help reducing there look.

  31. I’d love to test this product!

  32. I have had a serious problem with dark circles for as long as i can remember! I can’t leave home without concealer in my handbag.I have tried the no foundation foundation and i am in love with it so i assume if anyone can help me with my under eye problem it’s you :)

  33. My overall skin health is great since i’ve been following dr.perricone’s books. BUT, I work at home, and I work late nights. I have a broad spectrum light, and try to get out to see the daylight as much as possible. Still, sitting in front of a computer screen, in a windowless room that is my home office has really put a strain on my eyes and the skin around it. I have bags and dark circles now, something that was never a problem for me. I’d rather use some quality skin care than only rely on concealer, which is not always fool-proof.

  34. would love to test this product…I have really dark circles!

  35. i’d love to be a product tester for any and all of your items!

  36. I have dark circles under my eyes and would like to be a product tester for Perricone.

  37. I have tried everything to diminish my dark circles. Nothing has worked! Would love to try this product & hope I win! :) I am 37 yrs old & was diagnosed with MS 7 1/2 yrs ago. The med’s for my many different symptoms has aged me & would like to look younger than my actual age.

  38. I would love to be able to test products for you. Under eye circles are a huge problem for me. I’d love to see them go away. I’m going to start by drinking more water…. RIGHT now!

  39. I tried the Ceramic Eye Smoother after getting hooked on the Ceramic Skin Smoother. After having a baby and being awake most of the night, I had awful under eye circles. I noticed a significant difference almost immediately and it even felt like the skin around my eyese was more “awake.” Love it!

  40. I have always had dark circles, but they have gotten worse as I get older. Concealer doesn’t really cut it. I have tried all kinds of eye creams and treatments that promise results, but don’t deliver. It would be nice to see if your product delivered.

  41. I hate my dark circle!!! I have them alllll the time. People always ask me if I got any sleep. They look even more prominent in pictures! Sure I can put makeup on and try to cover them up but I would love a real solution!

  42. I’ve had dark circles under my eyes as long as I can remember. I spend a fortune on concealers. I’ve been searching for a product to help with my dark circles. Sounds like Dr. Perricone’s Eye Smoother might just be it.

  43. I’m anxious to try your products, especially the one that reduces dark eye circles. I’ve had this problem for several years & have not found anything that helps.

  44. I would love to be a product tester! I have battled dark circles for years due to allergies and then when kids came along the lack of sleep make them worse.

    Karen Partin

  45. I’d love to be a tester…especially for this! :D

  46. I found the information provided very informative and interesting. At 44, I have noticed many things changing about my appearance and definitely like seeing that there are products here to help maintain and prevent this process.

  47. I would like to become a product tester please

  48. Does this cream help with genetics? I have always had them and inherited them from my dad’s side of the family. I do currently use an eye cream and it helps but not enough.

  49. I am always interested in improving the appearance of my skin.

  50. I have very dark circles under my eyes from using medications. i would love to see how this product works.