Dark circles - What Is The Cause?

Dark circles - What Is The Cause?

Tiredness? Lack of sleep? These are some factors to consider and can be one cause to this issue, there are other reasons for dark under-eye circles as well!

"The area under the eyes can appear darker due to constricted blood vessels causing hyperpigmentation, or from thinning of the skin around the eyes."

Major causes of dark circles under the eyes can be:

  • lack of sleep or poor sleeping habits
  • allergies, including hay fever
  • hyperpigmentation, which happens when the body produces more melanin
  • reduced levels of fatty tissue around the eyes
  • thinning skin under the eyes
  • anaemia from iron deficiency
  • overexposure to sunlight
  • frequent rubbing of the eyes
  • ageing
  • smoking
  • inherited genes
  • thyroid conditions
  • dehydration

Older age: Loss of fatty tissue and thinning of the skin around the eyes are part of the ageing process. These changes can make dark circles appear more defined in older adults. A tear trough is a hollow under the eyes, which can cause dark circles and is related to ageing.

Nonwhite ethnicity: Dark circles are more common in people with darker skin tones, and they affect people of colour more than white people. This risk factor is thought to be due to changes in pigmentation.

Genetics: Dark circles can be hereditary. Research has found that if someone has dark circles under their eyes, these also appear in some other family members.

What you can do about it Naturally!

Dark circles are rarely a cause for concern, but you may wish to reduce the appearance for your own self-confidence.

More sleep

People can make sure they are getting enough quality sleep each night to help reduce or prevent dark circles. Raising the head up on extra pillows may help reduce dark circles and swelling around the eyes.


Applying cucumber slices to the eyes may soothe tired eyes and reduce swelling. The high water and vitamin C content of cucumber may help to nourish and moisturize the skin. Cucumber also contains silica, which is essential for healthy tissue.

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