If you were to describe the characteristics of someone who is sleep deprived, you’d use words like “tired,” “grumpy,” and “slow.” You would also likely say that their barely open eyes have dark circles under them. Indeed, a lack of sleep often does lead to unattractive under-eye circles and bags. But even the most well-rested person in the world can still wake up to those dark circles because sleep deprivation is only one of the causes of this condition.
If you’re sleeping an ample eight hours or more per night, yet your skin is looking like you’ve just pulled an all-nighter, other factors are likely at play. And many of these factors make it difficult or impossible to resolve the issue without aesthetic treatment or a lifestyle overhaul.
In addition to lack of sleep, four other potential causes for the dark circles you see in the mirror could be:
- Vascular Problems. The skin under our eyes is some of the thinnest in the body, and it only gets thinner as we grow older. This means that it increasingly reveals more of what’s going on beneath the surface, which includes the fine capillaries running underneath your eyes. In fair-skinned people, these exposed capillaries can lend the skin a bluish tint, while in more olive-skinned folks, the skin under their eyes may appear more brown or yellowish. Blood thinners and similar medications may exacerbate the problem.
- Heredity. Genetics play a big role in dark circles and unfortunately cannot be prevented, only treated.
- Allergies. Congestion leads to blood vessel dilation, which leads to a darker look underneath the eyes. Similarly, hay fever or contact dermatitis caused by an allergic reaction can have the same effect.
- Poor Diet. Lack of adequate nutrition can have a devastating effect on your skin and as well as your overall health. Iron deficiency, in particular, decreases the flow of oxygen in your blood, stifling the tissues underneath the eyes.
While temporary dark circles can be relieved by getting to bed earlier, de-stressing your schedule or shifting poor eating habits, some dark circles can’t be cured at home.
At Dr. Mariano Busso’s Miami aesthetic dermatology clinic, we offer procedures which can help patients with dark circles or bags under their eyes. Lower Eyelid Rejuvenation and Dark Circles Reduction is designed for patients with specific complaints of under-eye wrinkling, lower eyelid drooping, and prominent bags under the eyes. Dr. Busso’s unique Eyelid Rejuvenation is customized to each patient’s individual needs, using a combination of approaches.
To schedule an in-person visit to discuss dark circle removal, contact Dr. Busso’s office at 305-857-0144 or schedule an appointment online.