Dark circles under the eyes are one of the most common, and most visible, facial imperfections that we see here at Dr. Mariano Busso’s aesthetic dermatology clinic. That is why we offer our patients several safe, effective, and non-invasive treatment options for reducing dark circles.
These frustrating features are often a consequence of genetics. Getting older also plays a role, as it does with wrinkles, loss of volume, age spots, and myriad other skin problems. While you can’t fight your genes or turn back the clock, plenty of other contributing factors to the development of dark circles are within your control.
This includes lifestyle changes, such as getting more sleep and quitting smoking. But what you eat and drink – and what you don’t – can be critical to preventing dark under-eye circles. You need to ensure that your diet includes all of the essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your skin requires. When it comes to dark circles, perhaps the biggest dietary culprit is an insufficient amount of iron.
Iron deficiency is the leading nutritional disorder in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Up to 80 percent of the world’s population suffers from an inadequate amount of iron. It is estimated that up to 30 percent of people with anemia (a low number of red blood cells in the blood) develop the condition because of prolonged iron deficiency.
The decrease in red blood cells caused by iron deficiency and iron-related anemia slow down the oxygen flow in your blood and hemoglobin (which carries oxygen) can breakdown more easily. The combined effect of this lack of oxygen is to stifle the tissues underneath the eyes and cause that thin skin to appear dark or bruised.
The good news is that it is easy to increase your iron levels simply by eating iron-rich foods or taking iron supplements. Foods that can have an immediate impact on your body’s iron content include:
- red meat
Call Dr. Busso Today to Get Rid of Dark Circles
If you’ve changed your lifestyle and diet to fight dark circles but still can’t seem to make any progress in reducing their visibility, we can help. To schedule an in-person visit to discuss dark circle removal option, contact Dr. Busso’s office at 305-857-0144 or schedule an appointment online.