Nobody likes looking in the mirror to see dark under-eye circles staring back at them. The fact that dark circles are one of the most common facial skin imperfections doesn’t make them less frustrating and unattractive. Fortunately, at Dr. Mariano Busso’s Miami-Coconut Grove aesthetic dermatology clinic, we offer a range of effective, convenient, safe, and non-invasive treatment options for reducing dark under-eye circles.
But while we can do a great job of reducing the visibility and prominence of dark circles, it is important to understand the factors that play a role in their development in the first place. Here are the top nine causes of under-eye circles:
- Your genes. As with so many of the characteristics that make us the people we are, our genetics has an oversized impact on whether or not we are prone to dark under-eye circles. Individuals belonging to more melanin-rich genetic groups are more predisposed to dark circles than others with fairer skin.
- Not enough ZZZZZs. Since the skin under your eyes is very thin, whatever is going on under the surface is likely to be visible above. When you don’t sleep enough, the blood vessels and capillaries under your eyes can dilate, creating a dark tint. Dilation may also lead to puffiness, as fluids can leak out into the skin. The solution to this problem isn’t complicated: Get more sleep.
- Dehydration. When your body is dehydrated, it holds on to the water it has, which can cause puffiness and bags under the eyes. Drinking eight glasses of water a day not only will help with your appearance but it will also keep your entire body healthy.
- Smoking. There are a million reasons not to smoke or give up smoking, and preventing dark circles is one of them.
- Insufficient iron. If you don’t have enough iron in your bloodstream, oxygen flow will decrease and stifle the tissues underneath your eyes. Increase your iron intake by eating iron-rich foods such as red meat, poultry, pork, seafood, spinach, and beans.
- Your medications. Certain prescription medications can have the unwanted side effect of dilating the blood vessels under your eyes dilated or encouraging fluid retention. This can enlarge capillaries and cause a build-up of lymphatic fluid.
- Too much booze. Large amounts of alcohol make your liver work much harder than it should and decreases the amount of oxygen in your blood. Booze is also a vasodilator, which means that it causes blood vessels to open further causing a swollen, puffy appearance and increasing the bluish color in under-eye skin.
- Not enough vitamin C. Boosting collagen levels can be the key to strong, healthy, and more youthful-looking skin. A lack of enough collagen can lead to wrinkles and sagging skin, including the skin under your eyes. Vitamin C is a great way to increase your body’s collagen level naturally. Leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale, berries and citrus fruits, and nuts and seeds are all excellent sources of vitamin C.
- Not enough vitamin B12. An insufficient amount of vitamin B12 can cause anemia. Two common symptoms of anemia are pale skin and tiredness, both of which can accentuate dark circles. Add foods rich in B12 to your diet, such as meats, seafood, and leafy green vegetables.
Get Rid of Dark Under-Eye Circles: Call Dr. Busso Today
If you see dark circles under your eyes when you look in the mirror and are ready to do something about them, we can help. To schedule an in-person consultation to discuss under-eye circle removal, contact Dr. Mariano Busso’s office at 305-857-0144 or schedule an appointment online.