Dark eyes circles – how to manage them.

Are you one of the many women (or men) with dark eye circles? This is definitely one of the more difficult conditions to treat. Why? Because there are several causes, and many of these causes are in the deeper layers of the skin that are harder to get to.

Let’s look at 5 major causes of dark eye circles, and ways to help improve them. Note that mixed causes can be found in 1 person.

  1. Constitutional pigmentation – curved black or brown bands surrounding the upper and lower eyelids with a coarse texture
  2. Post-inflammatory – patchy hyperpigmentation of eyelids with dry skin and accentuated skin creases. There may be a family history of allergies and eczema.
  3. Shadow effects – deep sunken shadows of tear troughs which disappear with lighting.
  4. Vascular – Redness, a bluish tint, dilated capillaries show on stretching of skin, and usually seen on the inner aspects of lower eyelids.
  5. Other – due to conditions such as skin laxity, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances,  and illness.

Often dark circles have a family history and are seen in darker skin types. Let’s explore your treatment options:

Type 1 usually has superficial pigmentation in addition to deeper pigmentation. The superficial pigmentation can be improved with skin lightening agents, chemical peels, ingredients such as mandelic acid, niacinamide, retinol, vitamin C, tranexamic acid, azelaic acid, and peptides. These treatments also strengthen the skin which helps mask the deeper pigmentation which can be difficult to resolve.

Deeper pigmentation and vascular dark circles can be improved with medical treatments that improve circulation and stimulate collagen such as medical microneedling, platelet rich plasma (PRP) and dermal fillers.

Sunken areas under the eyes can be managed with medical treatments such as dermal fillers or fat injections.

Since several causes of dark circles can be found in 1 person, your physician may recommend a combination of treatments to get you the best results.

These are some of our Melanopeel® treatments that will help your dark circles. These products and treatments aim to:

  1. Lighten superficial skin pigmentation
  2. Build stronger and thicker skin under the eyes with more elasticity
  3. Promote circulation to remove deeper pigmentation
  4. Smooth the area under the eyes
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