Dark circles are one of the most common non-hormonal skin issues seen today. These circles below and around the eyes have a number of causes ranging from the biological to the environmental.
What causes someone to get dark circles?
If one thing is certain it is that dark circles are an unavoidable truth of life. Many people think that these circles are caused by a lack of sleep and that is partly true. But there are other things that can lead to the development of dark circles around the eyes. Other common causes include lack of sleep, poor oxygen levels, and skin disorders. Dark circles age the way we look, make us look tired, and steals away our self-confidence.
The skin of the eyes show the blood vessels underneath very easily and when we are tired and worn out these show all the more- thus creating dark circles. Many creams, ointments, and homeopathic remedies exist that help reduce these effects but some people want a more natural approach that does not rely in chemicals and expensive creams and lotions.
What can aggravate the condition?
Common things that can may raccoon eyes worse include:
- Constant eye rubbing
- Sleep disorder or deprivation
- Anxiety and depression
- Hormonal imbalances
- Eye strain from lots of computer use
- Allergic reaction and allergy flare up
- Hay fever, colds, and flu
- Thin skin around the eyes
- Injury to the eye and surrounding tissue
- Eye injury and bruising
Dark rings around the eye can be caused by any of these above mentioned disorders and many of the can happen simultaneously, adding even more factors to make the circles darker and more prominent. To truly address the issue and reach the root of the problem you need to address the cause of the symptoms- get more sleep, reduce stress, improve overall health, and take care of yourself.
There is a serious lack of medically backed cures when it comes to treating dark circles rings around the eyes. There are many home remedies that can be used to address the issue and provide relief. Eye creams, lotions, and ointments are also easily available over the counter and by prescription. Select a product that works well with your skin type.
Possible cures for dark circles:
- Home cures for dark circles can be effective but they generally take much longer than creams and ointments. It is recommended to try home remedies for a safe way to reduce dark circles and to address mild cases of raccoon eyes. For more severe and persistent cases, strong medication may be needed.
- You can try tea bags and cucumbers on the eyelids as a way to calm the puffiness and irritation associated with dark circles. Both tea bags and cucumbers help draw out toxins, soothes the skin, reduces swelling, and helps restore normal skin tone. For mild cases these remedies can bring relief and offer you decent results.
- You will look and feel better when you eat well so make sure you have a healthy and nutritional diet. Lack of minerals and nutrients can cause skin changes, which can contribute to the appearance and severity of dark circles under the eyes. Food rich in iron and proteins can help as well.
- Be smart with your choice of a concealer. Try different shades to see what works best. Find a tone that will blend with your natural skin tone and that will also help cover and reduce the appearance and severity of the dark circles. Not all concealers are created equal so shop around and be smart with your final choice.
- One way to get temporary relief from irritated puffy eyes that are dark and baggy is to wrap a grated raw potato in cheese cloth. Hold this against the eyes or 15-20 minutes. You can also slice a potato and lay it over the eyes and get similar results. This can dry your skin somewhat so follow this treatment with a gentle moisturizing cream. To get the best results, do this once a day- before bed is a great time to fit it into your schedule.
- Discuss any severe cases, symptoms, problems, or concerns you may have with a medical expert. They can recommend a good strong cream that will work so you can make sure that you don’t waste your money. They will also be able to determine if there is some other underlying cause to your dark circles that needs to be addressed.
Frustration over dark circles under your eyes is something many people experience at least once in their lives. Human eyelids and the skin around the eyes are very delicate and respond to the smallest influences and stimuli. Dark circles can be caused by any number of things, including diet, lifestyle, and hereditary tendencies. This is not something you have to take laying down though and there are plenty of ways you can begin tackling these dark circle issues without using expensive creams and harsh chemicals.