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Dark eye circles| causes and treatment for adults and children

Dark eye circles

Most of us, including our children, suffer from dark eye circles.

To be more specific, it is the darkening of the skin around the eyes.

It usually doesn’t mean a health problem; it appears mostly because of tiredness and aging.

Nothing, however, can prevent you from controlling your skin; science is advancing every day.


Causes of dark eye circles

So many factors influence their appearance, and once we know what is causing them, it is much easier to solve the problem. 

Here are some of these factors:

  • Fatigue and tiredness.
  • Eye strain, caused primarily by prolonged staring at screens such as cell phones.
  • Allergy; due to hay fever, skin eczema, contact dermatitis, etc.
  • Pigmentation irregularity.
  • Genetic factors.
  • Rubbing the eyes.
  • Dryness.
  • Age factor.
  • Dark-skinned people are more susceptible.
  • Smoking.
  • Sometimes you get dark eye circles for no reason.


Dark eye circles in children

Some of us wonder why children can develop dark eye circles, and here are some possible explanations:

  • Genetics can play a role in this problem.
  • Lack of sleep.
  • Rubbing the eyes, whether because of crying, allergy, inflammation or, exposure to dust or foreign things.
  • Nasal congestion, because nasal veins are somehow connected to eye veins, so can cause dark eye circles.
  • Adenoids can cause breathing through the mouth and snoring during sleep.
  • Dryness.
  • Anemia.


All of the preceding reasons become clearer when you recognize that the skin around the eyes in children is extremely thin.

Violet blood vessels can be seen beneath the skin, hence, giving the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.


Treatment of dark eye circles

Treatment alone will not eliminate hereditary dark circles or whatever caused them.

However, you must change your lifestyle to avoid their reappearance.

Here are some tips:

  • Protect your eyes from sun exposure, by using sunscreens and sunglasses.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes; using eye lubricants can help.
  • Treat nasal congestion.
  • Get some rest, avoid prolonged screen time.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Sleep well, Adults need from 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night, and children and teenagers need more sleeping hours.
  • Use cushions to lift you during sleep to reduce eye bags.
  • Get well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

The doctor may suggest one of the following treatment methods:

  • Eye whitening creams that contain azelaic acid, kojic acid, glycolic acid, or hydroquinone.
  • Creams containing retinoids, which can stimulate collagen secretion.
  • Laser treatment.
  • Chemical peeling.
  • Fillers.
  • Surgery.


Home remedies to get rid of dark eye circles

home remedies for dark eye circles

Some people may turn to home remedies to treat dark circles quickly, 

Here are some of these remedies:


Cucumber revitalizes the skin dramatically, so cucumber rings have been used for centuries to reduce dark circles and swelling around the eyes.

How to use it

Cool cucumber slices for half an hour, then put it on your eyes for 10 mins twice daily.


It enhances skin appearance as it contains lycopene.

How to use it

  • Drink it with lemon and mint daily.
  • You can also add tomato juice with lemon on cotton, then wipe around the eye and leave it for ten minutes, then wash it with water, taking into account not to rub the eye.


Tea contains caffeine and polyphenols.

The tea can also treat dark circles and reduce inflammation by cooling tea bags and using them to make eye compresses.

How to use it

Cool tea bags after soaking them in warm water, then leave them on your eyes to reduce eye inflammation and dark eye circles.


It rejuvenates skin cells, hence soak cotton in rosewater and place it on your eyes for 15 mins, repeating daily.

Almond oil

It has a magical effect due to vitamin E.

Apply it around your eyes before sleep and rinse your eyes in the morning.


Potatoes contain vitamin C, the skin healing miracle.

How to use it 

Grate the potatoes and extract the juice.

Then soak a cotton ball in the solution and place it over the eye for 10 minutes.

Finally, wash it with warm water repeat daily.

Orange juice

Vitamin C gives you healthier skin, so mix it with glycerin and use it daily.


Mint Refreshes your skin and aids in the treatment of dark under-eye circles.

How to use it

Crush mint leaves to make a paste, apply it around your eyes, and you will see the results after using it daily for a week.


Would the treatment differ if the cause of my dark eye circles is genetic?

To achieve the best results, consult a dermatologist or cosmetologist.

Your doctor may suggest one or more of the above techniques and recommend lifestyle changes and help predict disease outcomes.


When to see a doctor?

Dark eye circles are quite common, it doesn’t indicate a health problem most of the time, but you should visit the doctor immediately if:

  • Dark circles appeared for no reason under one eye.
  • These halos appeared after an injury to the face or head.
  • The appearance of dark circles was accompanied by fainting, change in vision, difficulty breathing, nosebleeds, or fever.


How to feel self-confident despite dark eye circles?

Many women lose self-confidence with any problem related to their looks.

However, this puts them in a struggle and obsession all the time to reach perfection.

But no one is perfect; even celebrities have been known to go without make-up on occasion to break the perfection module.

Dark eye circles are pretty prevalent, so accept it, you are beautiful the way you are, and here are some tips to help you:

  • Instead of focusing on the problem of dark circles, you can also focus on your other beauty areas.
  • Make a list of the things that people praise about you.
  • Ignore the negative comments because you weren’t born to impress the whole world.
  •  Don’t be tough on yourself.


Finally, your appearance reflects your self-confidence and makes others look at you through your mirror.

Dark eye circles are a simple problem, and you can defeat it.

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Lumigan drops | The magical secret for long lashes

Vitamin C| Countless benefits for immunity and skin

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Dr. Hend said

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I am a pharmacist, I studied medical content writing, then I discovered a whole new world. where the single word matters, and how we could help people through their medical crisis.
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