Worried About Dark Circles Under the Eyes?

stylized woman's face to illustrate dark circles under the eyes
September 20, 2022

Worried about the skin round your eyes? You’re not alone. One of the most frequent complaints I get from patients wanting a healthier and younger look is the infamous (and mostly unwelcome) issue of dark circles under the eyes.

If you’re “tired of looking tired” due to those dark circles under your eyelids, you might already have tried everything to eliminate them: from homemade recipes to anti-aging creams or even surgical procedures.

But why are dark circles so common and yet so challenging to treat?

Today, I’ll try to answer these questions and some others you might have about eye health, including the leading causes of under-eye dark circles, and how you can get rid of them effectively.

What Causes Dark Circles Under the Eyes?

A combination of genetic and lifestyle factors may contribute to them. The most frequent causes are:

  • Aging: Our skin naturally changes with age. The skin under your eyes deserves special attention because it’s thinner and more sensitive. For this reason, the signs of aging are often more visible in this area.
  • Genetics: Studies have shown that under-eye dark circles run in families. If you have a family history of this condition, you might inherit it.
  • Lifestyle: Poor sleeping, heavy use of alcohol, and smoking habits all lead to dark circles. Try sleeping more hours and drinking more water to avoid them.

But How to Remedy or Eliminate Those Dark Circles?

Before diving into the main treatments, I’d first like to assure you that dark circles are very common and don’t affect your eye health. They’re not symptoms of a health condition and therefore there’s no medical need for concern or intervention.

But if you still want to remove them for cosmetic purposes, it’s possible to make an improvement with some simple lifestyle changes. For example:

Always use sunscreen

Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of skin aging. Too much sun can lead to excessive melanin production. This pigment is responsible for giving color to your skin and may cause dark circles under your eyes if you don’t protect the skin there from the sun.

Try some at-home treatments

Applying cold compresses to the eyelids may help reduce swelling and lessen the appearance of dark circles. You can make a compress with ice, tea bags, or cucumber.

Are You Serious About Treating Dark Circles?

If you’ve tried some of the tips above and still see no results, Primary Care Simplified is thrilled to be a ZO® Skin Health provider. Because they have clinically proven ingredients, such as retinol and growth factors, I recommend these eye treatment to my patients for their effectiveness in helping with dark circles under the eyes.

range of ZO products to illustrate treating dark circles under the eyes

1 ZO® Skin Health Eye Brightening Crème fights against dehydration with ingredients of shea butter and squalene.

2 ZO® Skin Health Intense Eye Crème improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin texture. It contains optical diffusers that reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness and  promote a healthier and younger appearance in your complexion.

3 ZO® Skin Health Growth Factor Eye Serum is a great add-on when you’re on the go. You can revive your tired eye area as often as you like with this cooling applicator to improve expression lines and creasing. What’s not to love?

If you’d like to know more about our ZO® products, book your consultation, and I’ll be happy to answer all your questions and recommend the best treatment for your skin needs.

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