What Are the Treatments for Dark Eye Circles?

Dark circles underneath the eyes are due to a variety of causes, such as allergies, smoking, caffeine, thinning of the skin and hereditary factors. It can be disheartening to have them because they can give you the appearance of looking not rested or older than you actually are. There are many ways to help reduce the appearance of dark eye circles, whether through therapy or through natural methods.

  1. Cold Compresses

    • Use a cold compress, such as frozen peas in a sealed sandwich bag and then wrapped in a cloth, and place it over the eyes for about 15 minutes. Teabags, gently wet with water and placed in a freezer for about 30 minutes, are also useful.


    • It is believed that skin creams containing vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E and retinol help to reduce the appearance of dark circles. Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Eye Treatment is a good example of an eye cream that contains vitamin C.


    • Fillers such as Restylane can hide the appearance of dark circles by covering up the melanin that produces then. However, there are side effects such as bruising, and the injections can be pricey, up to $800 (Zezima, New York Times).


    • How you sleep can play a part in the appearance of your eyes (never sleep on your stomach, for example). By elevating your head (using more than one pillow), you can prevent the pooling of fluids in your eyes, which can create the dark circles (Mayo Clinic).

    Non-Invasive Treatments

    • There are treatments such as Thermage, which uses radio frequencies to cause collagen to lift to the surface, and Blue Light Therapy, which increases cell production, to help reduce the appearance of dark circles.


    • When all else fails, makeups such as concealers can hide the dark circles. If you have bluish circles, use a peach-colored concealer, and never use scented makeup because it can cause swelling within your eye tissue (Mayo Clinic).

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